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By Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal/The Fennimore Times
Brianna Kirsch, So., Lancaster girls golf
Lancaster sophomore Brianna Kirsch is a winning machine. Kirsch continued her perfect season Tuesday by shooting a 6-over-par 80 to win medalist honors the SWC/SWAL conference meet held at Cole Acres in Cuba City by 14 strokes over runner-up Sehroob Benipal of Wisconsin Dells. Kirsch's individual victory helped the Lancaster girls card a 393 team score to finish second out of five teams behind Wisconsin Dells (388).
The individual win was Kirsch's 11th win in 11 matches/tournament this year, including the Lancaster Country Club Women's Club Championship. Kirsch shot a two-day total of 161 two weekends ago to win the women's club championship.
Last Thursday at the Lancaster quadrangular, Kirsch earned medalist honors with an even-par round of 35 on the back nine to lead the Arrows (178) to an 18-stroke victory over Darlington (196). She finished 10 strokes ahead of her closest competitor, Josie Thomas (45) of Darlington. Kirsch’s round began with back-to-back birdies on the par-4 10th and 11th holes. She bogied the par-3 13th and the par-5 18, while picking up pars on the remaining five holes.
Kirsch and the Flying Arrows will compete in the WIAA Division 2 Prairie du Chien Regional Wednesday. The the first four teams and top four individual, who are not members of a qualifying team, will advance to sectionals.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Leyton Bowers, Sr., WR/LB, Mineral Point football
Bowers hauled in eight passes for a career-high 187 yards and two TDs (of 65 and 67 yards) in Mineral Point's 34–24 loss to undefeated Cuba City (5–0, 3–0 SWAL) last Friday night.
Logan Drone, SR., QB/DB, River Ridge football
Drone completed 5 of 10 passes for 156 yards and 3 touchdowns, and rushed for a game-high 155 yards and three more TDs on just eight carries (19.4 per attempt) in River Ridge's 41–3 Six Rivers Conference blowout win over Southwestern last Friday night. Drone also had a co-team-high 10 tackles to lead the Timberwolves' (4–1, 3–0 SRC) defense.
Austin Horn, Sr., WR/DB, Fennimore football
Horn caught three passes for 146 yards, including a 45-yard TD catch with five seconds left in the first half, and returned a punt 42 yards for another score in Fennimore's 56–22 Homecoming victory over Parkview/Albany last Friday night. He also had an interception and a tackle on defense. Horn was also named Fennimore's Homecoming king.
Beau Kopp, Sr., QB/DB, Cuba City football
Kopp completed 12 of 18 passes for 242 yards and 4 touchdowns, and rushed for another 52 yards, and recovered a fumble for a TD (he also punted three times for a 37.3 average) to lead the Cubans (5–0, 3–0 SWAL) to a key 34–24 victory over Mineral Point last Friday night.
Lucas Milz, Jr., RB/LB, Black Hawk football
Milz rushed for 246 yards and four TDs on 24 carries as Black Hawk/Warren spoiled Pecatonica/Argyle's Homecoming with a 46–12 victory at at Blanchardville's McKellar Park last Saturday, Sept. 18. Milz also led the Warriors' defense with nine tackles.
Ty Palzkill, Sr., WR/DB, Belmont football
Palzkill caught six passes for 167 yards and three first-half touchdowns, and two-point conversion pass, in Belmont's 42–0 8-player Southern Conference victory over Kickapoo/La Farge last Friday night. He also had two tackles on defense.
Raquel Reuter, So., Darlington girls cross country
Reuter set a new school record for the Darlington girls' cross country team by winning the individual title at the Dana Waddell Invitational at Marshall Tuesday, Sept. 14 with a new record time of 19:05 to lead the Darlington girls to a second-place team finish at the 10-team meet.