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Nicolet defense prevails in win over Tosa East

Sept. 03, 2010 10:23 p.m. | They still have to change in the trailers and the tents by flashlight after games and they're still a week away from using their lockers, but the members of the Nicolet football team made themselves right at home Friday night, as they battled injuries, execution problems and inconvenience in dominating Wauwatosa East, 9-0.

"We just did what we could do," said quarterback Brandon Kappel, who threw a perfect 21-yard TD pass to Alex Walker with just four seconds in the first half and then added a clinching 41-yard field goal with less than six minutes to go. "It's football. We all did this and it just felt good. The line did the job and everyone stepped up. We could have scored a lot more points, but this is still special."

Indeed it was in the eyes of first-year coach Brian Sommers in the first official school-sanctioned event on the grounds since the July 22 floods.

"The kids are getting tired of life in a trailer," he said. "It's starting to wear on them. They want to get back into a routine. Maybe this'll start a routine of winning (laughs). Now that would be something fun to get into (laughs)."

And at that moment, an unknown assistant clapped him on the shoulder and said as he ran by: "The first of many more to come coach. Just the first."

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Teen charged with taking upskirt photos of classmates in River Hills

10:01 a.m. | A 17-year-old Milwaukee teen accused of taking "upskirt" photos of female students at a River Hills school has been charged with four felony counts of invasion of privacy.

In early April, students at University School of Milwaukee told security staff that Austin B. Halbrooks had been taking pictures of female students under their skirts, according to a criminal complaint.

The school security director spoke to Halbrooks, who admitted he took such photos of female students without their knowledge, and contacted River Hills police, the complaint says.

Authorities got a warrant to search his computer and found "numerous photos and videos" of girls, many of which appeared to have been taken at University School, 2100 West Fairy Chasm Road, between February 2015 and March 2016.

Halbrooks, who also faces one misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 11. The teen has been expelled from University School, according to WISN-TV.

Oak Creek baseball team passes test with win over Homestead, 7-3

June 25, 2016 1:22 a.m. | The Oak Creek baseball team has passed many tests en route to a one-game lead with just three contests left in the Greater Metro Conference race.

What it hasn't had a lot of time for is a great deal of high level nonconference action, so the Knights made a road trip to a place where they haven't been since 2005, a place where even the legendary Tony Butler proved to be mortal.

Knights baseball coach Scott Holler could only smile at the memory.

"The last time we were at Rennicke Field (in Mequon), Tony (Butler) was playing first base and a ground ball went through his legs and we lost (laughs)," said Holler.

The comment came shortly after the Knights put together a solid effort Friday night, especially on the defensive end, in their return trip to Rennicke, with a 7-3 decision over a good Homestead team.

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Man charged with theft at Willowbrook Place waives hearing and not guilty plea

June 24, 2016 5:38 p.m. | Thiensville —The handyman of Willowbrook Place charged with theft of movable property greater than $10,000 waived his preliminary hearing, the reading, and not guilty plea June 23 in Ozaukee County Circuit Court according to online court records.

Donald Derosier, 55, is facing up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time up to 10 years if convicted of stealing multiple items from residents of Willowbrook Place, 205 Green Bay Road, and selling them on eBay.

His next court date is July 21. Read the full story of the charges here.

Glendale's new park is realization of decades-long dream

June 23, 2016 2:25 p.m. | Glendale — Glendale City Administrator Richard Maslowski has overseen the development of Bayshore Town Center, corporate parks and numerous big-ticket infrastructure projects, but the hallmark moment of his 36-year career came Wednesday, June 22, with the groundbreaking of Richard E. Maslowski Community Park.

For nearly 30 years, Maslowski has dreamed of turning a former landfill site on the west end of Bender Road into a special gathering place with summer concerts, youth sports and a playground for families. Unlike all of the other major commercial and infrastructure projects he has taken on, he said a park is an investment in the community itself.

"We've spent a considerable amount of time, effort and money investing in our manufacturing, our job creation, our commercial areas and our infrastructure," he said. "But this is our first true investment in the people of Glendale."

Maslowski is not one to seek recognition or limelight, but Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy said the decision to name the park after him was an easy one.

"If you look at pictures of what Glendale looked like in the 1970s and what Glendale looks like today, there's nothing in this city that doesn't have the fingerprints of Richard Maslowski," Kennedy said. "He's been a visionary who has led our city through so many transformations over time."

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Talented, assertive Homestead soccer team won its own way

June 22, 2016 11:41 a.m. | Veteran Homestead girls soccer coach Rich Dorn, as well Highlander baseball and wrestling coach Ernie Millard, believe in empowering their charges and giving them the tools to succeed, so that at times of crisis, they can make informed, sound decisions on their own.

They both have a protege in Kelli Ausman.

"She always seems to be someone who's balancing a lot of different responsibilities," said Millard. "... A very busy kid, a tremendous competitor and someone who was awesome to have in the (practice) room."

