Lancers nip Brookfield East spikers

Oct. 30, 2012 11:03 p.m. |  Brookfield Central seniors Jeff Thurston and Tanner Swan played key roles in the WIAA Sectional semifinal match at Central and sparked the Lancers to a wild 3-2 victory over cross-town rival Brookfield East.

Central lost the first match, 25-21, as the Spartans rallied from a 15-10 deficit to outscore the Lancers, 15-6 the rest of the way behind the play of Dom D’Amato.

“We’ve been there before,” Swan said when asked about losing the first game. “They’re a strong team but we were able to rally to win.”
Thurston talked about coach Ken Nash’s comments in the huddle.
“He told us to shake the nerves. Just go out and play our game. We weren’t playing good at all. We just had to pick it up.”
Nash talked about his team’s lackluster start.
“We told them to bring more energy,” he said. “The guys were kind of flat. We had a little bit of a lead, but then we got quiet and we weren’t really active. Give East credit, they came back and it changes the dynamic of the game. The guys got tight.”
The Lancers bounced back and played much better, going on a 10-0 run to take an 11-2 lead behind Thurston’s serving. With Swan serving, Central went on a 6-0 run to take an 18-7 lead and East never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
The Lancers then won a thriller, 25-22, but East bounced back with a 25-19 win to take it to a fifth game.
Once again it was first Thurston going on an 8-0 run for a 9-3 lead. And then Swan had a 5-0 run to make it 14-8. Billy Brauer and Nate Leitermann then blocked a shot for the final point and a 15-8 win.
Swan had 16 kills and Brauer 15, Andrew Dusing had 47 assists and Thurston had 23 digs for Central. The Spartans were led by Karlis Abuls (25 kills), Josh Schmirler with 23 assists and Adam Wessel with 14 digs.
Central now hosts Wauwatosa West in the sectional final at 7 p.m. today Nov. 1 with the winner getting a berth in the state tournament next weekend.

Brown Deer police ask state for domestic violence training

Oct. 30, 2012 9:04 p.m. | Brown Deer Police Chief Steven Rinzel has asked the state Department of Justice for training on how to handle domestic violence situations - a request that comes as his department deals with sharp criticism for how it responded to calls involving Brookfield spa shooter Radcliffe Haughton and his wife.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Tuesday that Rinzel made the request not just for Brown Deer police but also for all law enforcement in the Milwaukee area.

The training won't be the first for the Brown Deer police force.

Nearly half of the force attended comprehensive training in 2006, including officers and a supervisor who investigated domestic violence twice at the Haughtons' Brown Deer home, according to records obtained by the Journal Sentinel.

On one call, in January 2011, officers saw Radcliffe Haughton point what appeared to be a rifle at his wife. Officers set up a tactical perimeter, told him he was under arrest and ordered him to surrender. He refused. A supervisor ordered officers to leave the scene 90 minutes into the standoff.

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Azana Spa to reopen Dec. 1

Oct. 29, 2012 4:52 p.m. | The Azana Spa & Salon in Brookfield is tentatively scheduled to reopen Dec. 1, owner Tami Gemmell announced Monday.

The salon has been closed since Oct. 21 when a gunman killed three employees at the salon, including his wife, and wounded four others before fatally shooting himself.

Appointments can be booked and gift cards can be purchased at or by calling (262) 784-4700.

Donations to a fund set up for the families of the victims can be made at any Associated Bank.

Information on the fund is available by calling (262) 784-3370.

Whitefish Bay football team advances with 28-3 rout of Brookfield Central

Oct. 27, 2012 11:17 p.m. | Last year when the Whitefish Bay football team advanced into the third round of the WIAA state playoffs for the first time in school history, they lingered long on the Brookfield East field celebrating the feat.

And when the Blue Dukes did it again on Saturday afternoon back at Lubar Stadium beating Brookfield Central, 28-3, with an impressive second half effort, they quickly broke their post-game huddle and celebrated with their home fans,

So, en masse, the players went over to the stands, and serenaded the remaining die-hards on the crisp late afternoon with an acappella rendition of Bay's alma mater.

And they weren't half bad.

"We knew we had something special going with this senior class heading into this year," said quarterback Grant Menard, whose 40-yard pass to fellow senior Ian Buchanan set up Jeremiah Holt's 10-yard run for score that broke open a 7-3 Blue Duke lead late in the third quarter.

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Greendale gives Brookfield East a scare

Oct. 27, 2012 6:46 a.m. | For much of Friday night’s WIAA Division 2 football playoff game, Brookfield East was not in top form, while Greendale was playing well.

As a result, the game turned out to be a tight, exciting affair – but in the end, the Spartans made just a few more big plays than the Panthers and walked away with a 28-21 triumph at Stephen J. Gavinski Field in Greendale.

East improved to 10-0 and notched its first-ever second-round playoff victory. The Spartans will meet either Whitefish Bay or Brookfield Central next weekend in a third-round contest.

Greendale, meanwhile, finished an up-and-down season at 6-4.

“It was a great effort,” East head coach Tom Swittel said, “but we just didn’t play well. We were just out of sync on offense and defense. A lot of credit has to go to Greendale for that. They (the Panthers) played extremely well tonight, maybe as well as they could play, I don’t know.

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Second round of Pigskin Picks high school football contest begins tonight

Oct. 26, 2012 1:10 p.m. | The second round of the WIAA high school football playoffs begins tonight and you can sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Germantown vs. Arrowhead, Cedarburg vs. Homestead, Brookfield Central vs. Whitefish Bay, Watertown vs. Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial vs. Pewaukee.

Andy Collins of Mequon was last week's winner as he picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay game.

Join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest here.

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Brookfield East stops Kimberly, move on at state soccer

Oct. 25, 2012 9:05 p.m. | Brookfield East blanked Kimberly, 2-0, Thursday evening in the WIAA State Quarterfinal match at Uihlein Soccer Park.

The Spartans scored at the 17 minute, 8 second mark when senior Trenton Daniels fed senior Ryan Toy the ball in front of the net on the left side and Toy headed the ball into the goal past Papermaker goalkeeper Mason Sauder.

That was all the scoring in the first half, as the Spartans dominated play and spent most of the first 40 minutes on Kimberly's side of the field.

The opening minutes of the game were made in a driving downpour and a strong wind.

Although sophomore goalkeeper Drew Johnson was credited with two official saves, he knocked away several more shots and frustrated Kimberly.

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Father of victim in Brookfield shooting says daughter was martyr

Oct. 23, 2012 4:26 p.m. | The father of Maelyn M. Lind, one of three women killed Sunday in a shooting at a Brookfield spa, said Tuesday that a detective had told his son-in-law that Lind had put herself between the 20-year-old daughter of Zina Haughton, the estranged wife of the shooter, and the shooter himself.

"Maelyn was trying to fight for the guy's gun," Keith Hanson said during an interview on WTMJ-AM (620). "She actually ended up getting shot and was able to save one of the girls. . . . She took a bullet for I believe it was Zina's daughter.

"I know that this guy hated Maelyn because she was Zina's friend. He knew my daughter. He hated her with a passion because she was sticking up for Zina."

The shooter, Radcliffe F. Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, killed himself inside the spa after killing his estranged wife, Lind and another salon employee, Cary L. Robuck, 35, of Racine. Lind, 38, lived in Merton in Waukesha County.

Hanson said his daughter died at a time when she was happy in her life. She had just reconciled with her husband and was enjoying her grandchildren.

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Owner of Azana Salon & Spa: 'Our hearts are broken'

Oct. 23, 2012 3:48 p.m. | Brookfield - Her voice cracking with sadness, Azana Salon & Spa owner Tami Gemmell said Tuesday afternoon at a news conference, "Our hearts are broken over the loss of our colleagues."

Gemmell spoke at Westmoor Country Club, located next door to her salon in which three workers were killed and four others were injured Sunday during a shooting spree by the husband of one of her stylists. She thanked police and the community for their outpouring of love and concern.

