Arrowhead's boys basketball team hit 14 three-pointers, but it wasn't enough as Brookfield Central handed the Warhawks their first loss of the season in a 70-66 battle at the Al McGuire Center on Saturday.
Brookfield Central (6-1) never trailed in the second half, though Arrowhead pulled close at times. Dom Todarello's 3-pointer made it 59-57, but Central's Riley LaChance (22 points) converted on an old fashioned 3-point play with 1:23 to go to replenish the lead. The Lancers then hit 8 of 10 free throws in the final minute to lock the game down.
Peter Matiacci hit a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 11 points for Central. Elijah Goodman added 15 points.
Arrowhead (9-1) was led by Kyle Keranen's 12 points and D.J. Escamilla (10 points), who has almost completed his long journey back from a shoulder injury.
Germantown's girls basketball team handed Arrowhead its first loss with a 66-60 outcome at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee on Saturday.
GT forced 35 turnovers thanks to its up-tempo, mass-substitution offense but still had to fight off a late rally. Arrowhead overcame a 10-point deficit after three quarters and tied the game at 58-58 with 2:48 to play on an Ally May basket, but Amy Flasch scored her only basket of the game in response, and Germantown never trailed again.
Bridget Kelley scored 16 points for Germantown, and Taylor Higginbotham scored 13, including six on three straight baskets in the third quarter as Germantown built its advantage. Kelly Smith scored 21 for Arrowhead, including the first two baskets of the second half as Arrowhead quickly turned a 35-32 deficit at halftime into a 42-39 edge.
The Kettle Moraine boys basketball team held a 15-8 lead after the first quarter against host Mukwonago on Friday, but the Indians scored the first 20 points of the second quarter and took a lead that held in the 59-46 Indians victory.
Mukwonago moved to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the Classic 8 Conference, tied for first place with Arrowhead. The Lasers fell to 6-3 (2-3).
Beck Chase delivered 8 first-quarter points for the Lasers to help his team take the early lead, but A.J. Bricco catalyzed Mukwonago's big run. He hit a pair of 3-pointers, scored on a fast break and turned that basket into a 3-point play, and also made a sharp pass to Dominic Cizauskas (17 points) for another bucket. Bricco finished with 12 points.
Aaron Nixon, who also hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter, finished with 17 points for the Indians, including a buzzer-beating basket in the third quarter. The Lasers battled back to within 13 points by the final horn but never closer, burdened by a 38-17 rebounding disadvantage.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, travel conditions are slowly beginning to improve across the state, however, many roads remain completely or partially covered with snow and ice pack. As temperatures drop this afternoon and this evening, roadway surfaces could again freeze and become slippery.
County crews have been out this morning and throughout the day to restore roadways to normal winter driving conditions. Conditions are expected to improve throughout the day.
There were numerous traffic incidents during the storm involving large trucks. Many of these incidents involved trucks sliding off the road, and these vehicles are now being recovered. Emergency responders and towing and recovery personnel will be operating under extreme weather conditions and dangerous traffic. Drivers are urged to proceed very cautiously through these emergency scenes. State law requires that drivers slow down and move over for any stopped vehicle involved in these emergency response activities.
Due to the travel delayed by the storm as well as holiday shopping and other events, significantly higher traffic volumes are expected on Wisconsin highways this afternoon and this evening. As increased travel is expected over the entire extended holiday weekend, motorists are encouraged to drive with caution.
We asked local leaders to share some of their favorite holiday traditions and fondest Christmas memories. Read more in this Sunday's Living Lake Country.
Holiday tunes have been playing on the radio and in malls for several weeks. For some people, one more version of “Santa Baby” may just be the tipping point.
But if you want a fresh take on holiday music head over to the Big Holiday Music Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Milwaukee Street Traders, 523 Milwaukee St., Delafield.
The Peter Donalds Trio will headline the show and Donalds promises a great time.
“We’ll be doing music from the album,” said Donalds, “including original holiday tunes and some unique covers. If you’re tired of the same old songs every year, we’ll surprise you.”
This year Donalds recorded two new CDs, “The Colors I See” and “Small Town Christmas.”» Read Full Article
At 8:02 p.m. Thursday some street lights in the Village of Hartland went out for about 10 minutes before returning to power. The street lights that went out were on Highland Avenue.
At the same time the street lights went out, the inside house lights on the same street blinked off and on for about five minutes.
The outages were most iikely caused by blowing snow and gusty winds.
