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Falls volleyball team smashes Mukwonago, aims at state title

Nov. 02, 2013 10:20 p.m. | The unsung hero of the trio of senior, four-year letterwinners said it first for the WIAA State Tournament-bound Menomonee Falls girls' volleyball team Saturday night.

"The goal is to win state," said outside hitter Katherine Von Bank.

She was echoed by the Indians' all-world outside hitter Simone Lee: "We really want to win state."

And then setter Abby Becker took it a step further:

"We want to dominate state," she said.

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Boys state soccer photo gallery updated

Nov. 02, 2013 4:09 p.m. | We've just updated the MyCommunityNOW WIAA boys state soccer photo gallery with images from today's Division 4 title game between University School and The Prairie School. USM won, 1-0.

The state soccer photo gallery also features images from Muskego's 1-0 victory over Arrowhead in the Division 1 semifinals; Cedarburg's 2-1 win over Whitefish Bay in the Division 2 semifinals; Notre Dame's 1-0 victory over Pewaukee in the Division 3 semifinals; and University School's 1-0 victory over Sturgeon Bay in the Division 4 semifinals.

Go to 2013 WIAA boys soccer state photo gallery.

Read social media story of Division 1 Level 2 football playoffs games

Nov. 02, 2013 8:47 a.m. | Arrowhead, Franklin, Germantown, Oconomowoc and Mukwonago tried to take one more step toward a state title in Level 2 of the WIAA Division 1 football playoffs Friday.

Fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Homestead rallies, beats Chargers, 28-20

Nov. 01, 2013 10:51 p.m. | Homestead scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally and defeat Sussex Hamilton, 28-20, Friday night in a Level 2 football game at Homestead.

Top-seeded Homestead trailed the fourth-seeded Chargers, 20-14, going into the final quarter, but then showed what championship teams are made of.  
First junior quarterback Nick Allen led the Highlanders on a 19-play, 75-yard drive, which ended when senior running back Eric Wade scored on a 3-yard run. Luke Neusen, who was 4-for-4 on extra points then converted to give Homestead a slim, 21-20 lead.
But then perhaps the turning point of the game switched the momentum to Homestead.
Hamilton junior quarterback Mike Barnes rolled right and then turned back and tossed a pass to senior Alec McShane, who dropped the ball with no defensive player near him. The Chargers then turned the ball over to Homestead after one more play and Allen took over once again.
With first and 10 on their own 31, Allen led the Highlanders on a 9-play, 69-yard drive. The last 33 yards came on a beautiful run down the left sideline by Allen, who was uncontested after faking two handoffs that had the Chargers defense going in the opposite direction.
“I had two fake handoffs and I turned around and our running backs just led me down the field,” Allen said. “It was a good play call by coach Keel and it was a success.”
Leusen’s extra point was good, Homestead led, 28-20, with 5:07 left to play and the defense stopped Hamilton the rest of the way.
Homestead opened the scoring when Allen had tossed a 25-yard touchdown to sophomore wide receiver Jack Popp with 9:07 left in the first quarter. Hamilton came back when Barnes took them on an 8-play, 72 yard drive, with senior running back Drew Patterson scoring on a 3-yard run to tie the game at 7-7 with 8:10 on the clock in the first
Homestead went 80 yards on seven plays, with Allen going around left end for a 4-yard score with 5:31 left in the half for a 14-7 lead.
After each team exchanged turnovers – a fumble exchange by Sussex and an interception by the Chargers Brett Buehler off a wobbly end-around option pass – the Chargers got back on the board with 2:03 left in the half.
Barnes uncorked a beautiful 25-yard pass over the middle to Alec McShane, who beat his defender in the endzone. The extra point was unsuccessful and Homestead led, 14-13, at intermission.
The Chargers started the second half and went 67 yards on 12 plays, scoring on a option pass when Dan Lunowa took a handoff from Barnes, rolled right and found Jacob Glendenning all alone in the end zone for a 20-14 lead.
“We knew it was going to go back and forth in the second half and I knew we were going to march down and we capitalized on one of our more interesting plays,” Hamilton coach John Damato said. “I’m quite pleased. Homestead is such a good football team, well-coached, we just couldn’t stop it there at the end.”
“They started the second half with a great drive,” Homestead coach Dave Keel said of the Chargers. “They just really did a nice job. Our defense was just busting our chops and playing our hearts out, but Sussex just made a couple plays. That ‘34’ is a beast. (Drew) Patterson is an awfully good football player. But I can’t say enough for our defense really came through.”

