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Devin Wagner, Jr., Lancaster girls track and field
Lancaster senior Devin Wagner turned in a pair of gold medal winning performances at last Thursday’s UW–Platteville High School Indoor Track and Field meet at UW–Platteville. She is this week’s Mast Water Technology Athlete of the Week.
Wagner won the girls; the long jump, beating out 35 other jumpers at the 15-team meet with a leap of 15’11”, and took first the triple jump, topping all other 16 competitors with a winning jump of 32’9.5”. Wagner also placed fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 29.41 seconds and qualified for the finals in the 55-meter-dash with the third best time in the preliminaries at 8.05 seconds. She did not run in the finals and placed eighth in the event.
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Preston Banfield, Jackson Hemming and Nick Andrae, Darlington baseball
The Redbird trio combined to throw a combined no-hitter in an 8–3 non-conference win over Black Hawk in Darlington’s season opener at Otto Ruf Field on Tuesday. The trio combined to allow three runs after walking eight batters and hitting four others. They combined for 14 strikeouts, led by Hemming with six punch outs. Banfield and Andrae each had four Ks.
Brooklyn Connelly, Jr., Lancaster softball
Connelly homered and drove in a team-high four runs in a 16–4 non-conference victory at Iowa–Grant last Tuesday afternoon. Teammates Madison Straka and Lindsey Wolf also homered in the Flying Arrow victory.
Elsie de Haan, Jr. and Jacob Wedig, Sr., Belmont track and field
De Haan and Wedig led the way for the Braves, sweeping the shot put at last Thursday’s UW–Platteville High School Indoor Invitational. De Haan won the girls’ shot put with a top throw of 29’3.5”, while Wedig, a 2017 state qualifier in the event, won the boys’ shot put with a winning toss of 49’7.5”.
Becca Hoyer, So., Platteville girls track and field
Hoyer anchored Platteville’s winning 4x100 relay, finished second in the 400 with a time of 1:05.03 and third in the long jump with a leap of 14’1”.
Reid Larson, Jr., Fennimore boys track and field
Larson had a strong showing in his return to the Fennimore track team after a year away, placing second in both the 55-meter hurdles (8.80) and the high jump (5’10”) at last Tuesday’s Pioneer High School Indoor Invitational last Tuesday at UW–Platteville. He also finished sixth in the 200 in 26.06 seconds.
Hunter Liddell, Sr., Lancaster boys track and field
Liddell placed second in the 200 meters (24.96) and the high jump (5’6”), and was a member of the winning 4x400 relay team (3:50.35) at last Thursday’s UW-Platteville High School Indoor track and field meet.
Brynlee Nelson, Fr., Fennimore girls track and field
Nelson was sensational in her high school debut at last Tuesday’s Pioneer High School Indoor Invitational at UW–Platteville on Thursday. She won the 400 in 1:03.43, finished second in the triple jump (33’5¾”) and teamed with Lauryn Bunn, Gracie Mercer and Brooklan Schoepp to finish third in the 4x800 relay.
Sadie Willborn, Jr., P, Belmont softball
Willborn, the 2017 Six Rivers West Pitcher of the Year, opened the season with a dominating 10-stirkout, four-hit shutout performance to lead the Braves (1–0) to a 4–0 non-conference victory over visiting Cuba City Tuesday afternoon.