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 vote on the top prep teams of the week. Our combined vote will produce a weekly list of three to four nominees. Vote on this week’s Team of the Week with a comment below.
WEEK 9's TEAMS OF THE WEEK (Oct. 11-18)
Highland Football – The Cardinals' 22-14 win over previously unbeaten Potosi at home last Friday night gave them a share of the Six Rivers Conference championship. Tyler Kleist scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run in the third quarter. He finished the game with 123 yards on 29 carries. Highland had went 2-22 in conference play over the three previous season before posting a 7-1 record in the league this year. The loss snapped a 25-game conference winning streak for Potosi, which still won a share of its fourth consecutive Six Rivers championship.
River Ridge Volleyball – Senior Claire Webster fought through a re-aggravated sprained ankle to color a match-high 18 kills as the Timberwolves earned a share of the 2011 Six Rivers West championship title by defeating Potosi, 25-16, 15-25, 32-20, 25-23, in Patch Grove on Thursday evening. The victory avenged a 3-2 loss to the co-champion Chieftains back on Sept. 20 and gave River Ridge a share of the program’s first ever Six Rivers West volleyball title.
Lancaster Football – The Arrows fought through an early shootout by rushing for 444 yards and forcing three turnovers on defense as Lancaster whipped Platteville 49-21 in a battle of previous unbeatens to claim the program’s 24th conference title and ninth since 2000. Junior fullback Trae Mezera rushed 272 yards and four touchdowns and added a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Lancaster senior quarterback Justin Hore added 155 yards and two TDs on 17 carries. Platteville tied the game at 21-21 a minute into the second quarter, but never scored again. After taking a 28-21 lead on a 13-yard Mezera TD run, Lancaster forced a punt, then Mezera scored again. Lancaster’s Curtis Olson sacked Emendorfer and forced a fumble on Platteville’s ensuing drive to set up the Arrows’ sixth score of the half, and junior Kile Jerrett intercepted two Platteville passes deep in Lancaster territory to end second half scoring threats.
Platteville volleyball – The Hillmen defeated conference frontrunners Lancaster and Richland Center last week to earn a share of the program’s first conference volleyball title since 1994. Senior Julia Lawinger slammed 19 kills and had 15 digs as Platteville beat Center 25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 25-19 last Thursday night to force a three-way tie for the Southwest Wisconsin Conference title. Plattevile, Lancaster and Richland Center each finished SWC play with 8-2 records. Last Tuesday Lawinger floored 20 kills, Tess Stecklein added 15 kills and 24 digs, and Katie Lucas passed out 50 assists as the Hillmen survived a visit from Richland Center, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20, 14-25, 15-12 to set up Thursday’s conference championship showdown.