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2013 Suburban news photos of the year gallery now online

Dec. 30, 2013 8:58 a.m. | 2013 was a big year in suburban news.

Court hearings for Benjamin Sebena, the anniversary of the Sikh temple shooting and more. And you can find photos from those events and more in our 2013 Suburban News Photos of the Year gallery.

Bartolotta restaurant gift cards worth $375 are up for grabs in MyCommunityNOW's Suburban Selfies contest!

Dec. 26, 2013 12:58 p.m. |  

How well do you know the suburbs?

Do you like a good riddle?

How does a $200 splurge at the Bartolotta Restaurant of your choice sound?

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Pewaukee rallies after Vikings fast start

Dec. 20, 2013 10:49 p.m. |

New Berlin West ran into its first big-time Woodland Conference opponent and saw Pewaukee snap the Vikings 7-game winning streak to open the season, 53-43, on Friday at West.
 
The loss knocked the Vikings (5-1) of first, while the Pirates remained tied for the top spot with Pius XI, both at 6-0 in the West Division.The Vikings are now off until they host New Berlin Eisenhower (3-2) on Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
 
West executed perfectly and played excellent defense in the first quarter, taking a 14-5 lead before Pewaukee took over for next three quarters. They cut the Vikings lead to 27-26 at intermission with a 21-13 quarter of their own. Then they went out and took command of the third period with a 13-6 run to take a 39-33 lead into the final quarter.
 
West coach Jef Radtke had a quick answer to why the game quickly turned around.
 
“Fouls. We put them on the foul line,” he said and their three-quarter court pressure. It’s that simple. We put them on the line, which is what they want to do, that’s their MO, along with their full-court press.”
 
Pewaukee coach Todd Hansen agreed with Ratdke.
 
“The free throws did, they kept us in the game,” he said. “We kept attacking, we got to the line. Natalie Sheridan came off the bench and hit a huge 3, had five points in the second quarter.
 
“Jessie Bacon, our sophomore post has struggled the whole season and this is by far her best game without question. She gave us a huge spark off the bench.
 
“Abby Gerrits had a huge target on her back, she is one of the best sophomores in the state. Abby is cool and collective when she gets out there. A couple times she got to the basket and got some easy layups for us.”
 
Two free throws by Anne Radtke and a huge 3-pointer by Ali Boldt cut the lead to 41-38 with 7 minutes, 11 seconds left to play.
 
But then Gerrits hit a jumper and the Vikings fouled MacKenzie Schill, who sank both sides of a 1-on-1 for a 45-38 lead. Rachel Novotny hit 3-of-4 free throws around another Schill basket it to make it 47-41 with 2:46 to play.
 
In the final 1:42 Gerrits stole the ball and scored, Lindsay Wisniewski hit two free throws and Schill added two more, while all the Vikings managed were free throws by Jenna Nelson and Novotny.
 
Gerrits finished with 19 points, including six in the fourth period, but Schill added 12 and Bacon added 10.
 
“I’m proud of our kids,” Hansen said. “We kept our composure. We could of folded up because it looked like we were going to get blown out of the gym. They are a good team and they took it to us early. We took their best punch, chipped away and played much better in the second half.”
 
Boldt led West with 11 points, while Novotny had seven, Radtke, Sarah Meleski and Nelson finished with six.
 
West had several unforced turnovers.
 
“We did,” Radtke said. “We need to value the ball a little bit more. We got a little careless with the ball, a little casual and it bit us in the fanny.”
 
Radtke was not pleased with his team’s shooting either.
 
“We lost many opportunities to score,” he said. “The second and third quarters killed us. We had point blank shots and we just missed them. Those are the little things we have to get better at if we want to play with the big dogs."

Eisenhower takes early command of Woodland

Dec. 07, 2013 7:41 a.m. | New Berlin — A slow start is a relative term for a player like Reed Timmer.

Containing the reigning Woodland Conference West Division Player of the Year is both a mental and physical strain on opposing defenses.

On Friday night, Pewaukee did its best to shut down Timmer and New Berlin Eisenhower, but the Lions overcame a three-point halftime deficit to bounce back for a 52-45 victory.

Timmer was held to two points in the opening quarter and the Lions trailed early, but he came back and finished with 21 points.

Timmer is tough

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Greendale's Josh Ringelberg named NOW Football Player of the Year

Dec. 06, 2013 8:04 a.m. | Greendale quarterback Josh Ringelberg is quick to credit his teammates, but there was no doubt of the offensive impact the dual-threat junior had this season.

Ringelberg has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year after throwing for 41 touchdowns and running for 10. He led the Panthers to the Division 3 state finals, where he threw for a record 270 yards, including a record 97-yard toss to Nate Miller.

Ringelberg is joined on the team by Homestead's Dave Keel, the NOW All-Suburban Football Coach of the Year. Keel, a perennial contender for the award, garnered it for the first time after leading the Highlanders to an 11-1 mark despite losing the bulk of his 2012 state title team to graduation.

2013 NOW All-Suburban Football Team

Follow this link to view the team if you are using a mobile device.

Waukesha man charged in New Berlin crash that killed motorcyclist

Dec. 04, 2013 1:14 p.m. | A 23-year-old Waukesha man has been charged in a crash that killed a motorcyclist in October.

Edi R. Gomez was late for his job at McDonald's in Muskego on Oct. 11 when he tried to pass James Solveson on the shoulder of Racine Ave. then lost control of his SUV and hit the motorcyclist, according to a criminal complaint released Wednesday.

Solveson, 58, of Waukesha, was thrown from his bike, lost his helmet, struck his head on a metal pole and died at the scene. The crash happened near Mill Creek Trail in New Berlin about 7 a.m.

Gomez's SUV flipped three times. He was taken by helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for treatment. Gomez initially told investigators the motorcycle tried to pass him on the right, forcing him to brake, and roll.

When told his account differed from those of other drivers, Gomez admitted he had been tailgating the motorcycle and tried to pass on the right, and that he knew his driver's license was suspended at the time.

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Police caution online shoppers about home deliveries

Dec. 04, 2013 6:47 a.m. | The New Berlin Police Department is urging online shoppers to use caution when having packages delivered at home.

Most packages are left at the customer's door, even if no one is home to accept them, which leads to opportunistic criminal stealing items from the door step or targetting delivery trucks, according to a news release.

The department offered the following tips:

■ Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.

■ Check delivery status online so you can try to be home when the package arrives. Some retailers even offer text messages to your cell phone to alert you when items have been delivered.

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