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WEEK 5's TEAMS OF THE WEEK -
Iowa-Grant/Highland Cross Country - In just over a month first-year coach Corey McCracken is already making an impact on the Panthers’ cross country program. After years of finishing near the bottom of the standings in seemingly every race and sometimes not even fielding a complete team over the past half decade the Iowa-Grant boys won last Tuesday's North Crawford Goat Hill Classic, while the I-G girls finished third out of 8 teams. Iowa-Grant freshman Kurt Jenks (18:39) and Highland junior Kyle Bomkamp (19:38) finished third and fifth respectively in the boys’ race. Iowa-Grant freshman Shania Sarbacker finished 10th in 19:31 to pace the I-G girls.
Cassville Football (Defense) - The Comets held the league's leading rusher, Nate Carrier to 88 yards and no TDs on 20 carries as Cassville knocked off host Shullsburg 20-6 last Saturday afternoon. Carrier has already surpassed the 1,000-yard mark this season, averaging 230.5 yards per game going into last Saturday's contest. Quite a stand for a Cassville team that entered the game with a 1-3 record.
Southwestern Volleyball - The Wildcats improved to 5-0 in SWAL play with three-game victories over both Boscobel and Riverdale last week, then Southwestern went 6-0 and won the Mayville Invitational with back-to-back sweeps over the host Cardinals and Kiel. Katelyn Hoppman finished the day with 51 kills, 15 aces and 13 blocks. Alyssa Iserman added 19 kills, 21 digs and a team-high 17 aces. Southwestern did lose its first-place SWAL showdown at Fennimore this past Tuesday in a narrow five-set match (26-24, 20-25, 25-20, 20-25, 13-15), but the previously unbeaten Wildcats (16-1) will get another crack at the Golden Eagles on Oct. 13.