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GAME OF THE WEEK (prep basketball): Six Rivers All-Star Basketball Classic
West girls, East boys win at 13th annual Six Rivers All-Star Classic
West girls
THE 2018 Six Rivers West All-Star girls basketball team included, front row, from left to right: Kylie Esser, Nicole Teutschmann, Faith Ubersox, Hannah Udelhofen, Maria Breuer and Rachael Herrick. Back row: Sophie Langkamp, Brianna Leahy, Kassandra Palzkill, Briana Ernst, Emma Lawrence, Abby Kaiser, Allison Ploessl and Head Coach Nathan Russell. Missing from photo is Assistant Coach Tim Strang.



JUDA — For the third year in a row, the West girls and the East boys team came away victorious at the Six Rivers Conference All-Star Basketball Classic.

The West girls’ All-Star team defeated their East counterparts 62–50 to improve their all-time record to 10–3 in the 13-year history of the event, while the East boys’ All-Stars broke away early and cruised to a 99–57 win to also move to 10–3 all-time at the Classic.

In the fifth annual 3-point shooting contest, the East shooters set a new record with 62 made treys as they buried the West, 186–165, to end the West’s two-year reign as 3-point champions.

The true winner of the night was American Family Children’s Hospital, which received a generous donation of over $1,372 on behalf the Six Rivers Conference from the proceeds of the gate and concession sales. In the 13-year history of the All-Star event, the Six Rivers Conference has donated more than $19,000 to the Children’s Hospital.

“What a noble amount to contribute to the American Family Children’s Hospital, and a telling testament as to the influence of the conference,” said Black Hawk girls’ basketball coach and event organizer Michael Flanagan. “A huge shout out comes out to all who made last night’s event a success.”

Girls’ All-Star Game: West 62, East 50

Potosi’s Abby Kaiser, the 2017-18 Six Rivers West Player of the Year, scored a team-high 14 points and Shullburg’s Brianna Leahy– the West’s 2015-16 Player of the Year– chipped in with 11 points to lead the West All-Stars to a 62–50 win over the East All-Stars at the 13th annual Six Rivers Classic.

The teams swapped the lead five times early until a pair of free throws by Belmont’s Briana Ernst put the West ahead to stay at 10–9.

Lawrence followed with seven straight points to pump the West’s advantage to 17–9 midway through the first half, and the West outscored the East 12–11 the rest of the way to take a 29–20 lead into the intermission.

The West maintained a double digit lead for much of the second half, extending it out to as many as 21 at 50–29.

The East went down firing, connecting from 3-point range on their final seven baskets to cut the deficit back to 12, but the West held on to post their third straight win in the series.

The West went 12-for-16 from the free throw line in the second half to hold off the East, and they finished 18-for-23 at the line for the game. The East only shot 4-for-8 at the stripe.

The West also knocked down 19 2-point baskets compared to the East’s five 2-point field goals, while the East sank 12 3-pointers compared to just two made treys by the West.

Kaiser scored eight of her 14 points in the second half, and Leahy tallied nine of her 11 points in that same period, including a 5-of-6 effort at the foul line, to guide the West to victory.

Lawrence and Langkamp each hit a 3 and scored nine points apiece for the West, while Ernst and her Belmont teammate Kassandra Palzkill each added six points in the win.

Barneveld’s Taryn Pickarts connected on five second-half treys to finish with a game-high 15 points for the East.

Barneveld’s Grace Schultz added three 3s to net nine points, while Roth and Hagen hit two 3s apiece and added eight and six points, respectively, for the East.

Shullsburg head coach Nathan Russell improved to 4–0 all-time in his All-Star Game appearances after guiding the West to a win for the second straight year, while Coach Flanagan slipped to 1–5 as the East All-Star coach after suffering his second straight loss to his friend.


2018 Six Rivers Girls All-Star Game

West 62, East 50

(from Friday, June 29 @ Juda)

West................ 29  33 — 62

East................. 20  30 — 50

West — Faith Ubersox (Shullsburg) 1, Abby Kaiser (Potosi) 14, Emma Lawrence (Benton) 9, Kassandra Palzkill (Belmont) 6, Briana Ernst (Belmont) 6, Nicole Teutschmann (Shullsburg) 0, Brianna Leahy (Shullsburg) 11, Allison Ploessl (River Ridge) 0, Rachael Herrick (River Ridge) 0, Sophie Langkamp (Potosi) 9, Maria Breuer (River Ridge) 4, Kylie Esser (Highland) 2, Hannah Udelhoven 0. Totals — 21 18-23 62.

