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By Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal/The Fennimore Times
Breylin Goebel, So., RB/DB, Darlington football
Darlington sophomore Breylin Goebel ran 23 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns (4, 8 and 20 yards) as the Division 6 #6 Redbirds downed the D6 #8 Cuba City Cubans 53–33 in Cuba City last Friday night. After Goebel put the ‘Birds ahead 8-0 with an early 4-yard TD run and conversion run, senior quarterback Beau Kopp connected on TD passes of 24 yards to senior wideout Carter Olson and 39 yards to senior running back Chayse Barth to thrust the Cubans into the lead at 14-8. Darlington pulled back in front in the closing seconds of the opening stanza on an 8-yard TD run by Goebel and Evenstad’s first successful conversion, and then extended the lead to 32-21 by the halftime break on TD runs by Horne (1) and Goebel (20) in the second quarter.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Derek Digman, Sr., QB, Platteville football
Digman accounted for 319 yards and four TDs in Platteville's 28–12 SWC victory at New Glarus/Monticello last Friday night. Digman completed 19 of 35 passes for 239 yards and 3 TDs and rushed for 90 yards and another scored to lead the Hillmen (2–5) to their second victory of the season.
Bryce Hillers, Sr., RB/LB, Richland Center football
Hillers scored six touchdowns and kicked five extra points for all 41 points as the Hornets built a 41–0 halftime lead en rout to a 57–6 Homecoming victory over Westfield Pioneer last Friday night. Hillers finished the game with 280 yards rushing and scored on runs of 50, 18, 36, 16, 20 and 24 yards as Richland Center improved to 5–2 on the year and 4–1 in the SWC.
Brianna Kirsch, So., Lancaster girls golf
After winning the WIAA Division 2 Prairie du Chien Regional last Tuesday with 11-over par 83 at the Prairie du Chien Country Club, Kirsch finished third at this Tuesday's WIAA Division 2 Wisconsin Dells Sectional at Trappers Turn with a Kirsch was a state qualifier last year as a freshman, where she finished 13th.
Beau Kopp, Sr., QB/DB, Cuba City football
Kopp threw for a season-high 347 yards and three scores on his 19-of-35 passing and he also led the Cubans in rushing with 55 yards on 10 carries with two more TDs in #8-ranked Cuba City's 53–33 SWAL loss to first-place Darlington last Friday night.
Emma Lawrence, Sr., OH, UW–La Crosse volleyball
Benton native Emma Lawrence recorded her 1,000th career collegiate kill during a non-conference match against Loras College at Madison's Edgewood College last Saturday. Lawrence led the Eagles with 25 kills in a 3–1 win over Edgewood, then reached the milestone with a match-high 20 kills in a 3–2 loss against Loras. The former Zephyr has played in all 61 sets for the Eagles (14–3 overall) in their 17 matches this fall and has recorded 259 kills, 204 digs, 26 aces, 19 blocks and 18 assists. For her career, she now has 1,007 kills, 577 digs, 78 blocks, 52 assists and 49 aces.
Kayci Martensen, Sr., Southwestern/Cuba City/Benton girls cross country
Martensen raced her way to the girls' individual title at the Platteville McKichan Invitational Saturday morning with a new course record time of 17:58.5 at the 30-team meet held at UW–Platteville's Veteran's Memorial Park. It was the third time Martensen won the girls' individual title at the McKichan Invitational.
Lucas Milz, Jr., RB/LB, Black Hawk/Warren football
Milz ran 19 times for 100 yards and one touchdowns (four yards) with two 2-point conversions on offense and had eight tackles with a forced fumble at the goal line on defense to help the Warriors knocked off Division 7 #4-ranked and previously unbeaten Potosi/Cassville, 24–12, in the Warriors' Homecoming Game last Saturday.
Waylon Palzkill, Sr., QB/DB, Belmont football
Belmont senior Waylon Palzkil ran 12 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns (18 and 45 yards), had two catches for 24 yards and one TD (14), scored two 2-point conversions and recorded five tackles on defense in the Braves' 40–0 win over Williams Bay last Friday night.
Ellie Temperly, Jr., MH, Platteville volleyball
Temperly slammed 12 kills to go along with four blocks to lead Platteville to a 20–25, 22–25, 25–19, 25–21, 15–12 comeback win over visiting Richland Center last Thursday night. The Hillmen (17–11, 6–1 SWC) took over sole possession of first place in the SWC with the win over the second-place Hornets (18-15, 5–2). Temperly also had six kills, five blocks and three aces in a 3–1 win at Prairie du Chien last Tuesday night. She also had a team-high 19 kills, and three aces in four matches Saturday at the Madison Edgewood Invitational.