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) will combine to nominate our "Prep Performers of the Week" in volleyball, cross country, boys soccer, girls swimming and girls golf. If don't agree with our rankings or you feel we missed a standout performance, feel free to post a comment and plead your case.
PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK (Oct. 11-18)
Claire Webster, (River Ridge, sr.) – overcame a painful ankle injury to slam 18 kills and eight blocks to lead the Timberwolves to a 25-16, 15-25, 32-30, 25-23 victory over Potosi last Thursday that gave River Ridge a share of its first ever Six Rivers West volleyball conference title. In the middle of a pivotal game-three victory, with her team clinging to a Webster went to the bench in tears after turning her ankle and re-aggravating a previous injury. Potosi rallied to tie game at 24-24 with Webster looking on from the sidelines and four times served for game point. Tied at 26-26 Wester re-entered the match and helped her team pull out a crucial two-point win.
Molly Wubben, setter (Southwestern, sr.) and Katelyn Hoppman, middle hitter (Southwestern, sr.) – Wubben took care of the sets with 44 assists and Hoppman ruled the net with 27 kills as the Wildcats downed Fennimore, 25-20, 16-25, 25-18, 20-25 last Thursday night, in their regular season finale to claim a share of the SWAL championship this season. Last Tuesday Hoppman had 12 kills and 10 aces, while Wubben dished out 17 assists in a 25-13, 25-10, 25-11 sweep of Riverdale. The Wildcats finished the regular season 25-2 overall and 11-1 in the Southwestern Wisconsin Activities League.
Julia Lawinger (Platteville, jr.) – had a pair of standout performances to lead the Hillmen to wins over Richland Center and Lanacster last week that helped Platteville win a share of its first conference volleyball title since 1994. On Tuesday against Richland Center Lawinger slammed a match-high 20 kills as Platteville a five-set match with the Hornets to have a chance to win a share of the SWC crown. Thursday night Lawinger was at the top of her game on both offense and defense. She floored a match-high 19 kills and also came up with a match-high 15 digs in a 3-1 victory over Lancaster.
Kailee Kamps (Belmont, sr.) – led the Braves to a pair of wins in their final two matches thanks to a couple of all-around performances. The senior recorded 23 assists, 13 digs and four aces in a three-game sweep over Benton on Tuesday, and she followed with 13 kills, 27 assists and 15 digs in a 3-1 win over Cassville on Thursday.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Kyle Schulte (Darlington, jr.) - Schulte has really turned it on as of late for the Redbirds. He did not factor into the team scoring for the SWAL champion Redbirds at the conference meet, but he made the SWAL All-Conference team after posting a personal-best time of 18:00 to place 10th at Thursday's SWAL Meet. The junior has dropped his time by more than three and a half minutes from the first meet this season to Thursday's conference meet.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Jill Friesen (Cassville, so.) – finished fourth overall with a time of 18:36 at last Thursday’s Ridge and Valley/Six Rivers combined conference meet at Albany High School. Not only did Friesen earn first-team all-conference honors, but she was the only female member of the Cassville cross country team that ran at the conference meet.
Amy Jorgenson (Darlington, sr.) – placed fifth overall in 16:35 at the SWAL Meet to earn All-Conference honors for the fourth straight season and help lead the Lady Redbirds to their fourth consecutive SWAL championship title.
Claire Friederick (Lancaster, jr.) – won the 50-yard freestyle (25.68 seconds), finished second in the 100 freestyle (57.41) and swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay and the runner-up 400 free relay to lead Platteville/Lancaster to a split at last week’s Southern Lakes Conference finale at UW-Platteville. The Hillmen (7-5, 4-3 Southern Lakes) beat Edgerton 123-47, but lost to the Lake Geneva Badger co-op 109-61.