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Ugly game a thing of beauty for upset-minded Vikings

Sept. 28, 2012 11:33 p.m. | New Berlin West's football team defeated Greendale in a significant upset Friday, 24-10, in what amounted to be a penalty filled, sloppy game full of mistakes.

Pass interference penalties, false starts, illegal motions, late hits, dropped passes, missed blocks, interceptions, and bad snaps. Name the mistake, one of the teams committed it at some point in this game. 


The game came down to the fact that the Panthers made more, and perhaps bigger, mistakes than the Vikings. At one point in the first quarter, Greendale had a 1st and 10 inside the 20 yard line of New Berlin West. After a bad snap, two false starts and a holding penalty, the Panthers faced a 2nd and 40 and wound up punting.

Greendale committed three turnovers in the second half, two of which were fumbles, and one of those was a bad snap out of a shotgun formation that went over sophomore quarterback Josh Ringelberg's head. 

“It was a game of miscues, all self-inflicted” said Greendale head coach Rob Stoltz.

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Wauwatosa West snaps playoff drought

Sept. 28, 2012 11:27 p.m. | No one from Wauwatosa West seemed to remember the last time the Trojans beat New Berlin Eisenhower. If Friday night’s 42-0 win was indeed the first time it’s happened, the Trojans made it a memorable affair.

Tosa West led 14-0 after one quarter, 28-0 at intermission and 42-0 after three quarters. The running clock (35-point lead) went into effect with 5:09 left to play in the third quarter.

Junior running back/cornerback Jameson Brock scored three touchdowns, one coming on a 27-yard interception return. He rushed 13 times for 91 yards and made three interceptions on defense.

With everyone talking about the Trojans big-play offense this year, the defense occasionally gets overlooked. On Friday night, the defense held the Lions to four passing yards and 39 yards rushing.

"Our defense has been great," Trojans coach Matt Good said. "We started working on it this year in practice. They continue to impress us and our defense is the reason we are where we are right now."

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Trojans crush Eisenhower, 42-0

Sept. 28, 2012 10:59 p.m. |

No one from Wauwatosa West seemed to remember the last time the Trojans beat New Berlin Eisenhower. If Friday night’s 42-0 win was indeed the first time it’s happened, the Trojans made it a memorable affair.

Tosa West led 14-0 after one quarter, 28-0 at intermission and 42-0 after three quarters. The running clock (35-point lead) went into effect with 5:09 left to play in the third quarter.

Junior running back/cornerback Jameson Brock scored three touchdowns, one coming on a 27-yard interception return. He rushed 13 times for 91 yards and made three interceptions on defense.

With everyone talking about the Trojans big-play offense this year, sometimes the defense gets overlooked.

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Bomb threat at New Berlin Eisenhower was second this week

Sept. 27, 2012 8:27 p.m. | The New Berlin Police Department gave the all-clear earlier today after New Berlin Eisenhower's second bomb threat in a week.

Although the threat wasn't considered credible, the school was swept by authorities as a precaution at 1:15 p.m. this afternoon.

Officials resumed school activities at 2:15 p.m., but postponed the homecoming assembly.

Eisenhower parents were notified of the lockdown via email and voicemail.

Read a message to parents from Superintendent Joe Garza

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Eisenhower under lockdown

Sept. 27, 2012 3:06 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower was under lockdown this afternoon.

New Berlin NOW has learned that parents were contacted with an automated phone message.

The police said they will be issuing a news release later today. Stay tuned to NewBerlinNOW.com for updates.

EHD deer disease confirmed in more Wisconsin counties, including Waukesha

Sept. 27, 2012 12:54 p.m. | The Department of Natural Resources on Thursday confirmed epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) was found in tissue samples from dead deer in Dane, Sauk and Waukesha counties.

The department last week reported similar findings from dead deer in Columbia and Rock counties. The outbreak of the disease is the first recorded in Wisconsin since 2002, when 14 dead deer were linked to EHD in Iowa County.

The disease has been confirmed in 178 dead deer in Wisconsin this year, said Eric Lobner, DNR wildlife supervisor.

That number is expected to increase. The DNR is receiving calls daily with additional reports of dead deer, Lobner said.

The EHD-positive deer samples were confirmed in testing at Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population & Animal Health. Additional tests of deer from Columbia, Iowa, Jefferson and Marquette counties are pending and expected in the next week or two.

