Five notable performances from the past week of high school sports and five games/events to watch over the next seven days:
Sereno Ferone, Beloit Turner boys basketball--The Trojans picked up a pair of road wins this week, and the senior guard had a big hand in both. Ferone scored a team-high 23 points as Turner rallied to an 80-64 nonconference win at Marshall on Monday. Three nights later, Ferone pitched in 17 as the Trojans upended Brodhead 82-71 in a Rock Valley Conference game.
Nate Ellis and Ethan Smith, Janesville Craig wrestling--The Cougars seniors each posted tournament titles and ran their winning streaks to seven matches to open the season at last Saturday's Whitewater Invitational. Ellis won the title at 138 pounds, and Smith followed with a title at 145 as Craig edged Kenosha Bradford for the team championship.
Julia Hartwig, Janesville Parker girls basketball--The junior forward scored 22 points, including a key three-point play in the final two minutes, to lead the Vikings to a 58-55 road win against archrival Janesville Craig last Saturday. Hartwig also had 17 points, including 13 in the second half, in a loss to Middleton on Friday.
Cassie Goswick, Janesville Craig girls basketball--The sophomore guard has led the charge in the Cougars' recent 3-point barrage. Goswick drilled eight of Craig's 13 3-pointers in the loss to Parker on her way to 24 points. On Friday, she made six more 3s--and the team had 15 total--in a victory at Beloit Memorial.
Olivia Tinder, Beloit Turner girls basketball--The freshman had a breakout game Tuesday at home against rival Clinton. Tinder doubled her career best, scoring a game-high 18 points in a 66-51 victory over the Cougars in Rock Valley Conference play.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Big Foot at Whitewater, girls basketball, 7:15 p.m, Thursday--Every team is attempting to chase down Jefferson in the Rock Valley Conference girls race, and this one will go a long way in determining the top contender. Big Foot's Reagan Courier (14.9 ppg) and Courtney Schoenbeck (14.2) both rank in the top 10 in the league in scoring, while Kacie Carollo, Abby Grosinske and Allison Heckert all average double figures for Whitewater.
Cap City Cougars at Rock County Fury, girls hockey, 6 p.m., Tuesday--Cap City, the Sun Prairie co-op, is 2-0 in the Badger Conference and Rock County is 3-0 heading into this crucial early-season matchup. These two teams met in a WIAA sectional final last year, with the Cougars winning 3-2 in two overtimes to advance to state.
Badger State Wrestling Tournament, Saturday, 10 a.m., Alliant Energy Center, Madison--The Coliseum plays host to one of the area's larger tournaments, especially this early in the season. The event, hosted by Stoughton, features area teams Lake Geneva Badger, Delavan-Darien, Elkhorn and Evansville/Albany.
Monona Grove at Milton, girls basketball, 7:15 p.m, Thursday--The Red Hawks have suffered back-to-back losses after a 4-0 start to the season. Both of these teams are 3-2 in Badger South Conference play, so this game will be a big one in terms of staying close with the top of the pack.
Both Janesville boys basketball teams home Tuesday night--It's a rare Big Eight night where both Parker and Craig are home. The Vikings have a chance to end their skid against a Beloit Memorial team that entered Saturday with a 1-5 record. The Cougars will test their mettle against league leader Madison Memorial, which has won at least a share of 14 straight conference titles.