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Arrowhead falls in state semifinals

Oct. 30, 2009 9:16 p.m. | Muskego scored with just 1:25 off the clock, and Arrowhead never recovered in the WIAA Division 1 boys soccer semifinals Friday night in Milwaukee, with the Warriors winning by a 3-0 score.

AHS (19-3-3) finished the first half with a 12-5 shots advantage but nonetheless trailed, 1-0, after an ugly goal by Tim Dahl. The rest of the match was all Warriors, despite six mostly-spectacular saves by goalie Max Jentsch.

LCL gridders play at Kettle Moraine

Oct. 30, 2009 12:57 p.m. | Lake Country Lutheran's varsity foobtall team won its first WIAA playoff game ever Tuesday night and will now host Algoma on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Kettle Moraine High School. The winner of the game will advance the DIvision 6 playoff third round.

Lake Country Lutheran is one of the highest scoring teams in the state, as is Algoma. LCL defeated Deerfield Tuesday in the first round (44-20) and Algoma bombed Brookfield Academy, 61-23. Lake Country Lutheran defeated Brookfield Academy earlier this season, 47-42.

The Lightning are led by quarterback Jared Wartinbee.  He has  35 touchdown passes this season. Running back Aaron Wegner is questionable for Saturday's game after getting a concussion on Tuesday. Cam Herdt caught two touchdown passes on Tuesday and Taylor Hotchkiss, the leading receiver for LCL, had one TD catch.

Pewaukee hosts Reedsburg Saturday

Oct. 30, 2009 12:47 p.m. | Pewaukee's undefeated varsity football team, sporting an impressive 10-0 record, will most likely face its toughest test of the season on Saturday when they host Reedsburg (7-3) at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will move on to the third round of the WIAA Division 3 state football playoffs.

Reedsburg was a state semifinalist last season. Reedsburg whipped Wisconsin Dells on Tuesday in the first round (35-0) and Pewaukee downed Whitewater 46-22.

Pewaukee is 10-0 for just the second time in school history. Last year's team was the first ever to win its first 10 games.

The Pirates are led offensively by senior quarterback Patrick Bacon, senior running back Bryan Spakowicz, junior running back Derek Watt and senior receiver Mike Olewinski. On defense, Spakowicz, Watt, Olewinski,  Josh Fritchen, Austin Sternad, Kent Girmscheid and Travis Decker have had big seasons.

AHS, West clash on Saturday

Oct. 30, 2009 12:29 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity footall team, 8-1 on the season, will get a chance to avenge that early-season loss this Saturday when they play host Waukesha West at Waukesha South on Saturday at 6 p.m. In second game of the Classic 8 Conference season back in September the undefeated Wolverines (10-0) stopped the Warhawks in overtime, 12-6.

The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the third round of the WIAA Division state football playoffs.

Arrowhead did not score a touchdown against West in th efirst meeting  despite outgaining the Wolverines by a lopsided 260-79 margin of total offense.The loss snapped Arrowhead's 16-game conference winning streak.

The game will be played at South because the West field is extremely wet after Tuesday's game and recent rains.

Arrowhead's offense is led by the senior trio of quarterback Tom Parish, running back Brian Crook and receiver Russ Finco. Junior back Colton Sweitzer also has had a good season for AHS. On defense, the Warhawks are led by linebackers Matt Boerner and Jordan Peterson, defensive backs Jeremy Oleniczak and Jake Poehls and linemen Aaron Pomeroy, Jason Boerner and Blake Mattson.

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Mukwonago stabbing suspect changes plea

Oct. 30, 2009 10:06 a.m. |

The 29-year-old Town of Mukwonago man accused of stabbing Samantha L. Peterson repeatedly in her car outside his aunt’s home Sept. 5 changed his plea yesterday.

David A. Wapp appeared in court Oct. 29 and changed his plea from not guilty to not guilty by mental disease or defect.

Wapp is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in Peterson’s death. According to the criminal complaint and testimony by a witness, Peterson told Wapp, her ex-boyfriend, to get out of her car during an argument. Wapp then stabbed her, went back into his aunt’s house and then returned to the car, stabbed her again and cut her neck until she was dead. The Sept. 5 incident took place just days after Wapp was released from prison.

Both the State and defense will have independent evaluations done of Wapp. A hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 10.

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Soccer updates, live football chat today

Oct. 30, 2009 9:36 a.m. | There will be plenty to whet the whistle of the WIAA sports fan today, with Arrowhead playing in the state soccer semifinals on the eve of Level 2 playoff games and the state cross country championship.

Arrowhead meets Muskego at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee at 7 p.m., with a berth in tomorrow's state title game on the line. Check out the Preps Alcove for live blogging of the proceedings. Sign up for an email reminder in advance.

Have a question about the football playoffs? Take part with our pool of writers in an online chat at noon today. Stick around at JSOnlinePrepsPlus.com for full coverage of the football postseason.

Tomorrow, check out the Preps Alcove on Twitter to get live updates from the Pewaukee-Reedsburg and Arrowhead-Waukesha West football game. Both games figure to be thrillers, so if you can't make either 6 p.m. game, be sure to stay with us while we give you the scoop.

Time for extra fun this weekend

Oct. 30, 2009 8:26 a.m. |  

With clocks turned back this weekend there's an extra hour of fun. So get out and enjoy a hike, a hop and a Halloween party in Lake Country not to mention some "Nunsense" at the Lake Country Playhouse.
Fright Hike: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30-31, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lapham Peak, W329-N846 Highway C, Delafield. 262-646-3025.
· Sock Hop: 7:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31, St. James Catholic Church, 830 Highway NN East, Mukwonago. Halloween costumes or 1950s-60s attire is encouraged. Ages 21 and up. 262-363-7615.
· Halloween Party with Joey La Vie: 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Twist 'n Olive, 2730 Hillside Drive, Delafield. 262-646-5483.
· "Nunsense": 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30-31 and 2 p.m. Nov. 1, Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. 262-367-4697.

Arrowhead wins in overtime

Oct. 29, 2009 7:41 p.m. | Danny Ziegler slid a corner kick from Kyle Peterson past Marquette's goalkeeper Thursday night in double overtime, lifting Arrowhead to a 1-0 win in double overtime.

The Warhawks were challenging the defending state champion Hilltoppers in the quarterfinal of the WIAA Division 1 soccer tournament at Uihlein Park in Milwaukee. Marquette was making its 10th straight appearance in the state field and only once before had lost in the quarterfinals.

Arrowhead will face Kenosha Tremper or Muskego tomorrow in the semifinal at 7 p.m.

Two children taken by Flight for Life after accident in North Lake

Watch out for new phone scam

Oct. 29, 2009 9:12 a.m. | The Wisconsin Bankers Association is urging residents in Southeastern Wisconsin to be on the lookout for a new type of phone scam called a "vishing scam."  Some residents in Mukwonago have reported receiving such calls.

Automated messages are being left on peoples' voice mail system, including cell phones.  The message claims to be from a financial institution's security department and warns that the customer's debit card has been compromised.  The message then prompts consumers to reveal their account information.

Vishing scams can be extremely convincing, but no bank, credit union or other legitimate business will request a customer to verify personal information such as PINs, bank account numbers or Social Security numbers over the phone.

Get live Arrowhead soccer updates

Oct. 29, 2009 9:12 a.m. | The Preps Alcove will be out and about at Uihlein Field in Milwaukee to provide updates when Arrowhead faces Milwaukee Marquette in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 boys soccer state tournament.

Check back shortly before the 5 p.m kickoff.

City moves forward on sheriff's contract

Oct. 29, 2009 9:03 a.m. |  

City of Pewaukee  - The Common Council moved one step closer to contracting with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department for police services when it voted 5-1 Wednesday night to direct the city attorney to move forward with a contract.
The decision came during the council’s last budget workshop. Representatives from Ehlers and Associates, the city’s financial consultant, reviewed the city’s 2010 proposed budget and determined the budget would be balanced with a sheriff's contract. The city could maintain $100,000 in contingency funds, and would be able to purchase firetrucks and maintain a favorable financial rating by Moody’s.
If the city kept its own police department, Ehlers determined the budget would not be balanced. The city’s tax levy would be $760,000 over the state-mandated levy limit.
Alderwoman Cheri Enters voted to oppose the action. The police services issue will be added to the Common Council meeting agenda for Monday, Nov. 2.
The city’s budget public hearing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Ralph Ramirez will hold a one-hour session at 10 a.m. Friday, about the two direct -egislation petitions filed to pre-empt the Common Council from moving forward on the sheriff 'scontract without a supermajority vote and a public referendum.

