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Kaydan Addie, Sr., F, Platteville/Lancaster boys soccer
RICHLAND CENTER — Platteville/Lancaster’s Kaydan Addie scored six goals in an 8–0 SWC victory at Richland Center Saturday afternoon to become the program’s all-time leading goal scorer.
Addie scored all six of his goals in the second half — two of them on penalty kicks — and now has 17 in six matches this year and a program record 89 goals for his career. Addie tied Brown’s record with a penalty kick in the 85th minute, then a little more than two minutes later he broke the record on an assist from Lancaster senior Ryder Arians. Addie eclipsed the previous record of 88 goals scored by Jesse Brown (2001–04).
“I remember watching Jesse Brown play when I was younger,” said Hillmen head coach Brandon Pink. “Watching him score for fun, and watching the teams from that era play, they were something I aspired to. I honestly didn’t think anyone was ever even going to get close to his record. For Kaydan to break it, and to do so in a truncated year like this season, tells you what a special player he is. You don’t take your place among the greats without tremendous dedication and hard work, sustained over four years, in-season and out.
“And Kaydan will never make a big deal out of it; honestly, it was the coaches and his teammates that made a far bigger deal about it this year then he did. His humility is just that extra bit that makes his achievement more special. He’s a great young man, someone you can hold up as a model for how he carries himself as much as his athletic achievements. I’m so, so proud of him.”
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Nick Connolly, Sr., Iowa–Grant boys cross country
BOSCOBEL — Iowa–Grant senior Nick Connolly repeated as the individual conference champion at last Tuesday’s Southwest Wisconsin Activities League Cross Country Championships becoming only the 10th boy in SWAL history to be a multi-time individual conference champion. Connolly matched his personal-best time of 16:23.1 on a tough cross country course to earn first-team All-SWAL honors for a fourth straight year. Connolly helped the I–G boys finished second behind host Boscobel, 52–68. Connolly then won the boys' race at Monday's WIAA D3 Boscobel Sub-sectional to earn one of the five individual qualifiers spots for Saturday's WIAA D3 Darlington Sectional.
Alyana Digman, Sr., and MH, Maddie Cooley, Sr., OH, Platteville volleyball
Digman tallied 35 kills and 11 blocks in three matches, while Cooley added 31 kills, 7 aces and 6 blocks during the same stretch to lead the Platteville volleyball team to victories over visiting Dodgeville (3–1), host Prairie du Chien (3–1) and host Richland Center (3–1) last Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The victory over Dodgeville Thursday night avenged Platteville's only loss of the season and Saturday's win over the Hornets allowed the Hillmen (10–1, 9–1 SWC) to clinch a fourth straight SWC title.
Brynlee Nelson, Sr., and Lauryn Bunn, Sr., Fennimore girls cross country
Senior Brynlee Nelson finished first overall out of 61 runners in the two girls’ races at Monday's WIAA D3 Boscobel Sub-sectional with a new school-record time of 19:00.45 to lead the Fennimore girls to a second-place team finish. The second-place team finish qualified the Fennimore girls for Friday's WIAA D3 Darlington Sectional. Classmate Lauryn Bunn finished second at 19:11.56 — the new second fastest 5K time in school history — while freshman Braycee Nelson finished 12th at 20:15.7 on Monday. The previous Fennimore girls record of 19:24.4 was set by Bunn at the Boscobel Dark Park 5K Oct. 1. Nelson also placed fourth and Bunn finished fifth at the SWAL Championships last Thursday to lead the Fennimore girls to their first conference title since 2001.
Ashton Spitzack, Jr., RB/LB, Potosi/Cassville football
Spitzack rushed for a career-high 223 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in the Chieftains' 32–27 loss at undefeated Highland last Friday night. Spitzack also recorded 10 total tackles in the loss.