Waukesha County Dispatchers have been directing emergency responders to areas of downed power lines Thursday evening. Calls have been heard to Stone Bank Fire Department and most recently the Lisbon Fire Department was dispatched.
Lisbon was dispatched to the N72 W22418 Good Hope Road for a downed power line arcing and blocking traffic at about 5:20 p.m.
Thursday’s winter storm has resulted in cancelled donation appointments and the cancellation of several blood drives in areas where BloodCenter of Wisconsin serves patients in need, according to information provided by the BloodCenter of Wisconsin.
Because of the storm, BloodCenter anticipates an overall shortfall of more than 1,000 units of blood over the next two days. If that occurs, we could experience a shortage situation. Donors are being asked to help ensure we have the needed blood supply to help patients.
BloodCenter asks that those who are able to safely keep their scheduled appointments please do so. If you don’t have an appointment, we ask that you take time to schedule an appointment for Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Call 1-877-BE-A-HERO or visit the website.
BloodCenter has extended its donor center hours at several locations this Saturday, Dec. 22. Staff will be on hand until 3 p.m. at the Waukesha donor center at 2111 Springdale Road.
According to a media release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, a winter storm warning is currently in effect statewide through Friday afternoon (Dec. 21), with hazardous travel likely over the next two days.
Conditions are expected to change rapidly. Heavysnow and high winds will result in blizzard conditions and hazardous driving. Driving is expected tobe especially treacherous today and could have life-threatening impacts. Motorists are advised tocancel or delay travel plans.
Additionally, there is potential for significant travel impacts into Friday, with relatively heavy travel anticipated due to the extended holiday weekend. Snow fall is intensifying across the central part of the state along a path extending from Madison in the Southwest towards Green Bay in the Northeast. Total accumulations throughout the day and into the evening could exceed one foot.
In the Southeast near Milwaukee, rain will begin to freeze and change to snow this afternoon. This will create very hazardous driving conditions during the afternoon rush hour.
The snow event we're in the middle of means that cleanup crews like the staff for the City of Oconomowoc will be putting in long hours over the next couple of days.
Public Works Director Mark Frye said Thursday afternoon the city had three trucks out salting roads between 1 and 3 a.m. and beyond the trucks, 17 pieces of snow equipment were out working on snow removal this morning until 10:30 a.m.
"Between 10:30 and 3:30 pm eight trucks were working on clean up and opening catch basins to reduce street flooding from the rain," said Frye.
And the work continues from now until Friday when Frye said three trucks will be in the city working until midnight to keep the main roads clear and available to assist any emergency personnel that may need help.
"Starting at midnight, the snow is predicted to be done by then, we will once again have 17 pieces of equipment working on snow removal. The crews will work 16 hours on Friday and come back in at midnight to remove the snow from the downtown in time for the last shopping weekend before Christmas," said Frye.» Read Full Article
According to the Mukwonago Area School District website, students will be released early today to give buses extra time on the road and to make certain students are home before it gets dark.
Mukwonago Schools are dismissing at the following times: Park View Middle School - 2 p.m., Mukwonago High School - 2:20 p.m. and all elementary Schools at 3:15 p.m.
Also, all after-school activities for Thursday, Dec. 20 have been cancelled.
Bomb-threats received at Pewaukee High School yesterday were "not credible" and the "individuals responsible" now face serious consequences, according to the Pewaukee School District.
Pewaukee High School and Asa Clark Middle School were evacuated after receiving a threat on Wednesday, Dec. 19. All evening activities were cancelled.
The early dismissal sent the middle school students to the Horizon School gym and high school students were sent to the Pewaukee Lake Elementary gym.
Tweets at the time called it a bomb-threat and messages from Superintendent JoAnn Sternke later confirmed this. Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Edward Baumann said that a note had been found and the school was evacuated without incident.
“I am confident that all students at Pewaukee High School are safe,” he said on Wednesday.» Read Full Article
The Waukesha County Park System will take 2013 picnic and group camping reservations begining Wednesday, Jan. 2, starting at 8:15 a.m. at the County Administration Building, 515 W. Moreland Boulevard, Room AC230, in Waukesha.
Reservations are first-come first-serve, so it is suggested you have a second date or location option. New for 2013, full payment is due at time of booking.
There will be a member of the Parks staff standing outside the main door entrance of the courthouse beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, handing out numbers to those individuals waiting in line. Park personnel will be there until the front doors open at 7:30 a.m. After that time, Park personnel will continue handing out numbers upstairs in the hallway outside Room #AC230.
