Madison Commons Media Digest, August 29, 2021

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What do we know about MMSD's return to school? Scott Girard, Capital Times, August 27. COVID-19

Wisconsin Supreme Court refuses to take up challenge to Dane County mask mandate, Lucas Robinson, Wisconsin State Journal, August 28. State offers $100 incentive to get first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Labor Day, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, August 26. UW-Madison plan to house COVID-positive students in university apartments alarms residents, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, August 24.

Madison Commons Media Digest, August 22, 2021

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State DHS: Unvaccinated individuals almost 4 times as likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, Mitchell Schmidt, Wisconsin State Journal, August 20. Gov. Tony Evers expresses support for mandatory teacher vaccinations, Capital Newspapers, August 19. Conservative legal group as state Supreme Court to strike down Dane County mask mandate, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, August 19. UW-Madison: All unvaccinated students required to test weekly, Logan Wroge, WSJ, August 19; Overture Center to require vaccines, performers must be masked, too, Lindsay Christians, Capital Times, August 19; Major venues in Madison requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, Emily Hamer, WSJ, August 17. Dane County announces indoor mask mandate starting Thursday, Abigail Becker, CT, August 17.

FMFC surrender another late lead in draw to North Texas SC

It was a tale that’s become all too familiar for Forward Madison FC. For the second time in as many matches, the Flamingos blew a late lead in the final minutes, this time for a 1-1 draw against North Texas SC Saturday night at Breese Stevens Field. “I think the call was poor anyway. We won the ball fair and square,” FMFC head coach Carl Craig said of a decisive foul called on Flamingos forward Ryan Sierakowski’s tackle attempt. The newly acquired Sierakowski said the call was tough but that the Flamingos shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place.

Flamingos squander late lead, draw against Toronto

Forward Madison FC’s late second half collapse forced a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC II Wednesday night at Breese Stevens Field. “Probably the toughest...draw of the year...just stupid,” Flamingos head coach Carl Craig said after his team lost a chance to pull the team back into USL1 playoff contention. Toronto FC II defender Kobe Franklin’s right foot powered the ball from the middle of the box into the bottom left corner of the goal to knot it up at 2-2 in the 86th minute. Flamingos midfielder Aaron Molloy said a combination of factors played into that late goal and that the team is ready to hone in  on that mistake.  

“Probably fatigue, probably a little bit of...miscommunication,” Molloy said. “We’ll watch it as a team and analyze it and...correct it for next game so it doesn’t happen again.”

 That late goal erased the Flamingos’ early second-half lead.

Mallards shut out Fond du Lac for 1-0 series lead

A trio of clutch performances from left fielder J.T. Benson, shortstop Charlie Szykowny and starting pitcher Eliot Turnquist fueled a commanding 5-0 victory Sunday afternoon at Warner Park, giving the Madison Mallards a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Great Lakes West Divisional Series against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.

Benson said the win just further displayed their group-first identity.

“We’re the same team we have been,” Benson said. “We’re just gonna go out there and play for each other.”

Madison Commons Media Digest, August 15, 2021

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Dane County accounts for more than a third of state's net population growth since 2010, Riley Vetterkind, Wisconsin State Journal, August 14. COVID-19

As COVID-19 delta variant surge continues, Wisconsin fears crowded hospitals again, Dave Wahlberg, WSJ, August 13; Delta variant drives COVID-19 cases across Wisconsin, Abigail Becker and Jesse Opoien, Capital Times, August 12. Moderna COVID-19 vaccine study for children under 12 starting at UW-Health, Dave Wahlberg, WSJ, August 13. Monona Grove School District to require masks for all in the fall, Elizabeth Beyer, WSJ, August 9. Madison and Dane County

Local redistricting efforts to gear up with release of 2020 Census local data, Abigail Becker, CT, August 11.

Mallards clinch playoff berth with win over Fond du Lac

The Madison Mallards rode their first baseman Tyler Dean’s four RBIs for an 11-5 victory Saturday night at Warner Park that launched them into the Northwoods League playoffs.

Dean credited the Mallards’ toughness as being the source for the unit’s run into the playoffs.

“This team has a grit to it,” Dean said. “We’re just going to fight to the end.”

Commanding win leaves Mallards on verge of playoffs

Win and you’re in.

That’s the story for the Madison Mallards after their shortstop Charlie Szykowny delivered an electrifying performance in a 11-1 squashing of the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Friday night at Warner Park that put the team one more victory away from qualifying for the Northwoods League playoffs.

Mallards center fielder Cam Cratic said the chance of getting to play for the playoffs is great after the team’s early season struggles.

“It feels good, man. We started off a little shaky and caught fire,” Cratic said. 

Mallards beat Booyah, stay in playoff hunt

The Madison Mallards kept a steady pace in the playoff hunt with powerful bats and razor-sharp pitching in a 9-1 triumph and series sweep over the Green Bay Booyah Tuesday night at a drenched Warner Park. 

Madison started and finished the day two games behind the Wisconsin Woodchucks. In order to make the Northwoods League playoffs, the Mallards must surpass the Great Lakes West division-leading Woodchucks in their last four games.

Doubleheader sweep keeps Mallards’ playoff hopes alive

The Madison Mallards Northwoods League playoff chances got a boost after an explosive 10-5 victory and a resilient 4-3 walk-off over the Green Bay Booyah Monday at Warner Park.

“We got a great shot,” Mallards left fielder J.T. Benson said. “We’re going all the way, rolling with it.”