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Oak Creek police investigate burglaries at adjoining businesses

Nov. 20, 2012 4:24 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are investigating the theft of cash from two adjacent businesses in the 8500 block of South Howell Avenue between 9 a.m. Nov. 12 and 11 a.m. Nov. 13.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

During that timeframe, about $600 was taken from the cash drawer at Mailtruck Model A Ford Parts and a cash drawer containing $200 was taken from Cutest Kids consignment store. There was an unsecured access point between the two businesses.

Officers found pry marks on a door connecting the consignment store to WJ Kuhn, but nothing was reported missing from either WJ Kuhn or HK Graphics, which also is in the same building.

The front entry doors to both businesses were secured, and there were no signs of forced entry.

Franklin boys overpower Southeast swimming field

Feb. 09, 2016 1:24 p.m. | In winter, revenge is a dish best served cold, and with a bit of relish on the side.

In December, the Franklin boys swimming team believed it was robbed of the Southeast Conference relays championship on account of some dubious disqualifications.

The Sabers went on to have an excellent regular season, recording some serious major meet titles and making themselves serious favorites for the Southeast Conference meet on Feb. 6 in Kenosha.

But that was not enough for coach Ross Lennertz and the rest of the team. They wanted to make a point, one that said they were not only the best team in the conference but also one of the best teams in the state.

"They really wanted to take all three relays and go one-two in the 400 free," Lennertz said.

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Franklin girls basketball team shakes off doldrums, wins two games

Feb. 09, 2016 1:04 p.m. | The Franklin girls basketball team has put recent losses to Racine Case and to archrival Oak Creek in the rearview mirror, as the Sabers routed Waterford, 67-20, in a nonconference game and bolted past Racine Horlick, 65-48, in a Southeast Conference tilt last week.

The twin victories pushed the Sabers into a tie for second in the Southeast with Kenosha Tremper at 8-3 and improved their overall mark to 13-6. Coach Tony Kathrens is feeling better about his team these days as it reassesses its goals for a strong finish to the season.

"The conversations are constant with this team," he said. "We're constantly evaluating and reevaluating. Things like learning to slow down and play a more disciplined game when we need to. We learned some hard things against Case (on Jan. 22) because if you forget (what gets you success) things can go awry very quickly.

"But it's interesting, what we're trying to do at times (the disciplined way) is almost against our nature. But we want to play great as a team as opposed to great as individual players. We want to be the team holding the gold ball up at the end of the season."

With games against Kenosha Indian Trail on Feb. 9 and a road trip at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, the Sabers have a chance at closing the week at 15-6 and giving themselves a chance at a good seed in their WIAA sectional. The seeding meetings will be held sometime this weekend.

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Franklin, Oak Creek student-athletes set their futures

Feb. 09, 2016 12:59 p.m. | The three-time Southeast Conference champion Franklin football team was rewarded with several players earning collegiate rides as National Collegiate Signing Day was held on Feb. 3.

Now All-Suburban quarterback Ben Waechter and Now All-Suburban all-purpose threat Gavin Boeck will both head to NCAA Division II St. Cloud State. Boeck was the Southeast Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the 12-1 Sabers. Kicker Nathan Gennrich will also head to NCAA Division II Winona State.

Meanwhile, Now All-Suburban offensive lineman Mike Dobrenski (South Dakota State), as well as fellow All-Southeast offensive lineman Sam Ruetz (South Dakota), will head to the Football Championship Subdivision rank with their choices.

In addition, Franklin student Adrianna Henry signed a national letter of intent for NCAA Division I Indiana State University.

Henry joins Indiana State after playing under coach Sinisa Angelovski for the North Shore United for the last three years. The midfielder earned a state championship in both 2014 and a 2015, as well as a regional championship during those same seasons. She also played for coach Tony Wright as a freshman with FC Milwaukee and at Franklin High School as a sophomore, where she earned honorable-mention all-state honors. She plans to major in pre-med.

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SEC champion Oak Creek wrestlers look to bigger things

Feb. 09, 2016 12:11 p.m. | There was a relaxed but satisfied air surrounding the Oak Creek wrestling team as the Knights won six individual titles and held off a surge by Kenosha Bradford to win its third successive Southeast Conference crown on Feb. 6.

This was because the Knights' hardest tasks are still ahead of it.

"We went into the meet looking to keep ourselves calm," said senior 138-pound champion Andrew McIntosh, who claimed his third Southeast banner. "We wanted to take it one match a time but still be psyched up for the individual matches."

