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Senior Colten Henkel scored five touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions to set a new school-record of 34 points scored to lead Fennimore to a 48–0 Homecoming victory over Southwestern last Friday night. He also had a 75-yard kick return, two tackles and an interception in the blowout win. Henkel's record-breaking night earned him this week's Mast Water Technology Athlete of the Week.
Henkel caught a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes from junior quarterback in what would be a busy night for the senior. He scored twice more on running plays and added a fumble recovery in the end zone to cap his record-breaking night.
"I always go into a game with a strong mentality to give it my all, but I wouldn't have been able to break any records without my teammates," Henkel told The Fennimore Times. "We all worked hard as a team and that's how we came out with the great outcome over Southwestern."
Southwestern picked up a first down on its first possesion of the game, but turned the ball over on the following play. Fennimore quickly took advantage, as Henkel hauled in a 49-yard touchdown pass from Williams just two minutes into the game. Henkel later caught a 27-yard TD pass from Williams with 1:39 left in the opening quarter, and a two-point conversion catch made it 20–0.
Henkel scored on runs of 12 yards and four yards in the second quarter and added a second two-point conversion catch to extend the Fennimore led to 34–0 at halftime. Four minutes into the fourth quarter Henkel recovered a Southwestern fumble in the end zone.
Henkel finished the game with 90 yards rushing on 12 carries and two receptions for 76 yards. Henkel and the Golden Eagles will host Iowa–Grant Friday night in the 46th annual Milk Can game. The Panthers scored the first 16 points of last year's game and held on for a 31–21 win.
Hunter Matye, Jr., Shullsburg, WR/DB, football
Matye had eight catches for 194 yards and three TDs, added 85 return yards a, and made eight tackles and had two passes defensed in a 43-14 win over River Ridge in Shullsburg's Homecoming Game on Saturday. H also had a punt return for a TD called back. The yardage was second on the school's all-time single game receiving list and his TDs of 33, 50 and 51 yards tied the school record for receiving TDs in a game (shared with four other former Miners).
Bridgett Myers, Sr., River Ridge volleyball
The senior outside hitter/setter posted a monster triple–double of 24 kills, 23 assists, 17 digs and five aces as the Timberwolves (14–1–1 overall, 6–1 Six Rivers West) avenged their only loss of the season and pulled into a first-place tie in the conference with a thrilling five-set victory over visiting Benton last Thursday night, 19–25, 25–15, 18–25 , 25–13, 15-9. The Zephyrs (14–4–1, 6–1) won the first meeting between the schools three weeks earlier on Sept. 1 to open Six Rivers Conference play, but Myers big night last week put River Ridge in position to share this year's SRW title.
Jason Withrow, Sr., Platteville football
The 200-pound senior running back ran around, through and past the Richland Center defense, scoring a career-high five touchdowns to lead the Hillmen (2–4, 1–1 SWC) to a 56–13 rout of the Hornets last Friday night. Withrow finished with 107 yards and three touchdowns rushing on just eight carries, caught a 30-yard touchdown pass and returned a kick off 85 yards for a fifth score.
Brooke Marcue, Sr., Lancaster girls golf
Last Wednesday Marcue shot a 99 to share medalist honors at the Southwest Wisconsin Conference and lead the Flying Arrows to the conference title. Marcue also finished the year with a season-low average of 47.2 strokes per nine holes to win SWC Player of the Year honors.
Teagan Friederick, Sr., Potosi, football
The senior halfback rushed for 208 yards on 23 carries and score and all three Potosi touchdowns in a 20–12 Homecoming victory over Benton/Scales Mound last Friday night. Friederick also recorded nine total tackles for the Chieftains.
Dakota Kaufmann, Sr., Boscobel, cross country
Kauffman continued his exceptional senior season last Saturday at the 78th annual Midwest Invitational in Janesville by finishing seventh overall out of 268 runners in the boys varsity race with a time of 16:03.32. He led the Bulldogs to a 19th place finish out of 42 teams. The Boscobel boys finished third among Division 2 and 3 teams in the field.