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Menomonee Falls, Homestead boys basketball photos now online

Nov. 29, 2010 1:44 p.m. | Falls cruised to a 95-49 victory at home over Homestead on Friday in the first game of the season for both teams and we've just posted a photo gallery from the contest.

JP Tokoto led all scorers with 22 points and C.J. Malone added 20. Homestead, in coach Marquis Hines' first game, was led by LaMonte Bearden's 11 points.

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Dominican, Wauwatosa East boys basketball photo gallery now online

Nov. 29, 2010 8:38 a.m. | Traditional basketball powers Dominican and Wauwatosa East tipped off their 2010-11 seasons Saturday and we've just posted NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the game.

Dominican pulled away in the fourth quarter and posted a 55-43 victory in the NY2LA Sports Classic at Marquette.

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Eisenhower girls basketball photo gallery now online

Nov. 29, 2010 8:33 a.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team opened its season with a 32-23 victory over DSHA on Friday and we've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the game.

Eisenhower, the defending Division 2 state champion, got nine points from Jenny Weiland and six from Nicole Bauman.

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Credit-card spoofer makes use of police phone number

Nov. 24, 2010 7:20 a.m. | In a new scam, someone is trying to use the West Allis Police Department to his advantage.

Several residents reported receiving phone calls at 11 p.m. Nov. 17 with the caller identification displaying "302-8100 Parking Taker." That is the department's phone number for night parking permission, but, in this case, it's not the cops.

The caller identifies himself as a "credit card fraud division," tracking credit card transactions and needing to confirm credit card activity, according to police.

This type of fraud is called spoofing, and the fraudulent company may be out-of-state or out of the country.

No outgoing calls have been placed from the real West Allis Police Department - if it did, the caller ID would be blocked.

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After drive-through collision, man drives into two buildings

Nov. 23, 2010 1:44 p.m. | A 59-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for third-offense drunken driving after he drove into two buildings and another vehicle in East Tosa on Friday morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A mother with three kids in the car was picking up food in the drive-through at McDonald's, 6631 W. North Ave., at 7:06 a.m. Friday. A car pulled around and struck the mother's vehicle and the restaurant.

It appeared the driver was aware of the mistake, because he started to back up. However, he only managed to hit the building again.

Then the car took off across North Avenue and struck a chiropractic office, 6610 W. North Ave.

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Meet the 2010 NOW All-Suburban Football Team

Nov. 23, 2010 11:48 a.m. | This was the second season we asked you, the fans, to help us select the NOW All-Suburban Football Team and you responded in a big way.

Nearly 21,000 votes were cast during the 11-day voting period. The final tallies have been made, the staff has voted, and we are pleased to present the 2010 NOW All-Suburban Football Team, which is in its 22nd season.

Franklin quarterback Lance Baretz is this season's player of the year while Brookfield East coach Tom Swittel is the coach of the year.

2010 NOW All-Suburban Football Team

Robbers upset by victim's lack of money

Nov. 23, 2010 9:13 a.m. | A man was robbed while walking in East Tosa, but the robbers were disappointed that he only had $1 in his wallet.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The 23-year-old man had gotten off the bus and was walking in the 6400 block of North Avenue when a man approached and took his elbow. He led him into a parking lot, where an accomplice was waiting behind a building.

The duo took the victim's cell phone, MP3 and wallet. When they found little money in the wallet they accused him of holding out on them.

"We might have to bust out the gun and pop you," one of the robbers said.

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School rivalry goes too far after explosive blows up mascot's mailbox

Nov. 23, 2010 8:00 a.m. | A rivalry between Tosa's two high schools got nasty following a sectional boys volleyball game in which Wauwatosa East defeated Wauwatosa West.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

While at home, the student who serves as Wauwatosa West High School's mascot was receiving taunting text messages from boys at Wauwatosa East.

Within a few minutes, he heard a loud noise coming from the front yard. An explosive was put in the mailbox and it was on the ground with leaves smoldering around it at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

There have been no arrests made.

Students worry about showmanship during after-school fight

Nov. 23, 2010 7:57 a.m. | Two boys arrested for disorderly conduct at Wauwatosa East High School last week said they had to start their fight over three times because the action wasn't "good enough" for the crowd that had gathered.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

More than 40 students had gathered in a circle at the soccer field at Menomonee River Parkway and Harmonee Avenue at 3:31 p.m. Nov. 18. In the middle, a 16-year-old Wauwatosa boy and 17-year-old Milwaukee boy were throwing punches.

