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Meindel plays hero, CMH stuns Wisco

Nov. 02, 2012 10:40 p.m. |  

Mitch Meindel said he was lobbying to get the football the whole game, and he finally got his chance in the second half. He even got more than he bargained for.


Meindel caught two touchdowns, but nothing was bigger than his 33-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Catholic Memorial to a thrilling 24-21 upset win over Wisconsin Lutheran at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday. The Level 3 win in the Division 3 playoffs put the Crusaders into a state semifinal next week against Mt. Horeb/Barneveld.
“I was thinking it’s just like practice, just another kick,” said Meindel, whose liner went through without a doubt. “If I go through the motion, it will be good. I have nightmares about that kind of thing. It’s not what you want to do, but if you have to, you want to be able to produce.”
Meindel’s leg is his greatest attribute. Committed to kick for North Dakota next year, Meindel also happens to be a tremendous punter. He already had a 56-yard punt earlier in the game when he sent a 64-yard boomer down to the Wisconsin Lutheran 1-yard line with 8:51 to play.
On 4th and 1 from the 10 and leading, 21-14, Wisconsin Lutheran (10-1) elected to go for the first down and fell short, with Justin Dentici and Jake Drwila stopping the rushing attempt.
“He’s done that historically in the past,” Memorial coach Bill Young said, referring to Wisco coach Kirk DeNoyer. “I thought they were just going to try and draw us offsides. It was just phenomenal.”
Memorial (9-2) faced its own fourth down play from the 1-yard line four plays later, but John Clark plunged in to tie the score at 21-21. Memorial fell earlier in the season to Mukwonago, 14-13, after a failed two-point conversion late in the game, but this time, the Crusaders played it safe.
That decision paid off handsomely when Alec Kocour intercepted Wisconsin Lutheran quarterback Zach Evans on a tipped pass with 2:50 to play on the Wisco 40-yard line.
“I saw the quarterback drop back and when he threw it, I didn’t think 86 (receiver Anthony Carver) could get to it, but I could tell he was going to get a hand on it,” Kocour said. “I played the tip and it came right to me.”
The diving catch set up the final drive, where the Crusaders used six plays to inch into Meindel’s range and drain the clock. Meindel was momentarily taken off the field from his receiver position to practice on the sideline.
“That’s average, that’s my comfort range right there,” Meindel said. “If it had been 10 yards more, it would have been nerveracking.”
It was the first time Memorial led all night. The Vikings looked like the powerhouse they are in the first half, taking a 14-0 lead and holding CMH to just 58 yards of total offense. Running back tandem Adihia Bell and London Townsend both gashed CMH for touchdowns.
“We figured out everything in the lockerroom,” Kocour said. “We knew we had to take care of the edge. Our defensive line played solid and our linebackers were filling the holes.”
CMH finally got on the board with 7:08 to go in the third quarter, when quarterback Pat White found Meindel wide open for a 71-yard touchdown reception. The ball slipped out of Meindel’s hands on the 1-yard line, but he quickly pounced on top.
“I was telling coach to give me the ball the whole game,” Meindel said with a smile. “They were triple teaming Andre (Bodden) on the other side, so I was one on one the whole game. I thought I could get him and I did.”
After a 3-and-out, the Crusaders had another long touchdown play negated by an illegal procedure, but Memorial was able to keep the drive alive and scored on a 31-yard reception from Meindel to tie the game.
Lutheran responded, with Townsend covering the final 11 yards of a drive that featured two 15-yard CMH penalties. The Vikings re-claimed the lead at 21-14 with 10:30 to play.
“It was just one of those things where we kept plugging along,” Young said. “We had those deer eyes (in the first half). It was ugly, but I can’t say enough about my kids and coaches.”
Said Meindel, “We figured at halftime it was only 14. We have an explosive offense. We can score quickly, and we did. … We knew we had a good team at the beginning of the year and now we have a chance to prove it.”
Young, who guided the Crusaders to the state championship game two seasons ago, turns 62 on Sunday.
“This is a pretty darn good birthday present for me,” he said.

The Shoppes at Fox River coming before Waukesha Plan Commission for final approval

July 23, 2014 11:52 a.m. | The proposed expansions to The Shoppes at Fox River on Waukesha's southwest side will come before the Plan Commission for final approval Wednesday night.

The commission is scheduled to review and act on a final site plan and the architectural planned unit development review of the project, located on the west side of Sunset Drive on the corner of Chapman and Spring City drives. The proposed expansion could bring in six additional retail/dining outlets.

The developers of The Shoppes at Fox River have not revealed who the interested new tenants are for the site but did drop a few hints at a recent Common Council meeting.

Edward Wizner, the vice president of development/redevelopment for Ramco Gershenson Properties Trust, said "a large sporting goods store" could come to the shopping center as well as a well known national restaurant.

