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Big Foot’s Sophia Foster scores through the foul from Edgerton’s Jessica Danks during Rock Valley Conference action Thursday at Edgerton.


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Rock Valley girls basketball: Jefferson wins again; Clinton upsets McFarland

Three double-figure scorers helped Jefferson remain solidly in front of the Rock Valley Conference girls basketball race Thursday night.

Callie Morrison scored 13 points as the Eagles defeated host Beloit Turner 47-32.

Morrison had plenty of help. Parker Fetherson had 11 points and Emilee Turner added 10 as the Eagles improved to 15-1 in the conference and 19-1 overall.

The Trojans trailed by just eight 15-7 at halftime, but did not have the offensive firepower to stay with the visitors.

Mara Fowler led Turner (7-9) with nine points.


JEFFERSON 47, TURNER 32

Jefferson (47)—Ganser, 0-2-2; Morrison, 5-3-13; Luengas, 2-4-8; Fetherson, 3-4-11; Neitzel, 0-1-1; Peterson, 1-0-2; Truman, 5-0-10. Totals: 18-14-47.

Turner (32)—Wash,0-2-2; Fowler, 3-2-9; Nitz, 3-0-8; Fobes, 2-1-5; Tinder, 1-5-8. Totals: 9-10-32.

Jefferson;15;32—47

Turner;7;25—32

Three-point goals—Jefferson 1 (Fetherson), Turner 4 (Nitz 2, Fowler, Tinder). Free throws missed—Jefferson 10, Turner 4. Total fouls—Jefferson 17, Turner 19. Fouled out—Nitz.

  • Clinton 73, McFarland 72—Hannah Welte scored 22 points and the Cougars upset host McFarland.

Liz Kalk added 18 points, including 10-of-11 shooting from the free throw line as Clinton went to 7-9 in the Rock Valley and 9-11 overall. Olivia Roehl added 16 points in the victory.

The Cougars made eight 3-pointers and was 27 of 41 free throws.

Katie Rounds led the Spartans (11-5, 12-8) with 24 points. Gabi Runde added 21 and Katie Hildebrandt had 12.


CLINTON 73, MCFARLAND 72

Clinton (73)—Kalk, 3-10-18; Welte, 5-8-22; Brewer, 1-0-2; Severson, 2-1-7; Roehl, 6-4-16; Kemp, 2-4-8. Totals: 19-27-73.

McFarland (72)—East, 0-3-3; Zahn, 0-6-6; Quelle, 2-0-4; Runde, 10-1-21; Butler, 1-0-2; Rounds, 7-8-24; Hildebrandt, 4-1-12. Totals: 24-19-72.

Clinton;32;41—73

McFarland;35;37—72

Three-point goals—Clinton 8 (Kalk 2, Welte 4, Severson 2), McFarland 5 (Rounds 2, Hildebrandt 3). Free throws missed—Clinton 14, McFarland 10. Total fouls—Clinton 19, McFarland 26. Fouled out—East.

Whitewater 63, Brodhead 43--The host Whippets jumped out to a 14-point halftime lead and coasted to the Rock Valley win.

Allison Heckert led three Whippets in double figures with 16 points, while Ali Ketterhagen and Miranda Reynolds added 13 and 12, respectively.

Erin Nyhus, who leads the Rock Valley in scoring, had a game-high 19 points for Brodhead.


WHITEWATER 63, BRODHEAD 43

Brodhead (43)--Nyhus 6-6-19; Purdue 2-1-5; Besup 2-0-4; Tresemer 1-1-3; Kleeman 1-0-3; Oliver 2-1-6; Bump 1-1-3. Totals: 15-10-43.

Whitewater (63)--Heckert 6-2-16; Grosinske 1-1-4; Carollo 2-0-4; Ketterhagen 5-2-13; Henneman 2-0-4; Laue 1-2-4; Zimdars 3-0-6; Reynolds 6-0-12. Totals: 27-6-63.

Brodhead;12;31--43

Whitewater;26;37--63

Three-point goals--Brodhead 3 (Nyhus, Kleeman, Oliver), Whitewater 4 (Heckert 2, Grosinske, Ketterhagen). Free throws missed--Brodhead 15, Whitewater 8. Total fouls--Brodhead 15, Whitewater 20.


Gymnastics
City gymnasts lose Big Eight dual meets

The Janesville Parker and Janesville Craig gymnastics teams lost Thursday night in Big Eight Conference dual meets.

Madison Memorial defeated Craig 132.5-119.7, while Sun Prairie beat Parker 129.875-108.95.

Craig, which fell to 3-3 in the Big Eight, got a second-place finish from Ariyana Stalsberg on uneven bars.

“It was not our best night,” Craig coach Jean Welch said. “We had to count a few uncharacteristic falls. We had some kids out with the flu, so we were a little out of sorts.

“Ariyana had a very nice meet, and Phoebe (Werner) had good vaults and floor.”

Parker wrapped up its regular season by honoring seniors Carson Richards, Lauryn Meglic, Alexis O’Beirne & Belgium exchange student Fran Libeer.

“We performed to the best of our ability on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise,” Parker coach Heidi Jegerlehner said. We suffered quite a few falls on beam, which reflected in our team score.

“We have a week, hopefully with this weather, to prepare for the Big 8 Conference Meet next week. I believe with the determination and heart our team has, we will have another season-high score.”

MEMORIAL 132.5, CRAIG 119.7

Vault—Natalie Donkle (M) 8.5; Daine Riggins (M) 8.325; Ariyana Stalsberg (C) and Phoebe Werner (C) 8.3

Uneven bars—Donkle (M) 8.525; Stalsberg (C) 7.925; Alyssa Rios (M) 7.75

Balance beam—Donkle (M) 8.675; Riggins (M) 8.6; Caitlin Murphy (M) 8.5

Floor exercise—Donkle (M) 8.9; Riggins (M) 8.775; Stalsberg (C) 8.675

All-around—Donkle (M) 34.6; Riggins (M) 33.125; Werner (C) 30.75

SUN PRAIRIE 129.875, PARKER 108.95

Vault—Dani Johnston (SP) 8.525; Abby Nowicki (SP) and Amelia McDermott (SP) 8.4

Uneven bars—McDermott (S) 8.35; Nowicki (SP) 8.0; Johnston (SP) 7.75

Balance beam—Ellie Studier (SP) 8.5; Anjaly Connors (SP) 7.725; Dani Johnston (SP) 7.45

Floor exercise—McDermott 8.875; Nowicki (SP) 8.8; Connors (SP) 8.2

All-around—McDermott (SP) 32.725; Nowicki 32.6; Johnston (SP) 31.825


Packers had too many receivers have too little to offer

GREEN BAY

From the moment quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 6 last season, the production from Green Bay Packers wide receivers and tight ends had to be accompanied by an asterisk.

Backup Brett Hundley simply couldn’t run the offense in a way that involved the majority of his weapons, and nearly everyone experienced a decrease in output from the middle of October through the end of the season.

The B-side of that record, however, was the uncovering of serious deficiencies without the precision and preternatural instincts of Rodgers, who often threw his receivers open based on his talents alone. Which is why new general manager Brian Gutekunst will face several difficult decisions when selecting his 53-man roster. He and his personnel department must try to analyze last year’s tape and apply their findings to an offense run by Rodgers instead of Hundley.

Once again, depth was not a problem for the Packers when the 2017 season began; they kept three tight ends and five wide receivers. But too many of those players were incapable of producing, weren’t trusted by the coaching staff or both.

The good

It can be argued that this category starts and stops with Davante Adams, the only player who consistently struck fear in opponents all season. Adams emerged as the clear-cut No. 1 receiver and found ways to produce with both Rodgers and Hundley at quarterback. Signing him to a contract extension was a big win for the Packers. Aside from Adams, the only positive was the availability and toughness of veteran Randall Cobb, who continues to establish himself as one of the team’s grittiest players.

The bad

As it stands, the Packers seem to have missed on at least five of the last six wide receivers drafted by former general manager Ted Thompson, dating to Jared Abbrederis in the fifth round in 2014. That trend continued with two more disappointments in 2017: fifth-round pick DeAngelo Yancey, who battled weight problems and spent the entire season on the practice squad, and seventh-round pick Malachi Dupre, who was not invited back to Green Bay after training camp. Even some of those who did make the roster—such as 2016 fifth-round pick Trevor Davis and 2014 seventh-round pick Jeff Janis—failed to earn the trust of Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff and watched from the sideline all season.

Biggest need

Speed, speed and more speed. It was painfully obvious that the Packers had very little explosiveness at the wide receiver and tight end positions, evidenced by only 38 pass completions in excess of 20 yards, seventh-worst in the league. When an article in The New York Times used data from Sportradar to rank the Packers’ receivers as the slowest of all 32 teams, few were surprised. Their fastest wide receivers were Davis and Janis, who combined to play 153 snaps. The departure of tight end Jared Cook in free agency made the group seem even slower.

