EDITOR'S NOTE: The Swnews4u.com Athlete of the Week is a web-only feature that will publish eachThursday throughout the calendar year.
Brianna Leahy, so., Shullsburg girl basketball
The 6-foot-1 center posted the first triple-double in school history with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks in Shullsburg’s 55-50 non-conference victory over SWC-leading Platteville (10-4) Tuesday night. Leahy, the Mast Water Technology Swnews4u.com Athlete of the Week, also posted a double-double against Belmont and scored a game-high 21 points versus Cassville in a pair of Six River West victories last week.
Leahy’s made 7 of 13 shots and all four of her free throw attempts in the Miners’ five-point win over Platteville on Tuesday and also recorded four assists and four steals in her magnificent triple-double performance. Last Friday she finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and four assists in a 54-40 win at Belmont. On Tuesday, Jan. 12 she had 21 points and nine rebounds in a 71-36 blowout win over Cassville.
The Miners have won four straight games after since a 46-36 loss at River Ridge on Jan. 7. Shullsburg is currently 13-1 overall, 5-1 in the Six Rivers West and is ranked seventh in Division 5 in the latest wissports.net poll.
“This team is excited about being in first-place at the halfway point, but we are not satisfied,” said Shullsburg head coach Nathan Russell. “We all understand that championships are given for the full year, not at the half. That being said, I’m very proud of this group as we look forward to completing a major goal for our year.”
Leahy, Russell and the Miners will host Highland in a Six Rivers West game on Tuesday, Jan. 26 before traveling to Potosi for a key league game on Thursday, Jan. 28.
Sydney Staver, sr., Mineral Point girls basketball
The senior point guard scored a game-high 21 points to lead the sixth-ranked Pointers to a 55-43 victory over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Cuba City (12-1, 6-1 SWAL). The Pointers’ (10-2, 7-0 SWAL) victory snapped Cuba City’s 61-game winning streak that dated back to December 2013 and the Cubans’ 54-game SWAL winning streak that dated back to a 48-41 loss to Fennimore on Jan. 19, 2012 .
Colton Reynolds, sr., Cassville boys basketball
The senior point guard scored 10 of his game-high 24 points in the final four minutes to lead Cassville to 56-50 upset of Six Rivers West-leading Shullsburg (10-2, 5-1) last Thursday night. Reynolds made 8 of 10 from the free throw line in the closing minutes to preserve the victory and also had a team-high seven rebounds and three assists for the Comets (6-7, 3-3).
Luke Fugate, jr., Belmont/Platteville wrestling
The Platteville junior won all five of his matches to win the 160-pound title at Saturday’s eight-team Belmont/Platteville Scramble. Fugate (5-1) returned to the Braves’ lineup just two nights earlier in a 7-5 loss to Richland Center’s Caleb Coleman in an SWC dual match.
Brooke Peterson, sr., Richland Center girls basketball
The senior center scored a game-high 24 points, made all 14 of her free throw attempts and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Hornets (8-6, 4-1 SWC) to an 80-64 victory at Platteville (10-4, 4-1). With the win, Peterson and the Hornets moved into a first-place tie with the Hillmen.
Isaac Anderson, Iowa-Grant boys basketball
Anderson’s two-hand dunk late in the second half sparked an 18-4 Iowa-Grant run that lifted the Panthers to a 49-44 come-from-behind victory over Darlington last Thursday night. Anderson finished with a game-high 27 points as I-G (13-1, 7-0 SWAL) moved two-full games ahead of the second-place Redbirds (10-3, 5-2). Tuesday night, Anderson scored a game-high 30 points in a 64-46 SWAL victory over Mineral Point. The senior forward is leading the SWAL in scoring at 23.4 points per game.
Max Stockwell, sr., Hillsboro basketball
Stockwell scored a game-high 32 points and made 10 of 11 free throws to lead second-ranked Hillsboro to a 74-64 victory over third-ranked Bangor in a battle of Scenic Bluffs Conference heavyweights. Stockwell’s Tigers (9-0, 5-0) took sole possession of first place after handing the Cardinals (10-2, 4-1) their first loss of the season.
Hunter Dischler, sr., Ithaca/Weston wrestling
The senior won a fourth-straight title at the Ithaca/Weston Invitational Saturday, by dominating the 138-pound weight class with a bye, two technical falls, a medical forfeit and a second-period pin of Casey Phillips.
Danielle Ernst, so., Boscobel girls basketball
Ernst scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to their first conference victory over the season, a 58-38 victory over Southwestern on Friday night.