They had gotten into an argument during the lunch hour and decided to fight it out after school. The crowd was cheering on the action, but the boys stopped hitting each other when one's eyes started rolling back in his head.

Most of the crowd made a run for the woods or through nearby yards when they saw the police car pull up.

Raccoon an unwelcome guest in Brookfield home

Nov. 16, 2010 11:55 a.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society was called to a home in the 2000 block of Carrington Drive on Nov. 11 to remove a wild raccoon running loose inside.

According to the Brookfield police report:

The homeowner spent the evening of Nov. 10 at a hotel after she discovered that a raccoon had got inside her home. She returned the following morning to discover the animal was still inside, and had strewn half-eaten food and feces throughout the house.

Brookfield police were called to the scene at 8:59 a.m. Nov. 11. Elmbrook Humane Society officials set traps throughout the home to catch the raccoon.

Naked jogger startles biker, but never caught

Nov. 16, 2010 8:50 a.m. | Brookfield police searched for a "chunky" naked man spotted jogging near Bluemound Road on Nov. 9, but never found him.

According to the police report:

A female bicyclist was riding on a path just south of the former Quebecor site at 12821 W. Bluemound Road when she saw a "chunky" man in his 40s wearing only shoes and socks jogging through nearby bushes at 2:07 p.m.

State boys volleyball photo gallery now online

Nov. 15, 2010 8:16 a.m. | We've just posted NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photo gallery from the quarterfinal round of this weekend's boys volleyball state tournament at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.

Catholic Memorial defeated Kaukana, Westosha Central and Marquette to win the state championship. The photo gallery also features shots from Franklin, Greendale, Nicolet and Wauwatosa East games.

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Photo gallery from yesterday's police standoff in Brookfield now online

Nov. 14, 2010 7:31 a.m. | MyCommunityNOW.com photojournalist Peter Zuzga has created this photo gallery from the scene yesterday in the City of Brookfield as law enforcement officers from throughout the metro area surrounded a house where a man had barricaded himself.

Police said the man was involved in a fatal crash on Highway 45 and fled from the scene to the house near the intersection of 128th and Wright Streets. He ordered the occupants of the home to leave and locked himself inside. The man was arrested around 8:40 p.m. after police fired tear gas into the home.

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Franklin vs. Waunakee football photo gallery now online

Nov. 14, 2010 6:48 a.m. | We've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from last night's Level 4 football playoff game between undefeated Franklin and Waunakee at Kettle Moraine.

Waunakee got the better of the Sabers for the second consecutive season, posting a 23-7 victory that advanced the team to the Division 2 state title game in Madison on Friday. Franklin ended its season at 12-1.

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Man arrested after crash, standoff

Nov. 13, 2010 9:10 p.m. | Brookfield — A man who fled on foot from the scene of a fatal traffic crash Saturday on U.S. Highway 45 was arrested around 8:40 p.m. after police fired tear gas into a home to end a standoff that had lasted several hours.

The 25-year-old suspect from Milwaukee was found hiding in the basement of the Brookfield home, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said. Officers from the Milwaukee County SWAT team searched the home and arrested the man.

One officer was cut by broken glass when entering the home. Tear gas shells were fired into the home about 7 p.m., after officers lost communication with the suspect, Clarke said.

After fleeing the crash site on northbound Highway 45 at Burleigh Road in Milwaukee County, the man ran west through several neighborhoods with police in pursuit. The suspect was confronted by a homeowner on Mayfair Drive who observed him in the yard. Clarke said the suspect "bull rushed" past the man and entered the home.

The suspect ordered the occupants out of the home, locking himself in.

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Police search for suspect near 124th Street and North Avenue

Nov. 13, 2010 4:10 p.m. | Police from Brookfield, Elm Grove, Wauwatosa and the Waukesha County Sheriffs Department are attempting to arrest a suspect about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Brookfield.

About 3 p.m., police from the four departments had blocked off several streets near the area of 124th Street and North Avenue. An official at the Elm Grove Police Department would only say that police are in the process of arresting a suspect.

Police have blocked off Center Street heading west off of 124th Street, as well as several streets north of North Avenue heading off of 128th, 130th, 131st and Mayfair Drive.

Click here to see a photo from the scene.

WIAA Division 2 state swimming photo gallery now online

Nov. 13, 2010 7:07 a.m. | The state's best girls swimmers from schools in Division 2 gathered in Madison yesterday for the state meet and NOW's Peter Zuzga was there too, capturing all the action in this photo gallery.

