Parker's Richards honored
A successful high school boys golf season has translated into postseason honors for Dustin Richards.
The recent Janesville Parker graduate was named to the All-Big Eight Conference first team.
Mitch Johnson of Middleton High is the Player of the Year after a dominating senior season that included a Big Eight Tournament title. Johnson is a University of New Mexico recruit.
Johnson and Richards are joined on the first team by Peter Webb of Madison Memorial, along with Middleton's Mike Wiebe and Eric Hagstrom.
Ryne Clatworthy. a Craig senior, and Parker senior Taylor Braun were honorable mention. Tom Cabalka is the Big Eight Coach of the Year.
Richards' season was highlighted by winning back-to-back titles on consecutive days in the Beloit Invitational and the Ashenfelter Invitational. Playing as Parker's No. 1 golfer the entire season, Richards helped lead the Vikings to the regional and sectional team titles, along with a berth at state.
"Being named first team is a testament to the quality season that Dustin had," Parker coach John Zimmerman said. "He was rewarded for his hard work, and also provided great leadership for the team.
Mitch Johnson, sr., Middleton; Peter Webb, jr., Madison Memorial; Dustin Richards, sr., Janesville Parker; Mike Wiebe, jr., Middleton; Eric Hagstrom, sr., Middleton.
John Springer, jr., Madison Memorial; Matt Opsal, sr., Verona; Tyler Reinecke, jr., Verona; Brad O'Loughlin, sr., Madison Memorial; Caleb Bates, jr., Verona.
n Player of the Year—Mitch Johnson, Middleton.
n Coach of the Year—Tom Cabalka, Middleton.
Beloit Memorial—Colton Kelley, soph.; Janesville Craig—Ryne Clatworthy, sr.; Janesville Parker—Taylor Braun, sr.; Madison East—Austin Edwards, sr.; Madison Memorial—Brett Olberg, jr.; Madison West—Carsten Slaky, sr; John Gillis, sr.; Verona—Matt Feller, jr.