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Gun remark puts Brown Deer High School into brief lockdown

Jan. 29, 2013 12:52 p.m. | Brown Deer High School went into a 40-minute lockdown this morning after a staff member overheard a student remark a gun was in the school.

According to a release on the district website:

The staff member reported the remark to district administration and the Brown Deer Police Department was contacted. The building was put into lockdown at approximately 9:35 a.m. as per the district's safety protocol.

Students were released back to class at 10:15 a.m. after school staff and Brown Deer police completed a search of the school and determined there was no gun.

School administrators and police are following up and will take appropriate disciplinary action.

Baun remarkable again as Brown Deer downs Pewaukee

Jan. 29, 2013 12:52 p.m. | It's fair to say that the Pewaukee Pirates have had enough of Brown Deer quarterback Zack Baun and the Falcons prolific offense.

A week after accounting for nearly 400 total yards and seven touchdowns against the Pirates, Baun followed up with another superlative performance, rushing for 402 yards and six touchdowns to carry the host Falcons past Pewaukee, 49-40, in a WIAA Division 3 Level 1 playoff game Friday night.

Baun scored five touchdowns of 39 or more yards, and the Falcons needed every spectacular play from him to hold off a game Pewaukee team eager to atone for a sloppy 48-21 loss at Brown Deer that concluded the regular season.

"He's a gamer isn't he? He's that ultimate competitor," said Brown Deer head coach Rob Green of Baun. "He is always one stiff arm or one move away from breaking something, so we didn't want to take the ball out of his hands, especially in the second half. He is a tough man to deal with."

Brown Deer (8-2) attacked Pewaukee's defense on the ground from their opening drive as it piled up 630 total rushing yards. In addition to Baun's eye-popping total, Nick Coleman added 135 rushing yards on eight carries, and David Hubbard ran for 85 yards, including a 71-yard scoring dash in the first quarter.

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Whitefish Bay makes a memorable trip north

11:47 p.m. | A ground game that just kept churning up the yards and a defense that wouldn't let Oshkosh North establish anything was the winning combination for Whitefish Bay on Friday night.

The Blue Dukes shut out the Spartans, 28-0, in a WIAA Division 2, Level 1 playoff game at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Titan Stadium to set up a Level 2 contest against North Shore conference rival Homestead, which advanced to the next round with a 49-0 win over Milwaukee Madison.

The Blue Dukes established what they were going to do on their first possession, driving the ball 72 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Van Bassindale before the first period was five minutes old.

Bassindale, who carried six times on the opening drive, credited the Blue Dukes' offensive line for opening holes that he and his fellow running backs could hit consistently for positive yardage.

"They did an outstanding job," Bassindale said. "We worked really hard at it all week. We worked had in the offseason and I'm glad it paid off tonight."

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Level 1.

Shorewood Intermediate School Principal Mark Harris dies after medical emergency

9:52 a.m. | Shorewood — The Shorewood community is mourning the death of Shorewood Intermediate School Principal Mark Harris, who died after experiencing a medical emergency on Tuesday.

Harris was hospitalized after the medical emergency but was not able to recover, according to a statement from the family. Harris is survived by his wife Erin and their three children.

In a school district blog post, Superintendent Marty Lexmond said neighboring school districts have agreed to provide additional school counselors and psychologists for students, teachers and parents at the high school and intermediate school. Shorewood mental health professionals will also be on hand to help the school community cope with Harris' death.

The school will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for those who would like to gather.

Before coming to the intermediate school, Harris served as the associate principal of Shorewood High School for four years. He previously worked as an assistant principal at Gilmore Middle School, a social studies teacher at United Community Center Middle School and a pre-college counselor for Marquette University's Upward Bound program.

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Brown Deer sets terms to drop purchase plans for American TV site

Oct. 22, 2014 11:04 a.m. | The Village of Brown Deer will drop its offer to buy the former American TV & Appliance store if the property's owner submits a redevelopment plan by the end of November.

The provision to the village's purchase offer is designed to reassure prospective tenants of the redevelopment site that Brown Deer isn't planning to buy the property as long as a redevelopment effort is proceeding, said Nate Piotrowski, the village's community development director.

Village officials have been working with developer John Schlueter to find new uses for the vacant 80,000-square-foot building and its 10-acre lot at 6700 W. Brown Deer Road, Piotrowski said Wednesday.

Schlueter, who operates Front Line Commercial Real Estate LLC, said he has prospective tenants for the building, but declined to comment further because those pending leases aren't final.

Schlueter's $7.2 million bid to buy the former American TV stores in Pewaukee and Brown Deer, and 19 acres of vacant land in Oak Creek, was approved in April through a court-supervised receivership case.

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Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.

 

 

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Mequon, Thiensville will get packages delivered on Sunday

Oct. 20, 2014 2:01 p.m. | The Thiensville Post Office will start delivering packages on Sundays to meet increased demand.

