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Conner Meyer, Jr., F, Black Hawk boys basketball
Black Hawk junior forward Conner Meyer scored 27 points on 12-of-19 shooting and added six rebounds, an assist and a steal in the Warriors' 69–46 win over Shullsburg Saturday and had 24 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in a 53–37 win over Albany the night before. Meyer is this week’s Mast Water SWnews4U.com Technology Athlete of the Week.
Meyer got off to a hot start Saturday, connecting on his first six shots from the field on his way to a game-high 27 points. Black Hawk’s win ended Shullsburg’s (5–6) four-game winning streak. Saturday at Albany Myers, strong play in the paint helped the Warriors overcome a 1 for 16 shooting night from 3-point land. Meyer is now 18 points away from reaching his 1,000th career points and has a chance to reach the milestone in a non-conference game against winless Belmont (0–10) tonight at 7:30 p.m.
The Warriors have won four consecutive games to improve to 6-3 on the season.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Bailey Butler, Fr., G, Black Hawk girls basketball
Butler led the top-ranked and unbeaten Lady Warriors (13–0) with 15 points, five rebounds, five steals and two assists in their 57–29 victory over Shullsburg on Saturday. She also tallied 17 points, five assists, three steals and three rebounds in Black Hawk's 62–23 win over Albany last week.
Cole Crubel, So., G, River Ridge boys basketball
Crubel scroed at the buzzer on an inbound play to lift River Ridge to a 56–54 victory at Belmont last Friday night. Crubel finished with a team-high 17 points as the Timberwolves (6–4) improved to 3–1 in the Six Rivers West. Crubel also hit four 3-pointers scored a team-high 20 points in last Tuesday's 51–48 non-conference victory at Boscobel.
Hannah Jones, Sr., G, Dodgeville girls basketball
The Division II Sioux Falls recruit scored a season-high 34 points and had nine rebounds, five assists and five steals in Dodgeville’s 82–63 Southwest Wisconsin Conference victory over number one ranked Platteville last Friday. Jones made 7 of 13 shots and 14 of 17 free throws to lead the Dodgers (10–2, 4–0 SWC) to a key win in a battle of first-place teams. Jones also 28 points and seven boards in last Tuesdya’s 73–57 non-conference win at Wisconsin Heights.
Sophie Langkamp, Sr., F, Potosi girls basketball
Langkamp scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds in Potosi’s 80–55 victory at Wauzeka–Steuben on Monday night. Langkamp also had 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in a 64–63 win at Benton last Friday. The Chieftains are now 8–1 and 5–0 in the Six Rivers West.
Reid Larson, Jr., G, Potosi girls basketball
Larson scored a game-high 23 points on 10 of 19 shooting and held Darlington leading scorer Carter Lancaster to 12 points in a 61–42 Southwest Wisconsin Activities League victory at Darlington last Friday night. Larson also grabbed four rebounds, three steals and blocked two shots. Larson had 11 points in 65–44 non-conference win at Pecatonica on Monday as the ninth-ranked Eagles improve to 10–1.
Max Schmidt, So., 113, Richland Center wrestling
Schmidt went 3–0 to win the 113-pound title for a second straight year at Saturday’s Kickapoo Lee Griffin Invitational and helped the Hornets win the team title at the nine-team event with 152 points.
Devon Schmitz, Sr., G, Richland Center boys basketball
Schmitz poured in a game-high 27 points to lead Richland Center to a 53–49 victory over Lancaster Friday night, its first in conference play this year. Schmitz scored seven points in a key 14–0 first-half run that spanned 10 minutes and gave the Hornets (5–5, 1–3) an early 16–6 lead.
Trevor Wanek, Sr., 138, Fennimore wrestling
Wanek (21–6) went 6–2 and placed fourth at 138 pounds at last weekend’s loaded 32-team Kaukauna Cheesehead Invitational. The Cheesehead featured more than 20 nationally-ranked wrestlers and six top-50 nationally ranked teams. Wanek won five straight matches before a 5–1 loss to Apple Valley’s (Minn.) Brady Gross (25–6), who is ranked second in his weight class in Minnesota. Waned bounced back with a 1–0 wrestleback win to reach the third-place match where he lost to Aurora Christian’s Zeke Marshall (27–2).