Local football teams set Saturday game times

Oct. 28, 2009 9:40 a.m. | Pewaukee's football team will host Reedsburg at 6 p.m. Saturday in the second round of the WIAA playoffs. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

Lake Country Lutheran will once again host at Kettle Moraine High School when Algoma comes to town for the Level 2 game at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Arrowhead will travel to face Waukesha West at 6 p.m. Saturday, though the game will be played at Waukesha South. West will be hosting a sectional volleyball contest in the evening, and the relocation avoids a traffic overflow.

Lightning headed to second round

Oct. 27, 2009 10:45 p.m. | Lake Country Lutheran scored and scored and scored, again on Tuesday.

This time, the offense was in high gear in its first-ever WIAA Division 6 playoff game, stopping Deerfield, 44-20.

Lake Country Lutheran did it without running back/linebacker Aaron Wegner, who was taken off the field by ambulance late in the first quarter.

Senior quarterback Jared Wartinbee tossed two touchdown passes in the first half and ran for another, lifting the Lightning (8-2 overall) to a 30-6 halftime lead. On fourth down and five with 8:12 to play in the fourth quarter, Wartinbee hit senior Cameron Herdt on a 20-yard touchdown pass.

Senior running back Trey Shaw had two touchdowns for Deerfield.

Cooney downed by Middleton

Oct. 27, 2009 10:36 p.m. | Oconomowoc rebounded to post a strong second half in Middleton on Tuesday, but the Cardinals still had more than enough in a 40-17 outcome in the first round of the WIAA playoffs.

Cooney finished the season 5-5 and made its first playoff appearance since 2005.

Brady Nold scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and the Raccoons pulled back within two scores at 33-17, coaxing the Middleton starters back into the game.

St. John's loses playoff opener

Oct. 27, 2009 10:11 p.m. | The varsity football team at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy of Delafield lost its opening round WIAA Division 4 playoff game Tuesday night to host Winnebago Lutheran, 49-14.

St. John's ended the season with a 5-5 record. Winnebago Lutheran improved to 9-1  with the win.

TheLancers fell behind 21-7 at halftime as Jeff Jordan scored for St. John's on a 10-yard pass from Alex Hahn. Andrew Pole kicked the extra point.

Winnebago Lutheran made it 35-7 in the second half before St. John's  got its final touchdown on a 57-yard pass from Hahn to Donald Jackson.

Prep football updates all night long

Oct. 27, 2009 5:18 p.m. | The first round of the WIAA football playoffs gets under way tonight, and we have you covered.

Check out Preps Alcove on Twitter for updates of Pewaukee-Whitewater in the Division 3 bracket and visit JSOnlinePrepsPlus.com for a live scoreboard of all games around the area. Plus, it's not too late to make your Pigskin Picks -- your chance to win two Green Bay Packers tickets

Don't forget to check back here for updates on local teams -- Arrowhead, Pewaukee, Lake Country Lutheran, Oconomowoc and St. Johns -- in the playoff ladder.

Illness closes Greenland Elementary

Oct. 27, 2009 2:56 p.m. | Greenland Elementary School in Oconomowoc has joined the ranks of schools closing due to excessive absences because of illness.

The school will be closed tomorrow, and plans to reopen Monday, Nov. 2, according to an e-mail sent to parents.

Warrant issued in Smith murder

Oct. 27, 2009 2:23 p.m. | Police are asking for information about the whereabouts of Justin Patrick Welch, 26, of Stockton, Calif., in connection with the murder earlier this month of Kim Smith of Oconomowoc.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with the murder. He is also wanted on a felony parole violation in California.

Welch is described as a white male with blonde hair and green eyes. He weighs about 190 pounds and is about 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Welch's DNA was found on evidence at the murder scene, authorities said at a press conference this afternoon.

Authorities in California and Wisconsin are investigating how Welch might be connected with the murder.

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Lake Country Publications back online

Oct. 27, 2009 12:25 p.m. | Phone, fax and Internet services at Lake Country Publications' Hartland office are back online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Thank you for your patience.

Papers will be out as scheduled.

Lake Country Publications network down

Oct. 27, 2009 8:52 a.m. | Phone, fax and Internet services at Lake Country Publications' Hartland office are down this morning. It is uncertain when they will be restored.

If you need to contact someone, limited e-mail may be available, as some employees are able to access e-mail remotely. Send e-mail to lakenews@jcpgroup.com. Thank you for your patience.

We do plan to publish our papers as usual.

News conference on Smith case planned

Oct. 27, 2009 7:40 a.m. | A press conference will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department when authorities will be releasing information regarding the Kimberly Smith murder investigation.

Some charges dismissed, sergeant suspended, demoted

Oct. 26, 2009 4:50 p.m. |  

The City of Pewaukee Police and Fire Commission on Monday announced that it has dismissed some charges against Police Sgt. Cher Sneider, but sustained others, resulting in Sneider's demotion to patrol officer and an unpaid, 15-day suspension.
Acting Chief Captain Dan Meister filed charges against Sneider and recommended discipline that ranged from a lengthy suspension up to termination.
The commission based its discipline on Sneider violating department policy and untruthfulness.
The commission found that Sneider violated department policy for asking a subordinate to obtain a man's phone number from a restrictive database, so she could contact that man for personal reason. Then Sneider called and visited the man's residence in an attempt to date him. The man was under investigation by the police department and suspected of illegal drug activity.
The commission dismissed charges that Sneider attempted to have a laptop mount moved from the former police chief’s squad to another squad without Meister’s orders.
Sneider was returned to active duty effective Monday, ending her paid, administrative suspension that began last November. Her unpaid suspension and demotion also began Monday.

Get AHS soccer updates Thursday

Oct. 26, 2009 12:58 p.m. | Be sure to make the Preps Alcove your home for Arrowhead boys soccer on Thursday, when the Warhawks battle Milwaukee Marquette in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 state soccer tournament. Sports Director JR Radcliffe will be there ready for the 5 p.m. kickoff, with live blogging to chronicle the action from Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

Reserve seats for Annual KM Senior Citizen Appreciation Luncheon

Oct. 24, 2009 8:31 p.m. |
All senior citizens from the Lake Country community are invited to attend this senior citizen appreciation luncheon hosted by Kettle Moraine Community Education on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at12:30 p.m. at Kettle Moraine High School. A bake sale and raffle will be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Cost for the meal is $4.50. Reservations are required. The menu includes roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberries, corn, cinnamon apples, peach cobbler with whipped topping and milk or decaf coffee.
Entertainment will be provided in the auditorium by the Kettle Moraine Orchestra, Directed by Lauren Roznowski,  at 11:30 a.m.
Reservations need to be made by calling Community Education at (262) 968-6300 ext. 5326 no later than Wednesday, Oct. 28. Please car pool when possible as parking will be limited. Drivers should drop off your car pool at the south entrance of the high school and proceed to the Lower Parking lot at the Football Field, on Hwy. 18 and Oak Crest Drive. For overflow parking you may use the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. A shuttle will bring you back to the school.

Warhawks headed to state

Oct. 24, 2009 4:29 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys soccer team qualified for the WIAA Division 1 state boys soccer tournament with a 2-0 victory at Brookfield Central on Saturday.

Andy Fox had the first goal for Arrowhead in the 41st minute. With time winding down in the game, Logan Martell knocked in the second goal for the Warhawks (18-2-3 overall).

Clay Loofboro and Jordan Dai had assists. Max Jentsch was in goal for Arrowhead.

The Warhawks will meet the winner of tonight's game between  Marquette and Whitefish Bay at 5 p.m. Thursday at Uihlein Field in Milwaukee. It will be Arrowhead's third appearance to the state soccer meet and first since 2004.

Numerous locals qualify for state CC meet

Oct. 24, 2009 4:05 p.m. | Unsurprisingly, the Lake Country area enjoyed a wealth of success in Saturday's WIAA cross country sectionals, with several passing into next weekend's state meet at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

The biggest storyline was who did not advance -- the Arrowhead girls fell short at their home course, snapping a streak of 10 consecutive years running in the state meet. For a full rundown, visit the Playoff Central portion of the Preps Alcove.

Qualifiers include:

  • Lake Country Lutheran girls (team)
  • Pewaukee girls (team)
  • Pewaukee boys (team)
  • Arrowhead boys (team)
  • Molly Seidel (University Lake School girls)
  • Andie Zeman and Gabby Levac (Arrowhead girls)
  • Mandy Prom (Oconomowoc girls)
  • Taylor Schleusner (Lake Country Lutheran boys)
  • Marcus Paulson and Theresa Selestow (Hamilton boys and girls)
  • Ian Cichacki and Blair Doney (Mukwonago boys and girls)
  • Brian Drout (Kettle Moraine boys)

Goodbye, Lake Country!