Ausman wrestled for two years for Millard. She admitted that all she had in that time was a head throw that sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. It's an aggressive, stunning move when it works well, and no doubt Ausman used it to try and prove herself as a girl in the normally all-male bastion of wrestling.

She was also an All-North Shore Conference keeper for the soccer team as a sophomore. She is fond of colored streaks in her hair (such as the blue bolt that she wore in the WIAA state tournament June 17 and 18) and has a strong assertive nature.

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Brown Deer, Homestead, Nicolet, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay Sports Shorts: June 23, 2016

June 22, 2016 10:51 a.m. |

HOMESTEAD BASEBALL

Highlander coach Ernie Millard turned to an assistant during a tense third-inning moment in their nightcap against powerful West Bend West on June 16 and asked whether they should intentionally walk the Spartans' dangerous Anthony Schlass and a one-run lead.

"By the time I finished that sentence, the ball was flying over the rightfield fence," said a rueful Millard.

He said his real comments following the hit were essentially unprintable.

That was because Schlass's homer provided the difference in a 3-2 victory for West. Coupled with the Spartans' eight-inning, 3-2 win over Homestead earlier in the afternoon (a completion of a suspended game), the Highlanders' hopes for a North Shore Conference title were made dramatically more difficult.

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Brown Deer named an 'All-America City'

June 21, 2016 5:57 p.m. | Brown Deer — Brown Deer is one of 10 communities in the country to be named an All-America City by the National Civic League.

The focus of this year's award is on communities that have "taken innovative action to engage residents in ensuring that all children are healthy and supported to succeed in school and life." In applying for the award, Brown Deer officials highlighted three projects: the creation of Badger Meter River Park, the renovation of Brown Deer schools and the school district's award-winning character education program.

The All-America City award was launched in 1949, and has been awarded to more than 550 communities, including Madison, Green Bay and Eau Claire. Brown Deer Village Manager Michael Hall said Brown Deer stands out compared to other communities because of its diversity.

"Brown Deer is a microcosm of what America should be, with a diversity of age, economic backgrounds and culture," he said. "Milwaukee is considered the most segregated community in America, but we in Brown Deer seem to make it work. This award is the icing on the cake, and it shows that we are a representation of America."

Representatives from the Brown Deer School District and village of Brown Deer told the village's story on the national stage at the National Civic League's All-America City conference in Denver on June 17-19.

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Worker charged with stealing from senior living community residents

June 21, 2016 2:27 p.m. | Thiensville — The antique toy collection of a deceased resident of Willowbrook Place valued at an estimated $25,000 started appearing on eBay and the man's daughter alerted police in early June it shouldn't be up there.

The items were stolen from the woman's mother's apartment at Willowbrook and Donald D. Derosier, 55, has been charged with the theft of movable property greater than $10,000. If convicted, he faces up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time up to 10 years.

According to the criminal complaint filed June 17 in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, the items were reported stolen from Willowbrook Place, 205 Green Bay Road, on June 8. The man and woman who reported the items stolen said a collector of antique military toys had helped the woman's father find the items and had identified them for sale on eBay.

Some identifiers mentioned in the complaint included pre-Columbian teracotta clay artifacts that are "one of a kind and no one would have the same ones." One item, a toy cat worth a couple hundred dollars, had handwriting underneath that was believed to be that of the deceased collector on labels made for shipping when the family moved from Connecticut to Wisconsin. Slang terms used on the labels were also used in the listings, something a true collector wouldn't do, according to the other collector in the complaint.

The complaint says many of the items are not easily found and were purchased across the globe when the woman's father served as a museum curator. A written statement from the deceased man's wife mentions they were "extremely attached and proud of the collection and would have never given it away." It further says she never gave anyone permission to remove any of the collection.

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"We endured': Homestead's state soccer title well-earned

June 21, 2016 10:11 a.m. | Clutching her hard-won "Player of the Match" trophy, Homestead senior keeper Kelli Ausman said most soccer goalies view end-of-the-game penalty kicks with the same enthusiasm as a trip to the dentist.

"The exact words are not appropriate for print," she said with a laugh.

But following her stop of Oregon's fifth and final penalty kick in the WIAA D2 state title game overtime shootout June 18 at Uihlein Soccer Park, the only words Ausman had were howls of joy.

Her stop sealed a 2-1 shootout advantage and earned the Highlanders their fourth WIAA state title over defending champion Panthers and their first since 2007.

"I finished my high school career the best I could, doing the thing I love the best," she said, "and I helped my team win a state title. That's all I could ask for."

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Frebeka 5 health challenge to be held in Mequon June 26

June 20, 2016 6:12 p.m. | Mequon — The Frebeka 5, a family health challenge started by the Fredonia Lions in 1990, is coming to Waubedonia Park June 26.

The course starts in the park and follows the Milwaukee river to the "charming hamlet of Waubeka," according to the official event page. Participants will traverse three hills and pass Stoney Hill School and farm fields as they enter the village of Fredonia. The finish line is also in Waubedonia Park.

The inclusion of three hills make this five-mile run the most challenging in Wisconsin, according to the website.

