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Lancaster dual-sport senior shines on the links and the track for sectional-bound Arrows
Lancaster senior Isaac Dhyanchand won conference titles in the high jump, long jump and 4x200 relay last Tuesday, then advanced to sectionals in the high jump (1st) and long jump (2nd place) with top-four finishes at Monday's WIAA D3 Lancaster Regional.
Lancaster's Isaac Dhyanchand shot an 87 at last week's SWC Championships to earned second-team All-SWC honors and lead the Flying Arrows to the SWC team title. Tuesday his shot a 91 at the WIAA D3 Mineral Point regional to help Lancaster finish second and qualify for next week's D3 Aquinas Sectional.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Athlete of the Week is a web-only feature that will publish each Thursday throughout the calendar year.

by Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal/Fennimore Times/Boscobel Dial

Isaac Dhyanchand, Sr., Lancaster boys golf AND boys track and field
Somehow, Lancaster senior Isaac Dhyanchand has flown under the radar as a standout two-sport athlete this spring. The lanky Dhyanchand had a fantastic week on the golf course and the track for the Flying Arrows to be named this week's SWNews4U Athlete of the Week.

Dhyanchand, whose primary sport is golf, shot an 87 at last Wednesday's Southwest Wisconsin Conference Championships to help the Flying Arrows clinch this year's SWC title with 45 team points

The Flying Arrows went into the final conference meet of the 2022 season with a 6.5-point lead over Platteville and Richland Center, and secure the conference championship with a first-place finish last Wednesday. With a team scored of 340, the Flying Arrows finished 15 strokes ahead of the second-place Hornets, and were 39 strokes better than the third-place Hillmen. 

Dhyanchand's sixth-place finish at last week's conference meet helped him finish eighth in the final individual SWC standings with 170 conference points and a nine-hole conference average of 46.4 to earn second-team all-conference honors this season.

A day earlier, Dhyanchand showed off his skills on the track by placing first in the the high jump (5'10") and long jump (19'11"), and was a member of the winning 4x200 relay with Michael Ihm, Demoria Lovelady and Max Bedward (1:32.60). He scored 22.5 of the Lancaster boys' 96 team points and helped the Arrows finish fourth at conference.

This Monday, Dhyanchand cleared 6'2" to win a regional title in the high jump and finished second in the long jump (19'5") to advance to Thursday's WIAA Division 3 Mondovi Sectional.

Tuesday he was back on the links, shooting a 91 to finish 13th out of 45 golfers at WIAA Division 3 Mineral Point Regional at the par 70 Dodge–Point Country Club to help the Flying Arrows (352) finish second behind the host Pointers (324) to earn a spot in next Tuesday's WIAA D3 La Crosse Aquinas Sectional. 

A fantastic week for Lancaster's unassuming two-sport standout, indeed.

HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order): 
Will Aurit, Sr., Dodgeville/Mineral Point boys track and field
Aurit won the boys' 800 (2:00.96) and 1,600 (4:41.01) and ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x400 relay (3:33.55) to edge Platteville's 4x400 anchor, and help the Dodgers win this year's SWC title. Dodge–Point snapped the Platteville boys' six-year run as conference champion. The Hillmen have won 20 of the last 22 boys SWC titles. Dodge–Point last won the title in 2015.

Laniee Burks, Jr., Lancaster girls track and field
Burks won the 100 (13.04), 200 (26.98) and 4x400 (4:20.26), and placed second in the long jump (15'10") to scored 30.5 team points at last Tuesday's Southwest Wisconsin Conference meet to help the Flying Arrows win a second-straight conference title with 145 points. Burks also finished first in the 4x200 relay, and second in the 200 (27.35) and long jump (16'3") at Monday's D3 Lancaster Regional to advance to Thursday's D3 Mondovi Sectional.

Grace Dreischmeier, Jr., P, Highland softball
Dreischmeier struck out eight and allowed just one run on three hits and a walk to lead the Cardinals (21–2, 13–1 SRC) to a 6–1 victory over visiting Argyle that clinched this year's Six Rivers West Conference title. She also went 1-for-3 and drove in a run to help her own cause. Dreischmeier also tossed a four-hit, six-inning shutout in a 10–0 victory over Dodgeville two days later, and struck out eight and earned the win in a 9–6 WIAA D5 regional semifinal win over Southwestern on Tuesday. Dreischmeier is 15–1 this year with a 1.92 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 85 innings pitched for the SRW champion Cardinals.

Preston Steiner, Jr., P/CF, Potosi/Cassville baseball
Potosi junior Preston Steiner broke some kind of unofficial record with a five-inning no-hitter than spanned six days. Game one of the doubleheader originally began Friday, May 13 before the it was suspended by rain with the Chieftains leading 8–0 in the top of the fourth inning and Steiner holding the Ponies hitless through three innings. Steiner returned to the mound six days later and was even sharper the previous meeting, striking out the first five hitters he faced Thursday to compete the two-day no-hitter. Steiner finished the game with a combined 11 strike outs and six walks. Steiner also went 2-for-3 with an RBI in an 11–1 win at Black Hawk last Friday to help the Chieftains (16–6, 11–2 SRC) clinch their first conference title since 2012. Cassville last won a conference title in 2010. This is the fourth year of the Potosi/Cassville co-op.