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By Tom Gunnell and Jason Nihles
Kobe Vosberg, Jr., P, Cuba City baseball
Cuba City junior Kobe Vosberg struck out 11 of the 16 batters he faced on his way to no-hitting the Darlington Redbirds and leading the Cubans (10–6 overall, 7–3 SWAL) to a five-inning 10-0 SWAL victory at CCHS on Friday, May 21.
Vosberg was a second-inning walk away from tossing a perfect game. He was efficient on the mound, throwing 45 of his 66 pitches for strikes including first-pitch strikes to 13 of the 16 batters. He helped his own cause at the plate by drilling a double, driving in two runs and scoring a run.
Vosberg used his bat on Monday afternoon to help Coach Steve Graber’s Cubans down the host Boscobel Bulldogs 12–1 in SWAL action. Vosberg went 3-for-4 with a home run, five RBI and two runs scored to guide the 13-hit Cubans’ attack.
Tuesday, Vosberg was back on the mound against Darlington. He struck out 13 and allowed just one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings on three hits and a walk to lead the Cubans to a 13–1 victory over the Redbirds. He also went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two walks at the plate Tuesday night.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Cuba City boys track and field team
The Cuba City boys’ track and field team won six events en route to a first-place finish at the SWAL Mid-Season Meet hosted at Boscobel High School Thursday, May 20. Beau Kopp won the shot put (43’5”) and discus (129’11”) and teamed with Devon Hill, Chayse Barth and Dylan McNally-Wand to win the 400-meter relay race (47.14) for the Cubans, who earned the boys’ team title with 120 points.
At the Platteville Relays on Saturday, May 22, Kopp combined with Jack Misky to win the boys’ discus (266’9”) and was a member of the Cubans’ winning 4x100 relay (46.42) with Hill, McNally-Wand and Mason Leeser and the 4x100 throwers’ relay (50.87) with Misky, Hill and Gorge Mendez.
Reese Deckart, Sr., Southwestern boys track and field
Deckart won the 100-meter dash (11.94) and teamed with Ethan Pickel, Dylan Rouse and Justin Reuter to win the 800 relay (1:38.83) at the SWAL Mid-Season Meet hosted at Boscobel High School.
Gretta Grassel, Fr., P, Boscobel softball
The freshman phenom bounced back from the only set back of her exceptional, yet young varsity career in a big way. Mineral Point stunned Grassel and the #7-ranked Bulldogs with a 1–0 loss on Kennedy Wenger's walk-off homer Monday afternoon. Grassel shook off the defeat with one of her best all-around performances of the year Wednesday when she struck out 14 Fennimore batters en route to her fourth no-hitter of the season (one was a perfect game) and slugged a pair of homers in the Bulldogs 10–0 win Fennimore Wednesday. Grassel is now 9–1 with a microscopic 0.31 ERA, 167 strike outs and 11 walks in 67 1/3 innings, while batting a team-best .575 (23 of 40) with three doubles, two triples, two homers and 14 RBI for the SWAL-leading Bullodgs (12–2, 11–1).
Niko Karavergos, Sr., Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg boys track and field
Karavergos attended the Nathan Hale Distance Night in West Allis on Saturday evening and established a new program and Shullsburg school record in the 800 with his sixth-place time of 1:56.40.
Aiden Sparkman, Sr., P/IF, Platteville baseball
Sparkman struck out six and allowed just one unearned run in an 83-pitch complete game gem to lead the Hillmen to a 5–2 Southwest Wisconsin Conference victory at Prairie du Chien last Friday afternoon. It was Platteville's first victory over Prairie du Chien since 2012, snapping a nine-year, 20-game losing streak to the Blackhawks. Sparkman also drove in a pair of runs in Platteville's four-run second inning. Sparkman, a Division 3 Ripon College recruit, then went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a narrow 7–4 loss to undefeated #2-ranked Dodgeville (16–0, 7–0) Tuesday night. He also went 2-for-3 and scored a run in a 2–1 non-conference win over Potosi/Cassville last Thursday. Sparkman is hitting a team-best .400 (16-for-40) with four doubles, five RBI, 10 stolen bases, a team-high 14 runs scored and a team-best .547 on-base percentage.
Kennedy Wenger, So., SS, Mineral Point softball
Wegner hit a one-out walk off home run off of Boscobel standout freshman pitcher Gretta Grassel to lift host Mineral Point to a dramatic 1–0 SWAL victory Monday afternoon. Wegner had both of Mineral Point's hits in the game — which were two of the four balls put in play against Grassel, who struck out 17 of the 21 batters she faced. Mineral Point (11–5) improved to 9–1 in the SWAL and have a legitimate chance at sharing this year's SWAL title with #7-ranked Boscobel (12–2, 11–1). Grassel is already one of the top pitchers in the state as a freshman, sporting a 9–1 record, including three no-hitters and a perfect game, with a 0.31 ERA, 167 strike outs and just 11 walks in 67 1/3 innings pitched this year.