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Preston Noethe, Sr., Lancaster track and field, and baseball
Lancaster senior Preston Noethe is one of the growing list of talented area multi-sport athletes that are being allowed to play two sports in the same season, and succeeding in both.
Noethe won the high jump (5'10"), long jump (20'5.5") and triple jump (41'5"), and teamed with Isaac Oyen and fellow track/baseball two-sport athletes Logan Smith and Hayden Wagner to win the boys' 4x100 relay in 46.53 seconds to help the Flying Arrows win the boys' team title. Noethe scored 32.5 of Lancaster's 124 points.
When he is not winning gold medals in track and field, Noethe is the starting centerfielder on the Lancaster baseball team. This is his first season of baseball since playing little league as an eighth grader. Noethe went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base in Lancaster’s 6–2 Southwest Wisconsin Conference win at Platteville last Thursday afternoon.
HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Emily Hach, Jr, Riverdale softball
Hach went 7-for-10 with a double, two home runs and 11 RBI, and earned the pitching win in Game 2, of a Southwest Wisconsin Activities League doubleheader sweep of Fennimore last Thursday. Hach went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the Chieftains' 15–5 game one victory. She then exploded with a perfect 5-for-5 game with a double, two homers and a career-high nine RBI in Riverdale's 18–4 game two victory. She was was also the winning pitcher in the game, allowing four runs in five innings.
Adam Larson, Sr., Fennimore golf and track and field
Larson won the high jump (6'2"), triple jump (41'11") and placed third in long jump (18.7.5") at last Thursday’s SWAL midseason meet at Fennimore High School in his first track meet of the season. Larson's primary spring sport is golf, where he is the Golden Eagles' #1 golfer and currently in third place in the SWAL individual standings through five of the league's seven-meet regular season. Larson shot a 42 last last Friday’s Mineral Point SWAL meet to finish third, then placed fourth at Monday’s Barneveld SWAL meet with a 43.
Noah Kirsch, Jr., Lancaster golf
Kirsch, the SUPPZ.com Co-Athlete of the Week two weeks ago, aced the par 3, 186-yard first hole at the Lancaster Country Club and went on to win medalist honors with an even par 36 at last Thursday's Lancaster SWC meet. The junior standout then shot a 2-under-par 70 to win Monday’s 19-team Battle at the Rock Tournament at the Wild Rock Wilderness Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells. Kirsch also tied for first at last Tuesday’s Platteville SWC meet with a 39 and currently leads the SWC individual standings with 147.5 points, ahead of Prairie du Chien's James Reilly (143).
Dominick McVay, Jr., CF, Mineral Point baseball
McVay went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in a 8–4 victory over second-place Fennimore (8-6, 5–2 SWAL) in last Thursday's SWAL showdown for first place. McVay also belted three homers and drove in four runs in a 6–2 non-conference victory over Prairie du Chien Monday afternoon and went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases in Tuesday's 11–1 win over Riverdale to lead the SWAL-leading Pointers (16–1, 9–0).
Robby Roe, Jr., P/SS, Potosi/Cassville baseball
Roe went 2-for-3 with a triple, a homer, a walk and three RBI in the Chieftains' 14–12 comeback victory over Argyle last Thursday night. Roe led off the game with a solo homer and later hit a two-run, game-tying triple in Potosi/Cassville's six-run seventh inning. The next day, Roe struck out nine in a two-hit, five-inning shut out over Shullsburg/Benton. He also walked twice, stole two bases and scored a pair of runs to aid his own cause.