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Lane Kamps, Sr., Belmont baseball
The Belmont senior tore the cover off the ball last Saturday to help the Braves earn a Six Rivers split with visiting Argyle, then tossed a three-hit gem to lead Belmont to a 3–1 SRW victory at Potosi Monday afternoon and earn Mast Water Technology swnews4u.com Co-Athlete of the Week honors.
Kamps went 5-for-8 Saturday afternoon with a pair of three-run homers and seven total RBIs as the Braves took the opener from the Orioles 8–3 before losing the nightcap 13–9. Monday afternoon the right handed ace stuck out 10 and allowed just one run on three hits in a conference win over the rival Chieftains.
Kamps is now batting .529 (9-for-17) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in five games. He is also 2–1 with a 2.33 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. He is a two-time first-team All-Six Rivers West selection as a pitcher.
Lydia Murphy, Fr., Lancaster girls track & field
The talented freshman distance runner broke a 20-year old school record in the 3,200 meters at last Thursday’s Lancaster Invitational. Murphy cruised to victory in a new record time of 11:48.84, breaking the previous mark of 12:09.0 set in 1996 by Jenny Fulton. Murphy’s 10 points in the event help the Lady Arrows place fourth out of 13 teams at the Lancaster Invite.
Murphy, who led the Arrows cross country team to the Southwest Wisconsin Conference title and a team berth in the WIAA Division 3 state cross country championships, opened this week by flashing her speed in the 400 with a second-place finish in the event at Monday’s Prairie du Chien Relays with a time of 1:02.93. Murphy finished seventh individual out of 148 runners at the D3 meet, helping Lancaster to an eighth-place team finish.
Dylan Johll, Sr., Cassville boys track & field
The senior speedster won both the 100 (11.62) and the 200 (23.65) and helped the Cassville 4x200 relay finished second (1:40.16) at last Tuesday’s North Crawford Invitational. Johll won three more gold medals at Thursday’s Cassville Six Rivers Meet in the 100 (11.58), 200 (23.83) and the 4x400 relay (3:53.26) .
Dakota Kauffman, Sr., Boscobel boys track & field
The senior distance runner set a new school record in the 3,200 at Monday’s Prairie du Chien Relays with a winning time of 9:32.68, breaking the old Bulldog record by more than six seconds.
Cade Rorbach, Fr., Platteville golf
The Platteville freshman shot a 6-over-par 42 in his first varsity golf meet to lead the Hillmen to a first-place finish at last Friday’s Prairie du Chien SWC mini-meet. He then carded an 86 on Saturday to tie for ninth individually at the Lancaster Early Bird Invitational, then again led the Hillmen with a 4-over-par 40 at Lancaster’s SWC mini meet on Monday. Platteville finished second at the second SWC meet and is currently tied for first place in the SWC standings with River Valley.
Kaycie Wagner, Fr., Platteville softball
The Platteville freshman has a white hot bat to begin her Hillmen varsity career. Last week, Wagner went 12-for-15 with seven RBIs to lead Platteville to four straight wins, including victories over Argyle and Mineral Point to win Saturday’s Mineral Point Invitational. Tuesday afternoon, Wagner went 5-for-5 and scored three runs in a 13–7 win at Lancaster to help the Hillmen improved to 7–0 on the season and 2–0 in the SWC. Wagner, Platteville designated hitter, is batting .800 (24-for-30) with two doubles, two triples, 12 RBIs and seven runs scored through her first seven varsity games.
Jason Withrow, Sr., Platteville baseball
The senior catcher went 10-for17 with three doubles, four RBIs and five stolen bases to lead the Hillmen to four straight wins last week. Withrow went 4-for-5 in Tuesday’s 10–3 win at Cassville, then went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a pair of stolen bases in an 11–1 victory over visiting Iowa–Grant on Thursday. He doubled in Friday’s 13–2 in at Lancaster, then went 2-for-4 in an 8–6 win over Hillsboro at Saturday’s Riverdale Tournament. Withrow is batting .500 (15-for-30) with five RBIs, seven runs scored and six stolen bases through eight games for the 4–4 Hillmen.