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Read social media story of New Berlin West at Greendale football game

Sept. 28, 2013 8:46 a.m. | Last night featured New Berlin West Vikings trying to take down the undefeated Greendale Panthers in a powerhouse Woodland West matchup.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Panthers flash other facets in downing Vikings

Sept. 28, 2013 1:24 a.m. | New Berlin West knew that the unbeaten Greendale Panthers had an outstanding offense. But in Friday night's 44-7 win by Greendale, it was the defense and special teams which stood out.

"When your defense and special teams are scoring a lot of points, things are going pretty well," Panthers coach Rob Stoltz said. "We had a fumble return for a touchdown, an interception for a touchdown and a blocked punt for a touchdown."

Now add to that quarterback Josh Ringelberg and the dynamic duo of Mitchell Brees and Cody Kmetz (6-for-50, TD) had their aerial circus going and the Vikings didn't have much of a chance.

Ringelberg, who had an off-night by his high standards, completed 17-of-24 passes for 179 yards and 3 touchdowns, but West picked him off three times.

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Greendale's steals the show in 44-7 win over Vikings

Sept. 27, 2013 10:21 p.m. | New Berlin West knew that the unbeaten Greendale Panthers had an outstanding offense. But in Friday night's 44-7 win by Greendale, it was the defense and special teams which stood out.

With the score tied 7-7, a field goal gave the Panthers the lead for good at 10-7 with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.

But on the second play after running back the kickoff, Greendale safety Jack Ringelberg stripped New Berlin of the ball on the 26-yard line and ran the fumble in for a 17-7 lead with six seconds left in the quarter.

Afer West got the ball back, defensive back Mitchell Brees, who caught a TD pass from Josh Ringelberg to open the scoring, then picked off West's sophomore quarterback Jonathan Kozlowski and raced 30 yards down the right sideline for a TD and a 24-7 lead with 11:52 to play in the half.

West later missed a field goal with 5:55 left in the half and the scored stood at 24-7 at intermission.

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West Bend woman nearly perfect in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 17, 2013 10:37 a.m. | Michele Spiekerman of West Bend has won a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres by correctly picking all five games in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest and coming the closest to predicting the final score of the West Allis Hale vs. Marquette tie-breaker.

You can join the Pigskin Picks contest and test your picking skills each week against a field of area football fans, NOW sportswriters and celebrity guests. Weekly winners receive two tickets to Marcus Theatres and overall winners will receive gift cards to Bartolotta Restaurants.

Featured games this week are Arrowhead at Mukwonago, Oak Creek at Franklin, Brookfield East at Brookfield Central, Menomonee Falls at Hamilton and Milwaukee Lutheran at Germantown.

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Learn what area football coaches really think and more at Push for the Playoffs

Sept. 16, 2013 12:55 p.m. | Should high school football players wear their names on the back of their jerseys? What's the strangest complaint a coach has ever received from a parent? Do prep players use performance-enhancing drugs?

You can found out the answers anonymous area coaches gave to those questions and more on Coaches Confidential, part of MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country's Push for the Playoffs special section.

Push for the Playoffs also features the latest standings, playoff projection, a poll and more.

BloodCenter declares emergency, extends hours at area donation sites

Sept. 16, 2013 12:47 p.m. | BloodCenter of Wisconsin is extending hours today through Wednesday at eight southeastern Wisconsin donor locations to offset an emergency-level shortage of all blood types.

According to a Blood Center news release, a lack of donors since Labor Day has caused the shortage and left the organization with a one-day supply of several blood types, including rare universal blood type O negative. The Blood Center is seeking an additional 1,000 donors over the three-day span to make up for the shortage.

Potential donors can arrange appointments by calling (877) 232-4376 or visiting www.bcw.edu/appt. Those over 16 are encouraged to donate. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate.

