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By Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal/The Fennimore Times
Skyler Burkholder, Sr., RB/DB, Lancaster football
Lancaster senior running back Skyler Burkholder rushed for a career-high 210 yards and two long touchdowns, and threw a 75-yard touchdown to classmate Michael Ihm on halfback option pass to help the Flying Arrows defeat visiting Mineral Point 38–33 last Friday night at LHS. Burkholder scored on a 68-yard run early in the second quarter, then thew the 75-yard TD pass to Ihm with 4:05 left in the first half to give the Arrows an 18–13 halftime lead. The shifty senior also scored on aa 47-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to give Lancaster a 32–26 lead. Lancaster improved to 3–3 and 3–1 in the Southwest Wisconsin Activities League with the win. The Arrows will extend their playoff streak to 29 years when they collect a forfeit victory from Southwestern (3–3, 1–3 SRC) this Friday night.
Hailey Stich, Sr., OH, Cuba City volleyball
Cuba City senior Hailey Stich recorded her 1,000th career kill and 1,000th career dig for the Cubans in a four-day span last week. First, she registered her 1,000th career dig at the Edgerton Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18, and then recorded her 1,000th career kill in last Tuesday’s victory over the rival Wildcats in their annual Pink Night match. Stich finished with 14 kills and 10 digs in the SWAL-leading Cubans' 3–0 win over Southwestern, and then she tallied 13 kills and nine digs in a 3–0 sweep over Riverdale last Thursday, Sept. 23. Stitch slammed a season-high 23 kills to lead the Cubans to a five-set victory over rival Mineral Point Tuesday night. Stitch has led the Cubans to a 17–6 overall record and a first-place 8–0 mark in the Southwest Wisconsin Activities League.
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Owen Hamilton, Sr., RB/LB, River Ridge football
Ridge's senior fullback rushed for 208 yards and scored three touchdowns on short runs, the last coming from 6 yards out with 2:41 remaining to clinch the Timberwolves' 32–21 upset victory over Division 6 #3-ranked and previously unbeaten Cuba City (5–1, 3–1 SWAL) last Friday night. Hamilton also recorded eight tackles on defense to help River Ridge (5–1, 4–0 SRC) remain in the hunt for a Six Rivers Conference title. The Timberwolves are now ranked #9 in the latest Wissports.net Division 7 coaches poll.
Brianna Kirsch, So., Lancaster girls golf
Kirsch kept her perfect unbeaten season going by winning the individual title at last Wednesday's Southwest Wisconsin Conference (Sept. 22) with a 6-over par round of 80 to lead the Flying Arrows to a second-place finish behind Wisconsin Dells in the five-team conference meet. Kirsch also claimed the SWC Player of the Year honors in the process with 171 points and a nine-hole average of 39.8 strokes. More recently, Kirsch won medalist honors at last week's WIAA Division 2 Prairie du Chien Regional with an 11-over par 83 at the par 72 Prairie du Chien Country Club. The Flying Arrows finished sixth with a score of 429, just two strokes back of fourth place and a team trip to sectionals, but Kirsch advanced as an individual and will play in the D2 Wisconsin Dells Sectional Tuesday with a chance to qualify for next week's WIAA State Tournament.
Nevada Sandlin, Jr., RB/LB, Benton/Scales Mound/Shullsburg football
Sandlin ran 12 times for 134 yards with four TDs (9, 6, 20, 40) and two 2-point conversions (one run, one catch) as the Knights (1–5, 1–3 SRC) earned their first win of the season with a 46–18 win over host Iowa–Grant last Friday night.