GAME OF THE WEEK (Jan. 21–Jan. 27)
BOYS BASKETBALL: Shullsburg (10–2, 5–1 SRW) at Potosi (7–5, 4–2 SRW), Friday, Jan. 22, 7:15 p.m., WGLR (97.7 FM)
After a 56–50 loss at Cassville last Thursday, the Miners need a win Friday over the Chieftains Friday to keep pace with fellow league-leader Belmont (9–3, 5–1), which knocked off Potosi in overtime, 63–6, Tuesday night.
Shullsburg at Potosi is this week’s McDonald’s Swnews4u.com Game of the Week.
Coach Mark Lierman’s Shullsburg team bounced back with back-to-back convincing wins over Prince of Peace Prep (Clinton, Iowa), 46–43, Saturday at the Mount Carroll (Ill.) Shootout, and over River Ridge, 66–27, on Tuesday night. Junior forward Hunter Matye leads the Miners in scoring. Fellow juniors Joey Meyer and Noah Wand also average in double figures.
Potosi senior Nate Friederick is a legitimate conference MVP candidate for Potosi, averaging 16.9 points and a conference-best 11.1 rebounds per game. He finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds in the Chieftains’ 74–56 victory at Madison Country Day on Saturday. Potosi had won five of its last six games before Tuesday’s overtime loss at Belmont. Senior forward Jake Langkamp (11.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and sophomore guard Alex Udelhofen (10.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg) will have to play key roles in Friday’s match-up if the Chieftains hope to pull off the upset.
OTHER AREA GAMES OF NOTE THIS WEEK
BOYS BASKETBALL: Prairie du Chien (11–2, 4–0 SWC) at Platteville (5–9, 3–1 SWC), Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:15 p.m.
The Hillmen have struggled through a challenging non-conference schedule, which included games against defending state champions Mount Horeb (Division 2) and Milwaukee Young Coggs Prep (D5), but Platteville can pull into a first-place tie in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference with a win over Prairie du Chien on Thursday night.
Sophomore guard Donovan Blevins scored a career-high 24 points Friday night in Platteville’s most recent game, a 69–51 victory at Richland Center. Blevins is averaging 11 points per game. Senior Conner George is fourth in the conference in scoring at 13.9 points per game. He scored 16 points in the Blackhawks’ 64–44 win at Decorah (Iowa) on Tuesday.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Belmont (8–5, 3–3 SRW) at River Ridge (8–3, 4–2 SRW), Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:15 p.m., Xtreme 107.1 FM
The River Ridge girls are only a game out of first-place in the log-jammed Six Rivers West after Friday’s 56–26 blowout of host Cassville. Coach Caron Townsend’s Timberwolves have now won three straight games and will look to close the gap on league-leading Shullsburg with a win Thursday over Belmont. Ridge handed the Miners (12–1, 5–1) their only loss of the season, 46–36, on Thursday, Jan. 7. The Braves are now 2–2 in their last four games after a 54–40 loss to Shullsburg on Friday.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Cuba City (9–4, 5–2 SWAL) at Darlington (10–3, 5–2 SWAL), Friday, Jan. 22, 7:15 p.m.
The Cubans travel to Darlington for a second-place showdown with the Redbirds. Both teams are desperately in need of a win to keep pace with the front-running Iowa–Grant Panthers (12–1, 7–0 SWAL), who have won 12 straight games and are threatening to run away with this year’s league title. Darlington rebounded from last Thursday’s 49–44 loss to I–G, by blasting Riverdale, 89–37 on Tuesday night. Four Redbirds scored in double figures, led by junior Trevor Johnson’s 19 points. The Cubans have won back-to-back league games against Southwestern, 58–56, last Thursday, and Boscobel, 75–62, on Tuesday, after slliping up at Mineral Point, 58–66, on Jan.8. Senior forward Ben Burkholder leads Cuba City in both scoring (19.6 ppg) and rebounding (9.0 rpg).
Lancaster at Dodgeville, Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m., WGLR (97.7 FM)
Belmont/Platteville at Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka–Steuben, Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
River Valley at Richland Center, Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
Riverdale at Fennimore, Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
Mineral Point at Iowa-Grant/Highland, Friday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m., WPVL (1590 AM)
WRESTLING: Riverdale Invitational, Saturday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m.
Twenty-one teams will take part in Saturday’s Riverdale Invite, including area teams: Dodgeville, Lancaster, Richland Center, River Valley, Boscobel, Fennimore, Mineral Point, and River Ridge/Cassville.
WRESTLING: Monroe Invitational, Saturday, Jan. 23, 9:30 a.m.
Participating locals teams include: Belmont/Plattevile, Cuba City/Benton/Southwestern, Darlington/Black Hawk and Prairie du Chien/Wauzeka-Steuben.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Riverdale (10–3, 5–2 SWAL) at Cuba City (12–1, 6–1 SWAL), Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7:15 p.m.
Cuba City’s 61-game winning streak came to an end with 55–43 loss at Mineral Point on Friday, Jan. 15. The Cubans look to start a new streak tonight at Darlington before hosting third-place Riverdale on Tuesday. Division 2 recruit Jessi Marti is leading the Cubans in scoring at nearly 20 points per game. The Chieftains are led by senior guard Amanda Meister, who led Riverdale to an 84–33 win over Iowa–Grant on Friday, Jan. 15.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Iowa–Grant (12–1, 7–0 SWAL, ranked 10th in D4) at Belmont (9–3, 5–1 SRW), Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7:15 p.m.
The 10th-ranked Panthers will look to keep their winning streak going with a non-conference game at Six Rivers West co-leading Belmont Tuesday night. SWAL MVP candidate Isaac Anderson (23.4 ppg) scored 30 points in Iowa–Grant’s 64–46 win at Mineral Point on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Fellow senior Brayden Johnson also averaged 18.8 points per game for the Panthers. The Braves scored a key 63–60 overtime victory over Potosi on Tuesday.