EDITOR'S NOTE: The Swnews4u.com Athlete of the Week is a web-only feature that will publish each Thursday throughout the calendar year.
Kaitlyn Kaiser, Sr., Cuba City track & field
Cuba City sensation Kaitlyn Kaiser has been burning up the track all season. The speedy senior is this week’s Mast Water Technology Athlete of the Week after an impressive five-day span.
Kaiser won the 100-meter-dash (13.08), 200 (27.54) and long jump (17’3”) for the Lady Cubans, while teaming with Sadie Murray, Mckenzie Vaessen and Brinley Wood to finish second in the 4x100 relay (53.27) as the Cuba City girls finished second out of 22 teams at last Friday’s Boscobel Sparky Reynolds Invitational.
Tuesday afternoon, Kaiser was even more brilliant, winning four gold medals at the Southwestern Wisconsin Activities League conference championship meet in Muscoda, leading the Lady Cubans to a runner-up team finish. Kaiser won the 100 in 12.82 seconds, just missing the SWAL record of 12.66 set in 2006. She also won the 200 meters in 26.77, the long jump (17’1.5”) and anchored the winning 4x100 relay team, which finished in 52.69 seconds.
Kaiser will look to keep her stellar senior season going when Cuba City hosts a WIAA Division 3 regional Monday at 3 p.m. The top four finishers in each event will advance to the WIAA D3 Bangor Sectional on Thursday, May 26.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Christian Bauer, jr., Potosi track & field
The Potosi junior won the 110-meter high hurdles at the Six Rivers Conference Championships Monday at UW–Platteville, becoming the first conference champion in the newly resurrected Potosi track and field program. Bauer won the event with a time of 18.75 seconds and also place this in the 300 hurdles (47.79) and sixth in the long jump (17’4”). The Chieftains co-oped with Lancaster for track and field from 1996–2003, winning a Division 2 state championship in 1998, but have not had track for the pst 12 springs.
Cam Jensen, Sr., Cassville baseball
The senior ace struck out 11 batters in a complete-game shutout Monday to lead the Comets to an 8–0 victory at Cassville. Jensen also went 2-for-4 with a double in the win as the Comets improved to 5–15 overall and 5–9 in the Six Rivers Conference.
Dylan Johll, Sr., Cassville track & field
The senior speedster repeated as conference champion in the 200 meters (22.76) and also won the 100-meter dash (11.23) for the Comets, which placed fourth at Monday’s Six Rivers Conference Meet.
Emma Lawrence, So., Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg track & field
The Benton sophomore helped the BSMS girls win a fourth consecutive Six Rivers Conference title by winning the 200 (26.82), 100 high hurdles with a new tri-op record time of 16.3 seconds and the 300 low hurdles (47.27).
Brianna Leahy, So., Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg track & field
The Shullsburg sophomore helped the BSMS girls win a fourth straight conference title at Monday’s Six Rivers Conference meet at UW–Platteville by winning the shot put with a new school and tri-op record throw of 37’1” as well as the discus with a new personal-best toss of 112’4”.
Paige Nolan, Sr., Belmont softball
The reigning Six Rivers West co-Player of the Year led the Braves to five wins in six games during a seven-game stretch over the past week. She hit 10-for-20 with a pair of homers and 12 RBIs during the week and also went 3–0 with a save and 15 strike outs in 22 2/3 innings of work while compiling a 1.23 ERA during that span. Tuesday, Nolan went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and struck out seven in a complete game shutout of Shullsburg/Benton. On Monday, Nolan went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to earn the save in an 8–6 win over Highland as Belmont clinched the Six Rivers West title for a second year in a row.
Kyle Pulvermacher, Sr., Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg track & field
The Benton senior was a three-event champion at Monday’s Six Rivers Conference meet, winning the boys’ shot put (50’0”) and discus (152’0”), as well as the 4x100 relay (46.80) with teammates Ben Sigwarth, Lance Lierman, and Joel Fawcett. Pulvermacher also finished third in the 100-meter-dash in 11.79 seconds to help the BSMS boys win a fourth straight conference title.
Acea Upmann, Sr., Iowa–Grant baseball
The senior catcher went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs and also came on in fifth inning to earn the win with 2 2/3 innings of solid relief in a 7–6 victory over Cuba City last Thursday. Upmann helped the Panthers improve to 5–4 in the Southwestern Wisconsin Activities League with the win.