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 (Jan. 25-31)
BOYS BASKETBALL – Co-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Avery Wilborn, sr., G (Belmont) – sank five 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 23 points in leading Belmont over Argyle, 48-37, for its first victory of the season during the annual Six Rivers Boys Basketball Crossover Challenge in Belmont last Friday. The win halted the Braves' 16-game slide to start the season and ended a 19-game overall losing streak, while aiding the West's 4-3 victory over the East in the inter-conference showdowns.
Hunter Leibfried, jr., G (Potosi) – scored a team-high 18 points in Potosi’s 60-44 win over Cassville last Tuesday then and followed up with 20 points and 13 rebounds in a 77-63 loss to Galena in last Saturday’s Star Restaurant/Italian Kitchen Shootout at the University of Dubuque. He also had eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in Friday’s 60-46 loss to Barneveld on Friday night.
GIRLS BASKETBALL - PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ashley Flesch, sr., G (Potosi) – scored eight of her season-high 31 points in the second overtime to lift Potosi to a crucial 76-66 double overtime victory at Six Rivers West-leading Belmont last Thursday night. Flesch also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. On Monday Flesch scored 10 points and was one of five players to score in double figures as the Chieftains (10-4, 4-1) grabbed a share of first place with a 70-55 victory at Benton/Shullsburg.
SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Ryan Heberlein, jr., (Lancaster) – turned in a pair of individual second-place finishes last Tuesday’s Southern Lakes Conference triple dual at Lake Genenva Badger to help the Platteville/Lancaster boys’ swim team earn a split defeating Delavan-Darien 114-56, and losing to the host Badger co-op, 97-73. Heberlein finished second in the 50 freestyle (:24.78) and the 100 freestyle (:54.11). He also swam on the first-place 400 freestyle relay and the second-place 200 freestyle relay.
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
Lancaster Wrestling Team – The Arrows clinch an outright Southwest Wisconsin Conference dual-meet title with a 38-28 win over River Valley last Thursday night. The Flying Arrows finished with a conference dual-meet record of 5-0.
Iowa-Grant Wrestling Team – The Panthers clinched the outright Southwestern Wisconsin Activities League (SWAL) regular season title with back-to-back dominating wins over Boscobel, 76-6, last Thursday, and Darlington, 80-0, last Friday. I-G finished the regular season 9-0 overall and 6-0 in conference dual meets. The Panthers enter this Saturday’s SWC-SWAL Clash conference tournament as a favorite, along with Lancaster and Mineral Point, to win the team title.