The event also includes a few options for kids including one and two mile runs and a one or two mile walk all held in Waubedonia and Kraus Parks on flat trail.

The five-mile run and one and two mile walks begin at 8 a.m. The kids run starts at 9 a.m. and the two-mile run begins at 9:30 a.m. Early adult entry is $20 or $25 on race day. Kids are $10 before and $15 on race day. Participants can walk/run for free with $25 in pledges on race day.

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Whitefish Bay entrepreneur wants to revolutionize school fundraisers

June 20, 2016 10:31 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — At a time when schools are forced to do more with less, a Whitefish Bay entrepreneur has created software that she says will revolutionize the fundraising process for local schools.

Alana Platt first came up with the idea for Classmunity when she heard friends and relatives in the education sector complaining about the difficulty of fundraising.

Many times, students are carrying around envelopes stuffed with money, which heightens the odds of theft. Other times, a school district's name and logo are used to raise money for fake fundraisers by people who have no association with that school district. Thirdly, online campaigns are often difficult to organize, and even once they are launched, it is difficult to garner exposure.

Platt, who has a Ph.D. in computer science, is an assistant professor in UW-Whitewater's Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management. She decided to use her computer and business skills to crack the school fundraising problem.

"We're bringing modern financial technology to school fundraisers," she said. "We want to make getting the word out easier, faster and in ways they've never been able to before."

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CHAMPIONS! Mentally tough Homestead wins fourth state soccer title

June 18, 2016 9:36 p.m. | Clutching her hard-won "Player of the Match" trophy,  Homestead senior keeper Kelli Ausman said most soccer goalies view end of the game penalty kicks with the same enthusiasm as a trip to the dentist.

"The exact words are not appropriate for print," she said with a laugh.

But following her stop of Oregon's fifth and final penalty kick in the WIAA State D2 title game overtime shootout Saturday afternoon at Uihlein Soccer Park, the only words Ausman had were howls of joy.

Her stop sealed a 2-1 shootout advantage and earned the Highlanders their fourth WIAA state title over the defending champion Panthers and their first since 2007.

"I finished my high school career the best I could, doing the thing I love the best," she said, "and I helped my team win a state title. That's all I could ask for."

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Homestead girls soccer team pulls upset on West, 2-1, heads to finals

June 17, 2016 10:12 p.m. | That chip on the shoulder the Homestead girls soccer team has been carrying around all season has served it well.

It's dared one opponent after another to knock it off, only the Highlanders have stood their ground time and again, surviving one challenge after another.

And in a heavyweight fight of vastly entertaining proportions this afternoon at Uihlein Soccer Complex in Milwaukee, the underdog Highlanders (18-5-1) wobbled but did not fall against top-ranked in state Waukesha West (20-2-2), knocking the Wolverines off in a thrilling, 2-1 WIAA State D2 semifinal.

The chip remains on the shoulder for one more day.

"Obviously with so many seniors on the team (13), we didn't want them to go home without a win," said junior midfielder Jenna Dorf who scored what proved to be the winning goal at the 61:53 mark off a free kick from senior defender Lauren Padgett.

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Shorewood group encourages shoppers to bring their own bag

June 17, 2016 7:02 p.m. | Shorewood — A group of Shorewood residents is encouraging shoppers to bring their own bags to local stores.

Shorewood residents JoAnn Early Macken, Linda Frank and Rosie Bredeck are in the beginning phases of their education campaign, called Bring Your Bag Shorewood. The campaign is being conducted in collaboration with the Shorewood Conservation Committee and has been endorsed by the Shorewood Village Board.

They have created a Facebook group, Bring Your Bag Shorewood, which has 101 members.

Their next project is to get local businesses to hang a poster in their store windows urging customers to use reusable bags. The group is planning to send an email to local business owners and distribute the posters with help of volunteers.

The initiative started when they read an article about a similar effort in Wauwatosa. The Shorewood activists have been meeting with their Wauwatosa counterparts to raise public awareness of reusable bags, with the hope of eventually influencing public policy.

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Glendale council bans chickens (again)

June 16, 2016 10:50 a.m. | Glendale — The Glendale Common Council reaffirmed its ban on backyard chickens on Monday, June 13.

Three weeks ago, the council approved an ordinance that prohibited Glendale residents from keeping chickens in their yard. The morning after the vote, Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy vetoed the ordinance in hopes that chicken supporters would be able to sway at least one of the aldermen to switch their vote in favor of allowing chickens.

Kennedy's hopes were dashed Monday night when a supermajority — four of the six aldermen — maintained their stance against backyard chickens. The council upheld the chicken ban by a 4-2 vote, with Aldermen John Gelhard and James Daugherty voting in opposition.

Alderwoman JoAnn Shaw said she received a lot of pressure in the last three weeks to change her vote in favor of chickens.

"During that time I have been threatened, I have been bullied and I have been cyber-bullied via social media mob mentality," Shaw said. "I have been called worthless, and my family has been ridiculed."

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