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Jeremiah Bailey, Sr., Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg track and field
Benton senior Jeremiah Bailey won four individual events to lead the Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg boys track and field team to their fifth straight conference title at Monday’s Six Rivers Conference Championships at UW–Platteville.
Bailey won the 110-meter high hurdles in a winning-time of 16.81 seconds and came back later to win the 300 hurdles in 43.12 seconds. He also won the boys’ high jump by clearing 6'0" and the triple jump with a winning leap of 39’9”.
Bailey, who did not go out for track a year ago as a junior, scored 40 team points to help the Zephyrs pile up 227 points to easily outscore boys’ runner-up Albany (161.5). The lanky Benton senior is this week’s Mast Water Technology SWNews4U.com Athlete of the Week.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Skye Digman, Sr., Platteville track and field
Digman won the shot put (36’11”) and discus (114’2”) at Tuesday’s Southwest Wisconsin Conference championships to help the Hillmen win the girls SWC conference championship for a second straight year.
Caleb Hill, P/SS, Iowa–Grant baseball
The senior right-hander went 3–0 with a 2.47 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his last three starts and 10-for-23 with eight runs scored and 10 stolen bases, batting leadoff to lead the suddenly-surging Panthers (11–9, 6–6 SWAL) to six wins in their past seven games. Hill allowed just one run on six hits in six innings to lead Iowa–Grant to a 7–1 win at Cuba City last Tuesday. He then struck out five and scattered five hits and three runs to help I–G hold off visiting Boscobel 7–3 on Friday. Tuesday afternoon, Hill struck out eight and allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of an 11–3 win at Riverdale.
Emma Lawrence, Jr., Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg girls track
The Benton junior won three events at Monday’s Six Rivers Conference meet to help the Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg girls win a fifth straight conference title. Lawrence won the 300-meter hurdles in a new conference record time of 46.33, as well as the 100 hurdles (16.35) and the girls’ triple jump (34’0.5”).
Hunter Matye, Chris Trejo and Nathan Mowry, Shullsburg/Benton baseball
The trio of Matye, Trejo and Mowry combined to lead the Shullsburg/Benton baseball team to a back-to-back Six Rivers Conference victories that clinched a repeat conference title. Matye surrendered just one unearned run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings before reaching his 100-pitch limit in Monday’s 3–1 victory over top-ranked Pecatonica. Mowry came on to record the final out and earn the save. He also went 2-for-3 and drove in a run with a third-inning single. It was the top-ranked, previously unbeaten Vikings first loss of the season. Tuesday afternoon, Trejo and Mowry combined to lead Shullsburg/Benton to a 2–1 victory over Highland that clinched the Six Rivers West title. Trejo stuck out three and allowed just one hit in four innings. Mowry pitched the final three innings, striking out four and allowing one run on one hit and three walks to earn the win.
Paige Murphy, Sr., Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg girls track
Murphy won the 100-meter-dash (13.16) and long jump (15’10.75”) and was on the BSMS’s conference champion 4x100 relay (54.28) at Monday’s Six Rivers Conference meet. She also finished in the 200 (27.45) to help the Zephyrs win a fifth straight conference title.
Mckenzie Vaassen, Jr., Cuba City girls track and field
Vaassen also won four events for the Lady Cubans at Tuesday's SWAL Conference Meet. She won the 100-meter-dash (12.84), 200 (26.87), long jump (16'10.5") and also was a member of the first-place 4x100 relay team (52.16). Vaassen’s four gold medal performance helped the Lady Cubans (148.5) finish second behind SWAL champion Darlington (176).