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Spending falls in Waukesha County budget proposal

Sept. 26, 2012 1:22 p.m. | Waukesha - Spending on Waukesha County government services and construction projects would drop 3.8% to $273.7 million in 2013, under a budget proposed by County Executive Dan Vrakas.

The bottom line - an overall cut in county government spending of $10.9 million next year - was achieved by spending less on major capital construction projects than this year.

Financial challenges from rising vehicle fuel prices, increased spending on adult jail inmates and reductions in investment income were more than offset by reducing the capital budget by $12 million, according to budget documents.

Cutting county spending will lessen the property tax burden on home and business owners, Vrakas said.

"Last year, we were able to freeze taxes on a median valued home," he said in comments before the County Board.

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Warriors third in Classic 8 tennis

Sept. 25, 2012 2:04 p.m. |  Behind three second places, the Muskego girls tennis team placed third in the Classic 8 Conference Tournament on Monday.

The event was originally scheduled for Saturday but was postponed by rain.

Finishing second for Muskego were Amy Upthagrove at first singles, Kristen Kubel at fourth singles and the first doubles team of Alison Lambrecht and Natalie Radloff.

Emily Kleist took third place at second singles, while third singles player Morgan Scholfield, the second team of Julie Dusold and Elizabeth Jacoby and the third unit of Megan Hunjadi and Jessica Klamecki all won the consolation round for fifth place.

"We definitely saved our best for last this season," head coach Sue Vogel said. "I was excited to see Kristen and our first doubles team upset seeds to make their way to the finals."

Greendale outlasts Eisenhower in shootout

Sept. 22, 2012 12:29 a.m. | After the homecoming barnburner played between the Greendale and New Berlin Eisenhower football teams, the postgame bonfire hardly seemed necessary.

But who could blame the Panthers and their fans for wanting to keep the party going after Greendale held off its Woodland West Division foe, 41-34, in a classic seesaw affair Friday night.

A muffed punt recovered by freshman Tristian Pipp set up Greendale’s final scoring drive, which was capped by sophomore quarterback Josh Ringelberg’s 9-yard touchdown run.

The Lions had less than four minutes to mount one last comeback, but any hope of forcing overtime ended when quarterback Vince Gabrielsen was intercepted at midfield by Jack Ringelberg.

“You love these games when you win them, and our kids showed a lot of resiliency because they got smacked in the face last week (by conference leader Pewaukee), they got smacked again tonight, and they kept coming back so hats off to them,”  Greendale head coach Rob Stoltz said.

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Grocery empire brothers sentenced to federal prison

Sept. 20, 2012 2:58 p.m. | Rassem and Ishaq Kaloti came to the U.S. from the Middle East and started into business with a corner store on Milwaukee's south side that grew into a small empire with a pair of wholesale grocery operations and two hotels.

But the brothers also were spending a good deal of their time cheating the government out of taxes, funneling millions into secret bank accounts.

They also paid illegal immigrants in cash to sort and relabel stolen baby formula - and to iron the brothers' clothes, wash their cars and clean their Brookfield homes.

The brothers were each sentenced Thursday to 22 months in federal prison after they pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes and conspiracy to defraud the government.

Ishaq "Isaac" Kaloti also admitted to knowingly buying stolen baby formula.

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ABB opens first U.S. fast-charging station in New Berlin

Sept. 19, 2012 11:11 a.m. | ABB said the installation of its first fast-charging station for electric vehicles in the United States was recently completed in New Berlin.

The company's New Berlin factory is ramping up production of the fast chargers that ABB initially developed in Europe and is now launching in the United States.

ABB employs about 500 people in Wisconsin, where production for the chargers began in early September.

The fast charger is called the Terra 51 direct current fast charger, and it can reduce charging times for electric vehicles from as much as eight hours to as little as 15 to 30 minutes.

“We plan to make this charging station accessible to the general public, so that owners of electric vehicles have local access to quick charging of their cars,” said Cal Lankton, director of the EV charger business unit, in a statement.

Oak Creek man wins third week of NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 17, 2012 10:31 a.m. | Congratulations to Anthony Nuck of Oak Creek who is the Week 3 winner in MyCommunityNOW’s Pigskin Picks contest.

Nuck correctly selected the winner in four out of five high school football games and was the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. Brookfield Central contest.

