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Prep notes: Middleton snowboarders excel in La Crosse; Madison Memorial's Maia Johnson makes college decision for volleyball

Prep notes: Middleton snowboarders excel in La Crosse; Madison Memorial's Maia Johnson makes college decision for volleyball

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The Middleton girls snowboard team earned its fifth consecutive state championship and the Cardinals’ boys snowboard team finished third overall at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Alpine Racing Association’s Wisconsin High School Alpine Ski and Snowboard championships this weekend at Mt. La Crosse in La Crosse, according to a release from Middleton.

Middleton made the most of its shortened season.

The Middleton girls started strong in the boardercross event, which includes banks, turns and rolling jumps. Middleton earned first as a team in that event and placed all six girls in the top 14 spots in the slalom.

Senior Ella D’Orazio, a team captain, helped lead the team to victory with a strong individual performance, claiming second place overall in the individual honors.

The Middleton boys had consistent showings and finished strong in the slalom.

The combined point total left Middleton third as a team.

Senior Dylan Veit, a team captain, earned first place individual honors and was the only competitor to finish in the top three in all the disciplines in snowboarding, according to the release.

Madison Memorial’s Maia Johnson commits for women’s volleyball

Madison Memorial senior Maia Johnson has committed to North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and plans to compete in women’s volleyball, according to announcements on Twitter from North Central College and Madison Memorial girls volleyball.

The 6-foot-1 Johnson can play outside hitter and middle blocker. Johnson was a second-team all-conference girls volleyball selection as an outside hitter in the Big Eight Conference in 2019. She was an honorable-mention choice on the Wisconsin State Journal’s All-Area girls volleyball team in 2019.

Madison Memorial didn’t play girls volleyball in the fall of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.

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