High Fives: Justin Filter sparks Craig football

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Gazette staff
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Top Performances

Justin Filter, football, Janesville Craig—The senior had an impact on both sides of the ball in Craig's 35-0 victory over Parker in the battle for Monterey Rock. Filter set the tone right away on defense by intercepting a pass over the middle on the game's third play from scrimmage. Taking over at quarterback with the game in hand in the fourth quarter, Filter hit Tom Gabower with a 4-yard pass to put a cap on the victory.

Julia Kaster, girls cross country, Clinton—The talented senior runner kicked off her season in solid fashion. Kaster finished second at the 13-team Palmyra-Eagle invite Thursday, running the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes 18.2 seconds. Kaster was just seven seconds off the winning pace.

Kailey McDade, girls golf, Janesville Parker—The senior has carried momentum from a successful summer on the course into the fall season. This week, McDade's 83 at the Portage Country Club was good for third place individually and helped Parker take sixth as a team Wednesday, and her 39 at Monona Golf Course on Friday helped the Vikings to two Big Eight wins.

Erin Donagan, girls swimming, Janesville Craig—The freshman made an immediate impact for the Cougars in the pool, helping lead the team to a 106-64 victory over Parker on Friday. Donagan posted two individual victories and was a member of two winning relay teams. Most notably, she broke a 22-year-old school record in the 100 backstroke, swimming the race in 1 minute 1.20 seconds.

Ricky Williams, football, Edgerton—Technically this was in Week 1 of the football season, but it still deserves recognition. The senior running back, who led the state in rushing last season, scored on his first touch of the year, an 85-yard punt return. He finished with more than 400 all-purpose yards in the Crimson Tide's nonconference victory over New Glarus/Monticello.

What To Watch For

Janesville Craig at Verona, football, 7 p.m., Friday—Exactly where do these two teams stand in the Big Eight? We should find out Friday night. The Cougars are 2-0 but haven't faced a whole lot of adversity in runaway victories over Beloit and Parker. Verona is 0-2, but it has played a much tougher schedule with losses at Madison West in Week 1 and against Middleton on Friday.

Big Eight volleyball openers, 6:30 p.m., Thursday—The Cougars host Beloit and should be competitive in the conference, while the Vikings hope to build a solid foundation for an improving program under first-year coach Andy Kimball. Parker travels to Middleton for its first league match.

Madison Edgewood at Milton, football, 7 p.m., Friday—The Red Hawks, 1-1 in nonconference play to start the year, will attempt to grab some early momentum against a winless Edgewood team. Milton scored just three points at Waunakee in a loss in Week 2 and will be looking to avenge a 31-7 loss at Edgewood last season.

Janesville Parker girls swim invite, 11 a.m., Saturday—Fans can get a good look at many of the area's swimmers at Parker next weekend. Craig, Beloit, Badger, Delavan-Darien, Milton, Jefferson, Madison La Follette, Oregon and Baraboo are all scheduled to take part in the meet.

Janesville Craig at Janesville Parker, boys soccer, 7 p.m., Tuesday—The crosstown rivals square off in an early-season Big Eight match. Both teams are trying to find their groove under first-year coaches—Abilio Monteiro at Parker and Garrett McCabe at Craig.

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