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Cade Rohrbach, Jr., Platteville golf
Platteville junior Cade Rohrbach ade the Platteville golf team continued its domination of the 2018 season Saturday at the Viroqua Invitational. Rohrbach, who is currently leading the individual Southwest Wisconsin Conference standings, fired an 18-hole season-low 3-over-par 75 to win medalist honors at Viroqua Hills and lead Platteville to the team title at the 14-team tournament. He is this week’s Mast Water Technology SWNews4U.com Athlete of the Week.
“Cade has established himself as our 1-man and a contender for Player of the Year in the conference,” said Platteville head coach John Sponsler.
Rohrbach shot a 40 to help the Hillmen win their fourth straight SWC regular season meet last Friday at the Prairie du Chien Country Club. Tuesday afternoon, he shot a 1-over-par 37 on his own course to lead the first-place Hillmen to another SWC victory at the Platteville Golf and Country Club.
With Tuesday’s individual victory, Rohrbach moved into first-place in the individual conference standings with 142 points, just ahead of teammate Ethan Suits (138.5) and Prairie du Chien’s Sam Peterson (134.5).
Rohrbach and the Hillmen have a busy final week of the regular season. They will finish the SWC regular season today at Richland Center’s Quail Run, and weather permitting will compete in the Reedsburg Invitational on Friday before taking part in the Southwest Cup match play tournament Saturday at Dodge–Point Country Club.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Carter Christianson, So., P/IF, Iowa–Grant baseball
Christianson struck out three and allowed just two unearned runs in a complete-game victory over host Southwestern last Tuesday afternoon to help Iowa–Grant (3–8, 3–4 SWAL) snap a four-game losing streak. Christians also helped his own cause with an RBI sac fly in the Panthers’ four-run second inning.
Sierra Hooper, So., F, Platteville/Lancaster girls soccer
Platteville junior Sierra Hooper scored a career-high five goals to lead the Hillmen to a dominating 10–0 victory over visiting Richland Center last Thursday afternoon. She also scored a pair of goals in Tuesday’s 7–0 SWC victory over Prairie du Chien as the Platteville/Lancaster co-op improved to 6–3 overall and 6–0 in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference.
Trey Hunt, P/SS, Fennimore baseball
Hunt tossed a three-hit shutout, striking out nine and also had an RBI single and a pair of steals to lead third-ranked Fennimore (12–2, 8–0 SWAL) to a key 3–0 victory at third-place Southwestern Tuesday afternoon. Hunt also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Monday’s 5–2 non-conference win at Wisconsin Heights, a team Fennimore could see down the road in the playoffs.
Nathan Mowry, P, Shullsburg/Benton baseball
Mowry hurled a two-hit shutout to lead the first-place Shullsburg/Benton baseball team (14–1, 10–0 SRC) to a 10–0 five-inning victory over visiting River Ridge Tuesday afternoon. He had a pair of hits in Friday’s 11–9 non-conference victory over Warren (Ill.) and struck out eight in six innings to earn the win in a 10–3 victory at second-place Belmont last Tuesday.
Grace Pustina, P, Highland softball
Pustina worked out of a jam in the top of the 10th inning, then delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th to drive in the winning run to lift the Cardinals (11–4, 7–2 Six Rivers West) to a 6–5 conference victory over visiting Belmont Monday afternoon. Pustina also picked up the win allowing five runs son 11 hits while striking out 10 Braves in the 10-inning complete game victory. Highland pulled within a half-game of the first-place Braves (14–3, 7–1) wit the win.
Hannah Riley, P, Lancaster softball
Riley hurled a three-hit shutout to lead Lancaster to a 4–0 victory over visiting Richland Center Monday afternoon in the resumption of last Thursday's suspended game, then battled to earn a 14–9 win over the Hornets in game two. The next day Riley struck out five in a complete-game 4–3 victory at second-place Platteville Tuesday afternoon. On Saturday, the Lancaster pitcher, struck out 10 and allowed just three hits in an 8–2 win over Viroqua and had a double in the Arrows' 11–2 win over River Ridge. Riley and the Flying Arrows improved to 9–8 overall and 4–4 in the Southwest Wisconisn Conference after winning six of their past seven games.