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Ashley Furniture to open on Blue Mound Road

Jan. 03, 2011 11:34 a.m. | Ashley Furniture will open a store in the 33,000-square-foot former Linens 'n Things space at 16300 W. Blue Mound Rd. in Brookfield.

Gary Stein and Peter Glazer of CB Richard Ellis represented the landlord, according to an announcement from the real estate firm.  

Initial Reaction Podcast: Would it be OK to see state-football games played other than in Madison?

12:13 p.m. | The guys take a last look back at state-championship football and agree that the title games could stand to move elsewhere, out of Camp Randall in Madison. Plus, a look at where the bright spots might be in the overall Wisconsin sports malaise and JP gets a little bit of time to talk Iowa football.

Brookfield East girls can't overcome poor start

12:10 p.m. | The Brookfield East girls basketball team dug a hole they couldn't get out of on Nov. 24 at Appleton North and dropped a 60-50 nonconference decision, their first loss of the year.

The Lightning jumped out to a 32-20 halftime advantage, and the Spartans bounced back to outscore them, 30-28, in the second half, but it was too little, too late.

"Appleton North is a very athletic team," East coach Michael Goodman said. "They are very similar to us in their style of play. We came out a little flat, and that was the difference in the game. We did not want to give them any open 3s, and they came out and drained five in the first half of the first half."

Settled down

Goodman called a timeout with the score, 21-8, and East outscored them, 42-39, the rest of the game and only gave up three more 3-pointers.

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Brookfield/CMH Stars hockey team wins 2 of 3 at Sheboygan Tournament

12:05 p.m. | The Brookfield/Catholic Memorial Stars went 2-1 and took third place out of eight teams at the Sheboygan Tournament at the Sheboygan Blue Line Ice Arena over the weekend.

The Stars beat Stevens Point Pacelli, 2-0, on Nov 27, lost to Kenosha, 7-5, on Nov. 28 and then beat Grafton, 5-2, on Nov. 29.

One of the Stars' highlights was senior Patrick McKnight (CMH), who was named to the all-tournament team.

Goalkeeper Nick Davis (CMH) was 14-for-14 defending the goal, and the defense blanked Pacelli on Friday to open the tournament.

Ron Butzen (Brookfield East) scored off a pass from Adam Weiner (Brookfield Central) at 13 minutes, 19 seconds for a 1-0 lead after one period. Then at 8:40 of the second quarter, Kevin Hill (BE) scored off a pass from Marcus Oleson (BC).

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Brookfield Glacier girls hockey team loses, ties, wins in busy weekend

11:56 a.m. | The Brookfield Glacier girls hockey team made some nice progress over the weekend at the Mullett Ice Center, losing to the Bay Area Ice Bears, 9-0, on Nov. 27 in their opener, tying Beaver Dam, 5-5, that same day and beating Beaver Dam, 5-2, on Nov. 29.

According to coach Chris Frantz, the girls had to get rid of the butterflies Friday.

"We had lost 9-0; it was our first game of the year so the girls were a little nervous," said. "By the third period, our girls started to understand what we had to do to get it out of our zone. We only had four shots on their goalie. All the girls played well; we were just nervous and had to get those butterflies out of our system."

Glacier goalie Grace Elliot played great as Green Bay had 40 shots on Grace and only let in nine.

Beaver Dam tie

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Brookfield Central boys basketball team drops opener at Waukesha North

11:51 a.m. | The Brookfield Central boys basketball team got off to a slow start and couldn't recover, dropping their opener, 62-52, at Waukesha North on Nov. 25.

"We were down by five with 2:45 left in the first half, and then they went on a run and took at 31-16 lead at halftime," a disappointed Central coach Dan Wandrey said. "We played a little better in the second half."

The Lancers outscored the Northstars, 36-31, but it was too little too late.

"We started scoring — actually Andrew Bruggink started scoring — and we actually cut it to five," Wandrey said. "With about 3:30, we missed an open look, and they came down and hit a 3, and then it was a 6-10 point the rest of the way."

Bruggink scored 32 of Central's 52 points as he had a good scoring opening game. He hit 13-of-22 shots (59 percent) from the field and was 4-for-5 from the free-throw line and 2-for-6 from the 3-point mark. He also had five rebounds and two assists.

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Positive and uplifting stories in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country in November

11:00 a.m. | Sometimes you're just looking for a little positivity.

And we hope to deliver that to you with a roundup of positive and uplifting stories from suburban Milwaukee and the Lake Country area. The following stories were published in the past month, and they feature stories that could warm your heart as the holiday season hits its stride.

Menomonee Falls students honored for helping elderly neighbor who was pinned under her vehicle


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Brookfield Academy: Dec. 3, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015 12:27 p.m. |

Girls Basketball

The Blue Knights (2-1) traveled to St. Francis on Nov. 24 for their first conference matchup, winning an 89-29 decision. Theresa Wichserand Anika Washburnled the team in scoring with 18 and 16 points, respectively, followed by Jennie Novak with 15. Washburn also achieved a double-double in points and steals.

Everyone on the team contributed to the offense, and the team boxed out and moved the ball well. BA looks to continue its winning record. Having hosted HOPE Christian on Dec. 1, they travel to Milwaukee Vincent on Thursday, Dec. 3.

— Erika Schlagenhauf,

Student Reporter

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

Swanson Elementary Cub Scouts to collect donations for seventh annual Ben Levie Toy Drive

Nov. 30, 2015 10:11 a.m. | Swanson Elementary's Cub Scout Pack 23 will once again be collecting donations for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin during its seventh annual Ben Levie Toy Drive.

