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Class and excellence highlights of Hamilton track sectional

May 31, 2014 1:25 a.m. | There were brilliant and exciting races too numerous to count at the WIAA Division 1 Sussex Hamilton track sectional May 30.

Like veteran Homestead boys track coach Dan Benson said before the meet: "Give us all something to go 'woo' about!"

And though there were plenty of such "woo" moments, they were almost dwarfed by the acts of class and decency that were part and parcel of this joyous and thrilling event which sent qualifiers to next weekend's WIAA State Meet in La Crosse on the beautiful spring day.

At the top of the list was Whitefish Bay hurdler Adam Strehlow, who as winner of both the high and intermediate events at the North Shore Conference outdoor the previous week, he had every right to expect a run at state in both events this week.

But when asked to sacrifice the high hurdles in order to lend a hand and give the Blue Dukes a better chance at qualifying the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays, he didn't four-step the opportunity.

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Man threatens ice cream truck driver because he didn't like music

May 30, 2014 10:36 a.m. | A man was arrested after threatening an ice cream truck driver because he didn't like the music the truck was playing May 26.

According to the Whitefish Bay police report:

The man, age and residence not released, threatened the driver by throwing ice at the truck's windshield, damaging it in the 5100 block of North Diversey Boulevard about 7 p.m. May 26.

He yelled at the driver, "I have a gun, don't ever come back here."

The man told police he didn't like the music.

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New Salotto Zarletti in Mequon puts a new spin on Italian classics

May 30, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Diners in Mequon were taking Salotto Zarletti's tagline of "a place to gather" seriously. They crowded into the bar; they filled the tables in the dining room. Waiting until the same day to make a reservation meant I could dine quite early or quite late.

A couple of weeks in at chef-restaurateur Brian Zarletti's new restaurant, and it looked as if the decision to open a place outside Milwaukee was a good one. The house was full.

Salotto means living room, but this isn't Nonna's cozy little sitting area in a bungalow; with a soaring, two-story ceiling, this is the suburban home of her upwardly mobile grandchildren.

The menu stands firmly in the present day, as well — classic dishes or ingredients, in a traditional appetizers-pasta-entrées format, but rendered in a modern way. The restaurant is billed as drawing inspiration from Italy's south, but with plates like veal milanese and others from the north, it's clearly not a rigid theme.

When a menu says the restaurant makes its own burrata ($9), the fresh mozzarella ball filled with cream and curds, who can resist? It's a luxurious treat, seasoned with sea salt and a splash of olive oil, and served with grilled bread.

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Germantown softball team's big bats earn it regional title over Nicolet

May 29, 2014 11:19 p.m. | After last week's lackluster 4-1 loss to Homestead that broke the Germantown softball team's 51-game North Shore Conference winning streak, Warhawk co-coach Kurt Raguse read the team the riot act about its lack of aggressiveness at the plate.

Well, senior shortstop Erika Berry and the rest of the team heard the message loud and clear Thursday night, as the four-year letterwinning Berry hit a first pitch leadoff double to start the game and then launched a two-run homer in the second as the Warhawks cruised to an 11-2 WIAA regional final victory over North Shore rival Nicolet.

"It's kind of hard sometimes when you don't hit as well as you'd like to," said Berry, who finished with three hits on the night. "As a leader I just try to set an example. We all try to help each other out."

It succeeded as the Warhawks finished with 19 hits for the game.

The Warhawks (15-8 overall) will try to use that example as they take dead aim at their third straight WIAA State Tournament berth. They will host archrival Homestead at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 in a sectional semifinal game. The sectional final will be back at Germantown on Thursday, June 5. Top-seeded Brookfield Central will host DSHA in the other sectional semifinal.

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Homestead rides tidal wave of offense

May 29, 2014 8:59 p.m. | Down 5-0 against a division foe it had already fallen to twice during the regular season, it would have been easy for the Homestead softball team to fold on Thursday evening. Instead, Homestead elected to hit.

The Highlanders (14-7) erupted for 15 unanswered runs as they stormed past Whitefish Bay, 15-5, in a WIAA Division 1 regional final at Thiensville Park. The game was called after a sacrifice fly from junior Michaela Rusch scored sophomore Julia Warshauer to give Homestead a final 10-run cushion in the bottom of the sixth.

"We fell into an early hole, but we were able to just stay positive and rally back," said Homestead junior Hannah Behnken. "We got used to their pitcher and were just able to find some holes and score runs."

The Blue Dukes (14-11) jumped out on Homestead starter Allie Beckers early, as a run-scoring double, single and sacrifice fly staked Whitefish Bay to a 3-0 lead after the first inning. They pushed their advantage to 5-0 in the second behind an RBI base hit by junior Allison Severin and a wild pitch that scored another run for the Blue Dukes.

"We knew from watching their pitchers that they can get a little wild at times," said Whitefish Bay head coach Jess Middendorf. "I told our girls to stay aggressive but swing at strikes. Our selectivity helped us to the early lead."

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Public meeting scheduled on fate of Estabrook Dam

May 29, 2014 3:35 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Parks Department has scheduled a public meeting June 5 to discuss the fate of the Estabrook Dam on the Milwaukee River.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the upper level of the Blatz Pavilion at Lincoln Park, 1301 W. Hampton Ave.

Milwaukee County is under orders from the state Department of Natural Resources to fix or demolish the 1930s-era dam by Dec. 31. The county has proposed repairing the dam.

Before the DNR can approve plans for rebuilding the structure, however, the county must receive a temporary work access agreement from the federal Bureau of Land Management, owner of an island in the river at the dam site.

As part of an environmental study being done for the Bureau of Land Management, the county is evaluating the impacts of three options: dam reconstruction; dam removal; construction of a rock ramp on the river bed to provide a shallow pool of water for recreation should the dam be removed.

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Whitefish Bay girls soccer team beats Homestead to win NSC title

May 27, 2014 11:37 p.m. | The Whitefish Bay girls soccer team didn't want to talk about winning the North Shore Conference title with a 7-0 record,

They didn't want to talk about their 11-game winning streak or their sparkling 16-2-3 record or their number one ranking in the state or the fact that they will be the number one seed in their WIAA D2 sectional bracket.

No, all the Blue Dukes wanted to talk about after beating Homestead, 2-0, to clinch the North Shore title Tuesday night was their blue good luck hair scrunchies,

"They're our superstition," said senior midfielder Caroline Fink, who scored the second clinching goal in the first half. "We decided to all get them. We don't know if they helped us go 7-0 in the conference but they definitely didn't hurt."

Then she pointed to the likely real reasons that the Blue Dukes won the league title this spring for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

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