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Junior guard lead Potosi to stunning regional final upset of undefeated Wauzeka–Steuben
Potosi junior Sam Udelhofen scored season-high 27 points in a 58–26 regional quarterfinal win over Six Rivers West rival Shullsburg last Tuesday night. He then made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points in a 64–57 regional final upset of previously unbeaten and #3-ranked Wauzeka–Steuben in a D5 regional final Saturday night.

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

Sam Udelhofen, Jr., G, Potosi boys basketball
Udelhofen averaged 17.7 points, 6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three wins to lead the surging Chieftains to a WIAA Division 5 regional title last week. Udelhofen hit five 3-pointers, scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and passed out five assists in Potosi's stunning 64–57 regional final victory over previously undefeated Wauzeka–Steuben (24–0) last Saturday night. 

Potosi’s largest lead of the second half came with 4:48 to play when senior Logan Uppena completed an old-fashioned three-point play to give his team a 56–48 advantage. In the proceeding three minutes, Wauzeka–Steuben put together a 9–0 scoring run to take a 57–56 lead on a Seth Bunders 3-pointer with 1:58 to play in the contest.

Udelhofen answered with a turnaround jumper in the lane to reclaim the lead at the 1:37 mark, and the Chieftains never trailed again. While the Hornets missed five 3-point shot attempts in the final minute and a half, the Chieftains were a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line to seal the victory.

Udelhofen had nine points, six rebounds and two assists in a 57–46 regional semifinal win at #4 North Crawford a night earlier. Udelhofen opened his playoff run with a season-high 27 points on 10 of 20 shooting, with five boards, four assists and four steals in a 58–26 regional quarterfinal blowout win over Six Rivers West rival Shullsburg last Tuesday night.

Udelhofen has led the Chieftains on an 11-game winning streak heading into tonight's WIAA D5 sectional semifinal game against Southwestern (19–7) at Lancaster High School. Udelhofen is averaging 17.2 points per game during the winning steak and 13.4 per game this season.

HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order):
Leyten Bowers, Sr., G, Mineral Point boys basketball
Bowers pumped in a career- and season-high 27 points on 10 of 15 shooting, with seven rebounds and two steals to lead the SWAL co-champion Pointers (24–3) to a dominating 61–46 WIAA D4 regional final victory over SWAL rival Cuba City (24–3) last Saturday night. Bowers also had seven points and assisted on senior Dominik McVay's game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in Friday's 54–51 regional semifinal victory over Fennimore.

Chad Haffele, Jr., G, Benton boys basketball
Haffele knocked down six 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 24 points to lead the host Zephyrs over Belmont, 65–54, in a WIAA Division 5 regional quarterfinal game at BHS last Tuesday, March 1.

Mallory Lindsey, Sr., G, Mineral Point girls basketball
Lindsey scored a game-high 17 points on 5 of 11 shooting, including three 3-pointers, with five assists to lead the top-ranked undefeated Pointers (28–0) to a 63–43 WIAA Division 4 sectional final victory over New Glaurus (21–8) last Saturday at De Forest. Two nights earlier Lindsey drained six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 23 points in a 63–55 D4 sectional semifinal victory over #4-ranked La Crosse Aquinas (21–5) at Richland Center. Mineral Point will face Westfield (27–1) in a D4 state semifinal Thursday at 6:35 p.m. at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Rachel Miller, Sr., G, Highland girls basketball
Miller posted a double–double of 16 points and 10 rebounds with two steals to lead Six Rivers West co-champion Highland to a 54–49 victory over #2-ranked Bangor in a WIAA Division 5 sectional final at Richland Center last Saturday night. The Cardinals (26–3, 9–1 SRW) qualified for their first WIAA girls basketball state tournament with the win and will face top-ranked Randolph (29–0) in a D5 state semifinal Friday at 9:05 a.m. at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Miller also scored a co-team-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in a 57–46 sectional semifinal win over SRW rival Belmont (22–5) last Thursday night at Mineral Point.

Nate Reiff, Sr., C, Southwestern boys basketball
Reiff scored 17 points in Southwestern's 74–61 WIAA Division 5 regional final victory over Cassville last Saturday night. A night earlier, the senior center pumped in a game-high 22 points, on just 12 shots, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked two shots to lead Southwestern (19–7) to a 71–39 regional semifinal win over Benton. Reiff also posted a double–double of 12 points and 11 boards in the Wildcats' 82–16 regional quarterfinal blowout of La Farge last Tuesday night. Southwestern will face SRW runner-up Potosi (17–10) in a D5 sectional semifinal at Lancaster Thursday at 7 p.m.

Cameron Winkers, Sr., 195/220 pounds, Brett Birchman, Jr., 126 and freshman Amryn Nutter, Fr., 106, Fennimore wrestling
The Fennimore trio each went 2–0 to lead the Golden Eagles (16–2) to the WIAA Division 3 Team Wrestling State Championship Saturday at the UW Field House in Madison. Winkers scored a pair of pins and a team-high 12 points on the day. Birchman opened Fennimore's 35–30 semifinal victory over #3-seed Saint Croix Falls with an 11–2 major decision, then capped the Eagles' dominating 37–23 championship win over #1 Coleman with a 21–2 major decision. Nutter's second-period pin of Cole Steffen clinched Fennimore's semifinal victory with two matches remaining. He then scored a 17–1 major decision to give the Eagles the lead for good at 25–23 in the championship match, beginning a 17–0 closing run as Fennimore's lightweights won the final four matches of the duel.