Whitefish Bay football team rallies past East in playoff action, 24-14

Nov. 02, 2012 11:21 p.m. | Because he got smart in the second half, Whitefish Bay offensive coordinator Jake Wolter won't have to start looking for another job.

And because he was smart enough to give the ball to his all-world back Rashadeem Gray to the tune of 22 times and 170 yards in the second half, the Blue Duke football team is en route to the WIAA State Division 2 semifinals for the first time in its history courtesy of a 24-14 level 3 victory over previously unbeaten Brookfield East Friday night.

"It was kind of funny," said Wolter. "Rah- Rah (Gray's nickname) and I were talking about five or six weeks ago, and I told him that if we lose from here on out and you don't have at least 20 touches and you're not hurt, I'm going to fire myself (laughs)."

"In my my mind, he's the best player in the state and he needs to have the ball."

Gray, who finished with 193 yards on 28 carries that included the game-clinching 59-yard burst for score with 1:45 remaining and who also scored the go-ahead TD on an 18-yard pass from quarterback Grant Menard with 3:53 remaining, appreciated the compliment.

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Looking for your local polling place?

Nov. 02, 2012 9:44 a.m. | We are four days away from the next election and one of the best resources to find out local voting information is at the state's official page for Wisconsin Voter Information.

There you can find information on where to vote in your community, check your provisional ballot status and more.

Click here to visit the Wisconsin Voter Information page.

North Shore voters can visit our North Shore Voting Guide, which has a list of polling places and a post-redistricting guide to congressional, assembly, and senate districts.

Red Raiders beat Brookfield Central, 3-1

Nov. 01, 2012 9:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa East will be making a seventh straight trip to the WIAA boys volleyball state tournament following a 3-1 win over the Lancers in the WIAA sectional final at Brookfield Central.

The Red Raiders won the first two matches, 25-18, and 25-21, but the Lancers fought back to win the third game, 25-20. East then won a thriller, 25-23, to clinch the match.

The games were played with each team making big runs, as well as a healthy quotient of lift calls and unforced errors.

Central led 16-9 in game four, but East went on a 7-0 run to tie the match. The Lancers took an 18-17 lead, but the Red Raiders scored seven unanswered points for a 24-18 lead. Central then rattled off five straight, with East hitting three of the points out of bounds, pressing to get that final point.

Following a timeout by coach John Simon, East returned a shot off a Lancers player out of bounds for the win.

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Harsh criticism of police chief out of line, Brown Deer legislators say

Nov. 01, 2012 7:16 p.m. | Two state legislators who represent Brown Deer said Thursday they are looking into the how the village's Police Department responded to repeated calls at the home of Brookfield spa shooter Radcliffe Haughton, but they said other lawmakers who admonished the police chief were out of line.

Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. Daniel Knodl (R-Germantown) said they have been in touch with the Brown Deer Police Department, which responded to the Haughton home repeatedly for domestic violence over a decade.

They criticized the lawmakers - 10 Democrats and two Republicans - who sent a letter to Brown Deer Police Chief Steven Rinzel, telling him he was blaming the victim and it appeared his department violated the state's mandatory arrest law on two domestic violence calls to the Haughton home.

The dozen lawmakers also demanded an outside audit of how the department responded to the nearly two dozen calls to the Haughton home and its policies and practices in domestic violence cases, according to the letter.

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence has been asking for such a review since last week.

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Deputies among those injured in I-94 crash

Nov. 01, 2012 9:52 a.m. | Two Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies and two motorists were injured early Thursday when a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old St. Francis man struck a parked squad car on I-94.

The deputies were inside the marked squad car in the median of I-94 west of Sunnyslope Road monitoring traffic at 2:43 a.m. when the eastbound vehicle traveled into the median and struck the squad. The car's engine ignited and the deputies helped the driver and his unconscious passenger, a 17-year-old West Allis boy, out of the vehicle, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The passenger suffered critical injuries and was taken to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life. The deputies suffered back and facial injuries and were taken by ambulance to Froedtert. The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

One of the Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies has worked for the department for 11 years; the other deputy has been with the department for four months.

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 www.azanaspa.com/ 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.

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