Oct. 23, 2009 4:05 p.m. | For someone who grew up in a world without seasons (unless you call a 9-month period of uncomfortable heat followed by 3 months of rainless clouds "seasons"), I have come to appreciate nature much more acutely here in Wisconsin.  There's nothing like the blazing fire colors of fall, the delicate snowflakes gathering on eyelashes in winter, the welcome warmth and fertile burst of spring, the fun and festival-filled summer...of all the things I will miss about Wisconsin, I'll miss the seasons the most. 

That's right, your dependable, hardworking Friday Web Event Teaser is moving back to her native San Diego.  And before you boo and hiss, consider all the things you get to enjoy that I won't be able to anymore: frozen custard, Sprecher/New Glarus/Leinie's, fish frys, Racine Kringles, and much more, not all revolving around food.

Instead of highlighting just a few events this weekend, picking and choosing subjectively while ignoring all the rest, I'd like to invite you to choose for yourself, to see all that Lake Country has to offer, by checking out the Weekend Happenings Blog on the homepage:


Something I've always admired about this area is that no matter the weather--cold and dreary like today or warm and inviting like two days ago--there's always something fun to do.

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Survivors in fatal 2008 Oconomowoc crash awarded more than $1 million

Oct. 23, 2009 4:03 p.m. | Waukesha – A judge this afternoon approved settlements totaling more than $1 million for the two children who survived the horrific crash last year that took the life of a popular Oconomowoc High School principal.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Kathryn Foster signed off on minor compensatory settlements for Deborah Gibbs and Zachary Bella who were injured in the crash caused by former surgeon Mark Benson April 25, 2008.

Foster signed a settlement for Gibbs totaling $800,000 and for Bella totaling $250,000.
Benson, 56, of Town of Summit agreed earlier to pay $3,670,000 plus unspecified punitive damages to settle two lawsuits brought by the victims’ families.

Benson, who is serving a 30-year prison sentence, avoided a criminal trial when he entered no contest pleas to three counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, one count of injury by intoxicated use of vehicle, and one count of causing injury while under influence.

Benson was driving on Highway. 67 when his Cadillac Escalade struck the rear of Honda Accord, which was stopped in traffic on Highway 67 in the City of Oconomowoc.

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Playoff brackets arrive

Oct. 23, 2009 1:47 p.m. | WIAA football postseason brackets have begun filtering out into the world, and several local teams now know their destination.

The possibility for Arrowhead (7-1) to face Homestead in the Division 1 WIAA state title game for the fourth straight year remains intact, with the two powerhouses on opposite sides of the bracket. The Warhawks have a fourth seed and will face Janesville Parker (6-3). With a win, the Warhawks could rematch with Waukesha West (9-0) -- the only team to defeat Arrowhead all year -- in the second round. Other top seeds in the bracket are (2) Middleton(7-2) and (3) Verona Area (7-2). Marquette (9-0) is the top seed in the quadrant that would represent a potential state semifinal matchup.

Oconomowoc (5-4) will face Middleton in the first round, traveling to face the Cardinals on their home turf. The Raccoons are in the playoffs for the first time since 2005. (Note: this is a change from initial bracket, which pitted OHS against Madison Memorial).

Hamilton (7-2) caught a pretty bad break in Division 2, nestled in an awesome collection of teams, starting with fourth-seeded Cedarburg (8-1) in the first round. Only one team in the pool of eight has more than two losses, and top seeds include Monona Grove (9-0) -- a potential second-round opponent -- Waunakee (8-1) and DeForest (7-2).

Pewaukee (9-0) drew a top seed in Division 3, as expected, and will host Whitewater (5-4) in the first round. The other top seeds in the bracket are (2) Jefferson (8-1), (3) McFarland (8-1) and (4) Reedsburg Area (6-3) -- which faces Wisconsin Dells (4-5) in a first-round matchup that would provide Pewaukee's second-round opponent, should the Pirates also advance.

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Hartland South expected to reopen Monday

Oct. 23, 2009 1:25 p.m. | Village of Hartland - Glenn Schilling, superintendent of the Hartland - Lakeside School District, said Friday he expects Hartland South Elementary School will be reopened for classes on Monday. The school was closed Tuesday afternoon because nearly of third of its students were home sick with the flu.

Schilling said students will attend classes for a day and a half next week because of previously scheduled teachers conferences. Schilling said students and parents will receive information next week that will enable the student to work at home to make up for the school work that was not done during the three and a half days the school was closed last week.

Schilling said the decision to close the schools are usually based on orders issued by the Waukesha County Health Department based on trends that indicate unusually high absentee rates.

Waukesha County begins H1N1 Vaccination Clinics

Oct. 23, 2009 8:18 a.m. | Waukesha County Public Health Division plans to hold free, public vaccination clinics next week to provide intranasal H1N1 flu vaccine to healthy people who are between 2 and 49 years of age, caregivers of infants under 6 months of age, and health care workers and emergency responders.  At this time, the only vaccine available is the live, intranasal vaccine that can only be administered to healthy individuals between the ages of 2 and 49.

The vaccination will be given on a first come, first serve basis until the vaccine supply runs out at the Waukesha County Expo Center Forum Building on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 7 p.m.

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Dai's goal leads Arrowhead soccer

Oct. 22, 2009 8:24 p.m. | Senior Jordan Dai's direct free kick from just outside the box at the 61:20 mark was all Arrowhead soccer needed Thursday night in a 1-0 win over Menomonee Falls. The win advanced Arrowhead to the WIAA sectional final Saturday.

Falls goalie Ben Deederich was whistled for handling the ball outside the box, which lead the free kick. AHS goalie Max Jentsch kept Falls at bay over the final 15 minutes.

The Warhawks will face either Brookfield East or Brookfield Central at 2 p.m. Saturday, with a state-tournament berth on the line.

KM soccer ousted from playoffs (with video)

Oct. 22, 2009 6:30 p.m. | In the wet conditions at Kettle Moraine High School, Madison La Follette scored two first-half goals and the Lasers never recovered in a 4-1 loss during Thursday's WIAA sectional semifinal.

La Follette, seeded third, advanced to Saturday's sectional final. Second-seeded KM scored on a penalty kick late in the match after falling behind, 4-0.

James Mahoney scored the lone KM tally. For more on the playoffs, visit the Preps Alcove.

Town of Mukwonago to borrow $75,000

Oct. 22, 2009 9:41 a.m. | Last night, the Town of Mukwonago board approved a resolution to borrow $75,000.

The loan will be a short-term loan and is meant to be paid off in January.

"This is just more of an insurance policy to make sure we have a balanced budget," said Chairman Dave Dubey.  "We can pay it back in January if we don't spend as much as we have budgeted for snow plowing."

Pirates finish undefeated

Oct. 22, 2009 6:42 a.m. | Pewaukee's varsity football team, ranked No. 3 in the state in the Associated Press Medium School poll, finished the 2009 regular season Wednesday night by scoring a 34-20 win over visiting Whitall.

The win moved Pewaukee's record to 9-0. giving them 19 consecutive Woodland Conference wins the last three years. It's the second straight year the Pirates have finished the regular season undefeated.

After a scoreless first quarter, Whitnall led twice in the second period (7-0 and 14-7) before the two teams went into the intermission tied at 14-14.

PHS outscored the Falcons 20-6 in the second half.

Senior Mike Dusel, who scored a career-high three touchdowns in the game, scored on runs of 8 and 25 yards to spark the second half rally. Bryan Spakowicz, back from msising two games with a knee injury, scored on a 2-yard run. Spakowicz and Dusel scored first-half touchdowns on running plays.

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AHS gridders finish strong

Oct. 22, 2009 6:29 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity football team, ranked No.7 in the state in the Large School state Associated Press Poll, grabbed the ealy lead when senior Russ Finco returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and defeated visiting Waukesha Catholic Memorial Wedensday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 31-13.

AHS finished the season with a 7-1 record. In league play, the Warhawks took second place with a 6-1 record. Waukesha West won the league crown, its first in school history, by going 7-0.

CMH  (6-3) cut their deficit to 14-13  early in the fourth quarter before AHS scored the final 17 points. Drew Meyer booted a 22-yard field goal to get the fourth quarter rally going and Brian Crook and Finco put the game away by scoring touchdowns later in the period.  Crook scored his 53rd career touchdown on a 5-yard run and Finco caught a 31-yard pass from Tom Parish.

AHS finished with 319 total yards and Memorial had 179 yards.

The WIAA playoffs will start Tuesday night.

Hamilton ousts Brookfield Central; LCL dominates

Oct. 21, 2009 10:06 p.m. | For the second straight year, the Hamilton football team has eliminated Brookfield Central from the postseason -- though this time around, the triumph came before the postseason actually started.

