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Large buck creates burglary scare

Nov. 21, 2011 5:14 p.m. | Brookfield police officers rushed to a reported burglary in progress in the early hours of Nov. 15 only to find that the perpetrator was a clumsy buck.

A woman reported that she had heard what sounded like an explosion and found broken glass outside a neighbor's condominium in the 18000 block of Emerald Circle just before 2 a.m. Nov. 15, according to a police report.

Nothing was disturbed inside the condo, and officers found deer tracks leading to and from the building, Capt. Jim Adlam said.

Officers then scanned the perimeter and found a large buck limping off.

"Apparently it ran into the door, broke the glass and ran off," Adlam said.

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Brookfield Central's Schmidt stops Falls on six-hit complete game

10:28 p.m. | Brookfield Central got some revenge and ended the regular Greater Metro Conference season on a positive note, using a big inning to defeat third-place Menomonee Falls 5-1 on July 3 at Central.

The win left the Lancers (17-9 overall) with a final 11-7 record, right behind Sussex Hamilton.

After beating first-place Oak Creek 5-2 on June 15, the Lancers blew a 6-2 lead in the seventh and allowed Falls to bounce back for a 7-6 win the next day.

"There's no doubt we knew we gave that game away, and it's a credit to the kids for not putting us in a tailspin," coach Jeff Bigler said. "We haven't lost back-to-back games. We're playing quality baseball. It was nice to get back on the home field.

"We're a different team at home and we were looking forward to challenge of beating a team like Falls. We executed our game plan. It was sweet."

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Brookfield Central finishes regular season with 2-2 week

10:18 p.m. | Brookfield Central finished the regular season with a 17-9 overall record and an 11-7 record in the Greater Metro Conference, tied for fourth place with Sussex Hamilton.

The Lancers began the GMC Tournament against the team they ended the regular season against, facing Menomonee Falls. It was a classic pitchers' duel on Tuesday, July 7, as Menomonee Falls managed to scrape a run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh for a 1-0 win as Myles Mayer's sacrifice fly scored Matt Emmer.

Central junior Justin Stollberg was in control from the start, going the distance and striking out seven without yielding a walk in 62/3 innings of work. The Lancers could not capitalize on a leadoff double by Jonathan Keane in the top of the seventh as Keane spent the rest of the inning stranded at second base.

Mike Rufer was the only other Lancer with a base hit off Falls' Ty Weber, who fanned 11. Central played in the losers' bracket with a home game on Wednesday, July 8, against Wauwatosa.

Central lost a 3-2 decision to Franklin to start last week, beat Marquette 4-1 and then was drubbed by Oak Creek 9-0 before closing out the week with a huge win over Menomonee Falls 5-1 on Friday, July 3 (see separate story). Except for the loss to the first-place Knights, the Lancers played well in the other three games.

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Brookfield East ends season with 5-game losing streak

9:48 p.m. | Brookfield East lost four times last week, extending their regular-season losing streak to five in a row.

The record is deceiving because East played well in all four games but just couldn't get over the hump.

The Spartans dropped a 3-1 decision to Wauwatosa East on June 29 at home to begin the week and then lost to Franklin 5-2 on June 30 at home, Menomonee Falls 6-5 on July 2 at Trenary Field and Sussex Hamilton 8-3 on July 3 at home.

The streak left the Spartans with a 5-13 record for eighth place in the Greater Metro Conference. They are 7-20 overall.


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Mayer's sac fly lifts Menomonee Falls to 1-0 win over Central

8:58 p.m. | Brookfield Central pitcher Justin Stollberg had stymied the Menomonee Falls baseball team all Tuesday night in the two squads' Greater Metro Conference tournament quarterfinal at Trenary Field.

So in the bottom of the seventh with teammate Matt Emmer on third with the potential winning run in a scoreless game, Falls' outfielder Myles Mayer wasn't going to get too cute with anything.

He fouled off two, 2-2 count pitches and then hit the first fastball that he saw into medium rightfield. Emmer took off like a shot and the throw was a little late as Emmer belly-flopped home with the game's only run in a 1-0 decision.

