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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Kaycie Wagner, Anica Graney
Platteville duo leads U16 SW Shock to 13th place at NAFA Nationals
Platteville's Anica Graney (left) and Kaycie Wagner led the Southwest Shock U16 club softball team to a 1951 record in five tournaments this summer and a 13th place finish out of 64 teams at the NAFA National Tournament on the weekend of July 29 in Minneapolis.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Athlete of the Week is a web-only feature that will publish each Thursday throughout the calendar year.

Kaycee Wagner, P/1B/OF, and Anica Graney, C, Southwest Shock U16 softball

     Platteville’s Kaycie Wagner and Anica Graney are members of the U16 SW Wisconsin Shock club softball team, which finished first or second in four of the five tournaments they entered this summer. 

     The team won the Cardinal Classic in Sun Prairie on July 22 by going undefeated in five games. They beat Central Wisconsin Edge out of Wausau in the Championship game 4–3. Wagner was the winning pitcher in that game.  

     The Shock also won the Middleton tournament on July 15 by beating the Mad City Devils in the Championship game 6-0. The team  also won the Xplozion Tournament in Columbus on June 10. The team finished second out of 16 teams at the NAFA National Qualifier in Fort Atkinson on June 17, losing in the championship game 3–1 to the Wisconsin Redbirds.  

     Graney batted .346 with an on base percentage of .477 and finished second on the team with five doubles. Wagner finished the season 7–2–1 on the mound and lead the team in doubles (11), triples (4) and batting average (.500).

     The Shock closed out the summer by playing in the NAFA National Tournament the weekend of July 29 in Minneapolis and finished tied for 13th out of 64 teams. Teams came from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Canada, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. The Shock, which is coached by Ray Wagner, finished the season with an overall record of 19-5-1.