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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Black Hawk Offensive Line
Front line paves the way for Warriors' state championship upset of #1 Edgar
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Black Hawk's offensive line helped the Warriors rush for an impressive 259 yards on 58 carries and possess the ball for nearly 36 minutes in last Thursday's 2215 victory over top-ranked Edgar in the Division 7 state championship game.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Athlete of the Week is a web-only feature that will publish each Thursday throughout the calendar year.

Black Hawk football offensive line — Hunter Bredeson, Avery Baumgartner, Jayden Stietz, Gunner Flecking, Nick Hull, Nick Whitcomb, Rece Shelton and Cayden Milz.

     MADISON — Black Hawk's offensive line played a key role in the #2-ranked Warriors’ 22–15 victory over the top-ranked Edgar Wildcats in last Thursday’s 2018 WIAA Division 7 State Championship Football Game. 

      The Warriors ran 64 plays to Edgar’s 34 plays, possessed the ball three times longer, and out-gained the Wildcats 288 to 164 on the day, including an impressive 259 rushing total on 58 carries. Manning the line for the Warriors were senior center Hunter Bredeson, junior guard Avery Baumgartner and senior guard Jayden Stietz, junior tackles Gunner Foecking, Nick Hull and Nick Whitcomb and senior tight end Rece Shelton and junior tight end Cayden Milz.

     Black Hawk finished the season a perfect 13–0 after going 7–0 in the Six Rivers Conference to win a second straight league title.  


HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):

Colby Argall, Sr., RB/DB, Black Hawk football

     Argall had 109 rushing yards, a touchdown and a 2-pt conversion to go along with four tackles in Black Hawk’s 22–15 victory over top-ranked and undefeated Edgar in last Thursday’s WIAA Division 7 state championship game at Camp Randall Stadium.

Mitchell Quinn, Sr., RB/LB, Black Hawk football

     Quinn had 75 yards rushing on nine carries, including a first-quarter touchdown and 2-point run that were the first points allowed by Edgar in the first quarter all season. He also had four tackles on defense in Black Hawk’s 22–15 WIAA Division 7 state championship victory over the top-ranked Wildcats. 


Shay Soppe, Sr., G, Benton girls baskeball

     Soppe scored 19 of her game-high 23 points in the first half of Benton’s dominating 80–27 victory over visiting Royall last Friday night. Classmate Maggie Dougherty added 22 points for the victorious Zephyrs.


Devin Wagner, Sr., G, Lancaster girls basketball

     Wagner posted a near triple-double of 19 points, a team-high nine rebounds, eight steals and five assists in the Flying Arrows’ 49–34 victory over Southwestern last Tuesday night. Wagner also had seven points, six assists and four steals in Lancaster’s 62–40 victory at Iowa–Grant last Thursday night.