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Elizabeth Misky, Sr., G, Cuba City girls basketball
Senior point guard Elizabeth Misky’s basket with 9.7 seconds left remaining to lift Cuba City to a 51–50 non-conference victory at Lancaster Monday night. Misky scored five of her team-high 15 points in the final five minutes to help the surging Cubans (5–2, 4–0 SWAL) erase a nine-point deficit. Misky’s heroics helped the Cubans win their fourth straight game after a 1–2 start to the season.
Last Friday, Misky hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored a season-and-game-high 20 points in a a 63–49 SWAL road victory at Boscobel. Her big night helped Cuba City build a 33–18 halftime lead. Missy also scored seven points in last Tuesday’s 61–44 SWAL victory at Fennimore.
Misky and the rest of coach Jeff Pustina’s Cubans travel to Iowa–Grant tonight in search of their fifth straight win.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Alex Erickson, WR, Cincinatti Bengals, NFL football
Darlington native Erickson helped the Cincinnati Bengals put a five-game losing streak to rest with a 30-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium last Sunday. He had a big day returning kickoffs for the Bengals, averaging 42 yards per return on his four chances, including a key 77-yard return late in the game which set up the Bengals’ game-sealing touchdown.
Erickson finished with nearly 200 all-purpose yards for the game. He had 168 yards on his four kickoff returns, added four yards on one punt return and tallied 23 yards on three receptions. Following a field goal by the Raiders which cut the Bengals’ lead to 23-16 with 5:05 to play, Erickson fielded the Oakland kickoff at his own 2 and raced upfield with the ball until getting knocked out of bounds at the Oakland 21. Two plays later, running back Joe Mixon sprinted in from the 15 to increase the Bengals’ lead to 30-16 with four minutes remaining.
Erickson currently ranks second in the NFL in kickoff returns (33) and kickoff return yardage (885) and has moved into a tie for eighth-place in return average (26.8).
Tristan Gilbertson, Jr., 113, Belmont/Platteville wrestling
Gilbertson (11–4) went 5–0 to win the 113-point title and lead the Braves to a tie for sixth-place at Saturday’s 17-team Richland Center Invitational. Gilbertson won the title with a 10–1 major decision over Tomah’s Cade Griffin.
Kyle Lovelace, Sr., G, Black Hawk boys basketball
Lovelace scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 58–53 Six Rivers East victory over ninth-ranked Pecatonica last Thursday night. The Black Hawks improved to 2–3 overall and 2–1 in the SRE.
Kaylee Meyers, Sr., G, Darlington girls basketball
Meyers scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half to led the Redbirds (7–1, 4–0 SWAL) to a 64–57 comeback victory at Southwestern last Tuesday night. Meyers then lead all scorers with 21 points in Friday’s dominating 68–18 SWAL victory over Darlington (2–6, 0–4)
Connor Riley, Platteville boys basketball
Riley scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a key 51–42 Southwest Wisconsin Conference victory over Prairie du Chien last Thursday night. Riley then posted seven points and six boards in a 53–51 overtime victory over Columbus on Saturday.
Jacob Schauf, Jr., G, Richland Center boys basketball
Schauf hit six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Hornets to a 50–45 victory over visiting Lancaster last Thursday night. Richland Center (4–2, 1–1 SWC) shot 9 of 18 from downtown in the game.
Skylar White, Jr., G, River Ridge girls basketball
White followed up her school record-setting 32-point performance at Benton, that including another school record eight 3-pointers, with a 31-point outburst in River Ridge’s 64–33 victory at Potosi/Cassville last Friday night. White also scored a game-high 24 points in last Tuesday’s 74–16 non-conference victory at Seneca. White is averaging a conference-best 22.4 points a game for the first-place Timberwolves (7–1, 3–0 SRW).