Bay girls knock Shorewood from unbeaten ranks, 50-38

Dec. 27, 2013 10:36 p.m. | It was a learning experience for both sides Friday night when the host Whitefish Bay girls basketball team used a 22-7 start to help knock area rival Shorewood from the unbeaten ranks, 50-38, in the Blue Dukes own tourney.

Shorewood coach Jeff Eimers thought his team picked up knowledge about its weaknesses after the Greyhounds (7-1 overall) best start in decades, while the still young Blue Dukes (5-2) learned what it was like to face a zone defense for an entire game as they won their fourth  tilt in a row.

"Sometimes you don't play well and win and you still pick up some good lessons," said Bay coach Dave Markson. "There were positives to take out of this because Shorewood is a well-rounded team."

"We got the game close (in the third period)," said Eimers, "but we knew we would have to play a pretty much perfect game to pull this one out. ...It could have been a blow-out but we came back."

The two squads will get to test their theories on Saturday when they come back to Bay, as Shorewood plays Nicolet at 2:15 p.m. and Bay takes on Greendale at 4 p.m.

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Century-old Mequon barn burns in Christmas Day fire

Dec. 26, 2013 1:03 p.m. | A 100-year-old barn in Mequon burned to the ground Christmas Day.

About a dozen fire departments responded to the blaze that broke out around 6 a.m. Dec. 25 at 11805 N. Farmdale Road. No one was injured in the fire. The structure is a complete loss, according to Mequon Fire Department Chief David Bialk.

There were about 20 cows inside the barn, though they were brought out safely by residents before crews arrived.

Because of the age of the wood, the structure burned quickly. However, firefighters did remain on-scene for seven hours, putting out hay bails that continued to smolder well into Christmas Day. Crews returned Wednesday evening and again Thursday morning to ensure any hot spots were contained.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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Bartolotta restaurant gift cards worth $375 are up for grabs in MyCommunityNOW's Suburban Selfies contest!

Dec. 26, 2013 12:58 p.m. |  

How well do you know the suburbs?

Do you like a good riddle?

How does a $200 splurge at the Bartolotta Restaurant of your choice sound?

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Brown Deer police seeking armed robbers

Dec. 24, 2013 9:16 a.m. | Brown Deer — Police are on the lookout for a pair of armed robbers who held up the BP gas station at 51st Street and Brown Deer Road on Friday evening.

According to a police department news release:

The two suspects entered the gas station around 9:15 p.m. Friday. One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the gas station employees and they both demanded money.

The pair ran away from the gas station with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was injured in the robbery.

Both suspects wore black hooded sweatshirts, black pants, masks and gray latex gloves.

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Christmas tree causes fire at Milwaukee Country Club

Dec. 23, 2013 12:39 p.m. | River Hills — The Milwaukee Country Club is closed for the time being after a Christmas tree caught fire Sunday morning.

According to an NSFD news release, a country club staff member noticed the flaming tree and called in the fire. Arriving firefighters did not see smoke or fire from outside the club but found heavy smoke inside.

The country club's sprinkler system had put out the tree and contained the fire before NSFD's arrival, investigators found.

No one was injured during the fire. The origin of the fire was determined to be a Christmas tree in one of the first-floor dining rooms of the country club.

There was fire damage, as well as heavy smoke and water damage from the sprinklers to the dining room. The total cost of the damage is not yet determined.

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