A three-touchdown performance from senior running back Eric Wade highlighted the night for the Homestead football team as the Highlanders shut out Whitefish Bay on Friday, 24-0, and capped an undefeated season and outright North Shore Conference title.
The defending Division 2 state champion once again head into the playoffs as the team to beat.
"I thought our kids were really ready to play football," said Homestead coach Dave Keel. "We were frustrated last year that we went over there and didn't play as well as we wanted to. They beat us last year over there, so I think our kids remembered that and came out ready to play, and they played well."
As for the conference championship, Keel saw it meant a lot to his seniors on the team.
"It's an honor for our seniors; it's their team," he said. "They've worked hard to be successful, and they were successful, and they did a great job. So we're awfully proud of what they did."» Read Full Article
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Staring off into the cornfields behind Living Word Lutheran on a breathtakingly beautiful autumn day in Jackson, it would be hard to remember the recent bad old days of the Shorewood football program for coach Drake Zortman and his Shorewood/Messmer team.
The endless losing streaks, the revolving door of coaches and the uncertainty of whether the program would survive from year-to-year.
But there they were this day, Zortman and his senior leaders Taylor Dennis, Jonathan Carson and Tywan Ramsey.
The 63-22 rout of host Living Word Lutheran completed, the team could now quietly celebrate the astonishly fast three-year journey from gridiron joke to undefeated champions of the Midwest Classic Conference.
"Taylor (Dennis, his quarterback) and I shared a moment in the second half," said Zortman. "I asked him 'Did you ever think back then we'd be conference champs?' and he said right back to me 'I didn't know if we'd ever win a game.'"» Read Full Article
Edward Patterson of Whitefish Bay allegedly used his three North Shore McDonald's restaurants as part of a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme, according to charges filed in federal court Oct. 16.
Patterson, 38, and Kevin Breitzman, 29, of Glendale, were among six people who allegedly obtained "large quantities of marijuana from northern California for distribution within the Milwaukee area," according to a Drug Enforcement Administration news release.
Patterson and Breitzman are both charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and use of the mail to facilitate possession with intent to deliver.
According to the DEA, the group shipped marijuana via the U.S. Postal Service to a number of Milwaukee addresses. Patterson is also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and possession with intent to deliver.
Also indicted were Paul Heiniger, 42, of Willits, Calif., for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and use of the mail to facilitate possession with intent to deliver; Paul Markiewicz, 27, of Germantown, for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; Andrea Marquardt, 28, of New Berlin, for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and use of the mail to facilitate possession with intent to deliver; and John Webler, 39, of Milwaukee, for use of the mail to facilitate possession with intent to deliver.» Read Full Article
River Hills is planning a 2.8 percent levy increase for 2014.
The Village Board in a 5-1 vote, with President Robert Brunner opposed and J. Stephen Anderson absent, the 2014 budget proposal was changed from showing a 0.01 percent decrease to a 2.8 percent increase. Trustees decided the tax hike was necessary to make up for a $156,744 deficit and reduce village borrowing to zero for 2014.
A 2.8 percent increase totals $80,000 for the village and is the maximum amount the village can raise taxes based on state statutes that limit tax hikes to the total of net new construction. Since River Hills did not raise taxes last year, the allowable amount rolls over to this year, said Village Manager Chris Lear.
The village has held the line on taxes for the last four years.
The preliminary budget presented Wednesday showed the village borrowing $222,211 to fund capital projects, including road construction projects, according to village documents. Trustees were opposed to borrowing more money, since the deficit this year was due in part to borrowing that occurred for capital sewer projects.» Read Full Article
Reminiscent of a 2007 showdown, clashes over a proposed funding formula could cause Glendale to withdraw from the North Shore Fire Department.
On Monday, Fox Point Village President Mike West made the official request that the NSFD Board consider a new funding formula, which would take effect in 2016, at its November meeting. Since the agreement between the NSFD member communities requires a unanimous vote to amend the formula, any community can in effect veto a change.