The Chargers turned in a 14-7 victory Wednesday night at Central, finishing with a very respectable 5-2 mark in the Greater Metro Conference and dropping the Lancers to 3-4 -- short of postseason qualifications.

Hamilton will learn its playoff opponent Friday.

Lake Country Lutheran will also learn its foe Friday and should have a home game coming after clinching a share of the Midwest Classic Conference divisional title. The Lightning won a 54-14 outcome over Living Word Lutheran, with Jake Bahr catching two touchdown passes and running for another.

Kettle Moraine misses playoffs

Oct. 21, 2009 10:02 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's football team came up short of the playoffs in a 24-0 loss to Milwaukee Pius on Wednesday night at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

The Popes dropped KM to 3-4 in league play, short of the requisite winning record for a playoff berth.

Wisconsin Lutheran rolls over OHS

Oct. 21, 2009 9:56 p.m. | Oconomowoc will have to settle for second place in the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference after Wisconsin Lutheran dished out a 35-0 loss to the Raccoons on Wednesday.

The win moved Wisco to 7-0 in league play and dropped Cooney to 5-2 (5-4 overall). Little went right in the lopsided affair, though Cooney only trailed by two scores at halftime.

Oconomowoc will find out its playoff destination and opponent Friday.

Absentee figures level, no Mukwonago High activities canceled Oct. 21

Oct. 21, 2009 2:05 p.m. | Mukwonago Area School District Nurse Amy Durkin reported absenteeism has begun to level off in the district. While absentee figures rose Tuesday and Wednesday at Park View Middle School and Mukwonago High School, Rolling Hills and Section Elementary School peaked on Tuesday and noted a decrease in the number of students absent on Wednesday. Clarendon Avenue Elementary and Prairie View Elementary also saw slight decreases on Oct. 21.

Durkin said absentee figures in Mukwonago are significantly lower than in many other schools that are closing because of illness. The district continues to report figures to the Waukesha County Health Department. Durkin said the district would probably remain open even if absentee figures climbed again as long as there is enough staff available.

All activities at MHS will be held as scheduled on Oct. 21, contrary to what has been texted via WTMJ messages, according to the district website. Only the Mukwonago Gymnastics Kids Club class has been canceled on Oct. 21.

Homes For Our Troops raise walls in Eagle

Oct. 21, 2009 1:34 p.m. |

Jason and Lina Schulz watch as volunteers with Homes For Our Troops erect the walls of their new home Wednesday morning.

Volunteers lift a wall into place on the Schulz home in Eagle on Oct. 21 during the three-day Build Brigade.

Lang selling Erin Hills Golf Course

Oct. 21, 2009 1:02 p.m. | Town of Erin - Delafield developer Bob Lang is apparently selling at least some of his interest in the Erin Hills Golf Course in Washington County to Andrew Ziegler of Macon, chief executive officer of Artisan Partners, one of Milwaukee's largest mutual fund management companies.

Town officials said an emergency meeting of the Plan Commission has been scheduled tommorrow evening to amend town permits for the golf course to reflect Lang's sale of his interest in the property. Lang purchased the 652 acres in 1999 and opened the golf course in 2006.

Lang and Ziegler could not be reached for comment. Town officials were hesitant to identify Ziegler as a new owner in the golf course because they said all of the necessary paper work had not been completed on the transaction and for tommorrow nights meeting. However, other sources also confirmed Ziegler's pending purchase the property.

Delafield Mayor Ed McAleer said he was surprised by the reports that Lang was selling the golf course. McAleer said it was his understand that Lang was devoting most of his professional career to development of the golf course that has been described by some golf publications as one of the best newly built courses in the country.

During the past decade, Lang has been gradually selling off his interests in a card and calender company and downtown businesses and buildings that had made him an icon in Delafield and across Lake Country.

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Twitter updates tonight for OHS-Wisco football

Oct. 21, 2009 10:39 a.m. | Lake Country Publications sports director JR Radcliffe will provide live Twitter updates from tonight's regular-season football finale between Oconomowoc and Wisconsin Lutheran. For more info, visit the Preps Alcove.

Dredging propositions fail in Delafield

Oct. 20, 2009 8:07 p.m. | Voters in the City of Delafield turned down both propositions on the ballot today.

Residents had been asked to spend $3.7 million to dredge portions of Lake Nagawicka and channels on the northeastern and northwestern edge of the lake. That measure was voted down, 674-627.

A second question asked for $1.2 million to create a sediment trap where the Bark River enters the lake. Voters turned that proposition down, 732-564.

The city saw about a 27.5% voter turnout -- almost the same as the last special election held in the city, in 2005, which created the direct legislation ordinance that created the need for this election. Under the ordinance, the city must send capital projects of more than $1 million to a referendum.

No car smash or bonfire in Mukwonago

Oct. 20, 2009 3:35 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School bonfire and car smash, which had been rescheduled from homecoming week to Oct. 20, has been cancelled for this evening.

Flu closes Hartland South

Oct. 20, 2009 11:35 a.m. | Hartland South Elementary School will be closed until Monday because of an excessive number of students out ill.

About 43 percent of the school's 405 students were out sick Tuesday morning, when the Waukesha County Health Department made the decision to close the school. Parents were notified via voicemail messages that they could pick up their children early today. Students who are not picked up will be sent home as usual at the end of the day on school buses.

The school is expected to remain closed until Monday.

The two other schools in the Hartland-Lakeside district will remain open.

City OKs funding for merger study

Oct. 19, 2009 10:13 p.m. | Reversing an earlier decision, the Pewaukee Common Council tonight approved spending $12,000 for a merger study with the Village of Pewaukee it had tentatively committed to earlier this year but later backed away from. The council also agreed to allocate another $75,000 toward merger efforts. See Thursday's Lake Country Reporter for details.

Pewaukee votes to disband Police Department

Oct. 19, 2009 10:03 p.m. | Pewaukee Mayor Scott Klein voted in favor of disbanding the city's police department tonight, breaking a tie vote of the Common Council in a controversial decision that will have the city contracting with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department next year.

Council members voting not to disband the vote were Dale Noll, Cheri Enters and Roger Hathaway. Members voting to disband the department were Doug Kiser, Michael Hasslinger and Steve Bierce.

See Thursday's Lake Country Reporter for a detailed report.

TONIGHT: BBV Fire Board to discuss complaints

Oct. 19, 2009 10:57 a.m. | The Big Bend/Vernon Fire Board will discuss two complaints from Fire Board secretary Julie Bauer at tonight's 6:30 Fire Board Meeting.

Both complaints revolve around what Fischer considers misrepresentations of her character by board member Sue Fischer.

City appoints new Lieutenant

Oct. 19, 2009 9:02 a.m. |  

 City of Oconomowoc Police Chief Dave Beguhn announced Friday that Officer Jim Pfister has been promoted to Lieutenant, effective Jan. 1, and will assume the post from retiring Lt. Jeff Schmidt. The appointment was an internal process with four officers interviewing for the post.

Two flighted in Village crash

Oct. 19, 2009 8:47 a.m. | Police are investigating a crash that took place just after midnight on Saturday in the Village of Oconomowoc Lake.

A 21-year-old male driver, and four male passengers, ages 14, 15, 17 and 19,  all from the Oconomoowc area, were traveling in a Grand Prix and went around a curve in the road at an apparently high rate of speed. The vehicle crashed into two trees at Lalumiere and Pabst Roads.

Passing motorists helped to remove two of the men from the back seat of the vehicle before it burst into flames.

The driver and a passenger  were taken by Flight for Life for treament; one to Froedtert Hospital, the other to Children's Hospital for treatment. The others were taken to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.

Alcohol may have been a factors in the crash.

Flight for Life called in Oconomowoc

Oct. 19, 2009 8:10 a.m. | Flight for Life was called to an area just south of I-94 and west of the Blue Ribbon Drive at about 7:30 a.m. this morning for a , Coach bus passenger complaining of chest pains, driver pulled over here to get him medical assistance The driver pulled over to get him medical assistance. Emergency air transport was summoned for a 28-year-old man who complained of severe chest pain and was taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment.  

Investigators extend Texas stay

Oct. 19, 2009 8:06 a.m. | Two homicide investigators sent to Texas last week in connection with the homicide investigation of Kimberly Smith, have had their stay extended in the Lone Star State.

Originally scheduled to return on Oct. 18, the law enforcement officials are now expected to stay until Wednesday, Oct. 21.

“The guys are getting a lot of information down in Texas. We’re finding out things we didn’t know before,” said City of Oconomowoc Police Chief Dave Beguhn.

“As they continue to do interviews, the more information there is to follow-up on before coming back to Wisconsin.

