Five top performances by area high school athletes from the past week and five games/events to watch over the next seven days.
Dani Heitsman, Rock County Fury girls hockey--Heitsman, a Milton High senior, and the area's girls co-op hockey team had a busy week. They went 3-1 in four games between last Saturday and Thursday morning, with the lone loss coming in overtime. Heitsman had five goals and three assists during that four-game stretch, including a hat trick against Viroqua last Saturday.
Beau LaDu and Jake Stritesky, Lake Geneva Badger wrestling--The Badgers duo gave area wrestlers a pair of titles at the Mid-States Classic in Whitewater on Thursday and Friday. LaDu, ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 1 at 113 pounds, won by a 6-4 decision in the final. Stritesky, unranked at 120 pounds, beat No. 10-ranked CJ Grisar of Waukesha West 8-7 in his title match. The Badgers finished sixth as a team.
Brooke Parkhurst, Janesville Craig girls basketball--If the Optimist Invitational tournament at Craig gave out a Most Outstanding Player for the tournament, the Cougars sophomore would have been the choice. Parkhurst tied for the team high with 16 points in the team's 66-57 victory over Milton on Wednesday and followed that up with a dozen points in a victory over Stoughton one day later.
Julia Hartwig, Janesville Parker girls basketball--The junior forward scored a combined 45 points as the Vikings also picked up a pair of nonconference victories Wednesday and Thursday in Wisconsin Dells. Hartwig had 20 points, including the game-winning free throw with four seconds left, in a 56-55 victory over Big Foot. She scored 25 on Thursday in a 64-52 win over Chippewa Falls.
Parkview boys basketball in the second half Thursday--It wasn't possible to pick just one player from the Vikings' comeback against Brodhead. Justin Balch and Eli Hoscheit each had a dozen points after halftime, Adrian Meza scored all nine of his in the final 18 minutes and Riley Carroll finished with a game-high 23 as Parkview came back from 10-point halftime deficit to win 82-78.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Monroe at Milton, girls basketball, 7:15 p.m., Friday--The first half of the Badger South Conference season wraps up Friday, with the Red Hawks taking on the league-unbeaten Cheesemakers. This is also a rematch of a WIAA Division 2 sectional final game from a year ago.
Janesville Craig, Elkhorn, Evansville/Albany among teams at Lodi invite, wrestling, Saturday--A few of the area's top wrestling team will take part in what should be a very competitive dual-meet invite in Lodi in which most teams are either ranked or receiving votes in their respective polls.
Evansville at East Troy, boys basketball, 7:15 p.m., Thursday--The Trojans have been the class of the Rock Valley Conference up to this point. The Blue Devils snapped a four-game skid just before the holiday break and will look to build some momentum to open 2018.
Viroqua at Rock County Fury, 7 p.m., Tuesday--The Fury will play a Badger Conference game in Monroe. Rock County is unbeaten in league play at 5-0 and shut out Viroqua 6-0 in the teams' first meeting.
Madison East/La Follette at Janesville Bluebirds, 7 p.m., Thursday--The city's boys co-op hockey team has a chance to win its second Big Eight Conference game in a row.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The date and time of the Fury game were wrong in an initial post and changed to reflect the game being played Tuesday.