Brookfield Central turns back Homestead for state title, 9-2

July 25, 2014 10:28 p.m. | When a team has a pitching staff made up of spit and bailing wire like Homestead baseball coach Ernie Millard admits that he had this season, don't be surprised when the spit dries or the wire frays sometimes.

Much like it did Friday night at Kapco Park in the WIAA State Summer Baseball championship game, as Brookfield Central woke its long slumbering bats and beat Homestead for its fourth state title in a 9-2 decision.

"That has been a ghost that has clung to us all season long," said Millard of his pitching, "and tonight it finally caught up with us. We competed like crazy. ....but we knew we would have to play a perfect game to beat them."

The loss denied the Highlanders a fourth  state title of their own ( to go along with crowns in 1974, 1978, and 1994) and closed out a compelling season at 26-8.

Meanwhile, the high-expectation Lancers (29-6) resurrected a season that had started out fast at 21-1, and then hit a major skid with a 1-5 run that cost them the Greater Metro Conference title and a lot of their confidence.

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Fast start leads Homestead baseball team into state finals with 7-5 win

July 25, 2014 3:16 p.m. | After his team's gritty 7-5 WIAA state semifinal victory over Oak Creek Friday afternoon at Kapco Park, Homestead baseball coach Ernie Millard pulled out his cell phone and pointed to a text message he received from senior pitcher Ben Garstecki at 10:22 p.m. the night before.

It read as follows:

"Hey coach, I want you to know that 100 percent, whatever you need me to do (at state) I'm ready for it."

Millard considered it a good omen and a bit of a prophecy, because after Highlander starter Jared Stieve gave up a three-run homer to the Knights' Matt Hargreaves in the third, cutting what had been a safe 6-1 lead down to a nail-biting 6-4, and then put two more runners on base, someone was needed to  right the Highlanders' ship.

In walked Garstecki, who promptly gave up an RBI single to Knight outfielder Matt Hamilton, but who then proceeded to toss four-and-two-thirds scoreless innings to make sure the Homestead lead would stand up.

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Brown Deer mother arrested in stabbing of 2 sons

July 25, 2014 11:41 a.m. | A Brown Deer woman has been taken into custody after stabbing two of her sons during an argument about money early Friday, police say.

When officers responded to the residence in the 8000 block of N. 67th St., they found an 18-year-old with a leg wound and a 16-year-old with cuts to his face and head. Both boys were taken to the hospital with what police say are non-life threatening injuries.

Their mother, who is in her early 40s, fled the scene on foot, police said. She was later found in Milwaukee and taken to the Milwaukee County Jail. Recommended charges of domestic violence, physical abuse of a child and reckless injury while armed have been forwarded to the district attorney's office.

According to Brown Deer Police, the department has responded to domestic dispute calls from the residence before but had not had contact with the suspect prior to Friday's incident. The two sons live in the residence with another family member, Lt. Lisa Kumbier of the Brown Deer Police Department said Friday.

"Clearly, this incident is unique and isolated," she said.

Brown Deer announces selection of a new police chief

July 24, 2014 3:10 p.m. | Brown Deer announced Thursday the selection of Sparta police chief Michael Kass as the village's new chief.

Kass has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience and served in the U.S. Air Force as an electronic warfare specialist before becoming a police officer.

He was honored with a medal of valor while working as a lieutenant for the Menominee Police Department. He has taught firearm skills courses at Chippewa Valley Technical College and emergency first responder courses throughout the state, and is active in community associations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Safe Communities Coalition.

Kass replaces Steven Rinzel, who retired in June 2014 after serving as Brown Deer police chief for almost 20 years.

Kass will start on Aug. 4.

3 arrested after shootout on northbound I-43

July 22, 2014 10:20 p.m. | A freeway shootout Tuesday between the occupants of a minivan and a car caused a crash and a huge backup on northbound I-43 near Brown Deer Road, WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) reported.

Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies arrested three people in connection with the incident, which was reported shortly before 12:30 p.m. and slowed traffic for about five hours, according to the station.

No injuries were reported.

Homestead baseball team stuns Bay, 10-4, to earn state berth

July 21, 2014 8:44 p.m. | "How the heck are we going to state?"

Homestead baseball coach Ernie Millard had his hands on hips and was wearing a smile on his face as broad as the early evening sunshine at Cahill Park in Whitefish Bay on Monday.

His team was patiently going through the awards' line after stunning North Shore Conference champion Bay, 10-4, in the WIAA sectional final and earning the Highlanders (25-7) a surprising state tournament berth, their ninth overall and the first for the team since 2009.

After all, even though Millard was smiling when he asked the rhetorical question, it was very serious in its intent. Homestead had graduated its top five pitchers, including NOW All-Suburban selection Colten Poellinger and only three full-time starters returned from a good team of a year ago.

He came up with a simple but broad-based answer: This team really, really likes each other.

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