The Knights will now look to earn an elusive trip to the WIAA state team tournament with the regional meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at South Milwaukee Middle School. The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the individual sectional at Racine Case on Saturday, Feb. 20, while the team champion of the regional will advance to the WIAA team sectional dual at Kenosha Bradford at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The winner of the dual meet advances to the WIAA state team tournament in Madison, March 4 and 5.

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Former MLB player John Mallee to coach at Prospect Training Academy

Feb. 09, 2016 12:00 p.m. | Oak Creek and Franklin — Prospect Training Academy just added a new, prestigious name to its list of baseball coaches: former MLB player John Mallee.

Mallee will be joining the training academy during his off-season from his local MLB team, where he serves as head hitting coach.

Mallee's resume includes two years as the Astros Major League Hitting Coach, two years as the Marlins Major League Hitting Coach, 22 years as a professional coach and three years as a professional player for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Mallee will organize camps for PTA players and clinics in the winter in small group settings. He was introduced to the training academy through Joe Ferro, the PTA's director of player development.

"We are thrilled to have John Mallee as part of our PTA Coaching Staff," Mike Zimmerman, co-owner of the training academy, stated in a news release. "We are confident that John will give our ballplayers the skills needed to bring their game to the next level."

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Oak Creek Chick-fil-A announces March grand opening, 'First 100' promotion

Feb. 09, 2016 10:55 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Chick-fil-A location in Drexel Town Square will hold its grand opening on Thursday, March 10.

Following Chick-fil-A grand opening tradition, the first 100 adults through the door on March 10 will win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. The store expects a family-friendly overnight party to pop up in the parking lot of the Oak Creek store as guests wait in line 24 hours before the grand opening.

For more information and complete rules of the "First 100" promotion, visit www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/First-100.

The Oak Creek Chick-fil-A is located at 150 W. Town Square Way.

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Hales Corners vies for fruity trees through Victory Garden Initiative

Feb. 08, 2016 9:00 a.m. | Hales Corners — An orchard of trees bearing fruit and nuts could take root on two lots in Hales Corners.

That's assuming the village wins the trees in Fruity Nutty 5 orchard contest.

The village authorized Sarah Kastern of the Hales Corners Environmental Committee to submit the application for 20 trees to be planted in two vacant lots in the village at a Jan. 25 board of trustees meeting.

"That area needs some improvement," said Village President Robert Ruesch. "Those houses were taken down years ago."

The Victory Garden Initiative is hosting a fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 20, to raise money for the five new orchards to be awarded in the 2016 contest. The winners will be announced at the event, held at the historic Villa Filomena, 1119 N. Marshall St., Milwaukee. Tickets are $70 per person or $525 for a thicket of eight tickets. The event features a complimentary cocktail hour, live music and food from local restaurants and caterers.

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Black Bear Bottling named 2015 Business of the Year by South Suburban Chamber of Commerce

Feb. 08, 2016 8:19 a.m. | Oak Creek —Black Bear Bottling was named 2015 Business of the Year by the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce during an awards dinner Feb. 3.

The Business of the Year award is given to a successful business that has also contributed to the community.

Black Bear Bottling, 2025 Southbranch Blvd., moved to Oak Creek in 2001 from St. Francis, where it was founded in 1921. Since 2011, the family-owned business has increased its bottling from 90,000 cases a year to 20,000 each day, the chamber stated in a news release.

For the past four years, Black Bear Bottling has worked with chemistry and marketing classes in Oak Creek High School to produce new flavors, design labels and market original soda flavors that are bottled and sold by the factory.

Finalists for the Business of the Year Award were Krones Inc. and Krsko Chiropractic, both located in Franklin.

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Greendale High School holds first induction ceremony to new Athletic Hall of Fame

Feb. 05, 2016 12:38 p.m. | Greendale — Greendale High School will hold its first induction ceremony to its Athletic Hall of Fame tonight, Feb. 5, at 6:45 p.m. in the gym, 6801 Southway.

Members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2016 include: Coach Robin Schrank, Greendale Baseball 1980-1999; The State Champion 2006 Girls Softball Team; Kaylan Caiati, GHS Class of 2003, Four-time State Tennis Champion; Jim Gruenwald, GHS Class of 1988 and state wrestling champion; Matt Reischl, GHS Class of 1994, All-State football player; and Jerry and Diane Meyers, Greendale Youth Football Directors and Friends of GHS Athletics.

The induction ceremony will be held between the Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball games against New Berlin Eisenhower.

The hall of fame award recognizes and honors outstanding achievements of individual athletes, coaches, and friends of Greendale High School who have contributed to the integrity, promotion, and growth of athletics at the school. Members of the Hall of Fame will have performed at both an exceptionally high athletic level and represented Greendale with high standards of citizenship and character. This award will also recognize and honor people who have been instrumental in creating an excellent athletic tradition in the ideals of "Panther Pride".