Brookfield Academy's Kelsey Hojan-Clark capped her standout high school career with victories in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. She was joined on the first-place medal stand by Whitnall diver Rachel Stave and New Berlin Eisenhower's Alli Bellford, who won the 50 free.

The gallery also features competitors from Shorewood, which had the top local team finish, Brown Deer/University School, Wauwatosa West, Whitefish Bay, Catholic Memorial and Pewaukee.

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Police seek bank robbery suspect

Nov. 12, 2010 1:46 p.m. | Cudahy police are searching for a suspect involved in a bank robbery at the PNC Bank, 6042 S. Packard Ave., at 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

According to Cudahy Police Sgt. Chris Blunt:

The suspect demanded money from a bank teller and implied that he had a weapon hidden in his waistband. No weapon was displayed. After the man obtained an undisclosed amount of money, he ran south on Packard Avenue. No one was reported injured during the incident.

The suspect is a white male, 180 to 200 pounds, 5 feet - to 7-inches tall, with short blond hair and a well-trimmed beard. He was wearing a green shirt with a brown fur-lined jacket over it, jeans, a brown baseball cap and athletic shoes.

Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call Cudahy Det. Tony Andrews at (414) 769-2260, Ext. 527.

Tour Brookfield's Cafe Manna in our Grab a Bite feature

Nov. 11, 2010 7:28 a.m. | We've just updated our Grab a Bite restaurant feature with Michael Hofstedt's video tour of Cafe Manna, a vegetarian restaurant in Brookfield that concentrates on serving food with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Grab a Bite is an informal look at the food scene in the Wauwatosa, Brookfield and Elm Grove area by freelance writer Karen Waldkirch. Whether you're looking for a place for a "date night" or a casual spot for lunch, Waldkirch will be out and about scouting eateries for you. If you have a suggestion for a future column, e-mail her at kmwaldkirch@yahoo.com.

Grab a Bite

Woman who escaped correctional center arrested for stealing bras from Kmart

Nov. 10, 2010 10:30 a.m. | A woman who escaped from a correctional center was arrested in Wauwatosa for shoplifting lingerie Monday morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 46-year-old Milwaukee woman was recognized by employees at Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Road, as having been involved in a prior retail theft. So when she stuffed 26 bras, underwear and T-shirts up her coat sleeves, workers were on to her.

She initially gave a fake name and birth date - both of which turned out to be her daughter's - so officers wouldn't figure out she was wanted on a Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office warrant for escaping custody and a Milwaukee Women's Correction Center warrant for being an escaped prisoner.

A check of her criminal record showed 30 arrests for a variety of crimes.

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Grab a seat our our prep football video roundtable

Nov. 10, 2010 8:32 a.m. | There are plenty of intriguing matchups this weekend in Level 4 of the WIAA football playoffs and we've just posted a video roundtable with our sportswriters previewing some of the key games.

You can also check out our Scramble to Camp Randall blog, part of the special Preps Plus Playoff Central page.

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Bush league: Scammers claim to be from real service organization

Nov. 10, 2010 7:51 a.m. | A Milwaukee organization prepping for a fundraising gala that includes a visit from President George W. Bush today has had its name used by scam artists looking for quick cash.

Wauwatosa police arrested two people for aggressive panhandling last week who were pretending to represent Teen Challenge, a faith-based addiction recovery program. But there has been talk by people who have handed out cash that many more fake solicitors have been hitting up people in recent weeks.

Calls to officials from the real Teen Challenge International-Wisconsin were not immediately returned. A staff member said officials were busy setting up at the Frontier Airlines Center, but they were aware of the scams.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The first arrest happened outside The Home Depot at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 5. A 16-year-old Milwaukee boy had been asking shoppers for money inside and in the parking lots of businesses at 124th Street and Capitol Drive.

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Arrest for cocaine possession comes as shock to admitted user

Nov. 09, 2010 7:41 a.m. | A woman who had been doing cocaine all day was surprised that she was being arrested for drug possession in Wauwatosa last week, Wauwatosa police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer pulled over a car at 72nd Street and North Avenue at 12:53 a.m. Nov. 3 because the license plates on it didn't belong to that car. The driver, a 29-year-old Milwaukee woman, said she had just purchased the car and was using old plates. She said she was in a hurry because she was taking a friend with a cut hand to the hospital.