"He's (Stollberg) pretty much a pitcher who never throws anything straight," said Mayer of Stollberg. "I just trusted Matt (Emmer) and tried to hit something as hard as I could."

The win improved the Indians to 19-7 and advanced them to a GMC semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at league regular season champion Oak Creek (24-3), which run-ruled Brookfield East, 10-0, in its quarterfinal tonight.

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Brookfield East's Swittel pitches well in loss to Tosa East

4:43 p.m. | Wauwatosa East rode the right arm of freshman Jeff Mason to a 3-1 victory at Brookfield East on June 29 to start the week on a positive note and extend their winning streak to three games.

Mason pitched a complete-game masterpiece, working seven innings and allowing six hits and no earned runs while walking one and fanning a batter.

"He's a guy who pitches with control," Tosa East coach Brian Karas said. "He only walked one and let our defense do the work. He avoided three-ball counts and got out of some jams."

Tosa East scored in the first, third and seventh innings, while Brookfield East scored a run in the sixth.

Sean Denny singled to right to start the game. After a strikeout, Dan Scallon walked. Denny stole third base, but Scallon was picked off first by East pitcher TC Swittel. Ian Quast then doubled to right field, scoring Denny for a 1-0 lead.

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Brookfield East's Megal now two of a kind

4:08 p.m. | And now there are two.

Brookfield East has had two particularly outstanding softball players in their recent history: shortstop Lexi Sotiros (2006-09) and outfielder Emma Megal (2012-15).

Sotiros — who is a member of coach Ashley Webber's coaching staff — was the first Spartan softball player to have her number (7) retired back in 2009.

Megal, who will be playing at Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, will be the second Spartan to be honored as her No. 4 was also retired this spring.

That's why it is no surprise that she has made the Now All-Suburban softball team for the third time in four years. She was all All-Greater Metro Conference for the fourth straight season, Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Southeast District All-District first team and she made the 2015 WFSCA All-State second team.

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Irgens set to break ground on The Corridor

4:03 p.m. | Almost exactly a year after the city of Brookfield plan commission frowned upon initial plans porposed by Irgens for a mixed-use development on former Ruby Farm and Journal Communications land, the developer is now hosting its official groundbreaking ceremony this Thursday.

Irgens CEO Mark Irgens and Executive Vice President David Arnold will join with city of Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow in making remarks about The Corridor, a project that is set to formally kick off its first phase this week.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be located on the south side of Bluemound Road across from the Brownstones Shopping Center, 17500 W. Bluemound Road, at 4 p.m.

Brookfield Bulldogs split two games over holiday weekend

3:33 p.m. | The Brookfield Bulldogs split two games in the Land O'Lakes Western Division on July 4 and 5.

The Bulldogs scored four runs in the 10th inning and defeated Oconomowoc 8-4 on July 4 on the road.

Brookfield led 2-1 when the Five-O's scored three runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. The Bulldogs scored twice in the sixth to tie the game, and that's the way the score stood until Brookfield exploded for four runs in the 10th.

Each team had 12 hits as Ryan Hinz singled, doubled, scored a run and drove in three runs to lead the Bulldogs, and Elijah Goodman singled, doubled, walked and scored a run.

Ty Zimmerman singled and doubled, scored twice and drove in a run, and Josh Lemke singled twice, scored twice and drove in a run.

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Bulldogs baseball team set fundraiser for July 14

3:28 p.m. | When Brookfield Bulldogs fans dine at Parkside 23 on July 14, 25 percent of their bill will be donated to the local Land O'Lakes Western Division team.

Guests are required to present the flyer at the time of purchase for the organization to get credit for the sale. Flyers must be presented before ordering. No other discounts or coupons will be accepted on Benefit Night orders.

Parkside 23's Brookfield location is 2300 Pilgrim Square Dr.

— Tom "Sky" Skibosh

Brookfield Plan Commission to look at Corridor specifics

1:55 p.m. | The city of Brookfield plan commission will be in for a busy night next week when they have their monthly meeting Monday night.