Of Zina Haughton, 42, the wife of Radcliffe F. Haughton, who had opened fire at the salon and then later killed himself, she said: "Zina was one of the hardest workers I've ever known. She loved doing hair and gave her heart and soul to her clients. She was an extraordinary mom and a friend to so many."

Another of the victims, Cary L. Robuck, 35, "was the biggest sweetheart" who lived for her daughter and her family, Gemmell said.

The third victim, Maelyn M. Lind, 38, "was an amazing mom and a new grandmother" who she said was cheerful and always smiling.

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Spa shooter's wife died of multiple gunshots, report says

Oct. 23, 2012 1:26 p.m. | Zina Haughton, who had been involved in an ongoing case of domestic violence that ended Sunday when her estranged husband killed her, two others and injured four at a Brookfield spa, died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Waukesha County medical examiner's office said Tuesday.

The medical examiner said autopsies had been completed on those who died during the shooting spree in which Radcliffe Haughton, 45, entered the Azana Salon & Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square shopping center and opened fire.

Haughton later turned the gun on himself and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner's report said.

Maelyn M. Lind, 38, who worked at the salon, died of gunshot wounds to the head and chest, according to the report.

Cary L. Robuck, 35, who also worked at the salon, died of a gunshot wound to the neck, the medical examiner said.

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Looking for local trick-or-treat times?

Oct. 23, 2012 11:11 a.m. | Halloween is right around the corner and you can find a list of local trick-or-treat times on MyCommunityNOW's special trick-or-treat page.

Neighbor recalls multiple disputes at suspected Brookfield spa shooter's household

Oct. 22, 2012 1:12 p.m. | Brown Deer resident Sandra Polk, neighbor to alleged Brookfield spa shooter Radcliffe F. Haughton, said she has seen a number of arguments and disputes across the street.

Polk, who lives in the 6500 block of Glenbrook Road, said Haughton, who killed three and injured four Sunday morning before taking his own life, argued with his wife, Zina, outside of their home on multiple occasions, and they sometimes ended up throwing objects around the front yard.

"We were definitely aware of some things that went on when they were outside, such as some verbal abuse," Polk said, "and some throwing, but not at each other. We never really saw anything really physical. No hitting or anything like that."

There were, Polk recalled, times when "things happened inside, after dark," necessitating police involvement. She said Haughton butted heads with Zina Haughton's 20-year-old daughter, Yasmeen Daniel, and once threw her clothes out across their front lawn.

"(Radcliffe) would get angry and kick her out," Polk said. "We think there was a little difference of opinion between him and her (Yasmeen)."

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Brookfield shooting deceased identified

Oct. 22, 2012 1:10 p.m. | Zina Haughton, 42, of Brown Deer, Cary L. Robuck, 35, of Racine, and Maelyn M. Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc, were killed Sunday morning, the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed. Shooter Radcliffe Haughton is among the deceased, and is believed to have committed suicide at the site of the shooting Sunday.

According to a press release, the Medical Examiner's Office plans to autopsy the three victims today to determine the exact cause of their deaths.

As of Monday morning, four wounded victims remained at Froedtert Hospital, three in satisfactory and one in critical condition.

Azana therapist describes tense 45 minutes in hiding

Oct. 21, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For nearly 45 terrifying minutes, Katie O'Rourke sat crouched inside a darkened, second-floor treatment room, with no windows, whispering to a 911 operator on her cellphone.

With O'Rourke, a 23-year-old massage therapist from Wauwatosa at the Azana Spa in Brookfield, was a co-worker, whom she named Mary, and two clients.

She had called 911 after hearing gun shots downstairs. "Quite a few of them," she said in a Sunday night interview hours after the rampage.

She said she was first told by 911 operators to leave the building.

"But I didn't know where the shooter was," she said.

