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Emily Wiederholt, Sr., Cuba City softball
The senior pitcher led the Cubans to a 7–4 extra-inning victory over Belmont with her arm and her bat in Tuesday afternoon’s season opener at Bond Park. Wiederholt is this week’s Mast Water Technology Swnews4u.com Athlete of the Week.
Wiederholt threw all nine innings, allowing two earned runs on 11 hits with five strikeouts and one BB to hold the Braves (1–1), who opened the season a day earlier with a 14–3 victory at Lancaster, in check through seven innings. She also went 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple and a double while driving in four runs and scoring another run to power the Cubans to victory. Her clutch RBI-double in the top of the seventh inning tied the game at 4–4 and her two-run single in the ninth put the Cubans ahead to stay.
Wiederholt, the reigning SWAL Player of the Year, and the Cubans are favored to win the Southwestern Wisconsin Activities League again this year after going 23–3 overall and 13–1 in the conference a year ago. Cuba City is scheduled to host Riverdale Friday at 4 p.m., weather permitting.
Rachel Emendorfer, Sr., Maggie Durni, Sr., and Brelynn Updike, jr., Platteville track and field
Emendorfer won the 800 (2:31.0), Updike finished first in the 1,600 (5:52.94), Durni placed second in both the 200 (27.83) and the long jump (15’8.5”) at Tuesday’s Pioneer Indoor Invitational at UW–Platteville. Durni and Emendorfer were also on Platteville’s third-place 4x400 relay.
Nikki Knebel, Fr., Belmont softball
The freshman went 4-for-7, with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored as Belmont split a pair of games to open the season. She went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs in the Braves’ 14–3 win at Lancaster on Monday, then went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday’s 7–4 loss to Cuba City.
Haley Nelson, North Crawford track and field
Nelson cleared a meet-best 5’2” to tie her own school record and win the high jump at Saturday’s Cashton Indoor Invitational at UW–La Crosse. She also ran on North Crawford’s third-place 4x200 relay and qualified for the finals of the 55-meter hurdles. The North Crawford girls finished sixth out of 12 teams with 52 points.
Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Stars
The WBCA announced its All-Star Game rosters this week. The games will be held at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells on Friday and Saturday, June 17–18. Here are the local athletes that were selected to take part in the event.
D3 Girls: Sierra Brecke, Platteville; Brooke Trautsch, Prairie du Chien.
D4: Girls: Jessi Marti Cuba City; Kaitlyn Kaiser, Cuba City; Jessica Schultz, Mineral Point; Clara Chambers, Mineral Point; Cheyanne Udelhoven, Fennimore.
D5: Maddie Hawes, Potosi; Bridgette Myers, River Ridge; Aleigha Sigafus, Black Hawk; Amanda Meister, Riverdale.
D3 Boys: Trent Jones, Dodgeville
D4 Boys: Isaac Anderson, Iowa–Grant; Brayden Johnson, Iowa–Grant; Ben Burkholder, Cuba City; Ryan Latham, Boscobel.
D5: Raine Voigts, Belmont; Max Stockwell, Hillsboro; Joey Helgerson, Hillsboro; Killian Boland, Seneca; Head Coach: Curt Hilderth, Hillsboro; Assistant coaches: Curt Bisarek, Scott Egan, Chris Koopman, Hillsboro.