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Emma Lawrence, Jr., Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg girls track
The Benton junior was named the Female Athlete of the Meet winning four evens to lead the Zephyrs to the girls’ team title at last Thursday’s Cuba City Christopher Becker Memorial Invitational. Lawrence place first in the 100-meter high hurdles (16.68), 300 low hurdles (48.26), triple jump (32’7.25”) and teamed with Paige Murphy, Chloe Matthews and Calli Jerry to win the 4x200 relay (1:55.26). Lawrence accounted for 32.5 of Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg’s 122.5 team points.
A week earlier, Lawrence was one of six members of the Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg track and field team that competed in the 90th annual Kansas Relays in Lawrence on April 28–29. She placed fifth out of 45 athletes in the 300-meter hurdles with a season-best and Division 3 leading time of 47.21 seconds. She also teamed with Murphy, Matthews and Trinity Law and to finished 23rd out of 49 teams in the 4x100 relay with a D3 season-best time of 52.18 seconds.
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Katie Fritz, Sr., LF, Southwestern softball
Fritz went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and scored three runs, including the game-winner in the top of the eighth inning, to lead Southwestern to a 10–9 eight-inning, non-conference game over previously unbeaten Belmont (11–1) last Friday afternoon at Bond Park. Fritz singled to lead off the top of the eight, stole second and later scored on a Belmont error. The Wildcats improved to 11–3 on the season with the win.
Isabel Glassbrenner, Sr., Fennimore softball
Glassbrenner went 6-for-7 with two doubles and six RBIs to lead the Golden Eagles to a pair of blowout victories last week. The senior went a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBIs in a 15–1 five inning victory over Riverdale last Tuesday, then went 2-for-3 in a 20–3 non-conference victory over Pecatonica on Friday to lead Fennimore (6–5, 4–3 SWAL) to its fourth straight win.
John Ross Lincheid, Sr., Highland baseball
The senior pitcher scored the winning run and pitched five strong innings in Highland’s 2–1 victory over Six Rivers West rival Shullsburg/Benton. Linscheid allowed one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out nine in 5 2/3 innings of work. He scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning on Mitchell Welsh’s RBI single, after drawing a walk and stealing second and third. The Cardinals, ranked seventh in Division 4, improved to 9–2 overall, 6–1 in the Six Rivers. Shullsburg/Benton fell to 7–2, 5–1.
Grady Rielly, Jr., Darlington track and field
Rielly won the 300-meter hurdles (44.01) and was on the winning 4x200 relay and placed second in the 110 hurdles (16.53) to help Darlington win the boys title at last Thursday’s Cuba City Christopher Becker Memorial Invitational.
Cade Rohrbach, So., Platteville golf
The Platteville sophomore carded a career-low 4-over-par 76 to lead the Hillmen to a 14-stroke victory at last Saturday’s River Valley Invitational. Platteville, which also leads the Southwest Wisconsin Conference through three of six regular season meets, shot a 328 to beat SWC rival River Valley (342) for the Division 1 title at the House on the Rock Resort.