He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Movie passes will be given away to one winner each week and three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

You can join the more than 700 people who have already signed up for the fun by registering at www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin. You can register using your Facebook account and the game is fully playable through a smart phone.

NOW sportswriters John Rech and Tom “Sky” Skibosh lead the VIP competition. Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek is a game back.

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Muskego stuns Waukesha West

Sept. 15, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Muskego needed to make a statement as the new kid on the block in the powerhouse Classic 8 football conference. Facing a daunting schedule that pitted the Warriors against the league’s annual powers to open the 2012 season, Muskego entered Friday’s game with losses to Arrowhead and Mukwonago and looked at Waukesha West without the services of star running back David Kucharski. 

Down 28-27 with just 3:08 left in the game, the Warriors quickly turned gloom into a startling 41-28 victory.

“The kids really responded,” said a jubilant coach Ken Krause. “We are a team, not a one man show. Our theme is unity, family and brotherhood and we’ve faced adversity all season. We don’t make excuses – we didn’t have a returning starter from last season and have four kids out for the season with injuries. So many players have stepped up … I had 22 fresh starters tonight. This is one of the top three wins since I came to Muskego.

"I am proud of the kids and coaches. We are getting better playing great teams – next week it’s Catholic Memorial.”  

Neither team showed much strength on defense, as ground games ate up yardage through the first half and into the third quarter. With Kucharski, the Warriors 6-4, 210-pund running back held out of the starting lineup by Krause, junior Peter Roy truly rose to the occasion.  Carrying the ball 20 times in the first half for 79 yards, he led his team to a 20-15 intermission lead. He scored touchdowns on runs of fou yards, 20 yards and one yard. 

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Ike rallies to survive rival Vikings

Sept. 14, 2012 11:37 p.m. | It wasn’t pretty, but in the end New Berlin Eisenhower scored the deciding touchdown with 7 minutes, 8 seconds left in the game and nipped New Berlin West, 21-14, on Friday at Eisenhower.

The Lions evened their record at 2-2 in the Woodland Conference West and the Vikings dropped to 1-3.

"This was sorely needed," Ike veteran coach Jeff Setz said. "We’ve been struggling all year long. To get some wins and bring it home — we’re lost two home games already, this is our third one in four games and we needed this very, very badly."

First-year West coach Al Moroder complemented the Lions afterward.

"They’ve always been a good program," he said. "It’s just a manner of us finishing the game."

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Think you know high school football? Test your skills in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 14, 2012 12:48 p.m. | The experts and special celebrity pickers have weighed in on some of tonight's top high school football games, and you can too by joining MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest.

Visit www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to register for the contest and take your best shot at winning the weekly prize of a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

This week's featured games are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg, Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.

Time-Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin moved into a tie for the top spot among VIP pickers with his performance last week. He is a game ahead of Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, who fell back a bit last week after debuting at 5-0.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Road closure discourages shortcut route to New Berlin City Center

Sept. 13, 2012 9:15 a.m. | The New Berlin Common Council this week approved closing Wilbur Drive at a key point near City Center in an effort to dissuade drivers from using a residential neighborhood as a shortcut route.

Aldermen hope the move will reduce the amount of traffic cutting through the neighborhood to and from Sunny Slope Road east of the the mixed-use commercial complex while not completely eliminating the center's access for neighbors.

The proposal, in which Wilbur would be cut off on Cottonwood Drive, was a compromise from an earlier suggestion that Wilbur be cut off completely from the center's access at 147th Street. It was approved Tuesday.

The Board of Public Works will now make a recommendation on the design and cost of blocking the road. Board chairman Alderman Dave Ament said he will strive for a design that would enable pedestrians and bicyclists to get through the blockage.

Board members will meet Monday to start that process.

Video: Sikh Temple incident dash-cam video released

Sept. 10, 2012 4:14 p.m. | Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, officer Savan Lenda, Mayor Stephen Scaffidi and U.S. Attorney James Santell today released dash-cam video from the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shootings that took place Aug. 5.

The video, taken from Lt. Brian Murphy's and Lenda's vehicles, shows Murphy's arrival, his immediate care of the victims - whose images are blurred - and his contact with gunman Wade Michael Page.

It shows that Murphy was able to fire a round at Page before he was taken down. The video then cuts to Lenda's vehicle as it enters the temple parking lot, stops and backs up.

