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Abby Kaiser, Sr., G, Potosi girls basketball
Kaiser averaged 25.5 points, 13 rebounds, 8.5 assists and three steals in a pair of Six Rivers West victories over Benton and Highland in the past week to help the Chieftains recapture a share of first place in the conference standings. Kaiser is this week’s choice for the Mast Water Technology SWnews4U.com Athlete of the Week.
Kaiser flirted with a triple–double finishing with a game-high 27 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the Chieftains’ 82–40 domination of visiting Benton last Thursday night, then posted a triple–double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Potosi to a 62–36 victory at Highland on Tuesday night. Kaiser’s exploits, coupled with a River Ridge victory over Shullsburg last Thursday night enabled Potosi (14–4, 9–2 SRW) to regain a share of first place in the Six Rivers West.
“I thought everyone played well against Benton, obviously Abby had 27, but we had four girls in double figures,” said Potosi head coach Brad Bierman. “I thought everybody played well and we put up a really good team effort.”
Kasier and the Chieftains can clinch a share of the Six Rivers West title with a victory at last place Cassville (2–16, 0–10 SRW) on Thursday, Feb. 15. Potosi will host De Soto on Monday and will close out the regular season Saturday, Feb. 17 at home against Argyle.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Colin Austin, Jr., G, Belmont boys basketball
Austin scored a game-high 17 points, including nine of his team’s 13 second-half points as the Braves hung on for a 37–36 Six Rivers West victory over visiting Highland last Tuesday night to snap Belmont’s 37-game losing streak that dated back to 2016. Austin also scored a team-high 12 points in Belmont’s 50–45 Six Rivers Challenge loss to Argyle last Friday and 10 points in the Brave’s 72–55 loss to Iowa–Grant Tuesday night.
Riley Blair, Sr., 145, Fennimore wrestling
Blair (19–2) went 4–0 to the 145-pound title to lead Fennimore to a fourth straight team title at Saturday’s SWC/SWAL Clash conference tournament. Blair had a bye, and two pins and a 12–6 victory over Mineral Point’s Logan Schmitz in the finals to claim the Eagles only individual title. Fennimore did send four wrestlers to the finals and had eight place in the top four to rack up 249 teams points to beat out Lancaster (214) and Prairie du Chien (212).
Remington Bontreger, Fr., 106, Lancaster wrestling
Bontreger (33–4) won the 106-pound title and scored a team-high 31 points to lead Lancaster to a second-place team finish at Saturday’s SWC/SWAL Clash conference tournament. Bontreger had a first-round bye, followed by pins in his quarterfinal and semifinal matches, then scored a 15–5 major decision over Fennimore freshman Brody Lee in the finals.
Max Maylor, Sr., 160, Iowa–Grant/Highland wrestling
Maylor dominated the competition and finished 4–0 to win the 160-pound title at last Saturday’s SWC/SWAL Clash conference tournament. It was Maylor’s third Clash title. The top-ranked 160-pounder in Division 3 improved to 36–1 on the season with a bye, a pair of pins and a 22–10 major decision over Prairie du Chien’s Nick Rogge in the finals.
Brady Olson, So., G, Cuba City boys basketball
Olson had a game-high 26 points, five assists and four steals to lead the Cubans (10–6, 6–3) to a dominating 74–49 victory over seventh-ranked Fennimore (14–3, 7–3) last Friday night. Olson also had a game-high 22 points in Cuba City’s 71–65 loss at Darlington last Tuesday night.
Dylan Rieken, Jr., G/F, Southwestern boys basketball
Rieken had a team-high 19 points, three assists and three steals to lead Southwestern (10–7, 6–3) to a 62–34 win at Iowa–Grant last Friday night. He also had 17 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and three assists in a 57–37 win over Riverdale last Tuesday night. Rieken closed out the week with nine points in a 53–44 loss at East Dubuque on Saturday.
Devon Schmitz, Sr., G, Richland Center boys basketball
Schmitz scored a game-high 36 points to lead the surging Hornets (9–8, 4–4 SWC) to a 81–70 victory over second-place River Valley last Friday night. The win moved Richland Center, which started 0–3 in conference play, into a three-way tie for third place with Prairie du Chien and Dodgeville. Schmitz now has 1,538 career points, just 65 shy of Brian Puls school record of 1,603 set in 1993–97.
Kolbe Ubersox, Jr., Darlington/Black Hawk wrestling
Ubersox (31-2, ranked #2 in Division 3) won his first career Clash title with a pretty dominating effort in the 132-pound class. He posted a 16-1 techincal fall decision over Mineral Point’s Caden Carey (26-8, #3 in D3) in the championship match.
Skylar White, So., River Ridge girls basketball
White finished with a near triple–double of 17 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and four assists to lead third-place River Ridge to a 48–45 victory over first-place Shullsburg (15–5, 8–2) last Thursday night. The Timberwolves improved to 15–4 overall and 6–3 in the Six Rivers West.