NOTE: Each week, the sports editors of swews4u.com; A.J. Gates (Grant County Herald Independent), Jason Nihles (Platteville Journal), Tom "Gunner" Gunnell (Republican Journal) and Erik Olson (The Richland Observer) combine to nominate our "Prep Performers of the Week".
PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK (Feb. 1-7)
BOYS BASKETBALL – PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alex Droessler, sr., C (Benton) – In the Zephyrs' 56-54 victory over Potosi on Thursday, Feb. 2, Droessler scored 16 points, pulled down five rebounds and had three of his team's 10 steals. With the win, Benton moved into a firt-place tie with the Chieftains, both 6-2 in the Six Rivers West conference.
GIRLS BASKETBALL - CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Claire Scott, jr., F (Darlington) – scored 18 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in Darlington's 60-39 non-conference victory over Benton-Shullsburg and followed that with nine points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Cuba City.
Chloe Pustina, fr. G (Cuba City) - sank 14-of-15 free throw attempts and scored nine of her game-high 22 points during a 12-0 run to start against Darlington. Pustina led the Cubans to a 59-35 win on their home floor.
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Bart Kluesner, sr. (River Ridge-Cassville) - Kluesner placed second in the 113-pound weight class at last weekend's Scenic Ridge & Rivers Conference Meet. After pinning his first opponent in a time of 1:15, he defeated Austin Moenck of Cashton by a narrow margin of 4-3. In his championship match, Kluesner was pinned in the second period by Josh Marten of Brookwood, the ninth-ranked wrestler in the state at that weight and division.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Benton Boys Basketball Team - Needing a win to stay in contention for their sixth-straight conference title, the Benton boys basketball team collected a 56-54 victory over visiting Potosi last week. With the win, coach Jim Blaine's team slipped into a first-place tie with the Chieftains, both at 6-2 in conference play.