"I've got a man in the parking lot with a gun," Lenda says in the video. Lenda's windshield is then hit by a bullet. Lenda returns six shots, and Page falls to the ground. One extra shot, believed by the FBI to be the fatal self-inflicted shot, is heard.

Santell confirmed that the FBI's investigation showed Lenda's headrest was hit by the bullet that struck his vehicle.

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Pigskin Picks Week 2 winner revealed

Sept. 08, 2012 2:35 p.m. | Congratulations to Brian Karas of New Berlin, who is this week's winner in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks Football Contest.

Karas picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. West Alls Hale game. He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and has a shot at being one of the three winners at the end of the regular season. Each of those winners will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Next week's featured contests, which are now open for picking, are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg; Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Pirates defense tames Lions

Sept. 07, 2012 11:56 p.m. | Minutes before Friday’s kickoff, a steady day-long rain finally subsided and overcast skies cleared to reveal a full rainbow that neatly framed Granger Memorial Field at New Berlin Eisenhower.

Unfortunately for the home fans, the suddenly comfortable conditions were about the only thing worth celebrating, as visiting Pewaukee dominated the Lions 27-0 to open Woodland football divisional play.

The Pirates have won their first three games over Woodland Conference foes by a combined score of 84-6. A win over Greendale next week would firmly establish Pewaukee as the team to beat in the Woodland and a Division 3 powerhouse.

“You can’t complain with the results, but we’re more a process-oriented team,” Pewaukee head coach Justin Friske said. “We don’t talk about wins and losses much. We want to continue to plug away every day, get better every practice and make sure we are not playing our best football in Week 3.

“Our guys have done a really nice job of buying into the process and getting back to work.”

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Big plays boost unbeaten Trojans

Sept. 07, 2012 11:32 p.m. |

Make that three wins for the Wauwatosa West Trojans. New Berlin West hosted Tosa West on Friday, and the Trojans walked away with a convincing 46-13 win to improve to 3-0 while the Vikings dropped to 1-2.

Big plays were the name of the game for the Trojans. A 20-yard touchdown run from Mickey Morgan opened the scoring halfway through the first quarter. The Vikings’ ensuing possession produced little progress and they were forced to punt the ball after failing to achieve a first down. The Trojans then took just two plays to score their second touchdown. After being tackled for a loss on their first play of the drive, Jameson Brock caught a pass from Jared Morzinski and ran up the right side of the field for a 73-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

As if a two-play scoring drive wasn’t impressive enough, Jameson was at it again on the Trojans’ next possession, when he weaved around the Vikings defense and ran 58 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the drive.

“I’ve got to put it out there for my team,” said Brock. “My quarterback, my blockers, my line, I love them. I wouldn’t trade this team for the world. Every play, somebody is blocking down field for me, I just love that. I just work hard.”

“They’re a big play team, and we talked about that all week,” said Vikings head coach Al Moroder. “They were able to make a couple big plays in the first half, and they’re a good football team. That’s something that will be corrected, just stopping big plays.”

The Vikings did not get on the scoreboard until the very end of the first half. After yet another failed offensive drive, Nathan Henrichs booted the ball to Develyn Ferguson, who couldn’t hang on, and New Berlin West's Bailey Rountree was there to pick up the fumble and run it in for a touchdown, though the two-point conversion attempt failed.

The Vikings found their passing stride in the second half, completing six passes in the second half after a first half with no passing yards at all

“We saw that they were bringing guys in the box to stop the veer and so we utilized that to pass a little bit more,” said Moroder.

There was a sense that the momentum might be shifting when the Vikings scored on their first possession of the second half on a run from Dylan Wiese to close the gap to 27-13, but the Trojans had an answer yet again. Brock returned the kickoff to the Trojans 45-yard line before making a 55-yard touchdown run on the second play of the drive.

“We got the ball on the edge," said Tosa West coach Matt Good. "We had a lot of guys come around and we were able to get the edge and we took advantage of it. We were able to get the ball to our guys and they got on the edge.”

Tosa West rounded off the night with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Develyn Ferguson, and a run from Greg Lewis.

Good doesn’t see the win as any sort of statement. “Our guys are taking it week by week and day by day. New Berlin West is a good football team and a good football program. It’s great to come here and get a win. I’m pretty proud of our guys, but there’s a lot to improve so we’ll go home, watch tape, and get ready for next week.”

