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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.

Waukesha gas station murder suspect Darrin Malone heads to trial

Feb. 12, 2016 12:00 p.m. | More than a year after a gas station clerk was shot and killed during an armed robbery in Waukesha, one of the suspects is set to go to a trial.

Darrin Malone, charged with felony murder-party to a crime in the killing of 65-year-old clerk Saeed Sharwani, will face a jury next week at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

A jury status hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11, followed by a jury trial on Feb. 15. Judge Lloyd Carter will officiate the trial, which could extend to Feb. 19.

Three suspects

Malone, 29, is one of three people charged in connection with the robbery homicide.

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Waukesha West succumbs to Mukwonago in second half

Feb. 11, 2016 3:05 p.m. | Waukesha West girls basketball coach Mark Busalacchi knew his team played well on Tuesday night against Classic 8 Conference foe Mukwonago. It just so happened Mukwonago played a little better down the stretch to win, 57-48.

West led at the half, 22-21, and greatly limited Mukwonago's scoring at the end of the first half. For nearly eight minutes, West didn't allow a Mukwonago field goal and was propelled by Dani Rhodes' two 3-pointers with under two minutes remaining.

At the beginning of the second half, West came out strong, but Mukwonago wouldn't go away because of its solid defense, which forced 11 turnovers.

"(Mukwonago) got hot on us," Busalacchi said. "We were up seven (with 13 minutes, 7 seconds left in the second half) but then a minute later we were down, it seemed like. They showed why at the beginning of the year when they were healthy that they're the No. 1 team in the state. The last 11 minutes they kind of showed that. They're just really, really good."

Within less than two minutes, three different Mukwonago players hit 3-pointers. The third, by freshman Grace Beyer, tied the game at 34 with 10:43 remaining. Mukwonago gained a lead it would not surrender 42 seconds later off Bre Cera's basket in the lane.

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Waukesha Police Report: Feb. 11, 2016 issue

Feb. 11, 2016 10:00 a.m. | 1 A caller reported a man was causing problems at the PDQ convenience store, 2106 S. West Ave., at 12:39 p.m. Jan. 29. The man told police he didn't get the pack of cigarettes he paid for. After he was shown the video of the cigarettes going into the bag, he realized they must have fallen out before getting into his car and were picked up by someone else. He admitted to becoming disorderly and apologized to the manager. PDQ didn't want the man arrested. The man was given another pack of cigarettes.

2 A Taser had to be deployed on a man after a domestic disturbance at 300 W. Main St. at 2:47 p.m. Jan. 29. He was later taken into custody.

3 A computer tablet and gift cards were stolen from a locked apartment at 157 Third St. prior to 3:41 p.m. Jan. 29.

4 A bike was stolen from an apartment at 100 Corrina Blvd. prior to 4:29 p.m. Jan. 29.

5 A caller believed a domestic disturbance was going on at an apartment at 234 W. Main St. at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 29 and thought a woman lived there. No domestic incident took place. The man who lived there was simply watching "Galavant," a musical comedy television series. There was also no woman in the area.

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What residents in Southeast Wisconsin need to know to prevent the spread of Zika virus

Feb. 11, 2016 12:02 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —It may not be on the minds of most Wisconsinites amid the snow and frigid temperatures, but as the seasons change a major international health concern could have widespread effects right in our backyards.

Following the Feb. 1 declaration by the World Health Organization that has deemed the Zika virus an international public health emergency, local businesses and health care organizations are bracing for what the virus could mean at a local level.

Mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and conjunctivitis are among the most common symptoms of the potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness, which has prompted several travel alerts to be issued to areas including the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.

Before the warmer temperatures make their ways back into the area, local pest control professionals are saying there are some things for those making plans for spring break to keep in mind.

While Wil-Kil Pest Control does not have the medical expertise to comment directly on the virus and symptoms, Regional Manager Randy Allen said the company is seeking to generate awareness about mosquito prevention.

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Waukesha man receives prison sentence for battering pregnant girlfriend

Feb. 10, 2016 6:56 p.m. | Shawn A. Hodgkins, a Waukesha man who was charged with multiple domestic abuse-related charges in November after being accused of battering his pregnant girlfriend on three occasions, is heading back to jail.

Hodgkins, 29, was found guilty to two misdemeanor battery counts of domestic abuse as well as resisting or obstructing an officer after pleading no contest on Jan. 19.

Seven other charges that included two felony counts of strangulation and suffocation were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Hodgkins received a two-year prison sentence from Judge Lee S. Dreyfus, an official who has previously presided over criminal cases involving Hodgkins.

Hodgkins will spend 18 months behind bars for one of the battery charges, while the remaining six months of his sentence he will be on extended supervision.

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Wapp Jr. guilty of selling drugs from southwest side Waukesha home last year

Feb. 10, 2016 2:55 p.m. | The fourth and final member of a Waukesha family charged in connection with selling drugs from a southwest side home has pleaded guilty.

But Andrew Wapp Jr., 51, maintained his innocence as he recently entered an Alford plea, which is a guilty plea without making an admission of guilt.

Wapp Jr. entered his Alford plea of possessing with the intent to deliver narcotics, a felony, on Jan. 21. After Wapp made his plea, the court found him guilty.

He will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. March 28 by Judge Ralph Ramirez.

Two other charges, maintaining a drug trafficking place and resisting or obstructing an officer, were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

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Mad Rooster Cafe considers former Hardees site in downtown Waukesha

Feb. 10, 2016 10:45 a.m. | A much discussed property north of downtown Waukesha's riverfront could soon have a new tenant.

Mad Rooster Cafe is proposing to move into the former Hardees restaurant, which closed in late 2013, at 130 NW Barstow St. and heavily modify the building.