Keel then praised the Chargers.
“They are so well-coached, they don’t have to use gimmicks,” he said. “We got a break when that one kid dropped that screen pass. We were prepared for what they did. But they are just so well- coached.”
Wade finished with 104 yards, Allen rushed for 87 and Patterson 76.
Homestead will now play Kimberly, which beat Cedarburg, 43-14, on Friday.

Crossfit coming to Menomonee Falls

Nov. 01, 2013 8:00 a.m. |  A new crossfit training facility is being proposed for Menomonee Falls.

The 8,400-square-foot facility is planned for Megal Development Corp.'s building on the south side of County Line Road, about one block east of Held Drive, according to information filed with the village Department of Community Development.

The facility, known as Crossfit Menomonee Falls, would include lifting stations, climbing ropes and a gym that includes barbells, jump ropes and other equipment. Crossfit mixes weightlifting with gymnastics and other activities.

The Plan Commission is to consider issuing a conditional use permit for the facility at its Tuesday meeting.

The commission also will consider approving a proposed sign for a Planet Fitness facility that is planned for Colonial Plaza shopping center, on Appleton Ave. in downtown Menomonee Falls

Top-ranked Falls volleyball team one step closer to state; Germantown loses

Oct. 31, 2013 10:30 p.m. | Simply put, Saturday night's WIAA girls volleyball sectional final at Watertown between top-ranked Menomonee Falls and underdog Mukwonago presents a strong contrast in expectations.

Mukwonago has everything to gain while Falls wants to keep the dream of a first-ever state championship firmly intact.

"You lose you're done," said Falls coach J.C. Bruns. "The hopes of six seniors and three, four-year letterwinners would be done. A run towards a state title would be done."

"But in reality I'm not worrying about this group showing up."

Those three four-year letterwinners are All-American outside hitter Simone Lee, setter Abby Becker and outside hitter Katherine Von Bank.

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Falls trustee hosts town hall meeting

Oct. 30, 2013 2:59 p.m. | Menomonee Falls Trustee Bonnie Lemmer is holding her first Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Menomonee Falls Library, N8436 Pilgrim Road.

Lemmer pledged during her campaign to be a transparent trustee and available to the village residents and the town hall meetings will be one of the ways in which to meet that goal.

The meeting will be informative and educational. Chief of Police Anna Ruzinski will give a short talk on the Village Police Department.

Afterward, an informational session will take place about Falls current developments and downtown area followed by a question and answer period.

Germantown, Falls school district levies come in lower than expected

Oct. 29, 2013 12:41 p.m. | The Germantown and Menomonee Falls school boards on Monday approved lower levies, in part due to unanticipated general state aid dollars.

At its meeting Monday, the Germantown School Board passed a $28.19 million tax levy, a 4.4 percent reduction from the previous year.

The tax rate is decreasing by nearly 50 cents, or 4.5 percent on an equalized basis compared with last year. The rate is going from $10.31 per $1,000 of assessed value to $9.84 per $1,000 of assessed value for 2013-14, according to Germantown School District documents. That equates to between $100 and $110 on a tax bill, Business Director Ric Ericksen said.

This was a positive budget year for Germantown. Recently, the district received an additional $1.06 million more in general state aid. Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature in October, through Act 46, allocated an additional $40 million in general school aid for the current school year to the 424 districts throughout the state in order to provide property tax relief. General aid and property taxes are directly related. As one goes up, the other goes down and vice versa.

Overall, general aid increased by 10 percent, according to DPI figures. The district received a total of $12.15 million in general state aid to support a $42 million 2013-14 operating budget.

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