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Your snow photos: It's back and it's beautiful

Feb. 27, 2013 7:55 a.m. | With another round of snow Tuesday, people across Southeastern Wisconsin snapped photos of the messy drives and the serene surroundings. 

Here are some of the best photos that people shared on social media.

WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches

Feb. 24, 2013 8:51 a.m. | The WIAA individual state wrestling tournament crowned its champions yesterday in Madison and MyCommunityNOW has updated photojournalist Peter Zuzga's state wrestling tournament photo gallery with images from the championship rounds.

Photo gallery: WIAA state wrestling photo gallery

Story: Arrowhead's Andrew Crone wins another individual title

Malone-Mitchell scores 28 to lead King past Lancers, 60-54

Feb. 23, 2013 6:59 p.m. | Brookfield Central couldn't stop King senior guard Austin Malone Mitchell and as a result the Lancers dropped a 60-54 decision on Saturday afternoon at King.

Malone Mitchell scored 28 points, which included 12 in the first period and eight in the third quarter, and six 3-pointers as he scored time and again against the Lancers 1-3-1 zone.

Brad Newman hit the Lancers only 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 5 seconds left to cut the Generals lead to 56-53. Montrell Hobbs hit 1-of-2 free throws for a 57-53 lead and then came the turning point of the game.

Central turned the ball over at halfcourt and Jemell Posey raced down and scored a layup for a 59-53 lead with 1:16 left to play and then both teams spent the rest of the game on the free throw lines attempting to score. The Generals were 1-for-5 and Central was 0-for-3.

King led since 5:31 of the first quarter, leading 17-13 after one and 34-30 at half. Two 3-pointers, one by Malone Mitchell and one by Corey Bias have King a 47-40 lead after three.

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Efficient LaChance, Lancers steamroll Riverside

Feb. 22, 2013 11:04 p.m. | Most players take a few minutes and maybe a few shots before finding their rhythm.

Riley LaChance is not most players.

Brookfield Central's star junior drilled his first 3-point attempt in the opening minute and didn't cool off until head coach Mark Adams pulled him in the final seconds with a 73-54 regional semifinal victory over visiting Milwaukee Riverside well in hand.

In all, LaChance burned the Tigers for 29 points, including a perfect 10 for 10 from the line that stymied any chance of a Riverside rally.

"I was in a good flow tonight," LaChance said. "I was aggressive from the start, so that got me going and kept me going throughout the whole game. Once (Riverside defenders knew they) had to play me, I was able to dump off to other guys and get them easy looks."

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Two-alarm fire reported in Brookfield

Feb. 16, 2013 1:12 p.m. | The two-alarm fire in Brookfield was at the Wallenta Grinding Co., 3150 N. 126th St., WTMJ Radio has reported. The fire was under control by midmorning, the station reports.

Firefighters from more than 10 departments were on the scene on Saturday morning.

The blaze was reported around 8:26 a.m., and there were believed to be no injuries.

Maroon Bells shutting down at Brookfield Square

Feb. 14, 2013 8:46 p.m. | Valentine's Day wasn't so sweet for one chocolate shop.

Maroon Bells of Colorado closed its shop at Brookfield Square shopping center Thursday after a little more than two years in business. It ended its run in Brookfield by selling boxes of assorted chocolates at deep discounts on a day when chocolates were in high demand.

"Maroon Bells closed today and Foot Locker also closed this week," said Scott Oleson, general manager of Brookfield Square. "We're kind of making room for a larger tenant in that end of the mall, but it's not a signed deal yet."

Oleson said the mall also has deals pending for retailers to move into spaces formerly occupied by Baker's Shoes and an American Greetings card and gift store near center court of the shopping center.

Early in the year normally is a time of transition at the mall, he said.

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Hamilton clinches second straight crown

Feb. 12, 2013 10:14 p.m. | This wasn't the same atmosphere as last year, when the Hamilton girls basketball team won a conference title for the first time. This season, after the Chargers sealed at least a share of the Greater Metro crown with a 45-32 win over Brookfield Central on Feb. 12, there was no wild celebration, net cutting or fans lingering for 45 minutes thereafter.

This time, the work isn't even finished.

The Chargers weren't ever really threatened against the Lancers in a complete performance that moved Hamilton to 20-1 overall and 13-0 in the GMC. The Chargers now turn their sights to an outright crown, with a battle against Divine Savior Holy Angels, a team one game back in the loss column, awaiting Feb. 21.

"We were prepared for Brook Central," said Hamilton guard Hannah Menzia, who led the Chargers with 13 points."We knew who their shooters were, and we got out on them. We know they drive baseline, so we worked on that. We got the scouting report done and worked really hard in practice."

Menzia and her teammates had their own baseline jumpers working well, with Central focusing its defensive attention on stopping Chargers post Mackenzie Latt. Freshman Taylor Klug added a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter to help her team grab a 16-10 lead after the first quarter, and the edge swelled to 24-14 by halftime even though Latt missed most of the quarter with a bloody nose.

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City, Waukesha County close to deal on recycling

Feb. 12, 2013 5:52 p.m. | After several years of study, the City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County are close to agreement on a plan to jointly operate a recycling program.

Mayor Tom Barrett, who worked with Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas on the proposal, called it a perfect example of a blue city (Democratic) working with a red county (Republican).

"We have worked together and we are pleased with this," Barrett said Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Common Council's Public Works Committee will consider a resolution that would set in motion a plan to enter into a contract for the processing of recyclables under a single-stream system. In a single-stream system, residents put their recyclables into one container; the materials are separated at a facility.

Waukesha County approved the collaboration last November.

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Fire damages single-family home in Brookfield

Feb. 12, 2013 3:34 p.m. | A fire Tuesday damaged a single-family home in the 500 block of S. Elm Grove Road, city of Brookfield firefighters said.

The fire was reported at 12:39 p.m. Heavy smoke and flames were reported coming from the back of the home, the fire department said. No one was reported in the home.

Emergency units from Elm Grove and New Berlin were called in to assist.

Lancers edge Wisconsin Lutheran, 59-55

Feb. 09, 2013 9:30 p.m. |  Brookfield Central held off a rally by Wisconsin Lutheran in the fourth quarter and nipped the Vikings, 59-55, in an exciting non-conference game Friday at Central.

With Central leading, 48-45, with 4 minutes and 3 seconds left to play, Gunnar Melensak hit Riley LaChance with a perfect pass for a layup, then with 2:19 left ot play, Elijah Goodman passed to Caleb Mortag who dunked the ball and then with 1:26 to play Mortag hit two free throws and Central had a 54-45 lead.

The Vikings outscored Central, 10-5, the rest of the way, but it was too little too late.

Central was ranked ninth in state (17-3) in Division 1 and WISCO 15-5) was second in D2.

The Lancers got to the free throw line and made 11-for-15, while the Vikings were 1-for-1.

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Just a test: Brookfield to run new emergency siren Feb. 8

Feb. 07, 2013 1:50 p.m. | If you hear emergency sirens in Brookfield on Friday, do not be alarmed.

The city is planning a test of its emergency siren system on Feb. 8 at noon, weather conditions permitting.

Director of Finance Robert Scott said the upgraded system includes the change in radio frequency used to communicate between siren locations, as mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.

The upgrade also includes a new siren near Brookfield Road and Capitol Drive that improves the warning coverage area on the northwest side of the city.

Scott said the test is expected to last a minute or so.

Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings

Feb. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.

The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.

You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.

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