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Relentless OC '9' outlasts Muskego and Borek, 6-4

June 28, 2011 9:43 p.m. | Prior to taking over as Muskego coach this year, Jacob Paige spent the last five years in the junior varsity position for Oak Creek.

So he was pleased Tuesday night when his man Austin Wendlandt blasted a pitch from Oak Creek's Hayden Krimmer into left-center for a three-run double in the third. Muskego left the top of that frame with a 4-1 lead.

Paige was pleased, but he knew the game was far from over and he was right, as the Knights nibbled away at his ace Cole Borek inning after inning until they pulled ahead in the seventh inning and took a critical, 6-4, Greater Metro Conference victory.

"They are relentless," said Paige. "They can hit from the top of their order to the bottom. There is just no let-up."

Krimmer, who got great help from his defense in not letting the Warriors score again on the evening, said it was all just part of the Oak Creek philosophy.

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Woman strikes ex-boyfriend with high-heeled shoe

June 28, 2011 2:20 p.m. | A 40-year-old South Milwaukee woman was cited for battery after striking her former boyfriend in the head with a high-heeled shoe on June 25.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The woman struck her former boyfriend in the head with the shoe, causing a 2-inch gash to the man's head when the man tried to leave her outside during a party at a friend's home in the 9200 block of South Chicago Road at 11:04 p.m. June 25.

Man speeding 105 mph nets 5th OWI charge, troopers say

June 28, 2011 7:50 a.m. | A state trooper stopped an Oak Creek man on a speeding motorcycle early Tuesday and arrested him on a fifth charge of drunken driving, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

The 31-year-old man was clocked going 105 mph on I-94 near Highway 20 when a trooper stopped him, according to a news release.

The rider had glassy-looking eyes and smelled of alcohol, the State Patrol said.

Base running errors cost East upset; first-place Oak Creek wins in 9th

June 27, 2011 8:37 p.m. | You can't make base running mistakes against good baseball teams and Monday night Brookfield East found out why.

The Spartans had runners thrown out a second and third in the sixth and seventh innings and first-place Oak Creek (12-2) made them pay with a 6-4 loss in nine innings.

Oak Creek's Joey Gribble tripled to center with one out in the ninth and the scored tied at 4-4. Ryan Ungerecht ripped a single to left, his fourth straight hit to left field to give Oak Creek a 5-4 lead. Then after a strikeout, Kyle Veloz ripped a triple to right field scoring Ungerecht for a 6-4 lead.

Oak Creek led 3-0 when the Spartans tied the game in the fifth on Brandt Rogers' 2-out single which scored John Foley. Then a single by Pat O'Brien, a walk to Bryan Sylla and a 2-run single by Kevin Sylla tied the game at 3-3.

The Knights' Casey Magyar ripped a 2-out double to score Jake Gordon, who had led off the sixth with a single to take a 4-3 lead. But East tied the game when Rogers led off the seventh by being safe on an error. O'Brien sacrificed him to second and then Brian Sylla doubled off the top of the center field wall.

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South Milwaukee, developer settle apartment bias issue

June 27, 2011 6:24 p.m. | As one Milwaukee suburb faces a federal lawsuit claiming racial discrimination in its refusal to approve a residential development, another has just put the finishing touches on an 18-year legal battle over an integrated housing complex.

Lawyers in a lawsuit involving the Lake Bluff Apartments in South Milwaukee say the long legal battle over the complex ended Monday with all the conditions fulfilled, including leaving the buildings standing, in a tentative settlement reached last September.

The lawsuit, filed by the bank that financed the development and joined by the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, had contended that razing the complex would constitute racial discrimination.

Lawyers for tenants in the building "applaud the City of South Milwaukee for resolving this case in a way that promotes fair housing and integration. The City negotiated this settlement in good faith," according to a statement released Monday.

The plaintiff residents were represented by the ACLU of Wisconsin, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee and Legal Action Wisconsin. They joined the lawsuit originally filed by the bank that held the mortgage on the buildings.

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Oak Creek's Koepsel named first-team All-State in softball

June 25, 2011 12:26 a.m. | Oak Creek catcher and Southeast Conference Player of the Year Katie Koepsel was just named first-team All-State by the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches' Association.

Koepsel, a three-time All-Southeast selection, dominated league play this spring.

OC's Bournelis and Barbee shut down Franklin, 4-3, in GMC showdown

June 23, 2011 8:53 p.m. | Oak Creek senior pitcher Chris Bournelis is the team's ace with a 7-0 record and coach Scott Holler has the utmost trust in him.

But when Bournelis was tiring in the sixth inning of what would be the Knights' pivotal 4-3 victory over archrival and defending WIAA state champion Franklin Thursday night, he knew who he could trust to save the game for him and the team.

"I want to be out there everytime when the team needs me," said Bournelis who complained only a little of some soreness and fatigue. "I want them to have faith that I can get the job done."

"But I know I can hand it off to him (pointing to junior closer Austin Barbee) anytime I need to."

Barbee, who pitched an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball to earn the save and give Oak Creek and Bournelis the win, just smiled and said "Thanks, man!"

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More public input sought on Delphi redevelopment

June 20, 2011 7:52 p.m. | Oak Creek has invited the public to participate in the second in a series of meetings to help plan the future of the former Delphi site.

The meeting will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center, 8640 S. Howell Ave.

