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22-year-old dies in Pilgrim Road car crash

Sept. 11, 2009 11:14 a.m. | James F. Flanagan, a 22-year-old Milwaukee man, was killed in a car crash on Pilgrim Road on Thursday night.

According to a news release from the Elm Grove Police Department:

Flanagan and his passenger, Christopher J. Weber, 24, of Elm Grove, were traveling north on Pilgrim Parkway about 10:30 p.m.

An officer stationed in the 800 block of Pilgrim Parkway clocked the car travelling faster than 60 mph. The speed limit in the area is 30 mph.

The officer attempted to catch up with the vehicle to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle continue to accelerate, and the officer was not able to make a stop.

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Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country

May 27, 2016 12:15 p.m. | There are many programs, parades and events on Memorial Day in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country to honor those who lost their lives serving our country.

Here's a roundup of events on the Monday, May 30, federal holiday:


Menomonee Falls boys basketball coach Ben Farley to step down

May 26, 2016 1:56 p.m. | A day after he accepted the head football coaching job at his alma mater Brookfield East, it was announced that Ben Farley will be stepping down as boys basketball coach at Menomonee Falls.

Farley, a guidance counselor at Falls, had served as Brookfield East's defensive coordinator for the last four years and will take over from Hall of Fame coach Tom Swittel, who resigned recently after leading East to a 48-17 record over the last six seasons.

Farley has recorded a 33-36 record in the last three years as Falls' head basketball coach including a fine 14-9 mark this past winter.

Falls Athletic Director Ryan Anderson was sad to see Farley go but understood the almost impossible constraints of trying to run both varsity football and basketball teams seeing as the seasons run back-to-back with each other.

Anderson said the Falls basketball job will be posted ASAP on the official posting site WECAN and all interested applicants are asked to send their resumes there.

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Elm Grove Village Market Night to debut in June

May 26, 2016 1:15 p.m. | Village of Elm Grove — Over 50 vendors will join elected officials and event organizers in celebrating the opening of the Elm Grove Village Market Night.

The market, organized by a number of local residents and business owners including Beth Sadowski, Pam Brilowski, Susan Freedy and Jamie O'Donoghue, will run from June 8 through October 19.

Vendors will offer a wide range of items including fresh, organic produce, live plants and herbs, wood products, skin care products, jewelry, pottery and much more.

The market will be held at the intersection of Watertown Plank Road and Elm Grove Street in the Ray's Auto Body Shop lot.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held prior to the market's opening night at 4:45 p.m. June 8.

Brookfield committee again discusses TIF referendum option but takes no action

May 25, 2016 10:42 a.m. | After months away from the topic, the city's legislative and licensing committee returned to talks about tax incremental financing districts Tuesday, May 17.

A legislative referral made by Aldermen Christopher Blackburn and Jerry Mellone last September would require all TIF requests with project costs of over $1 million to be voted on directly by the citizens of Brookfield.

The topic has been discussed on and off by the committee with a recent delay in order to allow the city attorney's office to research the issue.

At Tuesday's meeting, Assistant City Attorney Julie Aquavia delivered her findings to officials. Aquavia noted that "there are no statutory or case law provisions that would prevent the city from enacting an ordinance that would require a referendum by the city's electorate on the issue of whether to create a TIF district."

"The bottom line is: Yes, you could adopt an ordinance," City Attorney Karen Flaherty said.

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Brookfield Central, DSHA play to 1-1 tie, share GMC crown

May 25, 2016 8:41 a.m. | Brookfield Central met Divine Savior Holy Angels on Tuesday night at Central to decide the Greater Metro Conference Championship. When the game was over, nothing had changed.

The Lancers (12-0-2) and Dashers (11-6-2) played to a 1-1 tie and finished on top of the GMC where they have been all season, both teams going 6-0-1. The Lancers, rated 32nd in the nation, were the top team in the state and DSHA was number 2.

The game got off to a fast start, when the Dashers got on the board at the 11:19 mark on a goal from junior forward Grace Lenz. But Central quickly countered at the 14:23 mark when star sophomore forward Emma Staszkiewicz beat a defender from the left side, made a 360 move and drilled a shot into the upper right corner of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

Ten minutes later, with lightning flashing out in the western skies, the match was stopped and fans were told to leave the bleachers. After about a 50-minute delay — which included a heavy downpour — both teams returned to the field and play resumed after a warmup.

No one threatened the rest of the half. Because of the long delay, halftime was only 5 minutes and the action resumed. Staszkiewicz had a near miss over the top of the goal in the 67th minute, but then hurt her wrist and had to leave the game. She did return.