Oak Creek denies police chief's request for 7.5 % raise

Feb. 04, 2016 2:12 p.m. | Oak Creek — Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards will not be receiving the significant raise he wanted this year, but city officials are willing to consider his request more extensively in the future.

Last August, Edwards requested a 7.5-percent raise increase for his position and a 6.8-percent raise for his captains to keep management salary competitive with other neighboring police departments.

But when the city's personnel committee finalized its wage adjustments for nonunion management staff on Dec. 3, Edwards was told police department management would only receive a 2 percent raise in 2016.

Edwards would later defend the raise increase during a common council meeting Dec. 15. After several rounds of discussion, aldermen ended in a split-vote on the personnel committee's recommendation. Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi broke the tie by voting against the recommendation and sent it back to the personnel committee for reconsideration.

The personnel committee returned before the common council Feb. 2.

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DCS Cupcakes, now on hiatus, advocates for statewide 'Cookie Bill'

Feb. 04, 2016 12:17 p.m. | Greendale — It didn't take long for Greenfield resident Dominique Soriano to feel the financial burden of being a business owner.

When Soriano opened her first bakery business, DCS Cupcakes, in downtown Greendale 2014, she envisioned taking a simple pleasure, baking, and turning into something that would generate some extra revenue.

"I always loved baking," Soriano said. "For years I would bake cupcakes out of my kitchen to give to friends and family. I have a full-time, corporate job, but I thought it would be fun to have this (cupcake) business on the side."

But there was a price to be paid for going commercial.

Baked-in requirement

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Oak Creek girls basketball team gets defensive in win over Franklin

Feb. 02, 2016 9:04 p.m. | When in doubt, rely on the defense.

For good measure, toss in some timely free-throw shooting and a clutch 3-pointer by a veteran senior guard whose team needed her, and she responded.

That's what the Oak Creek girls basketball team did against archrival Franklin Jan. 29 when the crafty Sabers abandoned their traditional zone with a strong man defense and stymied the three-time Southeast Conference champion Knights for much of the game.

They even held the Knights without a point for an eight-plus minute stretch over the middle of the second half.

But senior Knight guard Katie Settingsgaard hit a big 3-pointer from the wing with 4:50 left to make it 37-32 Oak Creek. After the Sabers' Abby Schauer hit a lay-up to make it 37-34 with 3:55 to go, the Knights went on a 7-0 run, all free throws, to pave the way for a 47-39 victory.

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Oak Creek wrestlers claim third SEC dual-meet title

Feb. 02, 2016 8:48 p.m. | No, a third straight Southeast Conference dual meet title is not being taken for granted by the Oak Creek wrestling team.

There's simply been too much pride and too much work put into the effort to get as far as the Knights have come to go back now, noted coach Matt Sommerville, whose team secured that accomplishment with a 47-21 win over Kenosha Indian Trail on Jan. 28.

"Winning our third straight dual meet title is a tremendous accomplishment," said Sommerville. "Our kids have been working hard for this all season. Winning this dual title was one of our goals this season. But we are not satisfied.

"We know that winning the conference tournament title will be just as difficult as winning the dual title. Our kids are positive right now, and they are confident. What they need most is to be hungry. Sometimes when you have beaten teams over and over again, you get complacent. We can't let that happen, and our kids know that. These kids know that they have to continue to work hard and establish their offense in every match if we are going to be successful as a team."

The Knights will look to do just that when they take part in the league tournament at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Indian Trail.

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Franklin boys basketball team adapts, earns big win over Creek

Feb. 02, 2016 8:31 p.m. | First-year Franklin boys basketball coach Tyler Podoll has been appreciative of the support and patience of the fans as he tries to rebuild the Saber program from the ground-up.

A big reward for that patience came on Jan. 29, when the Sabers remembered the lessons from a December loss to rival Oak Creek and applied them with great vengeance, denying the favored Knights at every turn in a stunning 50-42 upset.

"That was a lot of what we needed," said Podoll, whose team broke a four-game losing streak in earning the victory. "... It validates all the work they're doing to try and correct their skills, including coming in on Sundays. The kids have fought off the anxiety of losing and there never has been any finger-pointing.

"In the end, it comes down to what we can do right, which is share the ball and handle the pressure of the moment."

Which is something that Knight coach Mike Jossie, whose team was coming off a very disappointing loss to Southeast Conference leader Racine Park on Jan. 26, wishes his team had done more of in the flat performance against the Sabers.

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