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Investigation just beginning in Brookfield shooting

Oct. 21, 2012 8:14 p.m. | Due to the sheer number of witnesses and law enforcement personnel involved, combined with the size and complexity of the crime scene at Azana Spa in Brookfield, police are looking at a lengthy investigation into the Sunday-morning shooting during which three were killed, four injured, and suspected shooter Radcliffe F. Haughton of Brown Deer was found dead inside the spa, Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said at a press conference Sunday evening.

"It could take days, weeks to figure this all out," said Tushaus, adding that investigators and evidence technicians will need to work through the numerous rooms of the 9,000 square-foot spa to reconstruct the events of the shooting. "It's very large, complex, and involving. There are a lot of things going on, and it's just way too premature to get into (details)."

Police have not identified the three female victims who died during the shooting or the four female victims injured and treated at nearby Froedtert Hospital, and did not comment on whether Haughton's wife, who had gotten a restraining order against him, was among the dead or injured. Police didn't say what type of firearm the suspect had used, if it had been recovered, or if any sort of note had been found.

Tushaus was quick to point out that Haughton was the only suspect in the shooting.

"We are not, I repeat, not seeking any additional suspects," he said. "Our community can feel safe. Southeastern Wisconsin can feel safe in this matter."

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Shooter sought in ongoing scene in Brookfield

Oct. 21, 2012 12:56 p.m. | The city of Brookfield Police Department has locked down the area near Azana Spa on Moorland Road across from Brookfield Square Mall after reports of a multiple shooting occurred at the spa sometime between 11 and 11:15 a.m.

Unconfirmed reports from eyewitnesses said the shooter might be a disgruntled husband or boyfriend of a salon worker.

Police evacuated people from the front and back of the Azana building. A woman was seen rolling and crawling as she left the building.

People went into a McDonald's restaurant, just north of the Azana building.

Unconfirmed reports by eyewitnesses said at least three people were shot. An eyewitness also said a barefoot girl who came out of the salon said: "He shot my mom. He's shooting everyone."

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Shooting reported near Brookfield Square

Oct. 21, 2012 12:03 p.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that a shooting occurred around 11:30 this morning near Brookfield Square Mall.

More information will be reported as it becomes available.

East soccer team earns third straight trip to state with win over Bay

Oct. 20, 2012 10:31 p.m. | Not meaning to sound arrogant or dismissive of the very deep sectionals that his team has played in, Brookfield East boys soccer coach Herbie Dundun still said the WIAA State Tournament berths the Spartans earned in 2010 and 2011 were "almost givens".

Not so this year. East had huge graduation losses, and furthermore, it lost five more potential starters to the newly-founded soccer academy in the area.

So on Saturday night at Central, after the Spartans earned their third state trip in a row to Uihlein Park with a heartstopping 3-2 overtime shootout WIAA sectional final victory over a persistent Whitefish Bay team, a relieved Dundun said this state slot feels much different than the others.

"We were fishing here and there, trying to put the pieces together," he said. "The chemistry was always something a little different, something we were always working on."

"It was very much on the edge at times. It's very satisfying to have done this, but it feels very patched together. We had to fill the gaps as we went along."

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Spartans headed to state meet

Oct. 20, 2012 10:30 p.m. | Brookfield East tied Whitefish Bay, 2-2, and then won a 4-2 shootout Saturday night at the WIAA Brookfield Central Sectional.

As a result, the Spartans (15-7-2) moved on to the WIAA State Boys Soccer Tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park from Thursday through Saturday.

It will be East's third straight trip to state. The Spartans will face Kimberly in a 5 p.m. quarterfinal game.

Brookfield Central pulls away from Rockets

Oct. 20, 2012 12:09 a.m. | Third-seeded Brookfield Central hosted sixth-seeded South Milwaukee in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs Friday night and came out with a 33-8 victory to advance to the second round against Whitefish Bay, but it didn't always look so lopsided.

Both teams scored on their first possession. The Lancers started their first drive on their own 19 yard line, but big runs from Demario Harris and quarterback Riley Richarz led to a touchdown in just six plays. South Milwaukee responded with a touchdown of their own after a pass from Justin Oliden to Zach Simuncak set up a first and goal from the Brookfield 1-yard line, and Oliden was able to punch it in.

On the extra point attempt, the Rockets lined up as if to kick the extra point. When the ball was snapped, however, the holder took off for the end zone and made it, giving South Milwaukee an 8-7 lead.

“I can’t take credit for that,” said Rockets coach John Galewski. “It was a bad snap and the holder felt that he couldn’t get the ball down and so it was just a fire call.”

On the Lancers’ next possession, the Rockets forced the Lancers into a fourth down situation near midfield. The Lancers initially appeared lined up as if to go for a conversion, but just before the snap, Richarz took an extra couple of steps backwards, preparing to punt.

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Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today

Oct. 19, 2012 11:45 a.m. | We're a little bit more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's first-round of the WIAA high school football playoffs, so there is still time to sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Appleton East vs. Menomonee Falls; Brown Deer vs. Catholic Memorial; Greendale vs. Wauwatosa West, South Milwaukee vs. Brookfield Central and Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay.

Congratulations to Drew Hunkins of Waukesha, who was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks. He earned a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

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Markusse's two goals lift Brookfield East to soccer sectional final

Oct. 18, 2012 9:49 p.m. | Neither rain, nor mud nor the rooster-tails of water that cropped up everytime a player skidded to the far northwestern corner of the field could stop Brookfield East senior midfielder Mike Markusse Thursday night in a WIAA sectional semifinal soccer game at Menomonee Falls.

Markusse turned senior defender Mark Glowacki's re-direct of a short corner kick by senior Alan Miranda into a flashy, sideways turned goal from about 15 yards out at the 72:20 mark to lift the Spartans to an exciting 3-2 victory over the Indians.

"It was a nicely turned play, a beautiful stroke," said Spartan coach Herbie Dundun. "We knew we would have to make adjustments on a smaller field on a wet night. We had to go long one way (with the wind at our backs) and short on the other (when it was against us)."

"We got caught sleeping on a short, quick corner and we didn't stop the second guy," said Indian coach Scott Stein. It was Markusse's second goal of the game.

The victory avenged a 1-0 loss by the Spartans to the Indians during the regular season that was decided by an East own goal. It also advanced the Spartans to the WIAA sectional final at Brookfield Central at 7 p.m. Saturday against Whitefish Bay, which was a 6-0 winner over Cedarburg this night.

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Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings

Oct. 17, 2012 12:28 p.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (8-0) has been a fixture atop the Living Lake Country/NOW suburban football rankings all season, never moving from the top spot.

The No. 1-seeded Warhawks begin WIAA Division 1 postseason play at home this Friday against No. 8 Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (5-3).

You can get the lowdown on Arrowhead's postseason prospects and more first round games in a video preview at NOW's Push for the Playoffs.

Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs

Oct. 17, 2012 9:51 a.m. | The first-round match ups are set in this season's WIAA football playoffs and you can test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters by taking part in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Drew Hunkins of Waukesha was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks, earning a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

You can join the fun in the playoff version of Pigskin Picks.

Judge puts Town of Brookfield incorporation bid on hold

Oct. 16, 2012 1:18 p.m. | A Waukesha County judge has put the brakes on a state proceeding to decide the Town of Brookfield's bid to become a village.

Circuit Judge James A. Kieffer on Monday granted the Town of Waukesha's request for an emergency stay of actions at the Incorporation Review Board that had been set for next week, pending the outcome of the town's appeal of a decision by another Waukesha judge to dismiss the Town of Waukesha from the case.

It's just the latest delay in the Town of Brookfield's effort to obtain village status, a move opposed by the Town of Waukesha over the planned annexation of part of its land into the new municipality.

The Incorporation Review Board, part of the Department of Administration, would ultimately issue a decision for or against the incorporation after a public hearing.

Based on the board's finding, Kieffer would either dismiss the incorporation petition or order a referendum of those living in the proposed village.

