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62! Germantown boys tie state win streak record with rout of Dominican

Dec. 14, 2013 10:42 p.m. | In the end, Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter couldn't hide his exuberance.

After weeks of trying to cover his ears and eyes and shutting out all mention of Dominican's 33-year old state record winning streak of 62 games, and after saying all the right coach things about focusing on the next game at hand, he just let go Saturday night after his Warhawks tied that Holy Grail of a hoops mark with a 75-29 demolition of that same Dominican program before an overflow crowd at Homestead.

"It's hard to do, even to talk about our two state titles is hard," he said, "because we're so busy focusing on the next game, the next one up, that it is hard to take the time to appreciate what's happened here, how far this program has come.

And what followed next was said without a trace of irony by this 14-year coaching veteran.

"But where does that come from?" he said, his face lighting up. "That my program ties the greatest record in the history of the state? Are you kidding me?!? It's huge!!!"

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Germantown girls hoops team "relentless" in 75-64 win over Cedarburg

Dec. 13, 2013 10:52 p.m. | Members of the Germantown girls basketball team look at the banners in the upper corner of the gym, shake their heads and say, "Wow, that was a long time ago!" when they contemplate that the last league title for the program came in 1973.

Coach Matt Stuve puts it in simpler terms for the Warhawks, who took early control of the North Shore Conference race with a key 75-64 win over defending champion Cedarburg Friday night.

It was a victory that came hard on the heels of another big win over another NSC power, Whitefish Bay, the previous week.

"Like last year, the (basketball) gods didn't give us much of a chance to warm-up (in the league schedule)," said Stuve. "We opened with these same two teams last year (Bay and Cedarburg) and we lost both of them and we finished two games out. We've got these two wins, now do we have enough stamina to play hard through the rest of a 14-game (NSC) schedule?

"It's something we want to do. I like to remind them that the last conference title (the last of three in a row in the old Scenic Moraine) was won in March 1973 and I wasn't born until September 1973. So it'd be good to have one in our lifetimes (laughs), because we've been waiting way too long."

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Lancers use fast start to beat Chargers, 70-60

Dec. 13, 2013 10:05 p.m. | Brookfield Central used a fast start to defeat Sussex Hamilton, 70-60, Friday at Central in a battle of last year's co-champions in the Greater Metro Conference.

A large crowd came out to watch a battle between Riley LaChance and Brady Ellingson and weren't disappointed, but the experienced and balanced Lancers made the difference in the end.

Ellingson led all scorers with 26 points, including 7-for-7 from the free throw line. LaChance had 21 points, hitting 6-of-7 from the free throw line.

But big Elijah Goodman scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Brad Newman scored 14 points. They were both 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Central finished with 11 free throws in the final period, as the Chargers had to catch up.

Goodman scored six first quarter points, as Central jumped off to a 12-0 lead when Hamilton coach Andy Cerroni called time out. The Lancers led 17-4 after one period, but from then on the Chargers battled back and made a game of it, actually cutting the lead to 31-28 when Goodman hit a lay-up right before half.

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Residents have mixed opinions over golf course land

Dec. 12, 2013 12:37 p.m. | Differing opinions emerged Wednesday as dozens of people filled Germantown Village Hall to discuss the fate of the Blackstone Creek Golf Course.

The Village Board on Monday will vote on a purchase agreement to buy 153 acres of the golf course from property owners Troy Schmidt and Frank Romano. If this happens, a long-range plan will be developed to ultimately turn the land into a public park that would lie in the heart of the village. In turn, Schmidt and Romano would develop a 40-acre parcel along Mequon Road with retail, and single- and multi-family housing.

Some residents are in favor of the proposal. They see the need for more recreational opportunities for children and young families, including more baseball, softball and soccer fields. Others say if the village loses the golf course, it's losing one of its most valuable amenities.

"The golf course is an asset to the community," Germantown resident Marv Klowak said. "There's a lot of recreation for all ages, it brings in jobs, stimulates the economy. We've lived here for 20 years and, for me, the golf course was one of the factors of why we moved here."

Even if this land deal fails to go through, there is no guarantee the golf course will remain open, Village President Dean Wolter said. If the village doesn't buy it and it's sold, there's a chance no one in Germantown could use it.

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Butler man arrested for threatening former employer

Dec. 09, 2013 2:00 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — A 32-year-old Butler man is facing a felony charge after he threatened his former employer with a knife the morning of Nov. 29.

According to the police:

The suspect was arguing with his former employer at the Radisson Hotel, N88 W14750 Main St., over money he was apparently owed when he pulled out a knife at about 11:05 a.m.

When the victim saw the knife he ran inside his van and locked the doors, and the suspect slashed the driver's side tire of the victim's van before fleeing the scene.

The suspect later admitted to committing the crime at the Butler Police Station, and he was transported back to the Menomonee Falls Police Department where he was arrested for second degree recklessly endangering safety and criminal damage to property.

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One dead in rash of Sunday morning crashes in Menomonee Falls

Dec. 09, 2013 11:37 a.m. | A 63-year-old Franklin man has died as a result of injuries he sustained during a multiple vehicle crash Sunday morning on southbound U.S. Highway 41/45 in Menomonee Falls.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department responded to the multiple-vehicle crash reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. Shortly thereafter, additional vehicle crashes were reported on the highway. As a result of those additional accidents, a second person sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the crashes, while numerous people suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department is estimating that about 100 vehicles were involved in the numerous crashes that occurred on the three-mile stretch of the highway through the village.

Highway 41/45 was shut down for approximately nine hours Sunday for safety reasons as steady snowfall led to slick road conditions and blowing snow limited visibility.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department's Traffic Unit is currently investigating the crashes.

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