This weekend the Wisconsin Women’s Tennis Team was matched up with the University of Iowa and finally stole a “w.” The team was hoping for a victory to finish out this season after suffering through a seven-match losing streak.Pulling off this win allowed the Badgers to finish the season on a high note. This win came at a 4–1 margin over Iowa, who are 2–9 in the Big Ten and 10–14 overall. The Badger’s record for the season is 3–8 in the Big Ten and 9–14 overall.Wisconsin was off to a good start by winning the doubles point, which is one of the two victories necessary for forming an upset. Wisconsin’s No. 1 doubles pair, junior Sara Castellano and freshman Lexi Keberle defeated the No. 63 duo in the nation 6–3, gaining Wisconsin’s first point in the match.Softball: Badgers finish off Boilermakers at home Sunday to win seriesThe University of Wisconsin Softball Team (22–17, 6–6 Big Ten) played host to Purdue (13–34, 4–10 Big Ten) in a Read…The No. 2 doubles slot, consisting of sophomore Melissa Pick and freshman MaryAnn Rompf, also snatched a victory, by defeating their opponents 6–2.In the singles competition, Iowa was able to even up the match 1–1, defeating freshman MaryAnn Rompf 6–1, 6–4. However, the Badgers luckily bounced back thanks to the victories of Castellano, Pick and sophomore Michelle Linden, which ultimately resulted in the Badgers gaining back four points.Pick secured the first victory, defeating Iowa’s Adorabol Huckleby 6–0, 6–2. Michelle Linden immediately followed with another victory winning in straight sets. She quickly defeated her opponent sophomore Adrienne Jensen 6–3, 6–1. To close out the season, Castellano pulled out a victory 7–6, 6–1 against Iowa’s Zoe Douglas.Reflecting on this season overall, it is clear that the Badgers most definitely have some work to do in order to be more successful next year.
By John BurtonFREEHOLD — State Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Reisner had stern words for Toni Marletta, as Marletta faced sentencing for a 2015 hit-and-run collision that left a girl dead.“You cannot leave someone on the side of the road to die. And that’s what happened here,” Reisner told an emotionally shaken Marletta when she appeared before him in court last Friday to hear her fate.As expected, on Dec. 2 Reisner sentenced Marletta to seven years in state prison for her guilty plea for knowingly leaving the scene of an accident in a fatality in the second degree; and an additional four years for the third-degree count of endangering the welfare of a minor. Reisner also sentenced Marletta to a six-month prison term for failure to have auto insurance and a one-year loss of her driving license. All the penalties stem from Marletta causing the death of Marissa Procopio, a 15-year-old Atlantic Highlands resident.Marletta will serve all the terms concurrently.Marletta had pleaded guilty before Reisner in September.Reisner said that under state statute anyone convicted of killing someone in an auto collision and then leaving the scene must receive a prison sentence. And as far as the judge was concerned, “The legislators got this exactly right.”“You must go to jail,” Reisner told Marletta.Marletta offered a sobbing, voice-quivering allocution expressing remorse aimed at the court and for Danielle Procopio-Adams, mother of Marissa, the victim. She also told how “I will never be able to come back,” from this and recognized Procopio-Adams’ grief, as Marletta is also the mother of a teenage daughter.Procopio-Adams, overcome by tears, left the table in the front of the court as Marletta was speaking.The victim’s father, Michael Quan, became distraught, rushing out of the courtroom and leaving prosecutor Meghan Doyle to read his letter, expressing Quan’s loss and telling how his daughter “put so many smiles on everyone’s face,” with her personality. “We will never get to know what a wonderful person she would have become,” Quan’s letter continued.