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Ray Runde, Jr., WR, Southwestern football
For the second week in a row, a Southwestern Wildcat football player is our Mast Water Technology SWNews4U.com Athlete of the Week. Junior Ray Runde had two touchdown catches, including the game-winner in overtime of the Wildcats' 19–11 win at Pecatonica/Argyle last Friday night. Runde finished with nine catches for 133 yards, and also caught a 2-point conversion in OT.
Runde's first touchdown catch from senior quarterback Breckin Schneider was a 15-yarder late in the second quarter. Pearson Kephart caught the two-point conversion and the teams went to the locker room tied at 8–8. The team's traded field goals in the second half and went to overtime tied at 11–11.
The Wildcats capitalized on the opening possession over overtime when Runde hauled in a 10-yard TD pass from Schneider and added the two-point conversion. Southwestern (3–2, 2–0 SWAL) held on defense to win the game.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order)
Dawson Bowen, Sr., RB/DB, Lancaster football
Bowen rushed for a team-high 101 yards and two TDs, caught a 20-yard TD pass and intercepted another on defense to spearhead the Flying Arrows 49–7 beat down of visiting Fennimore last Friday night.
Braden Davis, So., QB, Darlington football
Davis ran 20 times for 183 yards and a score to lead the rushing attack, and completed 4-of-9 passes for 78 yards and two scores to guide the aerial assault in Darlington's 34–9 Homecoming victory over Onalaska Luther last Friday night.
Isaac Lindsey, Sr., QB, Mineral Point football
Lindsey completed 21 of 24 passes for 335 yards and five TDs, and ran six times for 55 yards and a sixth touchdown in the #3-ranked (D6) Pointers' 49–6 rout of visiting Cuba City last Friday night.
Jesse Martin, So., WR/DB, Platteville football
Martin had a monster game in Platteville's 46–14 SWC victory at Viroqua last night, hauling in five catches for a career-high 234 yards and two touchdowns, including an 86-yarder in the fourth quarter that gave the Hillmen (3–2, 2–1 SWC) a 40–6 lead. Martin also intercepted two passes on defense in the victory.
Hope Ragels, Sr., OH, Riverdale volleyball
Ragels pounded a team-high 15 kills and had three blocks to lead Riverdale to a come-from-behind 18–15, 24–26, 25–22, 25–22, 15–9 victory over #8 Cuba City last Tuesday night. She also seven kills in Thursday's sweep of Mineral Point and helped the Chieftains go 3–1 and finish second at Saturday's New Lisbon Invitational.
Faith Webb, Jr., River Ridge girls cross country
Webb finished a team-best fourth individually with a time of 23:56 to lead the River Ridge girls to the team title at last Tuesday's nine-team Goat Hill Invitational at North Crawford.