Here are five notable area high school sports performances from the past week and five games or events to look forward to in the next seven days:
TOP PERFORMANCESBen Coulter, Janesville Bluebirds boys hockey—Coulter had a hand in seven of Janesville’s 10 goals in a Big Eight Conference shutout of Madison East/La Follette on Thursday night. Coulter assisted on four of the team’s five first-period goals and both of them in the second before scoring one of his own in the third. He leads the Bluebirds with 14 goals.
Daniel Fuller, Whitewater boys basketball—The Whippets senior helped the team earn back-to-back victories to open the 2018 calendar year. Fuller had 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half of a lopsided nonconference win at Milton on Tuesday and had a team-high 15 more in a Rock Valley Conference victory over Brodhead on Thursday.
Ethan Griffith, Janesville Parker boys swim—The senior swimmer turned heads Thursday night at the Rock County Championships in Beloit. Griffith won both the 50 and 100 freestyle races to help Parker finish second—behind Beloit, but ahead of Craig and Milton. Griffith swam the 50 in 23.51 seconds and the 100 in 51.56. He was also part of Parker’s winning 800 free relay team at Saturday’s meet in Stoughton.
Lucas Koepke, Elkhorn boys swimming—Speaking of swimmers making a mad dash in the 50 free, Koepke broke the program record in the event Thursday night in a Southern Lakes double-dual meet against Platteville/Lancaster and Burlington. Koepke swam the 50 in 24.73 seconds, won the 100 free and was part of two winning relay teams as Elkhorn swept the meet.
Maggy Henschler, Rock County Fury girls hockey—The Milton High senior continued her torrid season with four goals and an assist Friday night in a 7-3 win at Onalaska. The Fury, ranked fourth in the state, trailed 2-0 but scored six straight goals—including all five that Henschler played a role in.
What to Watch for
WHAT TO WATCH FOREast Troy at Turner, boys basketball, 7:15 p.m., Tuesday—The halfway point of the Rock Valley season comes Friday night, and this is a huge week to see where Turner stands against the other top teams. East Troy is unbeaten and holds a one-game lead on Turner and McFarland entering the week. Turner then plays at McFarland on Friday.
Janesville Parker at Janesville Craig, wrestling, 7 p.m., Friday—The two city rivals meet and wrestle for the Kaster-Cramer Cup. Craig has won the Cup in seven straight years and has won nine straight dual matchups against the Vikings. A 10th on Friday night would set a Craig record for consecutive victories in the series with Parker, which the Vikings lead 31-25 all-time.
Whitewater at Jefferson, girls basketball, 7:15 p.m., Thursday—If anyone is to catch the unbeaten Eagles in the Rock Valley Conference race, the Whippets are likely going to need to grab this road victory. Whitewater has won nine of its last 10 games since suffering a 47-33 loss to Jefferson in the second game of its season.
Union Grove at Elkhorn, boys basketball, 7 p.m., Tuesday—The Elks could secure themselves contender status in the Southern Lakes Conference if they could knock off one of the remaining league unbeatens. Elkhorn has won five of its last six games.
Janesville Parker at Janesville Craig, gymnastics, 7 p.m., Tuesday—The two city squads resume their seasons following lengthy holiday breaks by squaring off in their annual rivalry meeting.