According to plans submitted by Kueny Architects, Mad Rooster Cafe is scheduled to come before the city's plan commission on March 9.

The owners of the cafe are considering two additions to the building — 1,200 square feet to the east for the entrance and another 1,600 square feet to the north for additional seating.

On the menu

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Public hearings on Waukesha's water application coming up at Carroll University

Feb. 10, 2016 8:06 a.m. | Many state legislators recently penned their support for Waukesha's application for Great Lakes water, and now everyone will get a final chance to voice their opinions locally and get a closer look at the proposal.

With the application in the hands of a regional body which will determine whether Waukesha is approved for Lake Michigan water, a public information meeting and hearing brings the issue back home as part of the process next week.

The information meeting before the Great Lakes Resources Regional Body and the Great Lakes Water Resources Council begins at 2 p.m., followed by the 3 p.m. public hearing, Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room 122 at the Shattuck Music Center at Carroll University, 218 N. East Ave.

In addition, the public can take a tour of selected sites in Waukesha and southeastern Wisconsin that pertains to the application. The tour begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, departing from Carroll University outside the Campus Center, 101 N. East Ave.

A briefing on the application — more or less in an information session during which the regional body and compact council members can ask questions of the applicant — is also open to the public. It begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Carroll University Campus Center in Room 214.

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Video: Catholic Memorial High School's Innovation Wing opens to rave reviews

Feb. 09, 2016 4:58 p.m. | Joe Fricano is encountering a situation he hasn't faced in his 11 years teaching at Catholic Memorial High School.

"When class ends in here, they don't want to leave," said Fricano, a world languages teacher. "That wasn't how it was when I was in high school."

But CMH's new Innovation Wing has changed learning and teaching at the school. And from the sound of it, it has changed for the better.

Positive reviews

"The first time I came in here, I was like, 'Wow,'" said sophomore Kayla McQuestion, while showing off a smart TV inside a world languages innovation lab. "It's like a breath of fresh air. It's incredible, and I love how it makes you want to be in this room."

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Waukesha man who pointed rifle at police is charged with six felonies

Feb. 08, 2016 8:58 p.m. | A Waukesha man who was suicidal last month said he wanted police to shoot and kill him.

According to a criminal complaint, 51-year-old Dean L. Stamm called it "suicide by cop."

Stamm, who was shot by three police officers after pointing an assault rifle at them last month while in the street, has been charged with 12 criminal counts, including six felonies.

Stamm made his first court appearance Feb. 5, nearly two weeks after an incident at his home at Douglass Avenue in Waukesha. He remains in jail on a $50,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12.

The charges include five counts of intentionally pointing a firearm at law enforcement. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $50,000 in fines if convicted of all of those counts.

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Pizza maker and caterer prep new spaces in downtown Waukesha

Feb. 08, 2016 1:04 p.m. | A West Allis food-service business will take over the downtown Waukesha space vacated by another food-service business, which itself is expanding its offerings one block further to the west.

Milwaukee Crust and Pizza Company, which recently closed in West Allis, is moving to downtown Waukesha in a space previously occupied by Simply Irresistible Catering at 309 W. Main St.

Marketing pizzas

According to the company's website, the West Allis business makes specialty pizzas with a thin flaky crust and fresh meats and vegetables.

The company, initially called Milwaukee Pizza Company, was originally started at an apartment by owners Erik Burgos and Nick Smith. The company's website says the two were looking to fill the need for a distinct style of frozen pizza.

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Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players

Waukesha man with criminal past accused of child abuse, drug possession

Feb. 05, 2016 2:38 p.m. | Eric Schuppe punched his fiancée's 16-year-old son so hard in the face that he knocked one of his teeth loose and opened up a gash in his lip, a criminal complaint says.

Schuppe, 37, was charged Friday, Jan. 29, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child and intentionally causing bodily harm, disorderly conduct, possession of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He faces up to about 10 years behind bars and $21,500 in fines, if convicted.

According to the complaint, Schuppe was charged after his fiancée and her son called police about 12:15 a.m. that day to report the incident. Both of them were standing outside, in 18-degree weather, without shoes or jackets when police arrived.

Schuppe's fiancée and her son, who will not be named to protect his identity, ran outside their home in the 1600 block of Haymarket Road in fear of Schuppe, the complaint said. Earlier in the night, Schuppe had reportedly flown into a rage following an argument with his fiancée.

Argument over crack

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No arrests or citations issued in fatal crash in Waukesha

Feb. 05, 2016 12:35 p.m. | No one has been arrested or cited in the aftermath in the death of a 23-year-old woman, who was struck and killed on Highway 164 and East Sunset Drive on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Waukesha Police Capt. Dan Baumann said on Friday, Feb. 5, one day after pedestrian Megan Bock was killed, that the driver of the vehicle stayed on the scene and was cooperative with law enforcement.

According to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department, police received numerous 911 calls at 5:54 p.m. Feb. 4 for a traffic crash at the intersection on the city's southeast side.

When the Waukesha police and fire departments arrived on scene, they located Bock after she was hit by the vehicle. Police have released few details about the accident, but Waukesha's daily police report indicated Bock was or had been riding a bicycle.

Lifesaving efforts were initiated and the woman was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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Woman hit, killed by car at 164 and Sunset

Feb. 05, 2016 7:09 a.m. | A 23-year-old woman was hit and killed by a vehicle at about 5:54 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Highway 164 and Sunset Boulevard.

Police received numerous 911 calls about the crash. Despite life-saving efforts performed at the scene, the woman was pronounced dead at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

A Waukesha Police accident reconstruction specialist is investigating. No further information is available.


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