Wizner said he couldn't disclose the tenants until a lease is signed or until all the necessary approvals are given.

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Waukesha Police Report: July 24, 2014 issue

July 21, 2014 3:21 p.m. | 1 Items were stolen from an open garage and vehicles were gone through at 2602 Meadowbrook Road overnight July 10-11.

2 A locked van was broken into at 2708 Sussex Lane prior to 8:11 a.m. July 11.

3 A recently evicted tenant at 312 Randall St. stole a lawn mower from the property around 11:30 a.m. July 11.

4 Police were called due to young kids riding go-karts and tractors in the road on the corner of East Wabash Avenue and South Charles Street around 12:40 p.m. July 11.

5 The air-conditioning units were vandalized at Waukesha Skateland, 1931 E. Main St., prior to 3:18 p.m. July 11.

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Family sues Wisconsin Taekwondo after boy's death on field trip

July 19, 2014 8:03 a.m. | A vigil was held in Nashotah Friday night for an 8-year-old boy who drowned in the Oconomowoc River last year while on a field trip, according to WISN 12 News.

The family of Shane Needles filed a wrongful death lawsuit on July 9 against the Wisconsin Taekwondo & Fitness Academy, according to court records. The lawsuit claims there was a lack of supervision.

Needles was a student at Lake Country School.

Man's body recovered from pond in Waukesha County

July 18, 2014 7:11 p.m. | The body of a 45-year-old man was recovered Friday from a pond in the Village of Summit in Waukesha County, WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee reported.

The pond is on private land near Delafield and Golden Lake Roads, the station reported on its website.

Waukesha teenagers charged with felony counts for recent burglaries on southwest side of city

July 18, 2014 6:15 p.m. | For now, residents can find comfort in the idea that authorities believe they have cleared recent home burglary incidents, as well as theft incidents at Waukesha South High School.

The three Waukesha teenagers that were arrested for the recent string of burglaries on the city's southwest side were each charged with multiple felony counts last week in Waukesha County Court.

If convicted, Johnathon Lilteich, 17, Harley McKay, 18, and Collin Hoya, 18, face up to 12 years and six months in prison and $25,000 in fines on each of the five burglary counts.

McKay and Lilteich were also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, a penalty that can result in a fine of $25,000 and up to 10 years in prison. The two were previously found delinquent of felonies and prohibited from possessing firearms, according to the criminal complaint.

Lilteich is being held at the Waukesha County Jail on a $100,000 cash bail, while McKay and Hoya are being held on a $50,000 cash bail.

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Honorary fair marshal Bob Weise a Waukesha County legacy

July 17, 2014 10:57 p.m. | The 2014 Waukesha County Fair Marshal Bob Weise represents the true meaning of dedication and commitment. His pride for the Waukesha County Fair continues to grow as his granddaughter, Robyn Wittkopf, was crowned fairest of the fair on opening day of this year’s fair.

Weise grew up and still resides in Pewaukee. He attended his first fair in 1950 where he showed sheepand cattle. “I haven’t missed a fair since,” says Weise. Except for when he was serving in the armed forces in 1963, Weise has truly been a dedicated fairgoer.

During his time at his 66 attended county fairs, Weise has supplied over 350 sheep, exhibited over 100 livestock, and has trucked over 600 animals to the fair.  Not to mention the over 40 neighborhood kids he supplied with animals during more than 70 years of farming in Waukesha County.  

Weise’s three children have shown dairy sheep and beef at the Waukesha County Fair, along with his seven grandchildren that show chickens, pigs, goats, dairy, and sheep.  

To celebrate his honor as the 2014 Waukesha County Fair Marshal, Weise’s family made t-shirts to commemorate all of his fair contributions and show how much they love their “papa” for all that he has done. 

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Candidate forums coming up for District 97 state assembly, Waukesha County Sheriff's races

July 17, 2014 3:44 p.m. | Primary elections are quickly approaching in Waukesha County.

To better know the candidates and learn their positions for two of the contested races, the Waukesha County Business Alliance is hosting two forums.

The Alliance’s Southside Business Council program will host candidates for the 97th Assembly District on Friday, July 18, for a candidate forum and meet-and-greet.

The forum is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Culver’s, 840 W. Sunset, Waukesha. The program is free to attend. Pre-registration is available online, but not required. Information is available at

The WCBA has also invited all candidates for the 97th Assembly District to complete a questionnaire with their positions on important issues. Answers from that questionnaire will be available on Wednesday, July 23, at

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Robyn Wittkopf crowned 2014 Waukesha County Fairest of the Fair

July 16, 2014 9:19 p.m. |


The results are in! Robyn Wittkopf, 19, of Pewaukee has won the 2014 Waukesha County Fairest of the Fair competition, followed by Danielle DeCloux of Menomonee Falls as first runner up and Karli Hintz of Waukesha as second runner up.