East — Mackenzie Byrne (Juda) 2, Brianna Hagen (Black Hawk) 6, Maddie Roth (Juda) 8, Grace Schutz (Barneveld) 9, Hannah Herbst (Black Hawk) 2, Brook Kahler (Albany) 0, Jessica Walker (Barneveld) 0, Taryn Pickarts (Barneveld) 15, Courtney Skaife (Barneveld) 3, Hailey Kammerer (Juda) 0, Brooklyn Hogan-Weier (Barneveld) 5. Totals — 17 4-8 50.

3-pointers: West 2 (Lawrence 1, Langkamp 1); East 12 (Pickarts 5, Schutz 3, Hagen 2, Roth 2).


Boys’ All-Star Game: East 99, West 57

Five players scored in double figures led by Barneveld’s Kauy Fargo, the 2017-18 Six Rivers East Player of the Year, with 18 points as the East routed the short-handed West 99–57 in the boys’ Six Rivers Classic.

The West All-Stars, who had just seven available players, were led by Spriggs with 15 points.

Trailing 3–0 early, the East poured in 12 unanswered points to jump into the lead and they never looked back. Their lead swelled to 25–5 thanks to some deadeye 3-point shooting.

The West closed the gap back to 14 with four minutes remaining in the opening half, however the East tacked on 10 more points to their lead before the intermission to head into the half up 53–29 and then extended their lead out to 34 points just four minutes in the second half to erase any hope for a West comeback.

Three-point shooting and dunk attempts ruled play the rest of the way as the East rolled to the second largest margin of victory (42 points) in All-Star Game history.

The East buried 40 field goals in the game, including 18 from beyond the 3-point arch with eight different players hitting two or more treys in the onslaught. Juda’s Cole Fortney and Black Hawk’s Jason Treuthardt each netted three 3s for the East.

Fortney finished with 15 points and Juda teammate Haffele added 14 for the East, who also got 10 each from Argyle’s Brent Ritschard and Black Hawk’s CJ Leuzinger.

Treuthardt and Pecatonica’s Evan Prust scored nine apiece and Ignatius tallied eight for the East.

Redman scored 13 points for the West. Potosi’s Alex Udelhofen added eight, Belmont’s Jacob Wedig contributed seven and Potosi’s Austin Schmitz netted six on the night.

Black Hawk head coach Charlie Anderson guided the East to the victory in his All-Star game debut, while Potosi’s Mike Uppena slipped to 0–2 as the West’s coach.


2018 Six Rivers BoysAll-Star Game

West 99, East 57

(from Friday, June 29 @ Juda)

West................ 29  28 — 57

East................. 53  46 — 99

West — Ty Bloom (River Ridge) 2, Alex Udelhofen (Potosi) 8, Ryan Redman (River Ridge) 13, Nic Spriggs (Potosi) 15, Austin Schmitz (Potosi) 6, Jacob Wedig (Belmont) 7, Brandon Kinyon (Cassville) 3, Team 3. Totals — 23 1-4 57.

East — Brent Ritschard (Argyle) 10, Jason Treuthardt (Black Hawk) 9, Keegan Haffele (Juda) 14, Evan Prust (Pecatonica) 9, Jon Errthum (Albany), 4, Kauy Fargo (Barneveld) 18, Cole Fortney (Juda) 15, Jacob Slaney (Barneveld) 2, Jonas Ignatius (Barneveld) 8, CJ Leuzinger (Black Hawk) 10. Totals — 40 1-8 99.

3-pointers: West (Redman 3, Spriggs 3, Udelhofen 1, Wedig 1, Kinyon 1, Team 1); East 18 (Treuthardt 3, Fortney 3, Ritschard 2, Haffele 2, Prust 2, Fargo 2, Ignatius 2, Leuzinger 2).


3-Point Shoot-Out: East 186, West 165

Black Hawk’s Brianna Hagen and Juda’s Maddie Roth outscored Benton’s Emma Lawrence and Potosi’s Sophie Langkamp 93–81 during the girls’ round to lift the East out to the lead, and then Barneveld’s Jonas Ignatius and Juda’s Keegan Haffele matched their partners by outscoring the West team of Potosi’s Nic Spriggs and River Ridge’s Ryan Redman, 93–84, to seal their record-setting 186–165 victory. The East now leads the all-time series 3–2.