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By Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal
Easton Evanstad, Sr., RB/LB, Darlington football
Darlington senior running back Easton Evenstad had 177 rushing yards on 15 carries with touchdown runs of 72 and 50 yards and two 2-point conversion runs in the Redbirds' dominating 42–7 SWAL victory over rival and two-time defensing Southwest Wisconsin Activities League champion Mineral Point. The win snapped Darlington’s three-game losing streak to Pointers and also improved the Redbirds’ record to 89-26-5 over the Pointers in their 120 meetings.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Eli Adams, So., RB/DB, Potosi/Cassville football
Without the services of one of their most explosive weapons in Ashton Spitzack (injured), Adams stepped up in his place and rushed for a whopping 237 yards and two TDs on 15 carries to help Potosi/Cassville throttle host Southwestern 50–7 last Friday night in the Six Rivers Conference opener for both teams.
Will Aurit, Sr., Dodgeville/Mineral Point cross country
Aurit finished second out of 125 runners in the boys' varsity race with a time of 17:06.0 at last Saturday's 23-team Darlington Invitational to lead the Dodgers to the team title.
Jacob Divall, Jr., QB and D.J. Kelley, Sr., WR, Lancaster football
Divall completed 8 of 13 passes for 120 yards and three TDs — all three to Kelley for a total of 80 yards in the Flying Arrows' 56–0 blowout win at Orfordville Parkview last Friday night. Divall also rushed for 105 yards and two more scores on just four carries in the first half.
Carter Olson, Sr., WR/DB, Cuba City football
Olson returned a second-quarter interception 100 yards for a touchdown, then returned a punt 45 yards in the fourth quarter for another score to lead the Cubans to a 19–0 SWAL victory at Fennimore last Friday night. He also had five catches for 33 yards and three tackles in the game.
Ellie Robinson, Fr., and Annie Robinson, Fr., Dodgeville/Mineral Point girls cross country
The freshman sisters placed second (Ellie, 19:50.2) and third (Annie, 20:14.1) out of 97 runners to lead the Dodge–Point girls to the team title at last Saturday's Darlington Invitational.
Hope Williams, Sr., OH, Lancaster volleyball
Williams slammed a match-high 23 kills to lead host Lancaster to a 3–1 (25–22, 25–18, 23–25, 25–23) Southwest Wisconsin Conference victory over Prairie du Chien last Thursday night. The win snapped the Flying Arrows' seven-year, 68-match conference losing streak.