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. 18-25)
Breland Prochaska, libero (Fennimore, sr.) – was all over the court defensively registering a match-high 44 digs to help Fennimore hold off visiting Lancaster 25-17, 25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 16-14 in last Thursday’s WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal. Two nights later Prochaska was nearly as good digging up 30 attacks, but her gritty effort was enough to help the Golden Eagles get past top-seeded Wisconsin Heights.
Traci Kirschbaum, middle hitter (River Ridge, sr.) – floored 47 kills and had 20 blocks in three matches last week to lead the Timberwolves to their first WIAA Division 4 regional title since 2007. Kirschbaum had 16 kills and six blocks in Ridge’s 25-15, 16-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-11 comeback win over Potosi in Saturday’s regional final at River Ridge High School. On Thursday she had 19 kills and seven blocks in a sweep of Riverdale.
Charis Luedtke, middle hitter (Hillsboro, sr.) – powered the host Tigers (27-1) to a Division 4 regional title with 15 kills and four aces in an easy 25-14, 25-20, 25-11 victory over Royall on Saturday night. She had 16 kills and seven blocks in a 25-17, 25-12, 25-16 sweep of Kickapoo on Thursday. The once beaten Tigers will face Cochrane-Fountain City in Thursday night’s WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal.
Kelly Lynch, middle hitter (Richland Center, sr.) - had 16 kills in each regional win over Wisconsin Dells and River Valley last week. Lynch's big night against SWC rival River Valley helpd the Hornets sweep the Blackhawks 30-28, 26-24, 25-21 in Saturday night's WIAA regional final.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Adam Niehaus (Platteville, sr.) - placed seventh overall in 16 minutes and 58 seconds at Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 Monroe Sectional Meet to earn an individual state berth in his first year on the Platteville cross country team.
Brandon Doll (Lancaster, jr.) - Doll finished seventh in 17:36 at the WIAA Division 3 Boscobel sectional to earn his first trip to state.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Kendra Sigg (Pecatonica/Argyle, jr.) – finished fifth overall with a time of 16:13 at Saturday’s WIAA Division 3 Boscobel Sectional meet to earn an individual state berth.
Brooke Elliott (Lancaster, fr.) – placed seventh at the D3 Boscobel Sectional to earn a trip to state.
200-yard freestyle relay (Platteville/Lancaster, jr.) – the quartet of Claire Friederick, Maddie Kieler, Melanie Schaefer and Sarah Loring combined to win the event in a time of 1:44.74 at Saturdays’ 27th annual Platteville/Lancaster Girls Swimming Invitational and help the Hillmen hold off Sauk Prairie for the program’s first top-two finish in the 27 years of its own invite.