Meindel plays hero, CMH stuns Wisco

Nov. 02, 2012 10:40 p.m. |  

Mitch Meindel said he was lobbying to get the football the whole game, and he finally got his chance in the second half. He even got more than he bargained for.


Meindel caught two touchdowns, but nothing was bigger than his 33-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Catholic Memorial to a thrilling 24-21 upset win over Wisconsin Lutheran at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday. The Level 3 win in the Division 3 playoffs put the Crusaders into a state semifinal next week against Mt. Horeb/Barneveld.
“I was thinking it’s just like practice, just another kick,” said Meindel, whose liner went through without a doubt. “If I go through the motion, it will be good. I have nightmares about that kind of thing. It’s not what you want to do, but if you have to, you want to be able to produce.”
Meindel’s leg is his greatest attribute. Committed to kick for North Dakota next year, Meindel also happens to be a tremendous punter. He already had a 56-yard punt earlier in the game when he sent a 64-yard boomer down to the Wisconsin Lutheran 1-yard line with 8:51 to play.
On 4th and 1 from the 10 and leading, 21-14, Wisconsin Lutheran (10-1) elected to go for the first down and fell short, with Justin Dentici and Jake Drwila stopping the rushing attempt.
“He’s done that historically in the past,” Memorial coach Bill Young said, referring to Wisco coach Kirk DeNoyer. “I thought they were just going to try and draw us offsides. It was just phenomenal.”
Memorial (9-2) faced its own fourth down play from the 1-yard line four plays later, but John Clark plunged in to tie the score at 21-21. Memorial fell earlier in the season to Mukwonago, 14-13, after a failed two-point conversion late in the game, but this time, the Crusaders played it safe.
That decision paid off handsomely when Alec Kocour intercepted Wisconsin Lutheran quarterback Zach Evans on a tipped pass with 2:50 to play on the Wisco 40-yard line.
“I saw the quarterback drop back and when he threw it, I didn’t think 86 (receiver Anthony Carver) could get to it, but I could tell he was going to get a hand on it,” Kocour said. “I played the tip and it came right to me.”
The diving catch set up the final drive, where the Crusaders used six plays to inch into Meindel’s range and drain the clock. Meindel was momentarily taken off the field from his receiver position to practice on the sideline.
“That’s average, that’s my comfort range right there,” Meindel said. “If it had been 10 yards more, it would have been nerveracking.”
It was the first time Memorial led all night. The Vikings looked like the powerhouse they are in the first half, taking a 14-0 lead and holding CMH to just 58 yards of total offense. Running back tandem Adihia Bell and London Townsend both gashed CMH for touchdowns.
“We figured out everything in the lockerroom,” Kocour said. “We knew we had to take care of the edge. Our defensive line played solid and our linebackers were filling the holes.”
CMH finally got on the board with 7:08 to go in the third quarter, when quarterback Pat White found Meindel wide open for a 71-yard touchdown reception. The ball slipped out of Meindel’s hands on the 1-yard line, but he quickly pounced on top.
“I was telling coach to give me the ball the whole game,” Meindel said with a smile. “They were triple teaming Andre (Bodden) on the other side, so I was one on one the whole game. I thought I could get him and I did.”
After a 3-and-out, the Crusaders had another long touchdown play negated by an illegal procedure, but Memorial was able to keep the drive alive and scored on a 31-yard reception from Meindel to tie the game.
Lutheran responded, with Townsend covering the final 11 yards of a drive that featured two 15-yard CMH penalties. The Vikings re-claimed the lead at 21-14 with 10:30 to play.
“It was just one of those things where we kept plugging along,” Young said. “We had those deer eyes (in the first half). It was ugly, but I can’t say enough about my kids and coaches.”
Said Meindel, “We figured at halftime it was only 14. We have an explosive offense. We can score quickly, and we did. … We knew we had a good team at the beginning of the year and now we have a chance to prove it.”
Young, who guided the Crusaders to the state championship game two seasons ago, turns 62 on Sunday.
“This is a pretty darn good birthday present for me,” he said.

City of Waukesha averaging 900 absentee voters a day

Nov. 02, 2012 10:37 a.m. | City of Waukesha - A steady flow of absentee voters were in City Hall on Friday morning casting their ballots on the last day to "early vote."

A clerk handing out ballots said the city is averaging about 925 absentee voters a day.

Today is the last day to absentee vote. You can absentee vote at City Hall today until 4:30 p.m. More instructions are on the clerk's website,

Waukesha officials reported earlier that a 90-percent turnout is expected overall for the fall general election.

Looking for your local polling place?

Nov. 02, 2012 9:44 a.m. | We are four days away from the next election and one of the best resources to find out local voting information is at the state's official page for Wisconsin Voter Information.

There you can find information on where to vote in your community, check your provisional ballot status and more.

Click here to visit the Wisconsin Voter Information page.

North Shore voters can visit our North Shore Voting Guide, which has a list of polling places and a post-redistricting guide to congressional, assembly, and senate districts.

Driver charged in fatal Waukesha County crash

Nov. 01, 2012 4:26 p.m. | Waukesha - A Waukesha man has been charged in a fatal three-car crash early Tuesday in the Town of Genesee.

Ernesto Lazo Villamil, 35, faces a count of driving with a revoked license, causing great bodily harm.

According to the criminal complaint:

Villamil was westbound on State Highway 59 near Hillside Road shortly before 6 a.m. when he slammed into a blue Pontiac being driven by Leonard Miller, who died from injuries suffered in the collision.

Villamil's Envoy SUV continued out of control and also slammed into an eastbound Lincoln Town Car.

