Five notable performances from area high school athletes over the past seven days and five games or events to watch for over the next week:
NOTABLE PERFORMANCESTop Performances
Ben Coulter, Janesville Bluebirds boys hockey—The Janesville Craig junior was a scoring machine Thursday, going toe-to-toe with Beloit’s Casper Clark in a WIAA regional final game at the Janesville Ice Arena. Coulter matched Clark with four goals apiece in the game, and Coulter assisted on Kyler Kobs’ game-winning goal in overtime as the Bluebirds won 6-5.
Jackson Hauri, Brodhead/Juda wrestling—The junior followed up his Division 2 regional championship from last weekend with a sectional title on Saturday in Richland Center. Hauri beat Mauston’s Jarrett Dolata in a sudden victory, earning a takedown and two near-fall points to win 6-2 and advance to the state tournament.
Zoie Steig, Rock County Fury girls hockey—Last Saturday, Steig, a Craig senior, registered a hat trick, scoring all three of her goals in the third period to help the Fury rally for a 4-3 victory over Appleton United in Rock County’s regular-season finale. On Friday, Steig had two goals and two assists in a 12-1 regional final victory over the Badger Lightning.
Jada Moss, Lake Geneva Badger girls basketball—Moss, a junior, helped the Badgers finish the regular season on a five-game winning streak, including a pair of big victories this week over Wilmot and first-place Union Grove that helped Badger tie for third in the Southern Lakes Conference. Moss had a game-high 26 points in Badger’s 57-46 victory over Union Grove on Friday night.
Hunter Johnson and Willy Pinnow, Elkhorn boys swimming—Johnson and Pinnow were just a couple of highlights for the Elks on Friday night, as they finished in fifth place as a team at the WIAA Division 2 state swim meet in Madison. Johnson and Pinnow each had a sixth-place finish individually to wind up on the podium, and they were both part of the Elks’ 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams that took fourth and sixth, respectively.
What to Watch for
WHAT TO WATCH FORWIAA state individual wrestling tournament, Thursday-Saturday, Kohl Center, Madison—The Kohl Center will be packed Saturday night for the finals, and it will be a busy place for three days. Per usual, several wrestlers from The Gazette’s coverage area have a chance to win a state championship. Last year, two brought home Division 1 titles.
Metro Lynx at Rock County Fury, sectional semifinal girls hockey, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Janesville Ice Arena—The Badger Conference rivals square off, two wins away from reaching the state tournament. The top-seeded Fury outscored the fifth-seeded Lynx 11-0 in two regular-season meetings, including a 6-0 Fury win Jan. 25.
WIAA girls basketball regional play—There’s no need to wait for March; the madness begins this week with the start of the girls hoops tournament. Some area teams play regional quarterfinals Tuesday before a busy night of regional semis Friday. Janesville Craig, an 11 seed, led sixth-seeded Madison Memorial by double digits in the second halves of each of their regular-season meetings, but the Spartans won both times. Janesville Parker, seeded 13th, led fourth-seeded Middleton when the Vikings played on the road a couple weeks ago, but the Cardinals rallied to victory.
Turner at East Troy, boys basketball, 7:15 p.m., Monday—You can bet McFarland will be rooting for the road team here. Turner is the only Rock Valley team to beat East Troy in conference play this year, and McFarland is a game behind East Troy for first place.
Gymanstics sectionals—Janesville Craig, Janesville Parker and Milton are part of the Division 1 Waukesha West Sectional on Thursday night.