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Brianna Leahy, Jr., UW–Platteville women's track and field
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — UW–Platteville junior Brianna Leahy had quite a day for herself at the Meet of Champions hosted by Augustana College on Saturday, April 17. Leahy, in her first season as a member of the Pioneers' track team, won the women's shot put with a new school record of 14.13 meters (46'4.25") and also finished third in the women's discus with a top throw of 40.90 meters (134'2"). Leahy's record-breaking throw puts her among the top two shot put throws in the NCAA DIII national standings this season. Leahy, who is also a member of the Pioneers' women's basketball team, is a 2018 graduate of Shullsburg High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Bev Leahy of Shullsburg, and is majoring in agricultural business at UW–Platteville.
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Beau Kopp, Jr., QB/DB and Chayse Barth, Jr., RB/DB, Cuba City football
FENNIMORE — Quarterback Beau Kopp tossed three touchdowns, running back Chayse barth scored three touchdowns and the Cuba City defense pitched the first shutout of the season as the visiting Cubans blanked the #9-ranked Fennimore Golden Eagles, 28-0, in a Covid Spring Small Conference contest held at The Rock on Friday, April 16. Kopp went 12-of-19 through the air for 144 yards and three scores, and he added 42 rushing yards on 13 carries. Barth ran it 15 times for 80 yards and a score, and he two catches for 25 yards and two more scores.
Rachel Schauer, Fr., Fennimore wrestling
CORALVILLE, Iowa — Fennimore freshman Rachel Schauer is a high school All-American. Schauer finished second at 164 pounds in the U16 division at the 2021 USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Nationals Championships in Coralville, Iowa March 27–28. Schauer defeated Elizabeth Eaglin of Indiana in the quarterfinals via a first-period pin, then outlasted Brynn Green of Michigan 2–0 in the semifinals, before suffering a 36-second pin to Ella Pagel of Twin Cities, Minn. in the finals. Schauer’s second-place finish at nationals earned her All-American honors.