Former Parker Viking Edwards honored
Janesville Parker High School football fans will remember Taylor Edwards as a Viking running back nobody could stop.
Alma College of Michigan can relate to that these days.
Edwards, a 2007 Parker graduate and an Associated Press first-team all-state selection in the fall of 2006, led UW-River Falls to a 40-27 homecoming victory Saturday by overpowering Alma with 30 rushing attempts for 246 yards and two touchdowns.
The effort has earned Edwards, a 6-1, 190-pound sophomore, the distinction of being the Offensive Player of the Week in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football.
Edwards scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter to lift River Falls (2-1) into a 7-7 tie. His 5-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter helped put the Falcons ahead for good at 14-7.
Topped by a 43-yard run, Edwards averaged 8.2 yards a carry against Alma. He is the Falcons’ season leader in rushing with 329 yards and a 7.5 average.
As a Parker senior, Edwards set Janesville records with a six-touchdown, 326-yard game, along with 2,383 yards rushing and 34 touchdowns during a 9-1 season.
Five Warhawks honored
Andrew Krueger, UW-Whitewater’s sophomore goalkeeper from New Berlin, has been named the WIAC Defensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer.
Chelsea Davis of Warhawks has received the honor in golf. So have Whitewater athletes Jeff Schebler for special teams in football, Michelle Daciolas for singles in women’s tennis and Alyssa Bauer in volleyball.
Krueger, a Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School graduate, allowed one goal and had five saves while playing 75 minutes in a 4-2 victory over Carroll University. He had seven saves, some of which came at critical moments, in a 1-1 tie with Dominican.
Davis, a senior from Greendale, helped Whitewater win two weekend invitatonals. She was the medalist of the Whitewater Invitational with a 75, giving her the second-best round in the program’s history and helping the Warhawks win the tournament by five strokes.
Davis also finished third in the UW-Platteville Invitational with a two-day total of 171.
Schebler, a senior from Davenport, Iowa, was 6-for-6 on extra-point attempts in a 42-7 win over Puget Sound (Wash.). That boosted Schebler to first place in the WIAC career scoring with 369 points, surpassing the 366 scored by Whitewater’s Chad Wurth in 2000-03.
Schebler needs only 15 points to break the NCAA Division III career scoring record of 383, which was set by Mike Zimmerman of Mount Union in 2005-07.
Daciolas, a senior from Roselle, Ill, went 3-1 in the ITA singles tournament at St. Peter, Minn., and was the only WIAC player to reach the quarterfinals. Her victories included a 6-4, 6-7 (10-5) win over Carthage’s Gina Klein, one of the top eight seeds.
Bauer, a sophomore libero from Naperville, Ill., helped Whitewater to a 4-1 record during the week, including three matches against ranked teams. She led the Warhawks in digs in four of the five matches, highlighted by 30 against top-ranked Oshkosh and 32 against seven-rated Carthage, and finished with 127 digs for the week.
Whitewater’s only loss in the five matches was to Oshkosh.