“We’re getting a lot of cooperation with people we’re speaking to and from the Texas authorities. They (the investigators) are going to be down there until the middle of next week,” the Chief added.

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AHS boys win CC crown

Oct. 17, 2009 6:06 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys cross country team upset two-time league champion Waukesha West Saturday at Naga-Waukee Park to win the 2009 Classic 8 Conference championship. AHS had last won the title in 2006.

AHS had 45 points and rival West had 53. Mukwonago was third with 103 tallies.

John Luterbach of Catholic Memorial won the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16:18.

Arrowhead was led by sophomore Russell Sandvold in third place at 16:37. Other AHS runners were Will Conley in seventh at 16:59, Brad Lewin ninth at 17:11, Ben Bierman 10th at 17:23 and Alec Eberhardt 16th at 17:33. Other AHS runners were Ryan Adamski in 21st at 17:42, Nick Linnan 28th at 17:54 and Kyle Lewin 35th at 18:04.

A field of 61 runners took part.

PHS girls win CC title

Oct. 17, 2009 4:32 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity cross country team, led by a first-place finish by senior Hannah Frett, won the Woodland Conference championship  last Friday at Sheridan Park.

Pewaukee won the title for the second straight year. PHS had 57 points and Shorewood was second with 79.

Frett won the 4,000-meter race with an outstanding time of 14:44. Other PHS runners were Riley Kirchoff in 11th at 15:37, Lily Leist 13th at 15:46, Hailey Henck 14th at 15:47, Paige Hinkle 22nd at 16:01 and Shannon Kalamarz 28th at 16:24.

Warhawks roll over South

Oct. 17, 2009 12:03 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity football team continued to play outstanding football last Friday night as they whipped host Waukesha South (1-7, 0-6) in a Classic 8 Conference game, 45-0. AHS improved to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in league play.

Arrowhead will host Catholic Memorial Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the final regular season game of the year. AHS and CMH are tied for second place in the league standings with 5-1 records. Both have lost to undefeated Waueksha West.

Senior running back Brian Crook, the all-time leading scorer and rusher at Arrowhead, scored the first touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run and the rest was downhill for the Warhawks.

Senior end Russ Finco, enjoying a huge season for AHS, caught four touchdown passes in the game, three from Tom Parish and one from Conner Maurice. Sophomore Jamahl Wright closed out the scoring by exploding for a 75-yard in the final four minutes.

On defense, Jason Boerner had a fumble recovery and Mike DeMartino had an interception, both of which led to Arrowhead touchdowns

Pirates roll to another win

Oct. 17, 2009 11:52 a.m. | There's been no stoppng the Pewaukee varsity football team so far this season. And there was no stopping them again Friday night.

Hosting Thomas More in a Woodland Conference game, the Pirates scored three touchdowns in the first period and eventually rolled to a lopsided 50-12 win over the Cavaliers (2-6).

The victory improved the PHS record to 7-0 in conference play and 8-0 overall. The Pirates have won  a school-record 18 consecutive league games over the last three years.

Junior Derek Watt returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and it was all downhill for the Pirates. Watt scored three on the night and Russell Fay, Travis Decker and Patrick Bacon also scored. Fay finished with a career-best 125 yards rushing on just seven carries.

On defense, the Pirates got big games from Watt, Mike Olewinski, Richard Crane, Austin Sternad, Decker, Josh Fritchen, Kent Girmscheid, Chris Jasinski and Tyler Haga.

Classic 8 leaders too much for KM

Oct. 16, 2009 9:55 p.m. | Waukesha West continued it's impressive run in the Classic 8 Conference on Friday, this time, turning away WIAA playoff hopeful Kettle Moraine in Wales.

The Wolverines improved to 6-0 in the conference with a 38-14 victory over the Lasers. Kettle Moraine trailed at halftime, 24-0, and Waukesha West went ahead 31-0 before the Lasers got on the scoreboard with a short touchdown pass from Kyle Kita to Logan Solano.

Waukesha West led 17-0 midway through the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ryan Young. Young hooked up on a long touchdown pass to Nate Angles late in the third quarter, pushing Waukesha West's lead to 37-7.

Kettle Moraine, in a must-win situation on Wednesday at Milwaukee Pius, got its final points on another touchdown pass from Kita to Sam Campbell with 8:31 to play in the game.

Attendance improves at KMMS

Oct. 16, 2009 4:12 p.m. | Attendance at Kettle Moraine Middle School has slowly improved this week, from Monday, when 22 percent of the school's students were out sick, to Friday, when the absence rate fell to 9.8 percent, according to an e-mail from Principal David Carr.

Many of those who are ill seem to be suffering with influenza-type symptoms, he wrote. The school is encouraging parents to keep students home if they are ill.

Only 70 days 'til Christmas!

Oct. 16, 2009 3:47 p.m. | It's not even Halloween, but you know the second Nov. 1 rolls around, major retail establishments will pack up their autumn adornments and deck the halls with Christmasy flourish in ever-expanding anticipation of the major revenue-generating time of year.  'Tis the season, eh?

You can get in the holiday spirit absurdly early too, at least the "spirit of giving" part.  Several fundraising events will be held this weekend, benefiting everything from animals to healthcare.  So if you're feeling generous, or you just want to enjoy some live entertainment and gourment food, check out these events:

  • The Human Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County is holding its annual fall fundraiser, a "Men At Work" party, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Olympia resort.
  • Enjoy live music by the Danny Miller Band, locally grown foods and more at the Tall Pines Conservancy Fall Harvest, at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Faye Gehl Conservation Foundation Barn in Stone Bank.
  • Help support the Stone Bank Fire Department at their "Sampling for Safety" event, featuring over 40 beers from around the world, wines, gourmet sodas, and food from local restaurants as well as special firefighter recipes, 6 p.m. Saturday at the Stone Bank Fire Station.
  • Check out a variety of whimsical, artistic and often hilariously decorated bras at the "Artful Bras" exhibit at the Lakes Gallery of Fine Art in North Lake, through Nov. 18.

For a full listing of weekend events, check out the Weekend Happenings Blog on the homepage.

Teens charged in connection with St. John's football field damage

Oct. 16, 2009 8:11 a.m. | Four Delafield teens have been charged for allegedly causing $15,000 in damages to the football at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy on July 31.

Charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property were James A. Cathlina, 18, of 736 West Shore Drive, Tyler J. Brooks, 18, of 721 Oneida St., Christina T. Rudig, 17, of 753 Mills St., all of the City of Delafield, and Sean A. Hammel, 17, of W323 S1669 Moraine View Drive, Town of Delafield.

All four are schedule to make their initial appearances in court Nov. 9.

Soccer teams, tennis players in action

Oct. 15, 2009 11:45 p.m. | Kettle Moraine and Arrowhead both moved on to next Thursday's WIAA Division 1 soccer sectionals after regional-final victories tonight over Waukesha North and Wauwatosa West, respecitvely.

At the WIAA Division 1 state tennis meet, local players Rachel Bero and Abby Kolbow of Arrowhead, Heather Bong of Arrowhead and Zoe Roecker and Jessica Phillips of Kettle Moraine each fell in the first round.

For the full rundown of all fall postseason action, visit Playoff Central at the Preps Alcove.

VIDEO: MHS soccer trumped in playoffs

Oct. 15, 2009 9:11 p.m. |

 Mukwonago's Noah Bularz scored in the 42nd minute, but Waukesha West rallied back to score twice and defeat the Indians in the WIAA Division 1 soccer playoffs Thursday, 2-1.

MHS dominated first-half play but could not find the back of the net until Bularz lofted a shot over all-conference keeper Josh Rohde. The Wolverines battled back and struck the go-ahead goal with just more than 16 minutes to play, allowing them to advance into next week's WIAA sectional.

Mukwonago finished 14-7-3 in 2009.

(VIDEO: Noah Bularz scores a goal for Mukwonago in the second half against Waukesha West)

Pewaukee police may be gone

Oct. 15, 2009 8:53 a.m. |  

The City of Pewaukee is leaning toward disbanding its police department and contracting with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department for police services.
Board members have directed City Administrator Tammy LaBorde to draft a resolution dissolving the department. Though they plan to wait to take action until after the Oct. 28 budget workshop, a preliminary budget reflects the sheriff’s contract, not the Police Department.

Police travel to Texas in murder case

Oct. 15, 2009 7:32 a.m. | The investigation into the Oct. 1 murder of 39-year-old Kimberly Smith continues to move forward as police await results from the state crime lab.

Law enforcement officers have been sent out of state as they probe into the personal relationships of the victim. “We currently have two investigators in Texas following up on the case,” said City of Oconomowoc Police Chief Dave Beguhn.

