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Ryan Kruser, Sr., RB/DB, Potosi/Cassville football
Potosi senior halfback Ryan Kruser ran for a career-high 267 yards and three touchdowns on just 15 carries — all in the first half — to lead the Chieftains to a lopsided 44–8 Six Rivers Conference victory at Southwestern last Friday night. Potosi/Cassville improved to 6–2 overall and 3–2 in conference and clinched a WIAA playoff berth. Kruser is this week's Mast Water Technology SWNews4U.com Athlete of the Week.
Kruser scored on a 5-yard run on the Chieftains' second possession of the game and added the two-point conversion run to make it 16–0. He added a 38-yard TD run late in the first quarter and broke loose for a 71-yard score early in the second to make it 28–0. He also scored another two-point conversion after senior Ben Udelhofen's 4-yard TD run on the opening drive.
"Our O-line did a great job," said Potosi/Cassville head coach Mark Siegert. "We had 464 yards rushing and then another 35 passing. They did a great job opening up some holes."
Kruser and the Chieftains will close out the regular season Friday night at winless Boscobel (0–8, 0–5 SWAL).
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Kaydan Addie, Jr., F, Platteville/Lancaster boys soccer
Addie scored the first goal early in the second half to spark Platteville/Lancaster to a key 2–0 victory over Dodgeville/Mineral Point last Thursday afternoon. The Hillmen (11–1–1) improved to 6–0 in Southwest Wisconsin Conference play and clinched a third straight league title. Addie also had four goals and three assists in last Tuesday's 10–0 victory at Prairie du Chien. Addie entered Tuesday's match at Prairie du Chien with 24 goals and 13 assists.
Tyler McClain, Sr., QB, Platteville football
McClain completed 10 of 16 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning 11-yard TD pass to sophomore Devin Digman in the fourth quarter, to lead Platteville to a 24–20 victory at Arcadia last Friday night. McClain also threw a pair of TD passes to junior Seth Millsap (34 and 20 yards) in the first half.
Cayden Milz, Sr., RB/LB, Black Hawk/Warren football
Milz rushed for 179 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries to lead the undefeated and top-ranked Warriors (8–0, 5–0 SRC) to a dominating 55–0 victory over Boscobel last Friday night. He scored on runs of 9, 55, 39 and 14 yards and also eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Skyler White, Sr., OH, River Ridge volleyball
White floored 45 kills and served up four aces in a pair of conference victories at Benton and at Belmont last week to help undefeated River Ridge (17–0, #8 in Division 3) to claim the outright Six Rivers West title with a league record or 10–0.