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Kellen Kenney, Sr., PG, Fennimore boys basketball
Fennimore senior point guard Kellen Kenney is a jack of all trades on the basketball the basketball court. He handles the ball, he is among the best rebounders and scorers in the conference and still averaged a league-best 10 assists per game. He is one of the league's top defenders and he does it all with a relentless attitude rarely matched in this part of the state.
The versatile Kenney averaged 18 points, 13.5 rebounds and 11.5 assists in a pair of wins in the last week to lead the sixth-ranked Golden Eagles to a 6–0 start. Kenney came one assist shy of a triple–double with 20 points a career-high 18 rebounds and nine assists in last Thursday's 59–40 win over Boscobel. He also shot 8 of 11 from the field, finishing the first half with 16 points and 10 boards.
Tuesday night, Kenney scored 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and passed out a season-high 14 assists, connecting on four alley-oops with 6-foot-9 junior Adam Larson. Kenney also held Riverdale standout sophomore Adam Schaefer to just a pair of free throws before the Fennimore starters were pulled midway through the second half.
Kenney, perhaps the best all-around, two-way player in the conference, goes after every loose ball, every rebound and never seems to tire. Through six games this year, he is averaging a triple–double at 19.2 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game, while committing just six fouls on the year, while guarding the other team’s top perimeter threat.
Fennimore will travel to Platteville Friday and Saturday for the Platteville Holiday Classic. Fennimore will play the host Hillmen (1–4) Friday at 8:15 p.m., then face Black Hawk (1–3) Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Dawson Bowen, Sr., Lancaster boys basketball
Bowen erupted for a career-high 38 points to lead the Flying Arrows (2–0, 1–0 SWC) to a 61–53 victory at Platteville Friday night in the SWC opener for both teams. He finished 10 of 17 from the field, including 7 of 12 from 3-point range and made 11 of 15 at the free throw line. Bowen's seventh triple of the night gave the Arrows a 54–51 victory with less than two minutes to play, then made 5 of 6 from the free throw line in the final 70 seconds to close out the win.
Nick Edge, Sr., C, Potosi boys basketball
Edge averaged 22.5 points, on 18 of 30 shooting, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in a pair of Six Rivers West victories. He had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a dominating 75–30 win over Cassville Friday night after posting 24 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in a 65–41 win at Benton last Tuesday night.
Becca Hoyer, Sr., G, Platteville girls basketball
Hoyer averaged 14.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4 steals per game, while shooting 65.9 percent (27 of 41) from the field to lead the top-ranked Platteville Hillmen (8–0) to four victories in seven days. Hoyer had 18 points and five steals in a 55–31 win over Mineral Point last Tuesday, then had 13 points (6 of 7 FG), six rebounds and four steals in Thursday's 68–50 SWC win at Dodgeville. She then posted 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals in Saturday's 55–33 win over Dubuque senior, before scoring a career-high 18 points in Monday's 74–37 win over Wisconsin Heights.
Lilly Post, Sr., C, Potosi/Cassville girls basketball
Potosi averaged 19.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in three games over the past week for the Chieftains (3–3). She opened last week with 22 points and 11 rebounds in a 61–31 win over Pecatonica last Tuesday night. She then poured in a career-high 29 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in Friday night's 62–48 loss to Belleville for her third straight double–double. She also had eight points and eight boards in a 68–47 non-conference win over Argyle on Monday night.
Will Schaefer, Sr., 195, Belmont/Platteville wrestling
Schaefer notched his 100th career victory on his way to capturing the 195-pound title at 2019 Bob Downing Scramble at Sun Prairie High School last Saturday. He opened his day with back-to-back byes, then pinned DeForest's Peyton Laufenberg in 31 seconds in the quarterfinals and Oak Creek's Sam Paar in 1:42 to earn his 100th win. Schaefer then defeated Fennimore's Will Ahnen 6–3 in the 195-pound final.