Lubbock, Texas is the home of Darren Wold, the father of Smith’s 4-year-old son Jackson, who moved there earlier this year. Smith and Wold were involved in an acrimonious custody and support battle at the time of her death. Police have determined that Wold was in Texas on the afternoon of Oct.1, that day Smith was brutally killed in her Oconomowoc home. Beguhn said the 41-year-old man, who has spoken with police previously, has been cooperative.

Smith’s body was found by her live-in boyfriend Tim McMickle, bound and stabbed to death on the floor of the family room at their home at 334 S. Maple St. The woman’s son was home at the time but authorities do not believe he witnessed the murder.

 Among the information police are anticipating are toxicology results which may take several weeks to receive and information from the state crime lab which has moved the case to the top of its list. Evidence recovered from four sealed search warrants executed in the state of Wisconsin is also being examined by authorities. Beguhn declined to provide additional information regarding those warrants.

Chimney fire in Oconomowoc

Oct. 14, 2009 6:19 p.m. | A chimney fire was reported around 6:15 p.m. at 960 Valentine Road. Emergency crew reported the fire was still live in the fireplace when they arrived.

Around 6:24, Oconomowoc fire personnel were instructed to reach the roof by ladder and check the area. It appeared that the fire was out at this time.

No further information is available.

Big Bend/Vernon Fire Department budget at standstill

Oct. 14, 2009 12:19 p.m. | The Big Bend/Vernon Fire Department budget process came to a halt Monday night when the Village of Big Bend and the Town of Vernon boards could not agree on how to budget $4,000 for legal fees.

The Big Bend board approved the budget which included a line item of $4,000 for the fees; however the Town of Vernon would not approve a budget that included such a line item.

According to Fire Board President Carol Shea, if the two boards do not come to an agreement by Dec. 15, the board will automatically use the 2009 budget.

"At that point, they could begin the dissolution of the department," she said.

Joers first, AHS fifth, KM sixth

Oct. 13, 2009 11:29 p.m. | The Classic 8 Conference was well represented Monday and Tuesday at the WIAA Division 1 state high school girls golf tournament at University Ridge in Madison.

Waukesha freshman Emily Joers fired a 1-under-par 71 on Tuesday and rallied to win the individual state title. She's the first Waukesha County individual girls champion. Joers had 79 on Monday for a 150 total. She won by two shots.

Arrowhead and Kettle Moraine, expected to battle for the team championship, settled for fifth and sixth place respectively. Middleton won the title with a 683 total, one shot better than Oregon. AHS had 710 and KM 715.

Erika Pfaender led AHS with a 163, total, good for 12th place. Her scores were 82-81. Other Arrowhead scores were Sarah Nordeen with 166 (81-85), Natalie Feder at 176 (95-81), Bethany Gustin 206 (99-107), Peyton Gunnison 99 and Jamie Kujawski 106.

KM was led by April Ohlendorf with a 160 score, good for a tie for eighth place. Her rounds were 83-77. Other Kettle Moraine scores were Leighann Cabush at 177 (90-87), Anna Vollbrecht at 189 (95-94), Katie McCann 196 (100-96) and Ally Amadon 200 (93-107).

Soccer teams advance in playoffs

Oct. 13, 2009 10:21 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's boys soccer team defeated Oconomowoc on Tuesday, 2-0, in the first round of the WIAA playoffs. Pewaukee, St. John's and Mukwonago also advanced, while Hamilton, Lake Country Lutheran and University Lake School were eliminated.

For a full wrap, visit the Preps Alcove.

AHS volleyball falls short of C8 title

Oct. 13, 2009 9:46 p.m. | It figured to be a spirited battle for the Classic 8 Conference crown, but Catholic Memorial had other ideas.

The Crusaders girls volleyball team overwhelmed the Warhawks, 25-17, 25-8, 25-10 on Tuesday at Arrowhead. Both teams entered the match with 6-0 records in conference matches, with an undisputed conference title going to the winner.

No Arrowhead player registered more than one block apiece. Lauren Rolerat and Jenny Smith each had eight kills for the Warhawks, who will look to get another crack at the Classic 8 Conference tournament at Milwaukee Pius on Friday.

Area golfers struggle at state

Oct. 13, 2009 7:02 a.m. | High school golfers from Arrowhead and Kettle Moraine struggled on Monday at the WIAA state high school girls tournament at University Ridge in Madison on a cold and windy day.

Expected to battle for the Division 1 championship, both teams struggled. Middleton and Oregon shot scores of 343 to tie for the lead. Arrowhead was fifth at 357 and KM was eighth at 361.

The tournament will end Tuesday.

AHS scores were Sarah Nordeen with 81, Erika Pfaender 82, Natalie Feder 95, Peyton Gunnison 99 and Bethany Gustin 99.

KM was led by April Ohlendorf with 83. Other KM scores were Leighann Cabush 90, Ally Amadon 93 and Katie McCann 100.

Man injured at construction site in Delafield

Oct. 12, 2009 7:10 p.m. | A 37-year-old man was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital after falling about 20 feet from a platform on a construction site in the 400 block of Genesee Street in the City of Delafield, JSonline.com is reporting.

The accident reportedly occurred at about 3:30 p.m.

The federal Occupational and Safety and Health Administration has been notified.

Absenteeism at 22% at KMMS

Oct. 12, 2009 4:38 p.m. | More than 20 percent of the student body at Kettle Moraine Middle School is out sick today with flu-like symptoms, according to an e-mail to parents from Principal David Carr.

Although many doctors are no longer testing for the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, Carr wrote that the school does have 12 new confirmed cases of the virus.

The absence rate on Monday was 22 percent. The school houses 1,000 students, he wrote.

Ashippun FD to host Open House

Oct. 12, 2009 9:05 a.m. | The Ashippun Fire Department will host an Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the main station located at Hwy. 67 and Oak Street.

The event will serve as an opportunity to meet and have lunch with local firefighters, learn more about fire safety and enjoy a fire truck ride. There will be activities for all ages.

Residents are urged to bring in their old smoke detector batteries and receive a new one in return. The child identification program will be offered.

For more information, please call the Ashippun Fire Department at (920) 474-4223.

Pewaukee moves to 7-0

Oct. 10, 2009 10:28 a.m. | Pewaukee's varsity football team improved to 7-0 on the season Friday night by defeating winless Cudahy (0-7, 0-6) in a Woodland Conference game, 35-0. Pewaukee is 6-0 in league play.

The win marked the fifth time in school history the Pirates have started the year with seven consecutive wins.

PHS led 21-0 at halftime.

Scoring for the Pirates were Travis Decker W, Austin Kaatz on a 3-yard run and Mike Dusel on a 20-yard run.

Watt led the Pewaukee defense with five tackles. Decker and Kent Girmscheid also had big games on defense.

KM gridders stop Mukwonago

Oct. 10, 2009 10:20 a.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity football team kept its WIAA playoff hopes alive Friday night by defeating host Mukwonago (0-7, 0-5) in a Classic 8 Conference game, 24-10. The win improved the Lasers to 4-3 on the season and 3-2 in league play.

Senior running back Garret Westcott had his best game of the season, scoring two touchdowns and rushing for a season-best 136 yards on 20 carries.

To make the playoffs, KM must win one of its last two games.

Wescott scores on runs of 1 and 2 yards and Kyla Kita had the other score on a 6-yard run. Everett Scott, back from a hand injury, kicked a 35-yard field goal to close out the scorin g.

Big plays spark AHS

Oct. 10, 2009 10:08 a.m. | On a night that honored 28-year veteran Arrowhead coach TomTaraska by having the stadium named after him,  the AHS varsity football team scored on big plays all night as they whipped visiting Waukesha North in a Classic 8 Conference game,35-9 in its annual homecoming game.

The win qualified the Warhawks (4-1, 5-1) for the WIAA post-season playoffs. North fell to 3-4, 2-3 on the season.

AHS has now defeated 11 times in their 12 meetings since the Classic 8 was formed in 1998.

Arrowhead's first three touchdowns, all in the first half, came on a 70-yard run by junior Colton Sweitzer, a 62-yard pass form Tom Parish to Russ Finco and a 30-yard pass from Parish to Finco. In the second half the Warhawks got scores from Brian Crook (2-yard run) and Colin Schreck on a 20-yard pass from Parish.

HHS wins battle of 2-2 GMC teams

Oct. 09, 2009 10:08 p.m. | Hamilton's varsity football team was in control on Friday, rolling to a 41-19 Greater Metro Conference victory at Stan Grove Field against West Allis Hale.

The Chargers improved to 3-2 in league play with two games remainingg with the victory. Hamilton needs a win at home against Brookfield Central on Friday or at Hart Park on Oct. 21 against Wauwatosa East to qualify for the WIAA playoffs.