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Brookfield and Elm Grove go all out for Memorial Day

May 24, 2016 4:04 p.m. | A number of Memorial Day activities are scheduled in Brookfield and Elm Grove this weekend to remind folks that for every cookout they have, there is, or has been, someone fighting for our right to enjoy it.

Pancake Breakfast

The Elm Grove Woman's Club will be hosting its annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast at its clubhouse, 13885 Watertown Plank Road, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 30.

Tickets are on sale now for $8 per adult and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and younger eat free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (262) 782-5930.


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Brookfield-Elm Grove Sports Notes: May 26, 2016

May 24, 2016 3:37 p.m. |

East's Aslin extended an offer to Air Force Academy

Brookfield East senior offensive lineman Max Aslin was extended a scholarship offer from Air Force Academy over the weekend.

He still has not made a decision on his college and is considering other offers.

Aslin, a 6-foot, 3-inch 293 pounder, was one of the reasons the Spartans football team had an outstanding rushing attack.

Brookfield East to host boys basketball camps

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Ben Farley named new Brookfield East football coach

May 24, 2016 3:25 p.m. | A former Brookfield East graduate and coach has been named Brookfield East football coach, a maneuver announced by athletics and activities director Jeremy Martin on May 24.

Ben Farley, who coached the Menomonee Falls boys basketball team, coached under former head coach Tom Swittel the past six years.

"He's ready," Swittel said. "He's a really good coach. Cory Golla (former athletics director) asked me, 'There is one guy we'd really like you to consider,'" Swittel recalled when he was hired. It was Ben Farley."

After talking to Farley, Swittel hired him. He coached defensive backs his first year and then added defensive coordinator to his duties the last five years. He also worked with the punt return team.

"He's been coaching football and basketball," Swittel said. "He has a great background. He was one of the all-time greats at East and an All-American safety at Whitewater. "He works hard, gets along with the players ... they should do really well under coach Farley's leadership."

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Bulldogs, Blue Sox lose in Land O'Lakes play

May 24, 2016 3:23 p.m. | It was a tough weekend for the local Brookfield Land O'Lakes teams, as the Bulldogs dropped a 9-6 decision to West Bend in the home opener at McCoy Field and the Blue Sox lost, 11-1, at Pewaukee.


The West Bend 7 Up, losers of four in a row, and two straight in Land O' Lakes play, knocked off the first-place Bulldogs (3-0).

West Bend needed a spark, and it got one on the second Greg Basthemer pitch of the day to Sam Mattheis, who deposited a solo homer to give 7 Up the quick advantage.

"Even the outs were hit hard, and their hits were squared up," manager Jason Booth said of the visitors. That was no more true than with Jed Justman, who hit a home run along with two singles, and Matt Parrent, who had three hits, including a triple.

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Brookfield East boys second in Greater Metro Conference tennis tournament

May 24, 2016 3:20 p.m. | Brookfield East finished second in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on May 17-18 in Elm Grove.

Top-ranked Marquette (50) and second-ranked Brookfield East (45) finished one-two, as expected.

"We lost a really close match to Marquette at No. 3 doubles," coach Linda Lied said. "But even if we pulled that out, Marquette would have won. They are deeper at the bottom, and so they were able to earn points where we didn't. But if we get to state, it is a straight-up dual, so the positive outlook is we are getting closer."

East's David Horneffer won the No. 1 singles championship, getting a bye, defeating Alex Moore of Sussex Hamilton (6-0, 6-0) and Ethan Budiono of Marquette (6-1, 6-4) in the title match.

East's Robert Krill won the No. 2 singles title, getting a bye, beating Brookfield Central's Tom Foley (6-0, 6-0) and John Massart of Marquette (6-1, 6-3) for the title.

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Brookfield East Sports Shorts: May 26

May 24, 2016 2:56 p.m. |


Brookfield East put together a 2-0-1 record last week, improving to 7-4-4 overall and 3-2-1 in the Greater Metro Conference, good enough for third place.

The Spartans, who beat the Red Raiders, 4-2, on May 17, fell behind, 2-0, at halftime at Wauwatosa East before Abby Gregg got going and scored a hat-trick in the second half.

Gregg scored in the 47th minute off a pass from Ari Banks to get East on the board. The two combined again 10 minutes later to tie the game at 2-2. Hannah Lein hit Gregg for another goal in the 62nd minute for a 3-2 lead. In the 87th minute, Gregg found Aubrey Prey for a goal for the final margin of victory.

