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By Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal/Fennimore Times
Gretta Grassel, Fr., P, Boscobel
Boscobel freshman phenom Gretta Grassel put the Bulldogs softball program on the map. Grassel was recently named Small Schools First Team All-State by the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association. Grassel burst upon the scene with a 20-strikeout no-hitter in her varsity debut, a 9–0 win over Riverdale on April 27 and continued to dominate after that. She threw four no-hitters this year, including a perfect game in a 4–0 win over Cuba City on May 10. Grassel finished her freshman year with a 12–3 record and a minuscule 0.41 ERA (lowest in the state) and a whopping 233 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings pitched. She was also the Bulldogs best hitter this year with a .542 batting average (32 for 59) with four doubles, three triples, four home runs, 18 RBI, a team-high 22 stolen bases and 27 runs scored while leading the Bulldogs to a 16–4 record, a share of the SWAL title (12–2) and a berth in the WIAA Division 4 regional finals.
Grassel was joined on the WFSCA Small Schools All-State First Team by Dodgeville senior Audrey White (3B/P), who helped the Dodgers (28–3) win the WIAA D3 state title, and River Valley sophomores Katie Hahn (P) and Delaney Milanowski (SS).
Local Second Team All-State selections included Belmont sophomore Rylee Rogers (C), Dodgeville sophomore Annika Lord (P), Dodgeville sophomore Grace Graber, and River Valley sophomore Brooke Anderson. Honorable mention All-State picks were Belmont sophomore Mia Hodgson (P) and Highland senior Estee Goldwiler.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Bailey Butler, Sr., Black Hawk
Butler, a Division 1 UW–Green Bay recruit, scored a team-high 13 points to help the South All-Stars defeat the North 51–49 in last Wednesday's Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 5 Girls All-Star Game at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.
Riley Christensen, Sr., Belmont football
Christensen rushed for 68 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and recorded three tackles and a fumble recovery to lead the South All-Stars to a 35–16 victory in the last Friday's Wisconsin Football Coaches Association 8-Player All-Star Game at UW–Oshkosh's Titan Stadium. Fellow Belmont seniors Mitch Douglas and Michael Douglas also played for the South, while Belmont head coach Brandon Wiese and Braves' assistant coach Matt McKinley coached the South Stars in Friday's All-Star Game.
Brayden Dailey, Sr., Cuba City boys basketball
Dailey, a Division 1 UW–Green Bay rectuir, scored a team-high 23 points to lead the Red team to a 127–117 victory in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 4 Boys All-Star Game.