Senior Jacob Flegner scored on a 4-yard touchdown with six minutes remaining in the game. Nathan Vannarom's extra-point kick pushed Hamilton's lead to 41-6, which would have forced a running clock, but on the ensuing kickoff West Allis Hale Martin Shaw had a kickoff return for a touchdown.

Hamilton led 10-6 after junior Aaron Clinton-Earl had a 49 yard touchdown run to begin the second quarter.

At the half, the Chargers were in front 20-6.

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Let them eat pancakes

Oct. 09, 2009 4:08 p.m. | Although warm, sticky-sweet maple syrup conjures up images of maple leaves in full autumn luster, the popular tree sap treat is actually harvested in the spring.  Nonetheless, fall seems like an appropriate time to have a bumper crop of pancake breakfasts in Lake Country, complete with generous supplies of syrup (real or flavored).  Some of your pancake choices this weekend include:

  • Check out safety presentations, demonstrations, tours and more along with breakfast at the Dousman Fire Station, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.
  • The Oconomowoc Fire Department is also hosting a pancake breakfast at their station, 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday.  They will also have an apparatus display at the Oconomowoc K-Mart later on that day, from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Everyone is welcome to the annual Workcamp Pancake Breakfast at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in North Lake, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Other food-related events of note include:

  • The Delafield American Legion is hosting a Road Rally and Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday.  The rally starts at 9:30 a.m. and dinner will be served at 5 p.m.
  • Just because summer is long gone doesn't mean you can't enjoy a good chicken barbecue--check out the dinner event at the Bark River Yacht Club in Dousman, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Help benefit the Delafield Public Library during the "Booked for the Evening" wine tasting and art auction, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, at the Delafield Fish Hatchery.

For other weekend activities, check out the Weekend Happenings Blog on the homepage.

Village Players Present "The Odd Couple"

Oct. 09, 2009 12:14 p.m. |

The female version of the Odd Couple will be performed this weekend by the Mukwonago Village Players at Ivan's Backstage in East Troy.  Ticket price of $25 includes buffet with baked chicken and stuffing - vegetarian plate also available.  Doors open one half hour prior to the start of dinner.
Performance Times are listed below:
Fri.  October 9th  6:30 pm                    Fri.  October 16th  6:30 pm
Sat.  October 10th  6:30 pm                 Sat. October 17th  6:30 pm
Sun. October 11th  1:00 pm                Sun. October 18th 1:00 pm

Checks to MVP are accepted / but credit cards are not.  Tickets are non-refundable
For more information, call 262-470-7529


Mukwonago Homecoming Parade Canceled

Oct. 09, 2009 12:05 p.m. | The Mukwonago Homecoming Parade has been canceled due  to inclement weather.  For more information, visit www.mukwonago.k12.wi.us/ .

Man flighted from VOL after fall

Oct. 09, 2009 11:38 a.m. | At 9:17 a.m., police from the Village of Oconomowoc Lake received a call reporting that a man in his mid-50's had fallen approximately 8-9 feet  from an above garage storage area at 4560 W. Bearch Rd., according to Officer Bob Wuerl.

Emergency personnel on the scene made the decision that the man be taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police are not yet releasing the name of the injured man, who was doing work for the homeowners of the residence when the incident occured.

No surprises at sectional golf meets

Oct. 07, 2009 10:47 p.m. | The highly-regarded girls golf teams at Kettle Moraine and Arrowhead each won sectional titles handily Wednesday, earning berths in next week's WIAA state golf tournament in Madison. Arrowhead's Erika Pfaender was among those posting impressive rounds. For a full rundown, visit the Preps Alcove.

Pewaukee's Acting-Chief asks for top position

Oct. 07, 2009 9:52 p.m. |

City of Pewaukee ­ - The acting police chief is asking the city’s police and fire commission for a more permanent role in the police department. 

Acting-Chief Dan Meister asked the commission to consider appointing him to the position of police chief in a letter addressed to Police and Fire Commission President Mark Millard. 

The letter was shared with commission members at a meeting today.

Meister wrote the “hard working, dedicated officers need a chief to lead them; if not for symbolic reasons only” and asked for the opportunity to continue to lead the police department in a more permanent capacity. 

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Local tennis players reach state

Oct. 07, 2009 3:42 p.m. | Kettle Moraine duo Jessica Phillips and Zoe Roecker took second place at No. 1 doubles during the WIAA Division 1 sectional today, hosted by Waukesha West, earning a berth in next weekend's individual state tournament in Madison.

Arrowhead qualified two entries as well. For the full rundown, visit Playoff Central at the Preps Alcove.

OASD offers free parent program on substance abuse

Oct. 07, 2009 11:34 a.m. | A free program, offered to residents of the  Oconomowoc Area School District, will be held Thursday, Oct. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at Oconomowoc High School, 641 E. Forest Street.

The program, entitled 'Influencing Away From Substance Abuse', will feature Paul Zenisek, senior psychotherapist at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital Adolescent Substance Abuse Program.

Zenisek will speak about the substance abuse trends prevalent in our society today and discuss the warning signs and behaviors children may show when using alcohol and/or drugs. He will also talk about what role the family can play in reducing the risk of their child being involved with substance abuse.An open forum for questions will follow the presentation.

 The program is sponsored by Oconomowoc Parent Education Network (OPEN) - GET CONNECTED, a district initiative designed to provide parents with opportunities to strengthen communication with their children and become engaged partners with schools.   Funding and support of this program is provided by the United Way in Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

Please enter through the front doors of the High School and follow the signs to the Little Theater.

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Citizen starts effort to recall Mayor Klein

Oct. 06, 2009 4:32 p.m. |

City of Pewaukee – A City of Pewaukee resident has started an effort to recall Mayor Scott Klein citing his failure to be "independent, impartial and responsible to the people," according to documents filed with the city.

Resident Mark Eberhardt, listed as the president/treasurer of a political committee called "Pewaukee First," filed a campaign registration statement with the city this afternoon which allows him to begin collecting signatures, said Administrator Tammy LaBorde.

Eberhardt cited Klein’s "failure to make policy and decisions in proper channels of government structure," and "failure to maintain public confidence in the integrity of its government."

The effort comes in the midst of budget shortfalls, discussions of contracting for police services with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, talks of merging with the Village of Pewaukee and questions about Klein’s handling of various Police Department issues.

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O'Driscoll, Staus earn top awards

Oct. 06, 2009 10:31 a.m. | Arrowhead varsity coaches Tim O'Driscoll and Jeff Staus have been named the Wisconsin Coaches of the Year in their respective sports for the 2008-09 season. The awards were announced by the National Federation of High School Coaches Association.

O'Driscoll, the winningest coach in Wisconsin High School baseball history, led the Warhawks to the school's second WIAA state championship in school history this past August. O'Driscoll is a Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Famer.

Staus has built the AHS boys soccer program into one of the best in the state. Year-after-year the Warhawks are a powerhouse in Wisconsin.

Motorcycle crash victim identified

Oct. 05, 2009 2:13 p.m. | City of Pewaukee - The 39-year-old Village of Pewaukee man who died after he lost control of his motorcycle in the City of Pewaukee Saturday has been identified. 

Brian Polzin was killed in the Oct. 3 crash at Knollwood Road and Meadowbrook Road. 

According to police, Polzin was headed southbound on Meadowbrook Road at a high rate of speed when his motorcycle left the roadway at Knollwood Road and he was ejected. 

Police were called to the scene at about 6:45 p.m.  Flight for Life also responded and Polzin was taken to Froedtert Hospital.  He was pronounced dead at 7:50 p.m.

The crash is still under investigation.  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to police. 

CROP Walk planned for Oconomowoc

Oct. 05, 2009 1:13 p.m. | The 33rd annual Oconomowoc Area Crop Walk is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11.  This is an opportunity for area residents to join others in over 2000 communities throughout the U.S. to  walk together to take a stand against poverty and hunger in our communities and our world.

The Oconomowoc Area Walk will begin at the Fowler Park Shelter, and the walk route will be the community walking route around Fowler Lake.  Registration for the event will begin at 1 p.m. at the shelter, and the walk itself will begin at 1:30 p.m.  The walk is open to all Oconomowoc area residents who would like to join in  helping to fight poverty and hunger.  Donations of non-perishable food items for the local food pantries as well as cash donations are welcome but not required.

The acronym CROP stands for “Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.”  The purpose of CROP is to raise funds and awareness for local, national, and international relief and economic development as well as providing funds for local food pantries and other hunger-fighting initiatives.

The CROP Walk is sponsored by area churches and has been organized by Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc.  Any community groups, businesses, or individuals interested in participating in the walk should contact Jody Neary at (262) 567-8240 for more information on the walk. 

Oconomowoc Chamber announces award winners

Oct. 05, 2009 1:06 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce  has announced the recipients of its 2009 Outstanding Business, Citizen, and Service Organization of the Year awards. 

John Koehn has been named Citizen of the Year; the Junior Woman's Club of Oconomowoc is the Service Organization award winner, and First Bank Financial Centre was tapped as Business of the Year.

The winners of each category will be recognized at the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce 40th Anniversary dinner celebration on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at Olympia Hotel. The evening will include a buffet dinner, Silent and Live Auctions, special recognitions and awards, entertainment and much more. For more information or to make reservations, please contact the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce at  (262) 567-2666.

Pewaukee man dies in motorcycle crash Saturday

Oct. 05, 2009 9:24 a.m. | City of Pewaukee - A 39-year-old Village of Pewaukee man died Saturday after he lost control of his motorcycle at about 6:45 p.m. at Knollwood Road and Meadowbrook Road in the City of Pewaukee. 

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was headed southbound on Meadowbrook Road at a high rate of speed when his motorcycle left the roadway at Knollwood Road and he was ejected, according to police.

Flight for Life responded and the man was taken to Froedtert Hospital.  He was pronounced dead at 7:50 p.m.

The crash is still under investigation.  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to police. 

Mukwonago eliminated from playoffs

Oct. 03, 2009 10:12 p.m. | A frustrating year for the Mukwonago football team continued Saturday when the winless Indians lost to Milwaukee Pius XI at Wisconsin Lutheran College, 32-26.

Thomas Mayhew capped a 63-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown scamper just before the final minute of the game, giving Pius the points it needed for victory. MHS fell to 0-6 and was eliminated from WIAA postseason contention.

The Indians took a 12-0 lead, bolstered by an early fumble recovery, and rode the momentum of a punt recovery late in the first half to grab a 20-17 halftime lead.

Darin Howell kicked two field goals, including one that gave MHS a 26-24 lead with 4:33 left in the game. Derek Hasanoglu ran for three touchdowns and 159 yards in a losing cause.

Late bomb comes up short for OHS

Oct. 02, 2009 10:27 p.m. | Oconomowoc junior quarterback  Garrett Stocke found senior receiver Adam Gross at the West Bend West 3-yard line on Friday, but time ran out on the Raccoons.

It lost for the first time this season in the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference. After leading 14-6 at halftime against West Bend West, the Spartans scored 20 second-half points for the come-from-behind  26-23 victory.

West Bend West junior quarterback Brandon Cowie scored the go-ahead touchdown with six minutes remaining after senior Joe Paul made a great catch to put the Spartans inside the Oconomowoc 5-yard line.

Residents file for Lisbon's incorporation

Oct. 02, 2009 4:50 p.m. | Residents of the Town of Lisbon filed a petition in Waukesha County Circuit Court this morning to incorporate the town as a village, according to a press release from Denis Wenger, one of the organizers of the grassroots incorporation movement.

"Residents of the Town of Lisbon have been planning for incorporation for 60 years," Wenger maintained in the statement. "In 1949, town residents authorized their town board to exercise 'village powers' by engaging in comprehensive planning, writing zoning ordinances and establishing a plan commission to oversee land-use planning and development ... During these decades, the Town of Lisbon has developed a full complement of services normally associated with village or city status, so petitioners expect the transition from town to village government to be a smooth, cost-effective process that will produce many benefits for residents and surrounding municipalities."

Wendy Landry, a town resident and former supervisor who helped circulate a petition for incorporation, said "The town alrady provides all the services to its citizens that the village will be required to provide. Our existing government has a tangible investment in the town and this will not change when we become a village. This change in government also will not require the laying off of any personnel."

Bob Williams, another former supervisor, also helped circulate the petitions. "Incorporation will make it possible for the town government to maintain the quality of life that our citizens have mandated in all of the recent surveys and focus groups," he said.

"The three of us circulated this petition to help Lisbon regain autonomy over land use and property rights, solidify its tax base and restore local control over its local affairs," Wenger said. "We filed this petition from the people on behalf of all the people of the Town of Lisbon.

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Halloween haunts are here!

Oct. 02, 2009 3:12 p.m. | Of all the things associated with autumn--apple pies, colorful foliage, sweaters--my favorite by far is Halloween.  Now that it's October, Halloween celebrations are already in full swing, including the opening of several haunted locales:

  • Glacier Rock Farms in Ixonia invites you to try out their corn maze and haunted house, plus hayrides and other fall activities, weekends through October.
  • The Wisconsin Feargrounds at the Waukesha County Expo features three separate haunted houses: Morgan Manor, Morgana's Torment and Unstable, open Fridays and Saturdays this month.
  • I'm getting a little ahead of myself, but next weekend marks the opening of an all-new haunted arena in Lake Country: Haunted High in Oconomowoc, set up in an ideal location--the old abandoned Oconomowoc Middle School.

Other ways to enjoy the season include:

  • The aptly named Lapham Peak Colorama Run/Walk takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, and also includes the Smokey Bear Fun Run for the kids.
  • The Homestead Animal Farm in Hartland opens its "Nellie Our Farm Dog" corn maze this weekend, in addition to the animal farm and pumpkin and gourd sale.
  • Most Saturday farmers markets close after October, so if you haven't had the chance to catch one this season, check out the Delafield market in the city parking lot or the Oconomowoc market at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
  • Downtown Waukesha is hosting the Free-For-Fall Art Crawl on Saturday, featuring live music, art, extended store hours and more, 4 to 10 p.m.

Check out other weekend events at the Weekend Happenings Blog on the homepage.

Victim identified

Oct. 02, 2009 3:03 p.m. | The 39-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death in her Oconomowoc home Thursday morning has been identified as Kimberly A. Smith.

Smith's body was dicovered by her live-in boyfriend who called 911 and summoned police to the residence at 334 S. Maple Street.

Read more on this story in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus

Update on Oconomowoc murder

Oct. 02, 2009 8:15 a.m. | An autopsy is scheduled for 9 a.m. today  on the 39-year-old Oconomowoc woman who was found murdered in her home in the 300 block of Maple Street on Thursday morning.

CRIME SCENE - A crime scene investigator heads into a house on Maple Road in Oconomowoc Thursday, Oct. 1 where a 39-year-old woman was found. According to City of Oconomowoc Police Chief Dave Beghun, the woman had been stabbed multiple times and a knife believed to be the murder weapon was found outside the residence. There were no signs of forced entry to the home, and Beguhn said they do not suspect that the woman had been sexually assaulted.

Police responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call from the the cell phone of the woman's live-in boyfriend. The woman's bound body was discovered on  the floor in the family room of the home. 

The woman's 4-year-old son from a previous relationship was found, unharmed, inside the residence. Police do not think he witnessed the killing.

The woman's boyfriend arrived home to check on her when she did not show up for work. According to City of Oconomowoc Police Chief Dave Beghun, the woman had been stabbed multiple times and a knife thought to be the murder weapon was found outside the residence. There were no signs of forced entry to the home, and Beguhn said they do not suspect that the woman had been sexually assaulted.

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Homicide in Oconomowoc

Oct. 01, 2009 5:58 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc Police confirmed they are investigating a murder that took place overnight in the 300 block of Maple Aveue.

Aiuthorities are not releasing the name of the female victim, who was found bound and stabbed multiple times.

The body was discovered by her live-in boyfriend.

The woman's 4-year-old son from a previous relationship was found, unharmed, inside the home, according to Chief Dave Beguhn. The child is now with family members.

"There is an ex-boyfriend we're trying to locate as a person of interest," the chief said.

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“Ask the Plant Doctor” Seminar with Melinda Myers: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 7, 1-3 p.m. May 8. Ebert’s Greenhouse Village, W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia. Gardening expert Melinda Myers will answer lawn and gardening questions. Free.

HAWS 33rd Annual Pet Walk: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7, Sussex Village Park, Main St. and Weaver Drive, Sussex. Romp ’n Rally is hosted by The Friends of HAWS. Includes lure coursing, trail challenge, vendor marketplace, contests, demos, live music and food. hawspets.org. Free

“The Drowsy Chaperone”: 7:30 p.m. May 6, 7; 4 p.m. May 8, Theatre on Main, W35 N5920 Brown St., Unit 101, Oconomowoc. (262) 560-0564, theatreonmain.org


Lake Country Wellness Expo: 11 a.m. May 7, Oconomowoc Lakes Plaza, W359 N5002 Brown St., Oconomowoc. Event includes consultations, mini facials, free classes, circus yoga, essential oils, demonstrations, rock wall for kids from local vendors. More than 50 booths with giveaways. Food will be available for purchase. Free

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