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WIAA postseason wrap-up
Southwestern, Hillsboro volleyball advance to state
Southwestern celebrates after Saturday's sectional final victory over Wisconsin Heights. The Wildcats will be making their first-ever appearance in the state volleyball tournament this Friday.

    It was a busy weekend in the coverage area. A number of area teams were in action at the WIAA state cross country, in the WIAA volleyball sectionals and the second round of the WIAA football playoffs. Here are brief summaries of this past weekend's action.


    Division 5 - Lanacaster 29, Westby 6 - Junior running back Troy Baker rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown and caught 10-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Justin Hore as the Arrows advanced with a 29-6 victory. Lancaster (11-0) will now travel to top-seeded and fellow unbeaten Necedah (11-0) for a third round match-up this Friday night at 7 p.m.

    Division 5 - Necedah 13, Cuba City 3 - Necedah halfback Kris Manning rushed for 126 yards and scored on a 65-yard TD to lead the host Cardinals (11-0) past Cuba City. The Cubans managed just 192 yards and a 25-yard field goal from Phil Ganter.

    Division 7 - Highland 27, Belmont 12 - The host Cardinals (9-2) scored all four of their touchdowns on fourth down plays in a 27-12 victory over Six Rivers rival Belmont (6-5). Junior Blake Bodenstein threw touchdown passes for Bailey Bodenstein in the first quarter, and Levi Linscheid in the fourth quarter. The Highland quarterback also turned a potential turnover into a touchdown when he recovered a bad handoff, scooped up the loose ball and fell into the end zone for a 1-yard run on 4th-and-goal. Highland will now host Seneca (9-2) this Saturday at 2 p.m.

    Division 7 - Seneca 20, Hillsboro 0 - Senior John Alanis pilled up 205 yards rushing and scored twice to lead the Indians past the host Tigers (8-3). Seneca will now travel Six Rivers co-champ Highland (9-2) this Saturday.

    Division 7 - Burlington Catholic Central 35, Black Hawk 34 - Senior Michael Walker scored the go-ahead TD on a 90-yard pass play from Kyle Walters with 5:04 remaining in the game, but the visiting Warriors couldn't hold on. The host Hilltoppers answered with a 1-yard Carson Meinholz TD run and T.J. Walkington's point after with 1:43 left provided the final margin of victory.


    Division 4 - Hillsboro 3, River Ridge 0 - Junior Charis Luedtke had 19 kills and three aces to lead the Tigers to a 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 sweep of River Ridge in Saturday night's D4 Onalaska sectional final. Hillsboro (28-1) will face Burlington Catholic Central (36-9) in Friday's WIAA D4 state semifinals at 10 a.m. at the Resch Center in Green Bay. River Ridge, which defeated Wonewon-Center 3-1 on Thursday night, finished the season 22-2.

    Division 3 - Southwestern 3, Wisconsin Heights 2 - Katelyn Hoppman had 24 kills, 13 digs and 5 digs, and Alyssa Iserman added 13 kills as the Wildcats defeated Heights, 25-20, 19-25, 15-25, 25-16, 15-8 in Saturday's WIAA Division 3 sectional final at Mineral Point and advanced to this week's state tournament for the first time in school history. Southwestern (30-2) will face Oostburg (44-6) at 1 p.m. in Friday's semfinal round at the Resch Center.

    Division 2 - Walworth Big Foot 3, Richland Center 0 - The Chiefs (40-4) used a balanced attack, getting 11 kills each from Meghan Schneider, Annie Kunes and Sydney Racky to sweep the Hornets 25-16, 28-26, 25-23 in a Division 2 sectional final at Edgerton High School. Kelly Lynch hadd 11 kills to lead the Hornets, who finished the season 31-8 two days after ending SWC rival Platteville's season with a 20-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-19 decision in Thursday's sectional semifinal.



    Division 3 Boys - Sophomore Tyson Miehe won the individual Division 3 boys championship in a time of 16:02.14 and led his Darlington team to it first team title in 25 years. Cameron Cashman's 32nd-place (17:57.39) finsh Boscobel finished seventh in the boys' race. Lancaster's Brandon Doll finished 34th (17:40.48).

    Division 3 Girls - Led by Charista Wamsley (9th, 15:47.71) the Darlington girls finished third as a team. Boscobel freshman Keeley Foley (15:19.55) finished fifth overall in the girls' race and led her team to a eighth place finish. Lancaster's Brooke Elliott finished 36th (16:18.96).

    Division 2 Boys -  Junior Trevor Wunnicke (15:50.61) finished second in the boys' D2 race to lead the Dodge-Point boys to a fourth place team finish. Platteville's Adam Niehaus placed 32nd (17:00.77).

    Division 2 Girls - For the second straight year the Dodgeville/Mineral Point girls cross country team won the Divisin 2 state title. Behind individual winner Molly Hanson personal best 14 minute, 23.10 second performance the Dodgers easily outscored Madison Edgewood 45-115 for the title. Platteville senior Trica Serres finished sixth overall (14:44.31).


For more detailed coverage of each of these stories be sure to pick up a copy of your local paper this Wednesday or Thursday for complete game and match articles as well as stats and pictures.