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All four Waukesha high school drama departments have plays next two weekends

Nov. 01, 2012 4:02 p.m. | All four Waukesha-area high school drama departments have plays over the next two weeks.

Waukesha West's West End Players will present J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" from Thursday to Sunday.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m., while the Sunday show is at 2 p.m. 

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for children and seniors and $3 for students with a West ID.  

The Waukesha South Drama Department will present "Meet Me in St. Louis" next week.

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Bonus Waukesha Farmers Market to take place in downtown Saturday

Nov. 01, 2012 2:17 p.m. | Those who love the Waukesha Farmers Market get to enjoy it a little longer.  

That's because there will be a bonus market Saturday.

The Waukesha Farmers Market and the Horse Emporium are hosting a joint Farmers Market and Tack Sale from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Plaza in downtown Waukesha.

Norm Bruce, who owns Martha Merrell's Books in downtown Waukesha, said this combined effort has gone on for the last several years.

He added that this is the Horse Emporium's (280 W. Main St.) annual Used Tack and Storewide Scratch and Dent Sale.

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Christmas Clearing Council's toy drop-off begins Thursday at Waukesha County sites

Nov. 01, 2012 12:37 p.m. | Christmas might be more than seven weeks away, but the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County’s effort to help those in need during the holidays is in full gear.

A few weeks ago, individuals could begin sponsoring a family for the holidays.

With a commitment of $60, families, organizations or companies are matched with a family and receive the child’s wish/need list. They then shop and deliver the gifts to the family by Dec. 12.

In 2011, the CCC coordinated giving to more than 1,900 families and close to 4,500 children in Waukesha County.

Persons wishing to sponsor a family can call (262) 549-NOEL.

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Clinton pays a visit to Republican country

Nov. 01, 2012 11:54 a.m. | Waukesha – Speaking in the middle of Republican-held turf, former President Bill Clinton told a crowd of 600 supporters on Thursday that President Barack Obama had put the country in the right direction four years after the nation’s economy nearly collapsed.

“I am far more enthusiastic today than I was four years ago,” Clinton told students, senior and families gathered inside the field house on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha County.

In a nearly 40-minute speech and speaking without notes, the former president, sounding hoarse from days of campaigning for the president, praised Obama’s vision of having a strong government and a strong private sector working together.

Clinton gave a stout defense of the president’s policies, and made particular mention of the changes Obama has made in the student loan program and Medicare as well as enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

Clinton said the actions the president took in the wake of a damaged economy was the right thing to do. Gov. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Romney’s vice presidential running mate, want to undo that, he said.

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Mental evaluation ordered for man accused of shooting at Waukesha police

Nov. 01, 2012 11:40 a.m. | Waukesha - A 76-year-old Sussex man charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes after shooting at a police officer responding to a domestic violence complaint on Oct. 23 will be given an evaluation to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial on the charges, Waukesha County Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper ruled Thursday.

Pieper ordered the mental health evaluation in response to a request from the defense attorney for Richard A. Petarius.

Petarius is being held in the Waukesha County Jail. On Oct. 25, Pieper set bail at $500,000.

Petarius carried a 12-gauge shotgun when he forced his way into the Waukesha residence of his ex-wife, Phyllis, on Oct. 23, according to a criminal complaint.

He used a cell phone to contact their son, Rick, of Watertown, shortly after entering the residence, the complaint says. Phyllis Petarius told officers that she overheard him tell their son that he intended to commit suicide that day.

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Man implicated in Waukesha shootout will undergo competency exam

Nov. 01, 2012 11:03 a.m. | The man alleged to have shot at a Waukesha police officer in an Oct. 23 standoff was in court today, where his attorney asked that he undergo a competency evaluation.

Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper ordered the evaluation for Richard A. Petarius, 76, of Sussex, who was charged with nine felonies and a misdemeanor after he allegedly wielded a sawed-off 12-guage shotgun and fired at an officer during a domestic dispute with his ex-wife at a condo on Waukesha's east side.

A follow-up hearing to review the results of the competency evaluation was scheduled for Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

Muskego police sergeant suspended after arrest in Waukesha

Nov. 01, 2012 10:43 a.m. | A Muskego Police Department sergeant has been placed on administrative leave following an arrest on Tuesday afternoon after a domestic abuse incident.

City of Waukesha Police were called to the residence in the 100 block of S. Porter Ave. at 4:31 p.m. in the City of Waukesha after the police log says the sergeant allegedly attacked a woman.

The logs say that the man was not armed and was locked out of the house after the incident. 

According to logs, the woman refused ambulance assistance.

Muskego Police Chief Paul Geiszler said the Waukesha County Sherriff’s Department will conduct an internal investigation.

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Why Bill Clinton is in Waukesha

Nov. 01, 2012 8:39 a.m. | Waukesha County is as Republican as you can get in Wisconsin.

So why is former President Bill Clinton speaking there? Shouldn't he be in Milwaukee or some other Democratic stronghold in Wisconsin?

The answer is that, while Democrats know voters in Waukesha strongly support Republican candidates, the county is large enough that it turns out a sizable Democratic minority.

Four years ago, then candidate Barack Obama won Wisconsin. In Waukesha County, he lost the vote to John McCain, the Republican nominee.

But while Obama lost in that county, he got 85,248 votes to McCain's 145,089. There were only two other Wisconsin counties - Milwaukee and Dane - in which Obama got more votes.

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Bill Clinton in Waukesha Thursday

Oct. 31, 2012 10:07 a.m. | Former President Bill Clinton will be campaigning in Waukesha Thursday for President Obama. No details have been released yet about the time and place. Clinton is appearing in Eau Claire today for the Obama campaign.

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