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Skye Digman, Sr., MH, Platteville volleyball
Platteville senior Skye Digman had a banner week, leading the Hillmen to the outright Southwest Wisconsin Conference title with a win over Dodgeville on Tuesday, just three days after leading Platteville to the championship of the eight-team Lodi Invitational. The hard-hitting Digman is this week’s Mast Water Technology SWNews4U.com Athlete of the Week.
Digman led the team with 16 kills and four blocks in Tuesday’s 25–18, 25–12, 25–17 sweep of visiting Dodgeville Tuesday night as Platteville improved to 9–0 in conference play to clinch the outright SWC title. The Hillmen will honor Digman and fellow seniors Britney Baker and Emilie Busch prior to tonight’s regular season final against visiting Lancaster. Last Saturday, Digman posted 41 kills, 16 blocks, 38 digs and five aces to lead the Hilmen to a 4–1 record at the Lodi Invitational. She eight kills and five blocks in a 25–16, 25–22 sweep of Cuba City in the championship match, to avenge a pool play loss to the Cubans (26–6) earlier in the day. Digman also had 14 kills, 3 blocks and 3 aces in last Thursday’s 25–15, 25–21, 25–12 victory over Prairie du Chien last Thursday.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Ethan Bernhardt, Sr., QB, Platteville football
Bernhardt completed 22 of 32 passes for 241 yards and four touchdowns in Friday/Saturday’s 34–0 Homecoming victory over River Valley. Bernhardt, who is now Platteville’s single-season (29) and career (48) record holder for touchdown passes, threw three Friday night to lead the Hillmen to a 27–0 lead before lightning postponed the game late in the third quarter. When the team’s resumed play Saturday evening, he threw a fourth TD to Donovan Blevins, who became Platteville’s single-season TD reception leader with 16.
Kamron Blosch, Sr., RB/LB, Darlington football
Blosch rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns in Darlington’s 28–25 SWAL victory at Iowa–Grant last Friday night. Blosch’s big night kept he Redbirds’ (3–5, 2–3) playoff hopes alive. Darlington can clinch a postseason berth with a win over Boscobel Friday night.
Evan Gates, Sr., RB, Lancaster football
Gates rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries to lead Dodgeville to a 37–12 Homecoming victory over Dodgeville on Friday. In the process, Gates became Lancaster’s all-time leading rusher, surpassing Trevor Landon’s previous mark of 4,277 yards. Gates now has 4,349 career rushing yards and 56 TDs, which is second on the Arrows’ all-time list behind Tyler Glass’ 72.
Emma Lawrence, Sr., MH, Benton volleyball
Lawrence pounded a match-high 23 kills with just one error and had six blocks and 27 digs, also both match highs to lead the Zephyrs (22–2, 11–1 SRW) to a 25–17, 25–23, 25–23 sweep of previously undefeated River Ridge (19–1, 10–1) to earn at least a share of a second-straight Six Rivers West title. Lawrence had 12 kills and three blocks in a sweep of third-place Potosi last Thursday and 21 kills and four aces in a sweep of Shullsburg last Tuesday. Lawrence and the Zephyrs have only lost eight sets in 24 matches this season.
Kyle Mudler, Fr., Fennimore cross country
Mudler stepped to the forefront when standout teammate Ian Barry was forced to miss a pair of meets last week. Mudler finished first out of 95 runners to win the Boscobel Ryan Zimple Memorial Invitational last Tuesday in a time of 17:54.3, then finished fifth out of 158 runners in Saturday’s 14-team Riverdale Invite with a time of 18:11.4.
Dylan Pluemer, Sr., RB/DB, Potosi/Cassville football
Pluemer rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries in the Chieftains’ 50–0 Six Rivers victory at Belmont last Friday night. He also tallied eight tackles.
Brinley Wood, Jr., MH, Cuba City volleyball
Wood led the Cubans with nine kills, four blocks and five digs in a sweep of Mineral Point, and added 15 kills, two blocks and two aces in Thursday’s sweep of Riverdale to help Cuba City (27–6, 11–0) secure at least a share of the SWAL title. Wood then had 12 kills and four blocks in Tuesday’s conference title-clinching sweep of Iowa–Grant on Tuesday night. Wood also had 36 kills and nine digs last Saturday to lead the Cubans to a second-place finish at the eight-team Lodi Invitational.
Riley Workman, Sr., RB, Mineral Point football
Workman rushed for 106 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries to lead Mineral Point to a 42–13 victory at Fennimore last Friday night. The Pointers improved to 6–2 overall and 4–1 in the SWAL.