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Defense keys East's overtime win

Oct. 12, 2012 11:49 p.m. |  In the end it came down to Brookfield East’s defense having to stop Sussex Hamilton junior running back Drew Patterson one last time.

The Chargers came out and lined up for a 2-point conversion following Patterson’s 6-yard touchdown run that cut the score to 14-13, in overtime
Right before the play East called time out to talk things over and the Chargers ended up changing the play.
“We had a play called,” Chargers coach John Damato said. “We were going to go off the edge. Then we decided to go up the middle.”
East coach Tom Swittel and his staff had noticed that Patterson was right behind quarterback Mark Gryszkiewicz.
“When they put Patterson up, they didn’t have him at tailback. So they moved him up and put him right behind the quarterback. It’s a ‘tell.’ We expected that.”

Patterson got the ball and drove into the middle of the Spartan defense where he was met by Jack Podewils, Alex Lessila, Eric Weller, Alec James and the rest of the defense.
“I saw the ref walking in and he did this (signal no touchdown) and I was just happy,” James said. “So I started smiling…at the bottom of the pile.”
The win gave East (7-0, 8-0) the outright Greater Metro Title, while Hamilton fell to 
Damato didn’t second guess himself.
“I wouldn’t take it back,” he said. “They were giving that to us a little bit. We just came up six inches short. It was a good push. It just wasn’t enough.”
It was not surprising that the game came down to one play as two outstanding teams squared off all night and came up with big plays when they needed them.
Defense dominated the game in a scoreless first half, as the Chargers had the ball for six and five plays and the Spartans had the ball for 11 plays and six plays in the first quarter. 
 In the second quarter East had the ball for six, four and four plays and the Chargers managed 12 and five plays as most of the half was played between the 25-yard markers.
Penalties hurt both teams, as East was called for six in the first half, including three delay of game penalties and Hamilton had two crucial holding penalties. 

“They hurt us quite a bit,” Damato said. “In stalling some drives...once you start to get some momentum it’s taken away. We have to clean that up and I think we will.”
Swittel was asked about his halftime comments to his ballclub.
“I told them it was a heavyweight fight,” he said. “Anybody who has ever been in a fight knows the guy that loses is the guy that flinches. “And I said we were not going to flinch.”
Then in the third quarter the Spartans recovered a Charger fumble and the senior quarterback Zach Damico tossed a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Griffin Lynch and Connor Allen’s point after made it 7-0 with 10:05 on the clock.
But then the Chargers got into the act and went 60 yards in six plays keyed by a 40-yard run by Patterson, who scored from 2-yards out to tie the game at 8:13.

“I think it woke us up a little bit,” Damato said. “I think we both woke each other up.”
After Brian Smith returned the kick-off 40 yards to the 50-yard line, the Spartans went on an 11-play drive. But an offensive pass interference penalty pushed the ball back and Allen’s 45-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar and bounced back.
The Chargers then went on a 16-play drive which ended when Kenny Lo’s 26-yard field goal was wide left.
Each team had a chance to win it in the final minutes of regulation, but first Lo was short on a 42-yard field goal attempt.
On the 14-play drive, an illegal block in the back, a holding penalty and a fumble kept the Chargers from scoring.
East got the ball back on its own 20 and a 43-yard run by Damico eventually set up a 35-yard field goal attempt with one second left when Damico, who was out of timeouts, spiked the ball. 
But a fumbled snap prevented chance at win in regulation.
Hamilton won the toss in overtime and selected to take the ball last.
It only took East four plays to go 25 yards, as Damico scored when he raced 19-yards for the score after bouncing off a would-be tackler.
“It was a speed option to the outside,” Damico said. “I had to read (running back Zach Schober) on the pitch so I just cut up. I ran right into him (the defender) but he didn’t wrap up and I went in for the score. It was a great feeling.”
Both coaches complemented their opponents.
“It was a great football game,” Damato said. “I’m proud of our kids. Our kids fought hard. So did Brookfield East. It was a great high school football game.”
Swittel then talked about the 2-point conversion try again.
“You know you play to win,” he said. “And John Damato and Sussex Hamilton they’re winners.”
Patterson rushed for 119 yards and Damico led East with 101.