"Abby Gregg was bound and determined to get off to a fast start against Tosa East," coach Derrick Banks said. "But she would have to wait until the second half. Abby's off-the-ball runs were magnificent tonight, and she finished three one-on-ones with the keeper with a lot of poise."

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Brookfield East girls win GMC Outdoor title

May 24, 2016 2:36 p.m. | The Brookfield East girls won the third leg of the Greater Metro Conference Triple Crown on May 17, winning the outdoor championship at Menomonee Falls.

The win gave the Spartans the second and third legs of the Triple Crown, losing only the indoor title to Brookfield Central. East ran away with the outdoor title over Central, 179-145.5.

"I am so proud of the girls for defending their conference title that they earned at conference relays," said coach Lisa Foss. "They were prepared and had the right mind-set coming into the meet. We knew we wanted to defend our title for the team and specifically our seniors who have worked so hard for our team the last four years. We performed quite well in both sprints and distance and maintained our strength in the field events. This strong performance is great momentum going into regionals."

East had four winners, but several athletes placed in more than one event.

Rachel Werking was the only double winner, taking first in the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes 9.52 seconds and first in the 3,200 (11:16.73).

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Brookfield Central boys tennis team finishes third in GMC Tournament

May 24, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Brookfield Central finished third in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on May 17-18 in Elm Grove. The Lancers scored 33 points to finish a distant third behind Marquette (50) and Brookfield East (45).

Central took two seconds, three thirds, a fourth and a sixth, as coach Dave Steinbach juggled his lineup.

Brandon Biehoff finished second to MUHS' Nick Yang, losing in the finals (6-1, 6-1) in No. 3 singles. He beat Hamilton's Chris Anderson (6-3, 6-3) and Brookfield East's Thomas Francken (6-2, 6-0) to get there.

Mark Crowder finished second, losing to the Hilltoppers' Noah Guillermo (6-2, 6-1) at No. 4 singles. He defeated Hamilton's Alex Menzia (6-0, 6-0) and Brookfield East's Michael Staff (7-6(8), 6-3) to get to the finals.

Gunther Treis/Sam Schneider finished third at No. 1 doubles, defeating West Allis' Alec Walk/Jimmy Nguyen (6-1, 6-1) and losing Marquette's Nick Kallman/Caleb Schifano (6-3, 6-3). The pair then defeated Menomonee Falls' Corey Drier/Colin Fluegge (6-0, 6-2) in the third-place game.

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Brookfield Central Sports Shorts: May 26

May 24, 2016 2:24 p.m. |


Brookfield Central finished second in the final mini meet on May 16 at the Wisconsin Country Club and the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on May 18 at Morningstar.

As a result, the Lancers finished second overall with 37 points to Marquette's 49 points. Behind MUHS and Central were Brookfield East (29), Wauwatosa (27), Menomonee Falls (26), Sussex Hamilton (21), West Allis Hale (7) and West Allis Central (0).

Kevin Hershberger shot a 37 on May 16, followed by Sean Yun (40), Jack Anderson (42), Josh Trasser (44) and Zack Mindel (44).

On May 18, Hershberger had a 74 over 18 holes, followed by Mindel (76), Trasser (77), Sun (80) and Anderson (82).

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May 24, 2016 2:15 p.m. | Both the boys and girls varsity track and field teams came away from the Midwest Classic Conference Outdoor meet on May 17 with third-place finishes. The boys scored 95 points and the girls — with only 13 competing — totaled 122 points.

For the boys, MJ Woodswon the 100-meter dash, anchoring the winning 400 relay with Delmar Herman, Nathan Kustnerand Joe Doyleand placing third in the long jump.

Nathan Kustnerran an impressive second leg in the 400 relay and also placed second in the 200 dash. Mark Morrishad the best last conference outdoor meet of his high school career by taking second in the 400 dash and second in the 1600 relay with Chris Bienkowski, Sam Weinbergand Colin Guest.

The 3,200 relay of Jack Loomis, Ahmed Nosir, Tom Bonnessand Evan Medoratook third, placing well ahead of expectations. Yaman Othmancontinued his development in the hurdles by placing fifth in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles. His 300 hurdle race was a huge 2-second improvement over his personal record.

The girls ran amazingly well, considering how few of them were competing. Natalie Arnoldcontinued her dominance in the distance events by winning the 1,600 and the 3,200 in impressive fashion. Ashlin LaFondhad a great meet by winning the 800, placing second in the 400 dash and anchoring the winning 1,600 relay with Shannon Griffin, Harper LaFondand Elissa Daniel.

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