Grades

Davante Adams: It would be hard to imagine the Packers’ offense without Adams, who turned in the best season of his career under trying circumstances. His footwork and quickness at the line of scrimmage have become his best weapons, and opposing cornerbacks of all body types struggle to stop him within the first few yards. He finished tied for second in the league in touchdown receptions (10) and flashed an ability to make difficult catches in the red zone. His toughness cannot be questioned after he endured brutal hits from linebackers Danny Trevathan and Thomas Davis. Grade: B+

Geronimo Allison: More was expected from Allison after a strong rookie season in which he made the team as an undrafted free agent. But after sitting out the opener due to a suspension (marijuana) and returning to play sizable roles in Weeks 2 and 3, he did not top 20 snaps for the next 10 games. Exceeded 35 receiving yards just once, and a costly fumble in Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers will weigh on his mind for months. Grade: D

Michael Clark: He dazzled fans, teammates and coaches in training camp with wondrous acrobatic catches on a daily basis before sticking around on the practice squad. Grade: D

Randall Cobb: Missed only one game and played 70.9 percent of snaps in what amounted to a decent season. He led the Packers in yards after the catch with 409, which ranked 21st in the league, but struggled to break away from defenders at the line of scrimmage and lacked top-end speed. Cobb, who excels on scramble plays, should be more valuable with Rodgers back on the field. Grade: C+

Trevor Davis: Though he endured bouts of questionable decision making, Davis flourished as a punt returner in his second season and finished second in the league in yards per return with 12. He is dynamic, fearless and wants to make things happen at every opportunity. Grade: B

Jeff Janis: Played 50 snaps from scrimmage but 42 came after the Packers were knocked out of the playoff race, evidence that the coaches don’t see his value as a receiver. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in March. Grade: C-

Jordy Nelson: Endured the worst season of his career since becoming a significant contributor in 2010. Nelson failed to top 100 yards in any game and had three or fewer catches eight times. He turns 33 in May and appears to have lost his juice. Grade: D

Lance Kendricks: Led all tight ends in playing time with 467 snaps (44.6 percent) but watched his role erode as Richard Rodgers’ snap count increased late in the year. Joined the Packers on a team-friendly contract worth $4 million over two years with $1.2 million guaranteed. Poor but willing blocker. Grade: D

Richard Rodgers: Began the season as the third-string tight end behind Kendricks and Martellus Bennett but handled the demotion with class. Rodgers will be a free agent in March. Grade: D


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Joyce's hat trick leads Bluebirds past Eastside Lakers in boys hockey

Conor Joyce was the difference-maker Thursday night for the Janesville Bluebirds.

The forward’s hat trick lifted the city’s high school boys co-op hockey team to a 6-1 Big Eight win over the Madison La Follette/East co-op team.

Janesville led 3-1 after two periods and put the game away with three goals in the third.

Joyce capped off his hat trick with the Bluebirds’ second goal of the third period.

“Conor kept working hard and was able to finish around the net,” Janesville coach John Mauermann said of Joyce. “He made it work, and his teammates got the puck to the net.

“Their goalie had 22 saves the first two periods and kept them in the game, but we finally put it away in the third by continuing to get pucks to the net.”

Nik Sitter had a goal and two assists for Janesville, while goalie Owen Aldrich got the win thanks to 16 saves.

Janesville (6-16, 5-8) plays at Beloit Memorial on Saturday night to wrap up the regular season.

JANESVILLE 6, LA FOLLETTE/EAST 1

Janesville 1 2 3—6

La Follette/East 0 1 0—1

First Period

J—Conor Joyce (Hayden Funk) pp 9:12.

Second Period

J—Joyce (Cooper Iverson, Nik Sitter) 5:17. J—Ben Coulter sh 13:50. LE—Charlie Collinge (Tyler Hull, Freese Rosemeyer) 16:15.

Third Period

J—Sitter (Funk, Dylan McGuire) 9:09. J—Joyce (Coulter, Sitter) pp 10:07. J—Kyle Ward (AJ Russotto) 11:03.

Saves—Owen Aldrich (J) 16, Quaid Agard (LE) 35.


Sports
Luke Umnus scores 13 to lead Elkhorn past Delavan-Darien

Luke Umnus scored 13 points to lead Elkhorn to a 52-39 victory over visiting Delavan-Darien in Southern Lakes Conference boys basketball action Thursday night.

Quinn McDonald added 10 points in the victory.

Seth Grabow had 12 points and Christian Wichman added 10 for the Comets.

ELKHORN 52, DELAVAN-DARIEN 39

Delavan-Darien (39)—Rios, 0-2-2; Grabow, 5-2-12; Wichman, 2-6-10; Hembrook, 1-0-2; Williams, 2-0-4; Crull, 4-1-9. Totals: 14-11-39.

Elkhorn (52)—Lauderdale, 1-0-2; Larson, 2-1-5; L. Umnus, 6-0-13; Davey, 3-0-6; McDonald, 4-2-10; V. Umnus, 2-4-8; Hergot, 3-0-6; Brown, 1-0-2. Totals: 22-7-52.

Delavan-Darien 17 22—39

Elkhorn 25 27—52

Three-point goals—Delavan-Darien 0, Elkhorn 1 (L. Umnus). Free throws missed—Delavan-Darien 13, Elkhorn 7. Total fouls—Delavan-Darien 14, E 18.