Despite Falls' rout of Central, title hopes fade as East edges Hamilton

Oct. 12, 2012 10:45 p.m. | 'It would have been a phenomenal story."

That's all Menomonee Falls football coach John Baker could say shortly after he and his team watched on television Brookfield East's harrowing 14-13 overtime win over Sussex Hamilton late Friday night.

The Indians had taken care of business earlier that night, turning in a dominant defensive effort in handling a short-handed Brookfield Central squad, 14-0.

Falls (6-1 in Greater Metro Conference play and 6-2 overall) needed to beat the Lancers (4-3, 5-3) and then needed help from Hamilton. A victory by the Chargers (5-2, 6-2) over East (7-0, 8-0) would have vaulted the Indians into a three-way tie for the GMC title with those same two teams.

It would have been Falls' first league championship since 2004.

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Lancers, Spartans win first-round soccer games

Oct. 10, 2012 10:00 a.m. |  Brookfield East and Central's boys soccer teams won first-round WIAA matches Tuesday night and advanced to Thursday night's regional finals.

Third-seeded East beat 14th-seeded Milwaukee King easily, 8-0, but only led 2-0 at halftime.

Ryan Toy (Jonathan Stone assist) at 2:32 and Adam Aleiou (Toy) accounted for the first-half scores.

In the second half Stone scored (John Orgovan) at 45:33 for a 3-0 lead and then Ben Kosmider, Matt Wilson, Ryan Bouchard (Ryan Dundun), Peter Raymonds (David Loffredo) and D. Fadeski closed out the scoring.

The fifth-seeded Lancers beat 12th-seeded Homestead on penalty kicks, 4-3, with goalkeeper Tyler Moore had the save for the game-winner.

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Elmbrook defines plan to appeal church-graduation case to Supreme Court

Oct. 08, 2012 4:07 p.m. | The School District of Elmbrook will defend its right to hold graduation ceremonies in a church by appealing a lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court before the end of the year, a lawyer for the district said Monday.

Last week the district announced a lineup of outside lawyers who have agreed to represent Elmbrook pro bono as it asks the highest court in the land to decide whether it violated the Constitution by holding graduation ceremonies at Elmbrook Church for much of the 2000s.

Kristi Foy, a staff attorney for Elmbrook, said that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagen granted the district the 60-day extension it requested last week so that its new lawyers had time to review the case.

She added that Elmbrook will officially ask the Supreme Court for a review when it files a petition on or shortly before the new deadline of Dec. 20.

The latest Doe v. School District of Elmbrook decision from the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in July ruled that the district violated the constitutional separation of church and state when it held school ceremonies in the church.

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How might the WIAA football playoff brackets stack up?

Oct. 08, 2012 12:44 p.m. | The WIAA football postseason picture is becoming a little more clear as teams prepare this week for their final regular-season games.

Lake Country's JR Radcliffe takes a shot at seeding the Division 1, 2 and 3 brackets in his latest Bracketology blog.

Brookfield East knocks Marquette from playoff chase

Oct. 06, 2012 12:17 a.m. | When Brookfield East crushed Marquette, 31-7, on Friday at Hart Park, the Spartans accomplished a couple things they haven’t done in a long time.

First of all, it was the first time they had beaten the Hilltoppers since Oct. 18, 2002, when they walked away with a 14-10 victory at Hart Park.

Secondly, by beating Marquette, East improved to 7-0 and clinched at least a tie for the Greater Metro Conference championship, their first taste of a conference crown since 1984 when they captured their only league title.

The only thing standing between an undisputed championship for East is Sussex Hamilton (6-1), and the Chargers are coming to town for the season finale on Friday.