After a quick records check, the officer learned she was on probation for maintaining a drug trafficking house. A search of the vehicle turned up a filet knife with an eight-inch blade that the driver said she keeps for protection. She was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.

The officer also found 0.1 gram of cocaine, and a crack pipe that had been thrown out the car window. The passenger, a 41-year-old Milwaukee woman, had a hard time believing she had any drugs left in the car.

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Man loses wallet to prostitute, gets arrested

Nov. 08, 2010 4:51 p.m. | A New York man was arrested today after calling Brookfield police to report that a woman he had just paid for sex stole money from his wallet.

According to the city of Brookfield police report:

The 31-year-old man called police to his room at the Courtyard by Marriott, 16865 W. Bluemound Road, just after midnight to report that a 22-year-old Milwaukee woman had taken his wallet.

Responding officers learned the man had called an escort service and paid the woman for sex before the theft.

The 22-year-old woman was arrested for prostitution and receiving stolen property, and the 31-year-old man was arrested for soliciting a prostitute.

Wauwatosa West freshman attacked by schoolmates

Nov. 08, 2010 2:31 p.m. | A Wauwatosa West High School freshman was beaten up by three teens while on his way home last week, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also according to the report:

The boy - whom family members described as mentally challenged and often bullied - was walking in the 2300 block of North 116th Street when three boys approached him. He had his headphones on, so he wasn't sure what they said before they "hockey-checked him," knocking him to the ground. Then they jumped on the boy and punched and kicked him about 20 times.

He was not seriously injured.

He did not recognize his attackers, but a West staff member driving by was able to identify two of the teens. She stopped the car and the attackers ran off, so she stayed with the victim until police arrived.

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Cedarburg sectional swimming photo gallery now online

Nov. 07, 2010 7:13 a.m. | Some of the best girls swimmers in the area competed yesterday at Cedarburg during the WIAA Division 1 sectional, and NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger was there to create this photo gallery.

Menomonee Falls/Hamilton swam to a first-place finish in the meet, which also included competitors from Germantown, Homestead and Nicolet.

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Franklin, South Milwaukee football photo gallery now online

Nov. 06, 2010 11:19 p.m. | Franklin remained undefeated with a 45-27 victory over South Milwaukee tonight in a Level 3 football playoff game and we've just posted Dave Haberkorn's photo gallery from the contest.

With the victory, Franklin advances to take on defending state champion Waunakee (12-0) next weekend. South Milwaukee ended its season at 8-4.

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Germantown, Marquette photo gallery now online

Nov. 06, 2010 9:07 p.m. | Germantown rallied late in the game to get within a touchdown of Marquette, but the Hilltoppers had too much fire power and ended the Warhawks' season and the hall of fame coaching career of Phil Datka with a 41-27 victory.

NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger was at the Level 3 football playoff game and created this photo gallery.

Follow the Germantown vs. Marquette football game with us today

Nov. 06, 2010 2:28 p.m. | Check out Preps Plus Playoff Central today for updates at the end of each quarter from the Level 3 football game between Marquette and host Germantown.

The teams are set to kick off at 3 p.m. and you can follow our twitter feed throughout the game to get the latest from Datka Stadium.

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Wauwatosa East, West boys volleyball photo gallery online

Nov. 05, 2010 8:27 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West boys volleyball teams faced off last night in Whitefish Bay with a berth in the state finals on the line and NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger was there, capturing all the action in this photo gallery.

East won the match, 20-25, 25-12, 25-16, 22-25, 19-17, and will play Greendale at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, at Wisconsin Lutheran College in a state quarterfinal game.

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Greendale, Greenfield boys volleyball photo gallery now online

Nov. 05, 2010 8:12 a.m. | Greendale defeated host Greenfield, 26-24, 27-25, 25-23, 25-16, 15-13, in a boys volleyball sectional final last night and NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga was there capturing action from the court in this photo gallery.

Greendale earned a berth in the state finals with the victory and will take on Wauwatosa East at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, in a state quarterfinal game at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.

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Cast your votes now for the All-Suburban Football Team's defensive linemen

Nov. 04, 2010 7:06 a.m. | We're in the process of choosing the 22nd-annual NOW All-Suburban Football Team and we need your help.

Help us put the team together by voting for the most deserving players at each position through Nov. 12. Fan votes will count for one-fifth of the total with votes from the NOW sports staff making up the rest.