Among the agenda's items for discussion will be a number of topics relating to developer Irgens' project, The Corridor.

In particular, the plan commission and those in attendance will get a closer look at specific details for multiple retail buildings that will make up a large portion of phase one of the project. Commissioners will also be asked to consider fence code and sign code variances.

The plan commission will meet Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

Bartlein, Arnold lead weekend fireworks for Blue Sox

12:53 p.m. | The Brookfield Blue Sox won two games over the holiday weekend and now have a three-game winning streak in the Land O'Lakes Western Division action.

Steve Bartlein's walk-off RBI double gave the Blue Sox a 2-1 win over Lannon on July 4 at McCoy Field.

The Sox (4-7) trailed the contending Stonemen (7-4) 1-0 going into the ninth inning when Brookfield rallied for the win.

Nick Rechlitz singled to lead off the inning and stole second base. Tim Kahle then was safe on a fielder's choice when Lannon catcher Dean Haase threw the ball away, trying to get Rechlitz at third and allowing him to score the tying run.

Kahle went to second on the play, and Pat Tobiasz walked to put runners on first and second. Bartlein, one of the league's top hitters, then ripped a double, scoring Kahle with the game winner.

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School for special needs children coming to Brookfield

July 07, 2015 12:53 a.m. | Students, parents and schools all around Waukesha County will have a new resource to use next school year.

The Richardson School will be opening its third school in the town of Brookfield at the former Heritage Christian Schools location at 175 S. Barker Road.

The new location will provide additional programs and assistance for students from school districts in the area with special needs.

New Berlin West hands Eisenhower 2 losses to open week

July 06, 2015 2:28 p.m. | Whatever New Berlin Eisenhower's number was, New Berlin West had it last week, as the Vikings beat the Lions twice and knocked them out of the championship bracket of the Woodland Conference Baseball Tournament.

First, the Vikings used the excellent pitching of Adam Fritz to win 4-1 at Eisenhower on June 29. Then the next day, West rallied from a four-run deficit to win 5-4 at New Berlin West behind Corey Liebherr's pitching and hitting.

Pitcher's duel

Fritz and Eisenhower's Ryan Macho hooked up in an old-fashioned pitcher's duel with the Vikings' ace coming out on top. Fritz allowed six hits and a run while striking out six and not walking a batter. Macho also pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, three earned runs and two walks while striking out four batters.

Oscar Delvalle scored once, singled twice and drove in two runs as he had West's only multi-hit game. The Lions' Joey Scaffidi had the biggest day, banging out three singles with a run scored. Bryan Marx tripled and scored, and Justice Dodd doubled and scored, batting eighth and ninth for the Vikings.

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New Berlin West baseball team loses to Greendale, beats Shorewood

July 06, 2015 2:13 p.m. | The big games for New Berlin West and New Berlin Eisenhower were against each other, but they had a couple of other games on the docket as well.

West at Greendale

The Panthers scored nine runs in the first inning and rolled to a 13-1 win over New Berlin West on July 1 at Greendale.

West scored a run in the second, and Greendale countered with four more in the bottom of the inning. With star pitcher Ty Ramirez pitching, the Vikings chance of victory was slim to none as he walked three and had 11 strikeouts.

Angel Ramirez had three hits and an RBI; Sam Sabinash singled and doubled and drove in 3 runs; Bohan Lee singled twice and drove in three runs; and Logan Rezach had two singles and an RBI.

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Elmbrook Humane Society to collect much-needed items at 'Thank Dog It's Friday' event

July 06, 2015 1:28 p.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society will host its annual "Thank Dog It's Friday" event on Friday, July 17.

The dog-themed event will feature lure coursing, swimming pools (for the dogs), raffles and vendors. Participants will also be invited to "stuff" a Soerens Ford vehicle with items needed by EBHS to provide care to its animal patients.

Those much-needed items include cat and dog food, canned tuna, pet nursing bottles, chicken or beef broth and treats for pets. For a complete list, visit

The free event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the humane society, 20950 Enterprise Ave.


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