Its purpose is to generate public comments on conceptual plans for the site at the southwest corner of Howell Avenue and Puetz Road. The meeting will begin with a presentation by representatives of Graef, the city's consulting firm, to explain redevelopment options for the Delphi site as well as for the current Civic Center property.

For more information, contact Doug Seymour, director of Community Development, at (414) 768-6527.

Honor roll page updated

June 20, 2011 10:49 a.m. | We've just updated our honor roll page with the latest lists of academic achievers from area schools.

The schools updated are: Forest Park Middle School (Franklin), Greenfield Middle School, Homestead High School, Marquette University High School, Martin Luther High School, Menomonee Falls High School, Muskego High School, Oak Creek-Franklin West Middle School, Oak Creek High School, St. Francis High School and St. Matthew School (Oak Creek).

Go to honor roll page.

Gribble's grand slam lifts OC to 7-1 GMC baseball win over Falls

June 14, 2011 9:37 p.m. | In the deep past when the Baltimore Orioles ruled baseball, it was described as Earl Weaver style.

About a decade ago, coach Mark Rohde and the bombers from Brookfield Central used it to win a WIAA state title.

Now, the brand of baseball that features good pitching, sound defense and the occasional home run is simply known as the "Oak Creek way."

The epitome' of that philosophy Tuesday night in the Knights' impressive 7-1 road win at a good Menomonee Falls squad was senior centerfielder Joey Gribble.

Gribble took away a run-scoring extra-base hit from Indian catcher Corey Volden in the first with a diving catch and then broke the game wide open in the sixth, when he rode a 1-2, two-out curveball from Falls starter Logan August over the leftfield fence at Trenary Park for a grand slam home run.

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Firefighters try to fill the boots at 76th and Rawson

June 08, 2011 5:42 p.m. | Boots in hand, Franklin Firefighters of Local 2760 are collecting money from motorists and pedestrians for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. from 2 to 6 p.m. through Friday at the intersection of 76th Street and Rawson Avenue.

The annual Fill-The-Boot campaign supports local MDA clients and helps programs such as sending children and young adults to Summer Camp.

Thank you for reading NOW newspapers - oh, and win prizes

June 08, 2011 3:04 p.m. | It's easy to consume news nowadays, and it's just as easy to share news.

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Elementary students suspended for stealing from bus driver

June 07, 2011 5:06 p.m. | Two Country Dale Elementary School were suspended for taking the purse and cell phone of a school bus driver.

According to the Franklin police report:

A 9-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister took the purse and cell phone of a school bus driver for the school, 7380 S. North Cape Road, at 9:35 a.m. June 2. The boy and girl were suspended for three days and the bus driver declined to press charges.

Butler clerk departs for job in St. Francis

June 07, 2011 11:24 a.m. | Village of Butler - After five years as the Village of Butler clerk and village administrator, Timothy Rhode took the city administrator position in the City of St. Francis, a community just north of Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee County.

"I will miss him absolutely," said Richard Ensslin, Village President. "He did outstanding work for us."

Rhode, who started his tenure in St. Francis the day after Memorial Day, said he enjoyed his time in Butler and was proud of his accomplishments while there.

"I loved working at Butler. I enjoyed it tremendously. I thought it was the right time to make a move," he explained. He sought to move on to a municipality with a larger population. According to Rhode, the City of St. Francis population is about 10,000 people where Butler is only 2,000.

Ensslin said that using experience gained in Butler to move to bigger communities is not rare for staff, citing that the village has had six clerks since 1972.

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State track and field photo gallery now online

June 06, 2011 2:16 p.m. | We've just updated the photo gallery from Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath with more action from all divisions in this year's state track and field meet in La Crosse.

Brookfield East won the boys Division 1 competition with 57 points to 39.33 for Arrowhead. Bradley Tech was tops in the girls Division 1 meet, outpacing Arrowhead, 64-40.

Go to photo gallery

Magee principal heads to Germantown School District

June 01, 2011 10:48 a.m. | Four years after stepping into the role of principal at Magee Elementary School Maria Kucharski has taken a position closer to home at the principal at Amy Belle in Colgate, in the Germantown School District. While Kucharski will end her role as Magee principal at the end of June, she will remain with the Kettle Moraine School District as the Summer Academy Director.

"Four years ago I went through three rigorous and unique interviews and accepted the position of elementary principal at Magee Elementary. Little did I know that over the next few years I would be provided with some of the most exceptional learning and growing opportunities, and that I would work for and with some of the most talented educators I have ever met," Kucharski said in her resignation letter.

Kucharski's decision stemmed from a desire to not only be closer to home, but to also focus solely on her role as principal and a return to graduate school to obtain her curriculum license.

"Magee Elementary is fortunate to have dedicated, passionate and gifted staff members who genuinely care about the students they serve. We are equally fortunate to have parents and community members who support the purpose and vision of our school and who help to make Magee a great place for children to grow and learn," Kucharski said in her letter. "I thank the Kettle Moraine Schools, the teachers and staff … for embracing the charge of transformation, remaining positive in difficult political times, and making a difference for all children. It has been a privilege to work for and with all of you and I hope our paths will continue to cross in the future."

According to Superintendent Pat Deklotz, the process to find the next principal for Magee is under way.

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Whitnall vs. Waukesha West softball photo gallery now online

June 01, 2011 8:35 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from yesterday afternoon's regional softball game between Waukesha West and Whitnall.

Whitnall won, 7-6, and advances to play at Watertown on Thursday.

Go to photo gallery.

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