“We knew this year we could be a special team,” said junior quarterback Zach Damico, who scored once and tossed two touchdown passes. “All the hard work we put in and the talent we have all around. ... We felt we could have a very good team this year and obviously that’s a very good feeling. We want to get it for ourselves, especially next week against Sussex.”

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New Berlin woman convicted in Brookfield man's killing

Oct. 01, 2012 6:42 p.m. | Waukesha - A New Berlin woman was convicted Monday in connection with the beating death of a Brookfield businessman.

Lynn M. Hajny, 49, entered the Alford plea on a reduced charge of felony murder in the death of John C. Aegerter, 63, who was found dead in the garage of his home June 22.

By entering an Alford plea Hajny, who was initially charged with first-degree intentional homicide as party to a crime, does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors could prove the case against her.

Hajny and Tommy V. Douyette, 44, who was convicted of first-degree reckless homicide in connection with Aegerter's death, are both awaiting sentencing.

According to a criminal complaint, Hajny had asked Douyette to hurt Aegerter because he owed her husband money.

Taste of Brookfield menus revealed

Oct. 01, 2012 3:32 p.m. | The menus for Taste of Brookfield & Beyond - from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Marcus Majestic, 770 N. Springdale Road - have been announced.

Participating restaurants and their offerings:

Baker's Square - chicken pot pie, tomato basil soup, pumpkin pie, pecan pie

Carrabbas Italian Grill - wood-grilled chicken marsala, penne pasta with picchi pacchiu sauce (vegetarian), homemade sausage and lentil zuppe, lobster ravioli in vermouth cream sauce

First Watch - pumpkin pancakes, fruity chicken, siesta key cocktail, maple pulled-pork sandwich

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Quintet of undefeated teams headline suburban football poll

Oct. 01, 2012 10:47 a.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (6-0, 5-0 Classic 8) continues its season-long run atop the MyCommunityNOW football poll this week, though the Warhawks are joined by four more undefeated squads.

Brookfield East (6-0, 5-0 Greater Metro), Oak Creek (6-0, 5-0 Southeast), Homestead (6-0, 5-0 North Shore), and Pewaukee (6-0, 5-0 Woodland West) round out the top five.

The poll is part of MyCommunityNOW's Push for the Playoffs page, which provides a comprehensive view of the current postseason picture, a poll, photo of the week, Coach's Confidential and more.

Go to Push for the Playoffs

Community Watch

» Lancers nip Brookfield East spikers 10/30

» Brown Deer police ask state for domestic violence training Updated:  10/30

» Azana Spa to reopen Dec. 1 10/29

» Whitefish Bay football team advances with 28-3 rout of Brookfield Central 10/27

» Greendale gives Brookfield East a scare 10/27

» Second round of Pigskin Picks high school football contest begins tonight 10/26

» Brookfield East stops Kimberly, move on at state soccer 10/25

» Father of victim in Brookfield shooting says daughter was martyr 10/23

» Owner of Azana Salon & Spa: 'Our hearts are broken' 10/23

» Spa shooter's wife died of multiple gunshots, report says 10/23

» Looking for local trick-or-treat times? 10/23

» Neighbor recalls multiple disputes at suspected Brookfield spa shooter's household 10/22

» Brookfield shooting deceased identified 10/22

» Azana therapist describes tense 45 minutes in hiding 10/21

» Investigation just beginning in Brookfield shooting 10/21

» Shooter sought in ongoing scene in Brookfield 10/21

» Shooting reported near Brookfield Square 10/21

» East soccer team earns third straight trip to state with win over Bay 10/20

» Spartans headed to state meet 10/20

» Brookfield Central pulls away from Rockets 10/20

» Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today 10/19

» Markusse's two goals lift Brookfield East to soccer sectional final 10/18

» Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings 10/17

» Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs 10/17

» Judge puts Town of Brookfield incorporation bid on hold 10/16

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Waukesha County Fair


It might be hot out there, but interns Maddy Heim and McKenna Oxenden are enjoying all aspects of the Waukesha County Fair. Check out their coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as their ranking of the top food items.

Best Summer Ever


We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.




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