“Every day I miss her,” Quan said through his letter.Marletta, now 50, who lives in Middletown’s Leonardo section, was charged with striking Procopio with her car as the youth crossed at a traffic-lighted intersection of state Highway 36 and Avenue D in Leonardo, at approximately 8:24 p.m. on July 7, 2015.Marletta fled the scene but an investigation led police to Marletta’s vehicle later that evening.Procopio was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Trauma Center, where she died the next day from her injuries.Marletta’s attorney, Peter O’Mara, had said previously that Marletta had her 16-year-old daughter and two of her daughter’s 16-year-old girl friends in the car at the time. They were on their way back from an area supermarket, where they were picking up snacks for the girls’ planned sleepover. According to O’Mara, Marletta had panicked and fled the scene because she had recently let her car insurance expire; she had contacted police when she had sufficiently calmed down, O’Mara said.O’Mara told the judge his client had no criminal record and a clean driving record. “She had no prior record whatsoever.” Marletta is divorced and was raising a teenage daughter as a single mother, trying to earn a living, and cared for her grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, the lawyer added.Marletta’s daughter, O’Mara told the court, “has been living in purgatory,” subject to being victimized on social media platforms and in school.“This was not premediated. This was not something she planned,” O’Mara argued on Marletta’s behalf, believing his client has “expressed special regret.”“She is going to jail and her life will never be the same,” O’Mara offered. “No one in this courtroom will ever be the same.”Doyle offered a differing view of the defendant. The prosecutor referred to the pre-sentencing report, which presented Marletta as indifferent to anyone other than herself. In the report, “This defendant talks about how it affects her,” Doyle pointed out, believing, “She didn’t care about her daughter or about her daughter’s friends… And she didn’t care about the victim.”Doyle alleged Marletta didn’t call police until she was confronted by the parents of her daughter’s friends, who the girls called when they got back to Marletta’s home. And that Marletta needed alcohol before being able to contact authorities, Doyle said.“The state does believe the sentence is appropriate,” Doyle concluded.Reisner referenced the police investigation and analysis which indicated it was still daylight and Marletta would have had a clear view of the intersection. The report showed no evidence that Marletta had swerved or braked in any attempt to miss the victim, Reisner noted.Reisner acknowledged, “In short, this is an unbelievable tragedy that affects so many lives.” And with that he brought down his gavel and Marletta was led away in handcuffs by sheriff’s officers.The proceeding offered an emotionally drained Procopio-Adams some comfort and closure. “To watch her (Marletta) get taken out in handcuffs,” she said after the court hearing, “that made me feel better.” But that may only be for the moment, she added. “A month from now,” how she will feel? “Who knows?” Procopio-Adams said.Procopio-Adams said she has begun pursuing a civil lawsuit against Marletta.
Mount Sentinel played the entire season without any seniors on the team.However, Moreira saw three quasi-seniors — Malin Chernoff, Madia Rehwald, and Kyra Makortoff — provide the leadership and stability that Cats required for success.The Wildcats, ranked fourth overall for most of the season in the “A” Girls Provincial Vollleyball poll, now travel to Duncan for the Kootenay High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships November 28-30.Last year, the Wildcats won the bronze medal. · We now advance to the provincials in Duncan as the #4 seed. On the basis of the season play there seems to be a gap between the top 3 teams and next 3 or 4. We are clearly intent on closing the gap We had a “smooth” weekend. We played confidently without feeling the anxiousness that sometimes accompanies the team with the most to lose…….we were the number 1 seed and went in with a #4 provincial ranking · Without any grade 12’s on the team we weren’t totally sure how we would respond, but the 3 quasi-seniors (Malin Chernoff, Madia Rehwald, and Kyra Makortoff) provided the leadership and stability that we required · In the final against the home team, Fernie, also undefeated, we played our best match of the weekend. The score was a good indicator of how the match unfolded — 25-8, 25-16, 25-18. In the end, the Mount Sentinel Wildcats proved to be too much for the rest of the Kootenay zone.The South Slocan squad captured the Kootenay High School A Girl’s Volleyball title Satuday in Fernie, dumping the host school 3-0 in the best-of-five final.Mount Sentinel won by scores of 25-8, 25-16, 25-18.”We had a “smooth” weekend,” said head coach Joe Moreira.”We played confidently without feeling the anxiousness that sometimes accompanies the team with the most to lose. . .. We were the number 1 seed and went in with a #4 provincial ranking.”