If you do not have a number, you will not be able to place a reservation. Walk-ins will be taken care of first, then phone messages and e-mails, left after 8 a.m. on Jan. 2 will be returned in the order that they were received. Messages received before 8 a.m. will be returned last.
Town of Oconomowoc Police Chief James Wallis said that town roads were clear and it appeared that county roads were cleared off around 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Wallis said that weather in the area currently is a mix of rain and snow creating slush on the roads.
"Right now the roads are fine. They're salted, but the rain can wash the salt off the roads and then if the temperature drops, we worry about ice," he said.
The chief suggested that people stay home.
He said icy roads, high winds and snowy conditions are anticipated later today. So far, he said no accidents have been reported, "but that could change within minutes. I encourage people to stay home," said the chief.
Jared Pietila, 11, most likely will get an A+ on a recent assignment his teacher gave his classroom - do something to change the world.
Jared decided to run a stuffed animal drive. He said he loves stuffed animals and figured others might feel better with a soft friend to keep them company. And Jared's good will was infectious. His idea made it all the way to Milwaukee where businesses and groups donated more than 150 stuffed animals.
On Wednesday, Jared delivered the animals to Sussex Area Outreach Services and the Salvation Army. The 11-year-old said it felt good to be able to help others and he is already thinking about his next venture.
Read this story in next week's Sussex Sun.
The City of Oconomowoc is reporting good news with only one accident reported overnight. A vehicle in the area of Valley and Golden Lake Roads slid of the roadway and struck a pole. No injuries were reported.
Most area school districts have called off classes today, including Arrowhead, Hamilton, Kette Moraine, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Waukesha, University Lake School and Lake Country Lutheran High School.
Check for more closings here.
An 18-year-old Oconomowoc woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 7:31 a.m. Dec. 19 when the vehicle she was driving went out of control on the ice-covered bridge over the Rock River on Highway 16.
Shelby Leighton was westbound on Highway 16 driving a 1995 GMC Jimmy. When she lost control of the vehicle, it slid in front of an eastbound 1997 GMC Sierra driven by Roger Schroeder, 47, of Watertown.
Leighton was extricated and taken to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospitalm, then transferred to Froedtert Hospital. Schroeder was treated and released at the scene.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. The department's crash investigation team is looking into the crash.
Village of Sussex - The developer of a proposed eight acre residential and commercial complex in downtown Sussex says he hopes to break ground in the Spring of 2013.
Arthur Sawall of Brookfield said he is reaching agreements with the village, Waukesha County, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regarding moving the Bug Line Recreational Trail off the site at the corner of Main Steet and Waukesha Avenue to make way for the new development.
He said a segment of the trail will be relocated west and south the property which is the site of the former Mammoth Springs Cannery Company. The 11 mile trail extends from the Village of Menomonee Falls west through Sussex to the Village of Merton.
Although he has yet to receive village, county and state approvals for the project, Sawall said he is optimistic he can break ground in the Spring because all of the agencies would like to see the project under way as soon as possible.
He said construction of two 30-unit apartment buildings can begin before the trail is relocated because the location of the apartment buildings does not affect the trail.» Read Full Article
As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, just one area school has closed for Thursday.
St. Jerome Parish School in Oconomowoc will not hold class.
More closings may be announced later, as the winter storm develops.
Pewaukee High School has been evacuated after receiving a threat today. Rumors are calling it a bomb-threat but no official word is available yet. Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Edward Baumann said that a note had been found and the school was evacuated.
“We’re still investigating it and officers are walking the halls as we speak,” Baumann said.
“I am confident that all students at Pewaukee High School are safe,” he said.
A statement is expected early tomorrow. Check back with LivingLakeCountry.com for more updates.
Arrowhead High School is planning additional security measures after a rumor surfaced about a potential threat at the school on Friday.
According to a letter sent to parents, administrators became aware of the rumor on Dec. 18. School officials and the Waukesha Sheriff’s Department have investigated and have determined there is no indication that this is a credible threat. The district has also been in contact with a neighboring school district, which is dealing with a similar rumor/threat to occur on the same day.
The Waukesha Sheriff’s Department and the Hartland Police Department have been involved in reviewing the matter.
As we don’t know the source of the rumor, please take the opportunity to discuss this concern with your child. If your child has reliable information, he/she should report it directly to the school’s administration or Deputy Pete Freyer, school resource officer.
School will be open, the letter noted.
As Lake Country prepares for the first big winter storm of the season, you might also want to be sure you have fresh batteries in your camera.
Then, be sure to snap a few photos in your neighborhood tomorrow and send them to us at email@example.com. We'll put together an online gallery, so you can see what's happening in your own backyard -- as well as your neighbors'.
