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Teams of the Week (Oct. 25-Nov. 2)
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NOTE: Each week, the sports editors of; 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 11's TEAMS OF THE WEEK (Oct. 25-Nov. 2)

Darlington Boys Cross Country – Led by individual winner Tyson Miehe, the Darlington boys’ cross country team won the Division 3 team state championship at last week’s WIAA state cross country championships in Wisconsin Rapids. It was the program’s first state title since 1986. Miehe won the boys’ race in 16:02.14, followed by Destin Komprood (6th, 16:50), Michael Sinclair (9th, 16:54.61), Kent Miehe (14th, 17:24) and Brady McDaniel (16th, 17:33).

Dodgeville/Mineral Point Girls Cross Country – The Dodge-Point Dodgers blew away the competition, placing three runners in the top 11 at Saturday’s WIAA state cross country championships to repeat as the Division 2 girls’ team champion. Molly Hanson won the D2 individual championship (14:23.10), Hannah Owens finished seventh (14:49.49) and Anna Eisenzimmer placed 11th (14:58.26). Mairin Cahill (15:17.87) and Abby Philipps (15:45.47) rounded out the Dodgers scoring lineup.

Southwestern Volleyball – Senior Katelyn Hoppman had 24 kills, 13 digs and five blocks to lead the Wildcats to a 25-20, 19-25, 25-15, 16-25, 15-8 victory over Wisconsin Heights in last Saturday’s WIAA Division 3 Mineral Point sectional final to earn Southwestern’s first-ever state tournament. Molly Wubben passed out 35 assists and had 12 digs, and Alyssa Iserman added 13 kills for the winners. Last Thursday Southwestern swept Markesan 25-11, 25-16, 25-15 in a sectional semifinal.

Hillsboro volleyball – Behind 19 kills and three aces from German exchange student Charis Luedtke, Hillsboro swept River Ridge 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 in Saturday’s WIAA Division 4 Onalaska sectional final to earn a trip to the D4 state tournament. Last Thursday Luedtke slammed 25 kills and served up a pair of aces, while Ali Brey passed out 16 assists in the Tigers’ 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 sweep of Cochrane-Fountain City.