The Vikings also have work to do as they head into their next game against cross-town rival New Berlin Eisenhower.

Mukwonago hits the win column

Sept. 07, 2012 11:10 p.m. | Using a staunch running attack and ball control, the Mukwonago varsity football team earned its first victory for new head coach Clay Iverson. The 27–14 victory over Muskego chased the memory of two heartbreaking losses and evens the Indians record at 1-1 in Classic 8 play.

“This feels real good,” said Iverson. “We have lots to get better at, but we were ready for this, we were ready to make the next step and we did. The kids executed our game plan and I’m proud of them. Muskego is not a bad team; they scored to open the second half, but we answered right back. We had a lot of alumni here – it's Hall of Fame night – and we wanted to look good and uphold Mukwonago’s long tradition in football.”

Mukwonago lost in Week 1 on a Brookfield Central touchdown with 14 seconds to go, then allowed a fourth quarter score and fell to Waukesha West in overtime last week.

But without turning the ball over, the Indians delivered a solid ground game attack that led to a 21-0 halftime lead. After receiving the opening kick-off, the Indians drove to the 27 in eight plays but were denied further action when Gerard Barr stuffed Dan Timmers short of a first down. On Muskego’s possession, Nathan Tanguay sacked Peter Roy for a 10-yard loss on third down, and David Kucharski’s punt put the ball on the 27. On the third play, Timmers broke off tackle and
dashed 64 yards for the first Mukwonago score with 3:12 left in the first period.

The Warriors mounted what looked to be an answering drive that carried into the second quarter, but Kucharski was drilled and stripped of the ball by Tanguay, who then fell on the fumble. Though failing to take advantage of the turnover, Mukwonago did reach the end zone a series later. A 67-yard drive was capped by a 46-yard sprint to the 5 by Timmers followed by his score on the next play.

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Think you know high school football? Test your skills at Pigskin Picks

Sept. 07, 2012 11:38 a.m. | We're a little more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's high school football games and there is still time to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks Football Contest.

Register now for the chance to each week win a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss. St. Francis, joined the fray this season as a celebrity guest picker and rolled to a 5-0 record in the first round. She was joined in the ranks of the undefeated by NOW sportswriter John Rech and contestant Jeff Slusar, who won movie tickets by predicting the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.

This week's featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Visit Push for the Playoffs to follow your favorite high school team's postseason prospects

Sept. 05, 2012 3:30 p.m. | Want to know which high school football teams are headed toward a WIAA postseason bid and who might be among the also-rans?

Visit Push for the Playoffs each week at www.mycommunitynow.com/push as Lake Country Publications/NOW Newspapers sports director JR Radcliffe sizes up the playoff chances of all area teams. You will also find standings, area statistical leaders, a player of the week and more.

Go to Push for the Playoffs

Muskego woman accused of driving drunk for fifth time

Sept. 02, 2012 7:54 p.m. | A 43-year-old Muskego woman was arrested early Sunday morning in Milwaukee on suspicion of driving drunk for the fifth time.

According to a news release by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department on Sunday:

A sheriff's deputy was conducting a traffic stop on northbound I-43 at Beecher St. just after 3 a.m., when a vehicle passed him at a high rate of speed next to the distress lane. The deputy stopped the vehicle at I-43 and Maple St.

The driver registered a 0.21 on a preliminary breath test, more than twice the legal limit. She was transported to Froedtert Hospital for a blood draw.

The woman's previous drunk-driving convictions occurred in November of 1997 and January 2010. She also has two pending cases for third- and fourth-time drunken driving in July 2010 and February 2011. She had bench warrants for driving with a revoked license related to drunken driving and failure to appear in a drunken driving case, the release said. Her blood alcohol content in those cases was 0.27 and 0.29.

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Pigskin Picks Week 1 winner revealed; Miss St. Francis, NOW scribe lead VIP pickers

Sept. 01, 2012 7:10 p.m. | Congratulations are in order for Jeff Slusar, who correctly picked the winners of all five games in this week's MyCommunityNOW Pigskin Picks contest and predicted the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.

Slusar wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and is among the leaders as we head into the second week of the contest. Three winners at the end of the season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, proved her football prowess by picking all five games correctly. She is joined atop the VIP rankings by NOW sportswriter John Rech, who also enjoyed an undefeated week.

This week's games are now available for picking. Featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.

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