The annual toy drive commemorates Ben Levie, a Swanson student and a Pack 23 scout who died in 2009 after battling a long illness.

Donations of new toys, gently used books, gift cards, card games and markers can be dropped off in the Swanson lobby, 305 N. Calhoun Road. Donations can also be given at Crossover Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, 11931 W. Bluemound Road, and First Weber Realtors, 17345 W. Bluemound Road.

Donated toy items must be new, unwrapped and latex-free.

For more information, contact Jeff DePons at jdepons@yahoo.com or Maurice Levie at maurice.levie@gmail.com.


Nov. 25, 2015 12:23 p.m. |

Treis wins USTA/ITA Midwest Region Championship

Michael Treis, a Brookfield Central graduate and senior on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men's tennis team, won the doubles championship at the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Region Championships at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Treis and Jake Humphreys (Kenosha, Wis.Tremper) and Michael Treis (Brookfield, Wis./Central), who entered the weekend as the top seed in the draw, won their semifinal match and claimed the title on a third-set super tiebreaker. By winning the championship, Humphreys and Treis earn All-America accolades and will compete in the USTA/ITA Small College National Championships on Oct. 15-18 in Sumter, S.C.

Treis is majoring in communication.

Klingaman to compete for UW-Whitewater

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Glacier girls hockey to return eight players

Nov. 25, 2015 12:22 p.m. | The Brookfield Glacier girls hockey team will open the season on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 27-28, playing Arrowhead in a two-day tournament at the Mullet Center.

Coach Chris Frantz will have eight returning players and seven newcomers.

"I am really looking forward to this season," he said. "Last year we did not have the numbers (amount of the girls) for a full team and this year we do. I am really excited for this year I also know the team is also really excited.

"I know we will be competitive this year. The girls have a great attitude for the season. I think everyone will see a different Glacier Team this year."

Returning will be three Brookfield Central players — Victoriya Tarakanova, Téalin Robinson and Emma Cairns — two Mukwonago players Alyssa Ragon and Lauren Ragon.

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Scorecard: Elmbrook Swim Club

Nov. 25, 2015 12:22 p.m. |


Patriots Welcome to Winter Invite

Pleasant Prairie Rec Plex, Nov. 13-15

Highlights — The Senior 1-2 groups competed at a very high level against some good competition as 28 athletes took part. Over 50 lifetime bests were posted. Congratulations to Emma Schaetz who achieved her 200 Butterfly NCSA Junior National standard on Sunday. The Senior 3 group had 27 swimmers who finished the meet with 79 new best times. The following results reflect the top three finishes.

Men's Open: Ben Attenberger (age 16) — first in 200 breast-stroke, second in 100 breast and 400 Individual medley (IM); Connor Rumpit (age 17) — first in 200 butterfly, second in 1000 freestyle.

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Brookfield/Catholic Memorial boys hockey team co-op begins fourth season

Nov. 25, 2015 12:21 p.m. | The Brookfield Central/Brookfield East/Catholic Memorial boys hockey co-op will be beginning it's fourth season with plenty of experience returning.

The Stars lost leading scorer of past two years Riley Keays, a first-team All-Conference choice and MVP to graduation.

The Stars will be returning 17 letter winners from their 12-12-2 team, which was fifth place (3-3) in the Classic 8 Conference.

"We play in a tough conference and we know each game will be very competitive," assistant coach Matt Shapiro said. "Our success will be directly related to our ability to adapt to a 'team-first' mentality. If we can accomplish that and really focus on improving each day, I believe we'll have more opportunities to win games this year."

Five Brookfield Central skaters are seniors Steven Klein and Marcus Oleson, juniors Joey Schindler and Adam Weiner and sophomore Blake Fehermann.

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Brookfield East has surprising gridiron season

Nov. 25, 2015 12:20 p.m. | Brookfield East was not among the preseason favorites in the Greater Metro Conference race this year. So when all was said and done, coach Tom Swittel's Spartans surprised everyone but themselves when the dust had settled.

East finished with an overall record of 10-2, advancing to the Level 3 WIAA Playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Homestead. The was only the second time in school history East made it that far.

The Spartans were 6-1 in the GMC, finishing second to Brookfield Central, who handed them their only loss, 21-14. East got revenge over Central with a 34-31 overtime win in the Level 2 playoffs. They also defeated Whitefish Bay in Level 1, giving them two wins over conference champions.

"If you sit back and evaluate a season, one way to look at it was if we played up to our potential we would be successful," coach Tom Swittel said. "We got everything we could out of our kids. We kept getting better as the season went on and we were playing our best at the end of the season, not at the beginning. They gave everything they had. At the end, they left everything on the field. It was a very good season."

The Spartans had All-Greater Metro Conference choices, including major award winners.

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Brookfield panel recommends approval of public assistance for Milwaukee Tool expansion

Nov. 24, 2015 6:54 p.m. | CITY OF BROOKFIELD — The city of Brookfield took its first step toward providing $6 million in financial aid to Milwaukee Tool after the company announced plans for a $33 million expansion of its corporate headquarters last week.

The city has proposed a tax incremental financing (TIF) district that would cover approximately 30 acres of land including and around Milwaukee Tool's current campus at 13135 W. Lisbon Road.

In total, the TIF district's project costs would be $8.4 million including the cost of financing. Brookfield would recoup its costs through increased tax base over a 15-year term.

The city's community development authority was briefed on details regarding the TIF Tuesday evening by both representatives of Milwaukee Tool and Greun Greun + Associates, the city's consultant for the matter.

The panel recommended approval of the TIF by a 5-0 vote. Committee members J. Nathan Cunniff and David J. Raysich were absent and excused.

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