Thiensville Postmaster Chris Baltz said the post office, which also serves Mequon, will start Sunday package deliveries this week on Oct. 26. In fiscal year 2013, the Postal Service saw a 6 percent increase in package volume over the previous year. An additional 12 percent increase was recorded last holiday season, totaling 420 million packages.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

Whitefish Bay boys soccer team holds on to beat Nicolet, 2-1

Oct. 16, 2014 10:29 p.m. | No style points, no extra points for flashy goals.

Just survive and advance.

That's what the top-seeded in WIAA State D2 Whitefish Bay boys soccer team did Thursday night, when it took a 2-0 lead and then had to hold off a spirited rally from area rival Nicolet in a 2-1 WIAA regional final decision at Lubar Stadium.

"It's just all about the winning the game," said Blue Duke coach Jeff Worzella, whose team had to play the final 37 or so minutes a man down due to a controversial red card to leading scorer Evan Conway.

"They (the Knights) were able to change the momentum (in the second half) and they did a good job of winning the 50/50 balls and denying us rebounds off of shots. They got a little life after our defensive breakdown and after that, we knew we just needed to possess the ball and win the game."

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Concern over booth site thrusts Jewish students into church-state debate

Oct. 12, 2014 4:49 p.m. | Jewish students from Nicolet High School gathered Sunday at a nearby home to build a sukkah, the temporary structure — a kind of booth — erected for the annual harvest festival of Sukkot.

The Ironwood Road site wasn't their first choice. They had hoped to return to Nicolet's courtyard, where they built it last year. But Nicolet had received complaints about the appropriateness of the religious symbol on public school grounds.

It wasn't a Christian group that objected. Or the litigious Freedom From Religion folks in Madison. In an unexpected twist on a familiar religious liberty narrative, it was fellow Jewish students who raised concerns, uneasy about what they saw as a breach of the separation of church and state.

"The prevailing view in the Jewish community is for a strong line between religion and government," said Elana Kahn-Oren, a Nicolet parent and executive director of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation's Jewish Community Relation's Council, who approached Nicolet Principal Greg Kabara on behalf of the group.

"We really value the separation of church and state. And we recognize that it protects us and all religious minorities," she said.

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Homestead football team ties for North Shore lead, beats GT, 35-30

Oct. 10, 2014 11:00 p.m. | Experienced, strong and prideful, the Homestead offensive line used its broad backs in a mighty way Friday night and kept the Highlanders hopes of at least a share of a 14th straight North Shore Conference football title alive in pacing the Highlanders to a 35-30 upset of previously unbeaten archrival Germantown.

The Highlander unit, which had lost one starter, Jack Warshauer to injury in the first half, brought Homestead back from a 21-8 first half deficit, and paved the way  to four consecutive touchdown drives of 80, 80, 80, and 75 yards that the Warhawks were incapable of stopping.

"With about 9:30 minutes to go I turned to my offensive line coach (Matt Wolf) and said, 'Let's see if we can run the ball all the way down the field'," said head coach Dave Keel, "and we did."

The ensuing touchdown, a 3-yard run by fullback Matt Winters, expanded the Homestead lead to 35-24 with just a 1:27 left. Germantown got a 30-yard TD pass from Dwayne Lawhorn, Jr. to Connor Schulz but when Homestead's Nick Ziebell recovered the onside kick with 17 seconds to go, the game was over and the North Shore Conference had a new look, one that it hadn't had since 2002.

"We had one thought, that the game belongs to us (the O-line)," said lineman John Marita. "We were just following the scheme and listened to what the coaches told us was going to work. It's exciting when you see it all come out like that."

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 8.

Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20

Oct. 09, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

The deadline to submit letters to the editor related to the November election is fast approaching. Letters must be in our office by noon Monday, Oct. 20, for publication before the election.
Letters must be 300 words or shorter, and must be uniquely written -- not form letters sent out en masse. Letters must bear the writer's name, and must also include your complete address and telephone number for verification purposes. (We will not publish your address or phone number.)
While we would like to publish as many letters as possible, we reserve the right to edit or reject letters for legal or other reasons. 
Letters can be sent to 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha , WI 53186; faxed to (262)446-6646; or e-mailed to news@cninow.com.You can also submit letters online via our submission form.

Whitefish Bay boys v-ball teams beats Germantown, ties for NSC lead

Oct. 08, 2014 10:29 p.m. | Down 11-8 in the critical "race to 15" final set of his team's North Shore Conference dual meet with four-time league champion Germantown, Whitefish Bay boys volleyball coach Jake Conrad asked his Blue Dukes to reach down for some confidence.

"During the conversation we talked about the fact that they (the Warhawks) have been in this position before, they've been to state, they're a strong team," he said. "I told them that they (the Bay players) have to take some of that into their hearts and move it forward.

"It was time to walk the walk, not talk the talk. We had to find a way to create the kind of confidence that we've been looking for all season."

And the Blue Dukes found it, taking advantage of some critical Warhawk errors to pull out the final set, 15-13, to complete a 25-21, 25-19, 16-25, 22-25, 15-13 victory that pulled Bay into a tie for the North Shore Conference lead.

Germantown coach Brian Rushmer, whose team has eight players back from the 2013 team that made the WIAA state finals, was puzzled by how his Warhawks were unable to hold on at the end after making a strong rally from being down two sets to none.

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