The voting kicked off this week and more than 3,500 votes have been cast thus far.

Voting will be at www.mycommunitynow.com/vote with a different position each day. Here is the schedule:

  • Today - Defensive line
  • Friday - Defensive secondary
  • Saturday – Offensive linemen
  • Sunday – Wide receivers and tight ends
  • Monday, Nov. 8 – Running backs
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 – All-purpose players
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Quarterbacks
  • Thursday, Nov. 11 – Coach of the year
  • Friday, Nov. 12 – Player of the year

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Our sportswriters preview round three of the WIAA football tournament

Nov. 03, 2010 9:54 a.m. | Join NOW's David Cotey and Steven L. Tietz and Lake Country Publications' JR Radcliffe as they take a look at some of the best Level 3 matchups in the next round of the WIAA football tournament in this video roundtable.

The video, photo galleries and much more are also available at Preps Plus Playoff Central.

You can also check out our voting for the 22nd-annual All-Suburban Football team today through Nov. 12 at www.mycommunitynow.com/vote.

Police connect overly friendly thief, partner with drunken-driving case

Nov. 03, 2010 7:50 a.m. | Two men who stole liquor from a Tosa grocery store were picked up after a drunken driving incident five days later, Wauwatosa police said.

According to the police report:

A 47-year-old Milwaukee man walked into Metcalfe's Market, 6700 W. State St., combing his long hair at 8 p.m. Oct. 23. He asked if the clerk had a problem with his actions and told her to "lighten up." Then he grabbed her and gave her a hug and kiss before heading to the liquor department.

Later, store employees became aware that a second man had taken vodka; they both left in the same minivan.

At 9 p.m. Oct. 28, police got a call about a suspicious vehicle. The same minivan that had been used in the theft had a flat tire and was parked at an angle, sticking out into traffic in the 7300 block of Milwaukee Avenue.

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Man attempts suicide after robbery arrest

Nov. 02, 2010 10:08 a.m. | A 35-year-old Milwaukee man tried to hang himself at the Wauwatosa Police Department after he was arrested for attempting to rob George Webb last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man entered the restaurant, 7410 W. State St., with his hand in his pocket and a shirt covering his face at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 27. A waitress saw him arrive and locked herself and a co-worker in the back office.

A customer tried to run out of the restaurant, but he slipped and fell, wounding his hands, arms and leg. The robber demanded the customer's wallet and threatened to shoot him, but the customer refused.

The robber took off empty-handed but was stopped at 61st and Vliet streets. He said he had been living in a van that had been parked there.

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OMG! Wauwatosa East students told to stop sending nasty text messages

Nov. 02, 2010 9:36 a.m. | Three Wauwatosa East High School students have sent thousands of harassing text messages to each other and school officials have had enough.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Between Sept. 2 and Oct. 22, two 17-year-old girls and the 18-year-old boy they had each dated sent about 200 text messages per day calling each other names and threatening violence.

Students signed a no-contact order earlier this year when they were harassing each other over phone and at school. On several occasions, the students had to be removed from school due to threat of violence. Still they continued the harassment.

A sampling of messages included, "Pretty much every time I see you I feel like throwing up" and, "I'd fight you any time, anywhere."

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Cross-dressing men cited after trying to take boots at Brookfield Square

Nov. 01, 2010 2:40 p.m. | Two Milwaukee men who were dressed as women were cited for theft after taking items from Brookfield Square Mall, 95 N. Moorland Road, on Oct. 27.

According to police reports, the cross-dressing men, ages 19 and 18, took three pairs of boots worth $157 from Payless Shoes. They each wore a pair out of the store, and one of the men hid a third pair inside a purse.

Brookfield Police Capt. Jim Adlam said it's unclear why the men were dressed as women.

This is the second such occurrence at Brookfield Square Mall in about a month.

The first instance came Sept. 21 when a 17-year-old Milwaukee boy dressed as a woman tried to make fraudulent purchases with a checkbook that was stolen from a woman.

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Menomonee Falls, Germantown girls volleyball photos now online

Nov. 01, 2010 9:08 a.m. | The top-seeded Menomonee Falls girls volleyball team defeated Germantown in a wild 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-8, sectional final Saturday at Nicolet and we've just posted a photo gallery with all the action from the contest.

Falls advances to take on Burlington in a state quarterfinal game Thursday at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Germantown, the third seed, advanced to the sectional final with victories over Milwaukee Madison, Oconomowoc and Arrowhead.

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