In a variety of early season polls, the Sussex Hamilton girls basketball team stands second in the rankings. One poll says the Chargers are second in the area, while another places them as the second best Division 1 team in the state.
After yet another dominating victory Tuesday night, no matter what the geographic parameters are, one would be hard pressed to find a better team anywhere.
The Chargers toppled visiting Menomonee Falls, 50-26, moving to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in Greater Metro play. The win also keeps the defending conference champion Chargers in sole possession of first place while the Indians dropped to 3-5 in what has amounted to be a brutally difficult early season schedule.
On a night Mackenzie Latt was honored for becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer, the junior guard continued on her torrid path for Hamilton, leading all scorers with 19 points. The record was formerly held by Christa (Goetz) Botsford at 821 points until Latt surpassed the mark just seven games into her junior season.
“Congratulations to Mackenzie on this great accomplishment,” Botsford said. “I expect her do a lot more damage in the next year and a half.”
Despite all of the offensive talk before the game, on the court it was the stifling Hamilton defense on display against a potent Falls attack. Coming into the game, the Chargers had given up just 25.4 points per game, besting that mark in conference play with a mere 15.9 points allowed in three games. Latt was eager to address the way Hamilton prepares for games defensively.
“We focus on containing our player and contesting every shot,” Latt said. “Our coach does a great job of preparing us with the scouting report. We know the tendencies of the other players so we just have to keep them in front of us and play smart.”
The Indians scored 81 points in a loss to Germantown last week and had topped 40 points scored in every game prior to matching up with Hamilton. Falls leading scorer, senior forward Erin Crownover, managed just 10 points on the night despite posting 16 points per game on average. Just as Crownover struggled to find her scoring touch, Latt was having issues of her own.
Defended by a 2-3 zone, anchored by Crownover in the middle, Hamilton had difficulty getting the ball to Latt on a consistent basis in the first half. Latt wasn’t able to score until over seven minutes into the game and managed just two made field goals for five points in the first half. The Chargers used two separate 7-0 runs to build a 10-point lead in the second quarter but led by just six at the break, 16-10.
“It took a little bit to get going tonight; we had prepared for their 2-3 but I had a tough night personally,” Latt said. “My teammates stepped up and made some big shots. Hannah (Menzia) had a great game handling the ball and we had to muscle this win out so it was a good win for the team even if our shots weren’t always falling.”
A more assertive Latt came out and scored immediately in the third frame to spark a 9-point quarter individually and push the Hamilton lead to 17 points. Once again, Menomonee Falls refused to go away entirely, with Crownover converting a 3-point play to make the score 33-19 after three quarters.
The Indians then opened the final period with seven straight points, cutting the Chargers lead down to under 10 points until freshman guard Taylor Klug knocked down 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.
Falls has now played all three of the undefeated teams at the top of the Greater Metro conference – Hamilton, Brookfield Central and DSHA – and dropped all three despite playing well.
“We turned the ball over too much tonight,” Falls coach Craig Amundson said. “It was a single digit lead in the fourth quarter but they just wore us down and are a very good team. What we always do is look at each game individually to see what we did well and see what we can improve on moving forward.”
The Arrowhead boys basketball team has shown it needed very little time to implement a championship-caliber defense, even if the offense hadn’t yet fully found a groove.
Still undefeated after a 75-52 win over resurgent Kettle Moraine on Friday, it appears the offense has clicked into place. That’s potentially bad news for everyone else.
The Warhawks shot a blistering 60 percent in the first half and 57 percent for the game, and Arrowhead improved to 8-0 while dropping the Lasers to 6-2.
“We have a lot of kids that can score the basketball, it’s just a matter of getting them in the right spots as coaches and giving them an opportunity to do that,” Arrowhead coach Craig Haase said. “Sometimes, it takes a while to figure it out offensively when you don’t have a lot of practices, but I think our guys are coming around. It’s as deep a team as we’ve had, and the hardest thing for me is trying to play them all.”
Haase has said the team needed an adjustment period, with the vast majority of players part of the state championship football team that played into the first week of the season. But they’re 4-0 in conference and appear completely in sync.» Read Full Article
On Dec. 14 Gerry Lycholat of Knutson Bros II, LLC was sworn in as President of the Lakeland Builders Association for the year “2013” by a Senior Officer of the Wisconsin Builders Association, Brandon Bartow.
Lycholat has served on many committees both at the state and local levels and is currently co-chairing the committee that is developing the Walworth County Child Advocacy Center in Elkhorn.
