Five notable performances by area high school athletes in the past week and five games or events to keep an eye on over the next seven days:
TOP PERFORMANCESMaggy Henschler, Rock County Fury girls hockey—The area’s girls co-op hockey team clinched its first-ever conference championship Thursday with a 6-0 win over the host Metro Lynx. Henschler, a Milton High senior, had two goals and an assist in the victory and continues to rank in the top five in the state in both categories.
Owen Aldrich, Janesville Bluebirds boys hockey—The goalie for the city’s co-op team shut out Baraboo in the second period Thursday night despite facing a dozen shots. It helped the Bluebirds to a 6-2 victory, their fourth of the season, in a nonconference game. Aldrich, who attends Janesville Craig, finished with 22 saves.
Courtney Schoenbeck, Big Foot girls basketball—The Chiefs senior scored 15 of her season-high 25 points in a critical first half against visiting Jefferson on Thursday night. Big Foot pulled out to a 36-24 lead and eventually hung on to win 58-52, handing the Eagles their first loss of the season to move the Chiefs within a game of first place in the Rock Valley Conference.
Jerry Lipke and Mason Dutcher, Milton wrestling—Lipke and Dutcher picked up individual titles when the Red Hawks wrestled in the Bob Lueder Invitational in Clinton, Iowa, last weekend. Lipke, a senior who recently eclipsed 100 victories for his career, earned two pins and a 6-1 decision on his way to the 195-pound championship. Dutcher, a junior, had a pin and two tough decisions to emerge at 113 pounds.
Brekan Day, Brodhead boys basketball—The senior guard helped the Cardinals run their winning streak to three games this week. Day scored 17 of his game-high 26 points in the second half of a come-from-behind victory at Clinton on Tuesday night. Then, on Friday, he and teammate Dawson VanWhye each had 19 in a home win over Jefferson.
What to Watch for
WHAT TO WATCH FORJanesville Craig at Janesville Parker, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m., Thursday—Eleven of the past 15 meetings between the two city girls programs have been decided by 10 points or less, including a 58-55 Parker victory in their first meeting this season. The Cougars are coming off a home win over third-place Middleton that ended a five-game losing streak. The Vikings have lost four straight.
Conference wrestling and swim meets, Saturday—The postseason kicks off with conference tournament action next weekend. In wrestling, meets take place at La Follette (Big Eight), Jefferson (Rock Valley), Waunakee (Badger) and Delavan-Darien (Southern Lakes). In swim, the hosts are Beloit Memorial (Big Eight), Lake Geneva Badger (Southern Lakes) and Fort Atkinson (Badger South).
Stoughton at Milton, girls basketball, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.—The Vikings have won 10 of their last 11 games to climb into the Division 2 state rankings. They’ve got just three losses on the season, but one of them was to Milton, 62-61 in overtime, on Dec. 5.
Janesville Craig at Janesville Parker, boys basketball, 7:30 p.m., Friday—The Cougars jumped out to a big lead but had to hold on late for a 73-64 victory in the first meeting. Both teams are in action Tuesday night, as well, with Parker traveling to play Sun Prairie and Craig on the road in a nonconference game against Mount Horeb.
Rock County Fury at Cap City Cougars, 7 p.m., Tuesday, at Sun Prairie Ice Arena—The fifth-ranked Fury could cap off an unbeaten Badger Conference season by beating the second-place Cougars.