Citing a likely increase in River Hills' annual NSFD cost and calling the proposed formula a "bailout" for Glendale, River Hills Village President Bob Brunner says he plans to use the veto power if the board calls a vote in November.
"I would say that the chance of this proposal being approved, as it is, is not very good," Brunner said. "...I won't be supporting it."
Glendale Mayor Jerome Tepper, on the other hand, says River Hills hasn't been paying its fair share and Brunner should compromise. Otherwise, he said, he will recommend to the Glendale Common Council that it approves a withdrawal notice, which if approved by the end of the year would separate Glendale from NSFD beginning in 2016.» Read Full Article
Nicolet High School was evacuated late this morning after a suspicious note was found, prompting a police sweep of the building which turned up two suspicious packages.
While police won't say exactly what was in the packages, Captain Mark Ferguson of the Glendale Police Department described the contents as "non-hazardous, everyday items."
"Anytime you have a note like that, and you find something that's not supposed to be there, we consider that suspicious until we can determine whether or not it's a danger," said Ferguson.
Once the order was given to clear the school, students walked to nearby Cardinal Stritch University and were bused to Glen Hills Middle School. Students were later allowed to go back to the high school to retrieve their cars, but could not enter the building.
At a news conference, district Teaching and Learning Director Brenda Turner said a "vague" note was found which prompted a police sweep of the high school. Police found a package in a boys bathroom on the first floor and a second suspicious package on the second level, F-wing of the building.» Read Full Article
Continuing an early rebound out of the so called "Great Recession," home sales across the North Shore were strong, according to a third-quarter 2013 report from the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
On average, every community in the North Shore NOW coverage area saw a decrease in the number of days homes stayed on the market, most saw an increase in average sale price, and all but one saw an increase in the number of homes sold.
Compared to 2012, Shorewood lead Milwaukee County in percentage change when it came to average days on the market, experiencing a roughly 43 percent decrease, going from 132 days to 75. Average sale prices in River Hills increased the most in the county, about 23 percent, or $155,535. Most North Shore communities beat out Milwaukee and Ozaukee county averages.
According to GMAR President Mike Ruzicka, while 2012 represented the low-point for many area communities, the North Shore was already on the path to recovery in early-2012.
"It's one of the last areas into the recessions, and really in the metropolitan recession, the first out," Ruzicka said. "A lot of it is really the quality of life."» Read Full Article
Fox Point police arrested a man for drunken driving and battery to an officer after the man sped near 80 mph in a 35 mph zone and then kicked an officer in the stomach Oct. 3.
According to the Fox Point police report:
A man, age and residence not released, was speeding around 80 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 8300 block of North Port Washington Road at 2:45 a.m. Oct. 3. The man turned off his lights when he saw the squad car and sped away to Doctors Park, 8400 E. Fox Lane, hitting a tree and then fleeing.
After being arrested, the man kicked an officer in the stomach. He had a preliminary blood-alcohol content of 0.162 and a warrant was issued for a blood draw.
The man was arrested for driving while impaired, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, battery to an officer and speeding.
There was no way Nicolet girls volleyball coach Dann Jacobson was going to be caught flat-footed in the North Shore Conference championship dual with Cedarburg Tuesday on the Knights' senior night.
"I have total respect for them," he said of the Bulldogs, "so I started preparing for them a month ago. I scouted them at a tournament. I sent out my JV coach to a match two weeks ago and we got info from the Westosha Tourney just this past Saturday."
Then for good measure, he took a piece of paper out of his pocket and showed a densely packed two-sided scouting report on the Bulldogs.
In short, he was ready and so were the Knights, as they claimed their fourth league title since 2008 with a surprisingly easy 25-14, 25-17, 25-23 decision over the Bulldogs.
"We just put so much time and effort into this," Jacobson said.» Read Full Article
NOW/Lake Country suburban football poll by holding off a rally by Germantown to clinch at least a share of its 13th consecutive North Shore Conference title.The Homestead football team retains its No. 1 ranking in the
You can see the rest of the teams ranked in the poll, get a capsule look at schools who have clinched playoff spots, learn what coaches really think, and much more at the Push for the Playoffs special section.