A look at five of last week’s top performances as well as five upcoming events to watch in area high school sports:TOP PERFORMANCESTop Performances
Ben Coulter, Janesville Bluebirds boys hockey—The Janesville Craig junior tallied a hat trick to help the city’s boys co-op hockey team pick up its first win of the season Thursday night. Coulter scored twice in the final six minutes of the first period and again in the second, and Janesville grabbed a 3-0 home victory over Beloit Memorial.
Paige Banks, Evansville girls basketball—The Blue Devils have won five of their last six games, and the sophomore continues to lead the charge. Banks scored 31 points in a nonconference rout of Belleville on Monday night. And she had 29 more as Evansville beat Brodhead 63-34, holding the Cardinals to just 11 first-half points Thursday night.
McKaylie Buescher, Rock County Fury girls hockey—The Milton High senior helped the area’s girls co-op hockey team seize control of the Badger Conference by beating rival Cap City on Tuesday night in Beloit. Buescher stopped 25 of the 26 shots she faced in a 2-1 victory. Her 1.10 goals against average is the leading mark in the state for girls goalies, according to stats on wisconsinprephockey.net.
Dai’Vontrelle Strong, Beloit Turner boys basketball—The sophomore forward helped the Trojans run their winning streak to six games with a pair of victories this week. Strong had 17 points in a lopsided victory over Big Foot on Tuesday night and put up 32 points and 26 rebounds in a victory at Clinton on Friday.
Donovan Cone, Edgerton boys basketball—The Crimson Tide senior guard scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the second half of a 50-46 home victory over rival Evansville on Tuesday night. Edgerton won again at Brodhead on Friday night to improve to 4-2 in the Rock Valley Conference and 5-2 overall.
What to Watch for
Janesville Craig’s Optimist Classic girls basketball tournament, Wednesday and Thursday, 2:15 and 4 p.m—The Cougars will test their mettle against a pair of Badger South Conference foes this week. Craig hosts Milton in a 4 p.m. game Wednesday and then hosts Stoughton at the same time one day later. Stoughton and Milton also face Kenosha Tremper at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Janesville Parker girls trek to Wisconsin Dells—The Vikings again head to the JustAGame Fieldhouse for a pair of games over the holiday break. Parker plays Big Foot—which is coming off a victory at Whitewater—on Wednesday and then plays 5-2 Chippewa Falls on Thursday.
Janesville Parker boys eye back-to-back victories—The Vikings boys hoops team put an end to its 44-game losing streak with it beat Beloit Memorial on Tuesday night. The Vikings have a chance to put together multiple wins in a row. They face Milwaukee Carmen in a holiday tournament at Cudahy on Thursday, then will face off with Watertown or Cudahy on Friday.
Fury to be tested in Eau Claire—The Fury will see a couple of ranked teams when they head to Eau Claire’s holiday tournament. They play twice Wednesday, including once against the No. 5 Warbirds co-op out of Beaver Dam. Then they play No. 10 Fox Cities on Thursday.
Brodhead, Parkview keep rivalry going—Orfordville Parkview and Brodhead are no longer in the same conference, but the neighboring schools will continue their basketball rivalry with a doubleheader Thursday night. The girls teams will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:15.