“I’m ecstatic. I am so honored to be a part of this,” says Wittkopf.  Wittkopf has been active in the Waukesha County Fair and 4H for 10 years. She has shown sheep, knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, food, poultry, rabbits, and has also volunteered with the fair throughout the years. Wittkopf is going to be a sophomore at the University of Dubuque where she is perusing a career in pediatric oncology.

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Suspect in New Berlin strip mall lockdown is charged

July 16, 2014 7:33 p.m. | A man accused of attempting to rob a New Berlin pharmacy at gunpoint, prompting the lockdown of a strip mall, was charged Wednesday with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee reported.

Scott Wimer was attempting to get oxycodone pills from the pharmacy at W. Greenfield Ave. and S. Sunny Slope Road when he pulled a shotgun on the pharmacist June 9, according to a story posted on the station's website.

After trying to use a Taser on Wimmer that didn't work, the pharmacist gave him 21 of the pills. Wimmer says he took them during a standoff with police in an attempt to kill himself, according to the station.

Wimmer was prescribed oxycodone and Vicodin after being injured on his welding job. He became addicted and couldn't afford doctor visits, the station reported.

Two more teenagers linked to Waukesha burglaries arrested

July 16, 2014 1:25 p.m. | Two additional teenage male suspects have been arrested in connection to the recent burglaries on the southwest side of Waukesha.

This came just a day after a 17-year-old boy, linked to the same burglaries, was arrested.

The two new male suspects are 18 years old. All three are Waukesha residents.

According to a news release from the police department on Wednesday, multiple charges have been referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office, including multiple burglary counts, attempted burglary, armed burglary, felon in use of pepper spray and a felon in possession of a firearm.

The suspects in many cases entered the homes while people were sleeping last week on the southwest side of the city.

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A new Fairest of the Fair will be crowned Wednesday night at the Waukesha County Fair

July 15, 2014 8:31 p.m. | The featured event for opening night of the Waukesha County Fair is the Fairest of the Fair competition.

A winner will be chosen from the five finalists at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Leinie Lodge Stage.

Winners of the countywide competition are selected on the basis of personality, communication skills, school and community activities, professional appearance, knowledge of and experience with the Waukesha County Fair.

Last year's Fairest of the Fair, Cecilia Heberling of Big Bend, will crown a new Fairest of the Fair. Heberling will also share her experiences as the county's Fairest of the Fair while the judges deliberate on Wednesday.

The 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Kaitlyn Riley, from the Crawford County Fair, will also attend the competition and share her experiences as the state's Fairest of the Fair.

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Suspect arrested for string of Waukesha burglaries

July 15, 2014 2:19 p.m. | A 17-year-old linked to a recent string of burglaries in the city of Waukesha was taken into custody on Monday, July 14.

According to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department, at approximately 3 p.m. Monday, the Waukesha Police Department arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for several recent burglaries on the south side of the city.

A search warrant was subsequently conducted at a residence in the 300 block of Douglass Avenue. The search closed down portions of the street and brought out the SWAT Team. According to Lt. Tom Wagner, the police department recovered the majority of the items taken in the burglaries, including stolen guns.

Police did not release the name of the suspect. Police said the burglaries included several occupied residences where homeowners were sleeping.

The investigation is ongoing, but Wagner said police believe the suspect is responsible for at least five recent burglaries. The suspect was scheduled to appear Wednesday, July 16, on the charges in court.

Investigation continues in July 13 plane crash in Waukesha

July 15, 2014 2:07 p.m. | Only minor injuries resulted from a plane crash this week in Waukesha.

The small passenger plane crashed near the 300 block of Bluemound Road just before 1 p.m. Sunday, July 13. The two people aboard the plane were treated by the Waukesha Fire Department on the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and the cause of the crash has not been determined, according to a news release from the police department.

Police did not release the names of the people involved in the crash.

17-year-old arrested in connection with Waukesha burglaries

July 15, 2014 1:32 p.m. | A 17-year-old from Waukesha who police believe may have been responsible for at least five recent burglaries was arrested Monday, officials said Tuesday.

Officials arrested the teen, identified as a white male, about 3 p.m. and searched a residence on the 300 block of Douglass Ave., according to a news release from Waukesha police.

The majority of the items taken in the burglaries, including stolen guns, have been recovered, police said.

Officials are not releasing the identity of the suspect, who allegedly burglarized the south side homes, many of which had sleeping homeowners.

The suspect is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

Heavy police presence in Waukesha neighborhood

July 14, 2014 6:07 p.m. | An incident in a Waukesha neighborhood required heavy police presence Monday afternoon.

Police shut down a portion of Douglass Avenue, near the intersection of Douglass Avenue and S. Grand Ave., during the late afternoon. 

In addition to police presence, members of the SWAT Team were on scene at a residence. 

Waukesha police have not released any details on the incident. Waukesha NOW has a call into the police department. 

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