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Kaydan Addie, Jr., Platteville/Lancaster boys soccer
Platteville junior forward Kaydan Addie couldn’t be stopped. Only the WIAA mercy rule ended Addie’s record-breaking night.
Addie erupted for a single-match school record seven goals in Platteville/Lancaster’s 10–0 Southwest Wisconsin Conference victory over visiting Prairie du Chien last Tuesday afternoon. Addie scored 17 seconds into the match on an assist from senior Will Houghton and kept attacking until his seventh and final goal, on an assist from senior Nick Kroll, ended the match at the 63:31 mark via the 10-goal mercy rule. Addie also scored in the 9th, 14th and 24th minutes as the SWC champion Hillmen built a 6–0 halftime advantage, then scored unassisted 1:10 into the second half, then again on a pass from senior Kengkue Xiong at the 63:02 mark before ending the match 29 seconds later. Kroll (13:11) and fellow seniors Aaron Murphy (18:11) and Nate Busch (48:53) also scored in the rout.
“Kaydan 100 percent deserves both the record and the accolades he’s getting this season,” said Platteville/Lancaster head coach Brandon Pink. “They couldn’t be coming to a nicer, harder-working young man. Kaydan lives and breathes soccer, and works so hard to better himself in every way he can. He is a beast on the training ground every practice. But he’s also a phenomenal teammate. He is always offering advice and encouragement to his teammates, and they look to him as a leader. And although he has high expectations for himself and his team, he is unrelentingly positive and humble. If you asked him his thoughts, I’m sure he’d also give the credit right back to his teammates. He’s so important to our game on the field, but he’s also such a positive influence on the culture and atmosphere for the program in general. I’m so proud of him and the season he’s been having.”
Two days after his record-setting performance, Addie scored again and assisted on Platteville/Lancaster’s two other goals in a 3–0 victory over visiting Richland Center. Addie assisted on Kroll’s goal in the 15th minute, then Kroll returned the favor on Addie’s goal 11 minutes later to make it 2–0. Michael Loeffelholz scored on an Addie assist early in the 34th minute to account for the final score. With the victory, Platteville/Lancaster closed out the SWC season with a perfect 8–0 mark in league play.
Friday afternoon, the Hillmen dominated the second half to pull away from visiting Viroqua Driftless United for a 6–0 non-conference victory. Murphy opened the scoring 4:30 into the second half, then Addie scored back-to-back goals to make it 3–0.
Addie now has 34 goals this season, which is second on the Platteville/Lancaster all-time list behind Jesse Brown, who scored 35 in 2004. He also leads the team with 16 assists. Addie’s 10-goal week also gave him 67 for his career, putting him in a second-place tie with Adam Stanton (2006–09). Brown holds the career record in both goals (88) and assists (59).
Platteville/Lancaster finished the regular season 14–1–1 and earned the #4 seed in its 18-team WIAA Division 3 sectional. The Hillmen will open the postseason Thursday at 4 p.m. when they host #13 Dodgeville/Mineral Point (5–10–1). With a win, the Hillmen will advance to face either #5 Evansville or #12 La Crosse Logan Saturday in a D3 regional final.
HONORABLE METION (in alphabetical order):
Bridee Burks, So., Lancaster girls cross country
Burks finished five seconds ahead of Platteville senior Brittani Meis (19:31) to win the individual girls' Southwest Wisconsin Conference title at last Thursday's SWC Championships with a time of 19:26 while helping the Lancaster girls win the team conference title.
Levi Glasbrenner, So., and Mitchell Davis, Sr., Boscobel boys cross country
Glasbrenner (17:30.8) and Davis (17:40.2) finished third and fifth individually at last Thursday's SWAL Cross Country Championships to lead the Boscobel boys to their first conference title since 2004. The #2 ranked Bulldogs (38) held off Iowa–Grant (70) and individual champion Nick Connolly, and third-place Darlington (86) to win this year's title. Boscobel snapped the Darlington boys' 11-year run as conference champions.
Isaac Lindsey, Sr., QB, Mineral Point football
Lindsey completed 13 of 19 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed a team-high 72 yards on 16 carries to lead undefeated Mineral Point (9–0, 7–0 SWAL) to a conference-title clinching 33–7 victory at Lancaster (8–1, 6–1) last Friday night. The second-seeded Pointers will host No. 7 Melrose–Mindoro, while No. 3 Lancaster will host No. 6 Osseo–Fairchild this Friday in the opening round of the WIAA playoffs.
Lilly Post, MH, Jr., Potosi volleyball
Post pounded a career-high 28 kills and had six blocks to lead the Chieftains (10–4–2, 5–7 SRW) to a five-set victory over Potosi in last Thursday's regular season finale against visiting Shullsburg. Post also had 13 kills and four blocks in a 25–9, 25–16, 25–20 sweep at Belmont last Tuesday night.
Traeton Saint, Sr., RB/LB, Prairie du Chien football
Saint rushed for 168 yards and four first-half touchdowns to lead Prairie du Chien (8–1, 6–1 SWC) to a dominating 42–7 victory at Platteville (6–3, 5–2) last Friday night. Saint scored on rushs of 77, 10, 3 and 65 yards in the blowout victory.
Hailey Stitch, So., OH, Cuba City volleyball
Stitch recorded 22 kills, 22 digs and three aces to lead Cuba City (23–8, 11–1 SWAL) to a 25–23, 18–25, 25–20, 31–29 victory over second-place Darlington 16–11, 9–3) last Thursday night. With the win, coach Kari Lawson's Cubans claimed the outright Southwest Wisconsin Activities League title.
Blaise Watters, Sr., WR/DB, Mineral Point football
Watters caught five passes for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns, rushed for a 20-yard TD and returned a fumble 56 yards for a fourth score to spark Mineral Point's 33–7 victory over previously unbeaten Lancaster (8–1, 6–1) in Friday's de facto SWAL championship game. The undefeated Pointers (9–0, 7–0 SWAL), ranked third in Division 6, could host Lancaster in the second round of the playoffs next week.