Extended hours at area locations are as follows:

Milwaukee, 638 N. 18th St. — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Read social media story of Battle of New Berlin football game

Sept. 14, 2013 8:51 a.m. | Bragging rights were an added bonus to another tally in the win column for New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West last night as the two teams faced off in the Battle of New Berlin.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

West's Watson, McKeon spark 48-14 win over Eisenhower

Sept. 13, 2013 10:26 p.m. | New Berlin West's 'Thunder & Lightning' backfield of Bryan Watson and Travis Mckeon sparked the Vikings to an impressive 48-14 victory over crosstown rival Eisenhower Friday night before a packed house at West.

The win by West snapped a 2-game losing streak to the Lions and improved their record to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the Woodland Conference West Division. Ike fell to 1-3 and 0-2 in conference play.

Watson, the ‘Thunder’ in the backfield, scored four touchdowns and McKeon, the ‘Lightning,’ totaled 227 yards rushing (11.9 average) and two touchdowns to spark the Vikings offense.

Watson talked about the win over their crosstown rival.

“It’s huge,” he said. “We had ‘Beat IKE’ all over our school today. It means a lot to finally beat them...We really made a statement in town.”

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Test your high school football picking skills in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 13, 2013 2:09 p.m. | We are a few hours away from the kickoffs of tonight's high school football games, which means there is still time to prove you can out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin.

Visit mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Featured games this week are Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead, Pewaukee vs. Greendale, Brookfield Central vs. Menomonee Falls, New Berlin Eisenhower vs. New Berlin West and West Allis Hale at Marquette.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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Homestead leads suburban football poll

Sept. 09, 2013 10:25 a.m. | Homestead retained its spot atop the Lake Country/MyCommunityNOW suburban football poll with a 44-21 victory over Port Washington in the North Shore Conference opener.

The Highlanders moved into the top spot last week after defeating defending Division 1 champion Arrowhead.

Arrowhead defeated Kettle Moraine, 21-3, and is second in the poll.

You can see the rest of the top five, test your knowledge of football rules, learn what area high school football coaches really think and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake County Push for the Playoffs page.

Challenge Miss Southern Wisconsin, veteran sportswriters in NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 09, 2013 9:26 a.m. | How well do you know high school football? Can you out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin?

Find out by going to mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin return this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They will be joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz. Rech was the leading VIP picker in last season's regular-season contest. Radcliffe was first in the playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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Read social media story of New Berlin Eisenhower at Pewaukee football

Sept. 07, 2013 12:02 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower traveled to Pewaukee to face the Pirates during Week 3 of the WIAA prep football season for a game.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

 

You can also see photos of the Hamilton vs. Franklin football game in a photo gallery by NOW's Peter Zuzga.

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New Berlin West football storms Wauwatosa West

Sept. 06, 2013 11:21 p.m. | Thunder, thunder, thunder and then, a dash of lightning.

New Berlin West used a steady diet of bruising runner Bryan Watson to help the Vikings achieve greater than 200 yards rushing in the second half, but it was Travis McKeon who took an inside give on a fourth-and-1 play from the Vikings' own 35. With 2:06 to play, following the 1-2 punch formula that had benefited it all game, New Berlin West got the necessary yardage and sealed a 28-20 victory over Wauwatosa West on Friday.

Big Woodland win

McKeon, playing in his first game of the year after a concussion kept him out for the Vikings' difficult nonconference schedule, racked up 83 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns as his team rallied for 21 unanswered points to secure a huge Woodland Conference victory.

"I have five senior offensive linemen and two senior running backs," New Berlin West coach Al Moroder said about the gutsy fourth-down call. "We had 10 seniors on the ball. We talked to these kids about how if you want something, you've got to go get it. That was a metaphor for what they need to know. You have to go take it, and that's what they did."

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Wrong-way drive down I-43 ends in OWI arrest

Sept. 03, 2013 1:18 p.m. | A 21-year-old man was arrested by New Berlin police after allegedly driving drunk the wrong way on Interstate 43 near Moorland Road.

The man was driving north in the southbound lanes of I-43 about 12:30 a.m. Monday, and a police officer tried to pull him over. But the man kept traveling for three-quarters of a mile, according to a news release.

The man is facing possible charges of driving while intoxicated, prohibited alcohol concentration, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, driving with a revoked license, fleeing an officer and bail jumping.

No one was injured in the incident, police said.

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