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Parker's Richards honored

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Gazette staff
June 21, 2012

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.


All-Big Eight


FIRST TEAM


Mitch Johnson, sr., Middleton; Peter Webb, jr., Madison Memorial; Dustin Richards, sr., Janesville Parker; Mike Wiebe, jr., Middleton; Eric Hagstrom, sr., Middleton.


SECOND TEAM


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.


HONORABLE MENTION


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.



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