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Noah Kirsch, Jr., Lancaster boys golf
Kirsch keeps on winning. The junior shared medalist honors with River Valley's Eli Johnson at last Tuesday's Prairie du Chien SWC meet, then shot an even-par 36 to win the Dodgeville SWC meet last Thursday afternoon. He then posted a 1-under-par 71 Saturday at the House on the Rock Resort to win medalist honors at the 15-team River Valley Invitational and help the Lancaster boys finished third in the seven-team small schools division. Kirsch also posted a 2-over-par 38 to finish second at Tuesday's River Valley SWC meet as Lancaster tied Platteville for second at the six-team event. Kirsch and the Arrows currently sit in second place in the SWC team standings with 14 points, behind only Dodgeville (16.5) halfway through the six-event regular season.
Beau Kopp, Jr., QB/P, Cuba City football
Cuba City junior quarterback Beau Kopp was recently named the COVID Spring–Small Schools Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Cubans (4–2, 3–2) to a third-place finish in the six-team Alternate Fall football conference. Kopp closed out the year completing 23 of his 40 passing attempts for 260 yards and two scores with one interception in a 30–22 loss to #5-ranked Black Hawk/Warren (5–1, 4–1) last Friday night. Kopp finished the spring season with 94 completions on 153 attempts for 965 yards with 12 TD passes and six interceptions. He also rushed for 314 yards and six more TDs on 77 attempts to earn first-team all-conference honors at quarterback. Kopp was also named the first-team all-conference punter with a 37.2 average on 14 punts, with six downed inside the opponents 20-yard-line.
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Brandon Hoppman, Sr., RB and Ben Beau, Sr., RB, Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg football
Hoppman had 158 rushing yards on 17 carries with two TDs (8 and 3 yards), 52 receiving yards on two catches with a TD (50 yards) and completed one pass for 42 yards and another score in the Knights' (3–3, 2–2) 56–20 victory over Southwestern in last Friday's night's Alternate Fall football season finale. He also had an interception on defense. Beau added 123 rushing yards with two TDs (3 and 77) on five carries and 86 yards and a TD (49) on three catches.
Lucas Milz, So., RB and Landon Mahoney, So., RB, Black Hawk football
The sophomore backfield tandem of Lucas Milz and Landen Mahoney rushed for a combined 333 yards and two touchdown apiece to lead the Warriors’ 30–20 comeback victory over Cuba City last Friday night in the Alternate Fall football season finale. Milz ran for a game-high 170 yards on 26 carries with TDs of one and 10 yards, while Mahoney followed with 163 yards on 28 totes with scoring jaunts of two and 11 yards to help the Warriors (5–1, 4–1) clinch a share of the COVID Spring-Small Schools conference title. Milz also had a fumble recovery.
Mineral Point baseball pitchers, Dominik McVay, Liam Stumpf, Gunnar Gorgen and Nolan Springer
The Mineral Point baseball team tossed three no-hitters in the past week. Dominik McVay, Gunnar Gorgen and Nolan Springer teamed up on a five-inning no-hitter in a 13–0 shutout of Boscobel in game one of a SWAL doubleheader last Friday. McVay, who threw just 28 pitches in two innings Friday, returned to the mound a day later and struck out six and walked five in a 10–0, 88-pitch no-hitter against Amherst. Tuesday night Liam Stumpf belted a pair of homers and pitched 4 2/3 no-hit innings, and Springer got the final out of a 5-inning combined no-hitter in a 10–0 win over Iowa–Grant. The Pointers are currently 6–1 and 3–0 in the SWAL.
Ben Werner, Jr., OL/DL, Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg football
Werner was recently named the COVID Spring-Small Schools Conference football Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Lineman and Defensive Lineman of the Year after helping the Knights post a 3–3 mark during the recent WIAA Alternate Fall football season. Werner posted a team-high 10 tackles in B/SM/S's 56–20 victory over Southwestern in last week's season finale. The 6'4", 230-pound Werner finished the year with 68 tackles (11.3 per game), a league-high 18 tackles for loss, six sacks and four forced fumbles in just six games.
Kiah Williams, Jr., OF, and Delaney Johnson, Fr., C, Platteville softball
Williams and Johnson combined to slug four home runs and drive in seven runs in Platteville's wild 15–12 non-conference victory at East Dubuque last Friday afternoon. Williams celebrated her 17th birthday by smashing a pair of long balls and finishing the game 3-for-4 with five RBI and four runs scored. Johnson a smacked a pair of solo dinger and finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored.