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Kayla Klotz, Sr., MH, Shullsburg volleyball
PATCH GROVE — Shullsburg senior middle hitter Kayla Klotz had a career-high 32 kills and 14 blocks in the five-set victory over River Ridge on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Klotz and the rest of Shullsburg's senior class was in kindergarten the last time the Miners defeated River Ridge on a volleyball court. Klotz and her classmates made sure that the drought came to an end at Patch Grove on Tuesday, Sept. 29, leading the Lady Miners (8-1 in SRW) to a thrilling 15–25, 25-17, 18–25, 25–21, 15–10 comeback victory to snap a 27-match losing streak against the host Timberwolves (5–2) and earn a share of the Six Rivers West lead.
Klotz then has 16 kills and three blocks in a 25–23, 25–13, 25–11 sweep of visiting Benton Thursday night, then posted 10 kills, four digs and a block in a 25–18, 14–25, 25–15, 25–17 win over visiting River Ridge Monday night as the Miners took over sole possession of first place in the Six Rivers West. The Miners are now two wins away from securing a conference title. They will travel to Cassville (1–5) tonight before returning home to host Potosi (3–4) on Tuesday.
Hayden Wagner, WR/DB, Lancaster football
PLATTEVILLE — Hayden Wagner did it all in Saturday's 28–14 victory over neighboring Platteville. The lanky senior scored on a 50-yard bomb less than five minutes into the game and caught a back-breaking 30-yard touchdown from fellow senior Preston Noethe on a halfback option pass on the final play of the first half to give the Arrows a comfortable 28–7 lead after Platteville had scored its first points of the game on a long pass with just 25 seconds left in the second quarter.
Wagner finished the game with four catches for 124 yards and a pair of scores, but was also everywhere defense, leading the Flying Arrows with 14 total tackles and a drive-ending interception at the Lancaster 29-yard-line late in the third quarter.
HONORABLE MENTON (in alphabetical order):
Lauryn Bunn, Sr., Fennimore girls cross country
BOSCOBEL — Bunn finished first out of 36 runners in the girls’ varsity race at last Friday's Boscobel Dark Park 5K with a new school-record time of 19:24.4, breaking her own 5K record of 19:52.92, set in 2018 as a sophomore. Bunn, along with classmate Brynlee Nelson (3rd, 19:44.6) and freshman Braycee Nelson (7th, 20:49.9) led the Fennimore girls to the team title at the eight-team night race held at Boscobel's Kronshage Park.
Owen Hamilton, Jr., RB/LB, River Ridge football
PATCH GROVE — Senior Owen Hamliton rushed for 166 yards and four touchdowns on just 19 carries in River Ridge's 44–0 victory over visiting Onalaska Luther last Friday night. He also had four tackles and a sack in the win.
Dominik McVay, Sr., RB/LB, Mineral Point football
MINERAL POINT — McVay returned a pair of kickoffs — one 95 yards and another 90 yards — and scored on a 50-yard run in Mineral Point's wild 44–36 victory over visiting Lake Mills last Friday night. The Pointers will now play Platteville Friday night after their regularly scheduled Week 3 game against SWAL rival Darlington was postponed due to positive COVID tests at Darlington High School.