“I am very honored and humbled to serve and give back to the association that has given so much to me," said Lycholat. "Despite the economy, I will work very hard to keep our association moving forward and in a positive direction."
A special event is being planned for 'tweens in grades 4-6 at the Oconomowoc Public Library from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. If you just want to laze around in your jammies, but have fun with your friends at the same time, then register for the Tween PJ Party.
This free event invites you to come in your PJs, eat your favorite cereal and watch cartoons and plays games during this day off from school.
Please register at : http://opltween.eventbrite.com
The Oconomowoc Public Library is located at 200 W. South St.; for more information call: (262) 569-2193
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Waukesha County, in effect from Thursday morning through evening.
Snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible. Winds are expected be be out of the northwest at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 35 mph possible.
Thunder snow is also possible. The strong winds could cause considerable blowing and drifting with the potential for whiteouts.
Plans for a first floor fitness center at Mukwonago High School move forward after gaining unanimous approval from the Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education on Monday night.
Construction on the fitness center will start after the last day of school in June, in order to be completed for the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
The project will be a tremendous boost to the new MHS fitness-based curriculum where almost 500 students are currently enrolled, MHS physical education teacher Jim Essman said.
"This will affect every kid," said Essman.
Watch for a complete story on the MHS fitness center in an upcoming issue of the Mukwonago Chief.
Following Friday's tragic events in Newtown, Conn., Mukwonago Area School District hired personnel to monitor entrances at two elementary schools this week, with a third locked down during the school day. Over Christmas break work will begin to install buzzer systems at the three schools to increase security within the buildings.
Section and Prairie View Elementary, along with Eagleville Charter School do not have clear views to the front entrances from the main office. At other MASD buildings, guests are funneled into or past the main office or a staff member monitoring the entrance. Personnel to monitor entrances at Section and Prairie View are in place this week, while Eagleville will be locked during the school day. Parents and guests need to knock or call to gain entrance to the charter school, according to MASD Superintendent Paul Strobel.
The district will continue to look at improving security in all buildings throughout the district. Watch the Mukwonago Chief for a complete story on MASD school security.
Crossing Elmbrook Church off as an option for a venue after using the facility for graduation was deemed unconstitutional earlier this year resulted in months of searching for Mukwonago High School.
Following several guiding criteria to whittle down a list of 10 facilities as options, lead a district graduation committee to propose Miller Park as the site of the 2013 MHS graduation ceremony at Monday’s school board meeting. Since Miller Park is not available on June 9, the original date planned for MHS graduation, the ceremony was moved up to Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Read the complete story in Wendesday's Muwonago Chief.
Village of Sussex - Three Town of Lisbon officials tonight refused to go along with recommended terms for a proposed permit for the construction and operation of a nearly 200,000 square foot Meijer's grocery and household goods super store at the intersection of Hwys. 164 and K.
The negative votes of Town Chairman Matt Gehrke, Supervisor Joe Osterman and Plan Commissioner Neil Sasse blocked what would have been a favorable review of the project by a joint Town of Lisbon-Village of Sussex Plan Committee.
The vote is largely symbolic because the committee does not have the authority to approve or reject proposed developments. The committee was created by a border agreement between the two communities to review projects along the town-village boundaries, according to Sussex Village Attorney John Macy.
The Meijer's store is located on farmland in the town that is in the process of being added to the village for development as part of the border agreement.
The town officials argued the proposed development is too large, poses problems for controlling storm water and flooding and will result in increased truck and car traffic on town and county roads.» Read Full Article
Donations have already begun to come in for the final week of theYule Feed Families food drive, which ends Dec. 20 at Mukwonago and Lake Country Publications.
There is still time to help Mukwonago Publications feed families in the Mukwonago area. Bring your donations to our office at 11 N. Rochester St., Suite 3, during regular business hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Checks should be written out to the food pantry of choice, either the Mukwonago Food Pantry at 325 Eagle Lake Ave., or the Kitchen Kupboard Food Pantry housed in Mount Olive Church at 211 Main St.
Attention students in grades 9-12: join in a free book club. This month the group will discuss "Code Name: Verity " by Elizabeth Wein.
The club will meet on Thursday, Dec. 27, from 2-3 pm at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St.
It's free! Just read the book, then come to book club for great conversation and snacks.
For more information, or if you have any questions, please call (262) 569-2193 and ask for Betsy or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the district office on Highway NN.
Among the action items on the agenda are the expansion of a fitness center at Mukwonago High School, graduation location for MHS and school building security.