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WEEK 7's TEAMS OF THE WEEK (Sept. 27- Oct. 4)
Cassville Football – pretty much clinched a playoff berth by knocking off previously once-beaten Black Hawk (5-2), 7-2 last Friday night. The Comets improved to 4-3 overall and 4-3 in the Six River Conference, assuring themselves of a .500 conference record, by limiting the high-powered Warriors (who were averaging 34.8 points a game entering the contest) to just 164 total yards and forcing five turnovers (4 fumbles, 1 interception). Black Hawk’s only points came late in the fourth quarter when Cassville elected to take a safety in a punting situation from its own end zone. The Comets can guarantee themselves of their first postseason berth since 2000 with a win over Highland this Friday. Even with a loss Cassville is still playoff eligible and will most likely receive its first playoff berth of the new millennium depending on how other teams around the state finish in their conference standings.
Weston Football – earned an emotional 41-40 victory over Ridge and Valley rival Ithaca last Saturday on a week marking the fifth anniversary of the shooting of Weston death of principal John Klang by former student Eric Hainstock. The Silver Eagles stopped a two-point conversion with two minutes to play in the game to hang on for a victory that may get them into the playoffs. Coach Justin Leonard’s Weston team improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Ridge and Valley Conference. A win this week at Seneca (5-2, 3-2) or Wauzeka-Steuben (2-4, 1-3) next week would clinch a postseason berth.
Dodgeville/Mineral Point Cross Country – The Dodgers swept last Saturday’s 25-team Dick McKichan Platteville Cross Country Invitational. Led by overall runner-up Molly Hanson the Dodge-Point girls easily won the l1-team large schools division with 29 team points. Hanson (14:44), Hannah Owens (14:48, 4th) and Anna Eisenzimmer (14:57, 5th) each finished in the top five of the girls’ large school varsity race. Trevor Wunnicke finished second in the boys’ large school division and fourth overall in the fastest boys’ field in the history of the event with a time of 16:09. Brett Hottman finished a close third in 16:00 as the Dodger boys outpointed Monroe 40-46 for the large schools team title. This past Tuesday night both Dodge-Point teams swept a Southwest Wisconsin Conference triple dual at Platteville to wrap up the SWC regular season dual meet titles for both the boys and girls.