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Franklin girls third, Oak Creek fourth at Mukwonago track meet

April 18, 2014 10:40 p.m. | The outdoor season got off to a competitive if cool weather-wise start for the Franklin and Oak Creek girls track teams as the Sabers took third and the Knights fourth in the 10-school Mukwonago "M" Club Relays on April 16.

Franklin scored 79 points for its spot and Oak Creek 72-1/2 as host Mukwonago won with 99-1/2.

The Sabers picked up a first from the triple jump trio of Melissa Kirchoff, Breanna Judkins, and Katrina Voge. Kirchoff had the best individual triple jump at 35 feet-five inches, while Judkins was third at 33-9.

In addition, Kirchoff had the best overall 100-meter high hurdle effort of 15.97 seconds in leading the 3x100 meter hurdle trio that included Jamie Mercado and Haley Pyan to a second place finish.

Also earning runner-up slots for the Sabers were the 4x400 relay team (4:18.68), the 1,600 sprint medley relay (4:29.87) and the high jump relay team of Nancy Vo, Voge and Montana Mack.

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Oak Creek boys second, Franklin fifth at Mukwonago track meet

April 18, 2014 10:11 p.m. | The outdoor season got off to a positive start for the Oak Creek and Franklin when the Knights took second and Franklin fifth in the Mukwonago "M" Club Relays on April 16.

The Knights scored 105 points for their spot in the seven-team meet as the host Indians won with 118. The Sabers earned their spot with 52.

Oak Creek picked up firsts from its 4x100-meter relay team (45.89 seconds), the 4x400 relay (3:31.88); the triple jump trio of Macen Leonardi, Matt Hamilton and Nathan Harvey and the discus crew of Robert Campos, Peter Mitchell and Cullen Quinn.

Leonardi had the best triple jump for the Knights with a leap of 39 feet-five inches and Quinn had the best discus throw for Oak Creek with a throw of 130-11.

In addition, the hurdle trio of Donovan Brown, Brian Weinzirl and Dominique Smith was victorious in both the 3x110 high hurdle and the 3x300 intermediate hurdle events.

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Oak Creek Mayor Scaffidi to host 'State of the City' chat via Twitter tonight

April 16, 2014 2:29 p.m. | Mayor Scaffidi will host a "State of the City" chat via Twitter tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. using the hashtag #askthemayor.

Scaffidi will tweet announcements from the city's Twitter account, @CityofOakCreek, and respond to any questions labeled with the hashtag #askthemayor.

Last year's "State of the City" chat took place at the Oak Creek Community Center. Scaffidi said he held a Twitter chat once before and hopes to get the same response tonight, if not better.

"I thought I'd mix it up this year," said Scaffidi.

Sikhs in Washington honor Officer Brian Murphy

April 16, 2014 1:00 p.m. | Oak Creek — Police officer Brian Murphy was awarded a Sewa (service) Award in Washington for being the first officer on the scene during the Aug. 5, 2012, shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

The Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, a Sikh organization based in Washington, presented the award on Sunday, April 13, or Vaisakhi Day.

"It's well deserved," said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards. "The Sikh community has been fantastic to not only (Murphy) but our entire police department. (Murphy) is well-deserved for any award for the actions he took on that day."

Murphy was struck with 12 bullets at the attack, during which six Sikh worshippers were killed and three others were wounded. Murphy is now retired.

"We, as an organization, decided to honor Brian Murphy with a Sewa (service) Award," said Inder Paul Singh, chairman of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, in an article online. "This is given annually to someone recognizing their spirit of sewa and contributions toward the Sikh community. We are highly grateful to him for his sacrifice and exemplary service."

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