Top Performances

Sereno Ferone, Beloit Turner boys basketball—The Trojans picked up a statement victory at home Tuesday over East Troy, and Ferone was a big reason why. He scored 20 of his team-high 25 points in the second half to help Turner to an 82-66 victory. Ferone also had 16 points Friday night, when the Trojans lost by one point at McFarland in a battle for first place in the RVC.

Joe Smith, Janesville Craig wrestling—On a night when the Cougars surprised even themselves with the number of pins they produced, Smith’s may have been the most stunning. Wrestling in his first-ever varsity match, Smith, a freshman, earned a second-period pin at 152 pounds Friday. It was one of 10 pins for Craig, which beat crosstown rival Janesville Parker 69-11 in a Big Eight Conference dual meet. Eight of Craig’s 10 pins came from freshmen or sophomores.

Owen Aldrich, Janesville Bluebirds boys hockey—The city’s boys co-op hockey team picked up its biggest victory of the season Tuesday night, beating visiting Madison West 4-3 in a Big Eight Conference game. Aldrich was a big reason why, slamming the door in the third period with 17 of his 29 saves.

Elizabeth Kalk, Clinton girls basketball—The Cougars picked up a pair of victories this week, and their point guard was a big reason why. Kalk had 19 points in a 66-45 nonconference victory over visiting North Boone (Illinois) last Saturday. In Friday’s makeup game against visiting Evansville, she had 18 points, five assists and three steals in a 55-44 victory.

Eli Hoscheit, Parkview boys basketball—The Vikings junior scored a season-high 29 points in Monday night’s nonconference victory over visiting Albany, with the win moving Parkview to 7-2 overall this season. Hoscheit has eclipsed 20 points four times this season and is averaging 19 points per game.

What to Watch for

Big Eight Showcase, wrestling, 6:30 p.m., Friday, at Madison East—Janesville Craig will wrestle Sun Prairie for the conference’s dual-meet championship. The two teams have not wrestled each other yet this season.

Beloit Turner at Edgerton, boys basketball, 7:15 p.m., Thursday—Perhaps no team in the area is hotter at the moment than the Crimson Tide, who have won seven straight games heading into this week to join Turner in a tie for third place in the Rock Valley Conference standings. The Trojans were tied for first after beating East Troy last week but fell back after losing to McFarland. Edgerton won the first meeting between these teams 56-46.

A busy week of Big Eight hoops—Janesville’s boys and girls basketball teams have pretty full schedules this week, with chances to make some movement in the Big Eight. The Parker girls host Madison La Follette on Thursday in a battle of teams fighting to stay within striking range of the top half of the league standings. The Craig girls play three times, including tough league games at Madison East (Thursday) and home against Sun Prairie (Saturday). And both city boys teams are home Friday, with Craig hosting East in a rematch of a game the Cougars won with a buzzer-beater in the first meeting.

Arrowhead at Rock County Fury, girls hockey, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Janesville Ice Arena—The area’s girls co-op hockey team is ranked No. 4 in the state and plays in town Tuesday in a “Pink The Rink” game.

Elkhorn at Burlington, boys basketball, 7 p.m. Friday—The winner of this one stays within striking range of Westosha and Union Grove in the Southern Lakes Conference race.

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