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MCDONALD'S SWNEWS4U GAME OF THE WEEK (Prep Basketball): Six Rivers Conference All-Star Games
Six Rivers basketball all-stars split in 2024
SRE girls team
Members of the Six Rivers East Girls All-Star team included (from left): coach Jen Wellnitz-Krogman (Argyle/Pecatonica), Maddie Hirsch (Argyle/Pecatonica), Isabella Sullivan (Barneveld), Lavinia Rufer (Juda), Anna Tisch (Argyle/Pecatonica), Keira Haldiman (Black Hawk, Kendra Haldiman (Black Hawk), Alana Durtschi (Albany) and Avary Briggs (Albany). - photo by A.J. Gates
SRW boys team
Members of the Six Rivers West Boys All-Star team included (front, from left): Brady Bunge (River Ridge), Braden Fishnick (Cassville), Eli Adams (Cassville), Logan Hardyman (Belmont) and Carter Kettler (Belmont), (back) Heath Poppy (Shullsburg), Matthew Nies (River Ridge), Eli Blaine (Benton) and Gavin Wunderlin (Potosi). - photo by A.J. Gates

PREP BASKETBALL: Six Rivers Conference All-Star Basketball Games

By Jason Nihles, The Platteville Journal

Six Rivers basketball all-stars split in 2024

BELMONT — The 18th annual Six Rivers Conference All-Star Basketball Games Friday night at Belmont High School game were a split.

For the 13th time in the history of the event each division of the Six Rivers won a game.

The night opened with the East pulling out a 56–49 victory in the SRC Girls All-Star Game.

Albany’s Avary Briggs scored a game-high 14 points to lead the East, which improved to 6–12 in the event. Albany’s Alaina Durtschi scored seven of her 11 points in the first half to help the East build a 29–22 lead.

Potosi/Cassville’s Cassie Cooley hit three 3-pointers in the game, and finished with a team-high 11 points to led the West in defeat. Shullsburg’s Camden Russell added nine points, while Belmont’s Lainey Riechers chipped in eight and Belmont’s Reese Runde contributed six.

Five different players scored in double figures to lead the West to a dominating 87–53 victory in the Boys All-Star Game later in the night. River Ridge’s Matthew Nies, a Division 1 Western Illinois football recruit, scored a co-game-high 15 points to lead the winners.

Benton’s Eli Blaine finished with 14, while Potosi’s Gavin Wunderlin and Belmont’s Carter Kettler scored 13 points each for the West boys, who are now 6–11 all-time in the event. The All-Stars were split into white and dark teams, rather than East and West, for last year’s SRC Boys All-Star Game. Wunderlin scored eight of his points in the first half as the West built a 41–21 lead.

River Ridge’s Brady Bunge added 11 points, while Belmont’s Logan Hardyman chipped in four points for the winners. Monticello’s Ryder Indergand scored a team-high 15 points to lead the East in defeat.

But the biggest winner of the night was the UW Children’s Hospital. Since its inception in 2006, the Six Rivers All-Star games have raised more $25,000 for UW Children’s Hospital. This year they raised $2,364.

Six Rivers Conference Girls All-Star Game
East 56, West 49
(from Friday, June 21, at Belmont)
East Girls..... 29        27   —   56
West Girls.... 22        27   —   49
East Girls — Anna Tisch (Argyle/Pecatonica) 11, Kendra Haldiman (Black Hawk) 3, Maddie Hirsch (Pecatonia/Argyle) 3, Alana Durtschi (Albany) 11, Avery Briggs (Albany) 14, Keira Haldiman (Black Hawk) 2, Isabella Sullivan (Barneveld) 10, Lavinia Rufer (Juda) 2. Totals — ler scored eight points each.22 5-14 56.
West Girls — Lainey Riechers (Belmont) 8, Camden Russell (Shullsburg) 9, Cassie Cooley (Potosi/Cassville) 11, Harlee Fredericks (Highland) 5, Bronwyn Halverson (Highland) 3, Hall Stluka (Benton) 3, Reese Runde (Belmont) 6, Genna Langkamp (Benton) 0. Totals – 17 8-11 49.
3-point goals — E: 7 (Kendra Haldiman 1, Hirsch 1, Durtschi 1, Briggs 2, Sullivan 2), W: 7 (Russell, Cooley 2, Stluka 1, Runde 6. Team fouls — E: 13, W: 13. Fouled out — E: Rufer; W: Fredericks.

Six Rivers Conference Boys All-Star Game
West 87, East 53
(from Friday, June 21, at Belmont)
East Boys.......21     32   —   53
West Boys......41     47   —   87
East Boys — Ryer Indergand (Monticello) 15, Kasey Helgeson (Pecatonica) 7, Tyler McKeon (Pecatonica) 8, Trenton Owens (Barneveld) 2, Brayden Bakken (Albany) 3, Jameson Johnson (Pecatonica) 2, Max Godfrey (Argyle) 2, Will Helfvogt (Argyle) 4, Brady Esch (Barneveld) 5, Peyton Smith (Monticello) 3, Evan Dochnal (Pecatonica) 2. Totals — 18 11-14 53.
West Boys — Heath Poppy (Shullsburg) 4, Logan Hardyman (Belmont 4), Eli Adams (Cassville) 9, Brady Bunge (River Ridge) 11, Braden Fishnick (Cassville) 4, Matthew Nies (River Ridge) 15, Carter Kettler (Belmont) 13, Eli Blaine (Benton) 14, Gavin Wunderlin (Potosi) 13. Totals — 36 9-18 87.
3-point goals — E: 6 (Indergand 1, McKeon 2, Bakken 1, Esch 1, Smith 1); W: 6 (Bunge 3, Kettler 1, Blaine 1, Wunderlin 1). Team fouls — E: 10, W: . Fouled out — none.