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Middleton, Edgewood win boys' tennis sectionals

Middleton and Madison Memorial are both heading for the state tennis tournament following sectionals in Madison Wednesday.

Middleton won the sectional at the Nielsen tennis stadium on the University of Wisconsin campus.

Verona's Alex Boomgarden will also being going to state as an individual, after he defeated Memorial's Michael Schnarr in straight sets to win the individual sectional title.

Waunakee is also sending their first doubles team in school history to the state finals, after Alex Brost and Joey Schneider won the doubles title.

Madison Edgewood will also being going to the state team tennis tournament after winning a sectional in Whitewater on Wednesday.



Police: Woman, children try to steal liquor from Walmart

Madison police said a Madison woman who has been banned for life from Walmart now faces charges after using children to try to help her steal liquor from a West Side store.

The incident happened just before 8 p.m. Monday in the 7200 block of Watts Road, police said.

According to police, Shequilla Hollingsworth, 23, had enlisted three young girls -- ages 12, 13 and 14 -- to steal alcohol and other items from the Walmart on Watts Road.

A police spokesman said store employees said the group brought two large bags with them and stole two other bags while in Walmart.

The group then proceeded to place more than $180 worth of vodka, tequila and other merchandise inside the bags, according to police.

Store security stopped them before they could leave the store Monday night.

The woman reportedly gave a false name to police. Her true identity was revealed when she was booked at the Dane County Jail.

Middleton wins boys' golf WIAA regional

Middleton High School won the WIAA boys' golf regional by 9 shots over Verona on Tuesday. Madison Memorial and Waunakee also advanced to the sectional next week in La Crosse.

Verona finished second as a team at the regional at Odana Hills. Tyler Reinecke and Caleb Baltes led the Wildcats with rounds of 76, which ties for 7th overall.

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The individual winner also played for the team winner. Mitch Johnson was the only guy to break 70 on this day at Odana, 34 on the front, 35 on the back, which adds up to 69 for Johnson.

Johnson's 69 gives him the individual title by one shot over Memorial's Peter Webb.

New facility helps vets survive civilian life

Hoping to gain back the freedoms they fought for while easing their transition into civilian life, Madison-area veterans have a new place to call their own.

Dryhootch Madison, a coffee house and resource center for veterans, recently held its grand opening.

Organizers call Dryhootch a movement to help veterans reconnect with the community. Those attending the grand opening seemed to agree.

"I think the Dryhootch is a good thing because it's a sober place to be for veterans to interact with others from different foreign wars," said Army veteran Terry Curry.

"A nurse from the VA said it would be a good place to come check out and there would be a lot of resources for veterans," added Blair Barrett, a Navy veteran.

Veteran and coffee barista Jeff Kriesel said Dryhootch?s mission is to act as an ally for vets having a tough time transitioning back to civilian life.

Police search for man after West Side shooting

Madison police are looking for a man who fired a shot at another man in a neighborhood on Madison's West Side on Saturday evening.

The incident happened in the 6300 block of Betty's Lane just before 7 p.m.

According to investigators, a man approached the victim and exchanged words before displaying a black handgun and firing into the ground at the victim's feet.

Both men quickly fled the area, police said. No one was injured.

Authorities describe the suspect as a black man who appeared to be between 30 and 40 years of age, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue shorts.

Authorities said that anyone that knows anything about the incident should call Madison Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Madison police respond to rise in gun violence

Since March 1, the Madison Police Department said officers have responded to at least 80 calls of "shots fired" all across the city.

Madison police said an incident last Friday night is when the problem came to a head. A man opened fire at Penn Park on Madison's south side following a fight. At the time of the incident, there were upwards of 100 children in the park but no one was hurt, police said.

Chief Noble Wray said Friday's incident is just one example of a growing culture. He said gun violence is happening more often, it's getting bolder and is more blatant.

"It cannot be tolerated," Wray said. "It's taken place in public spaces and public places, and is intimidating people in our neighborhoods, and we cannot tolerate this."

"This is more than a problem for law enforcement. This is problem of building neighborhoods and building community," Mayor Paul Soglin said.

Memorial beats East in girls' softball

The Madison East girls' softball team had won eight of their last nine games, but they were no match for Madison Memorial Thursday, as Memorial beat East 11-0.

The Purgolders couldn't get anything going Thursday at Olbrich Park. Rachel De Jongh hit a two RBI double for Memorial in the 4th, that made it 6-0.

The Purgolders load the bases in the 6th inning, but De Jongh gets the big strike out to end the inning.