Five notable high school sports performances from the past seven days and five games/events to watch in the next week.
TOP PERFORMANCESTop Performances
Blake McCann, Janesville Craig boys basketball—The senior was hungry for a sweep of crosstown rival Janesville Parker on Friday night and showed it. He scored 18 of his game-high 26 points in a first half where the Cougars pulled away en route to an 80-52 victory. McCann was 10 of 20 from the field, including 4 of 7 from beyond the arc. He also had 15 points last Saturday in a win over Middleton.
Julia Hartwig, Janesville Parker girls basketball—The Vikings junior forward out-rebounded Janesville Craig all by herself Thursday night to help Parker sweep the season crosstown rivalry series. Hartwig finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds in a 47-37 home win.
Bethany Oren, Edgerton girls basketball—The senior had reason to celebrate Tuesday. She matched her career high with 28 points in a rivalry game against visiting Evansville, and her first basket of the second half put her over 1,000 points in her career. Oren also had 20 points Friday night in a road victory at Brodhead that gave the Crimson Tide three wins in their last four games.
Nick Brown, Elkhorn boys basketball—Brown had just three baskets in two games this week, but he might have had the loudest one in the area in the whole month of January. Brown buried a 3-pointer from the corner to beat the buzzer against Westosha Central, lifting the Elks to a 60-57 victory on Tuesday. Elkhorn also beat Badger on Thursday and has won three straight.
Owen Aldrich, Janesville Bluebirds boys hockey—The Janesville Craig senior seems to be playing his best between the pipes for the city’s co-op team as it nears the end of the regular season. Aldrich made 28 saves in a 4-1 Big Eight Conference win at Middleton on Tuesday. On Thursday, against a first-place Verona team with 49 goals in its past seven games, he allowed four goals but kept the Bluebirds in the mix with 27 more saves in a 4-1 loss.
What to Watch forWHAT TO WATCH FOR
Regional wrestling, Saturday—The road to the Kohl Center for high school wrestlers around the state begins Saturday with regionals. The top four finishers in each weight class in Division 1 and the top two in each class in Divisions 2 and 3 advance to sectionals. Regional team champs advance to team sectionals, as well. Area teams will wrestle at Elkhorn (D1), Belleville (D2), East Troy (D2) and Parkview (D3).
Sectional boys swim, Saturday—Winners from sectional meets, as well as the top 18 non-winning D1 finishers and top 12 non-winning D2 finishers advance to state. Area swimmers will compete at Beloit Memorial (D1), Kenosha Tremper (D1), Baraboo (D2) and Nicolet (D2).
Whitewater at Jefferson, girls basketball, 7:15 p.m., Tuesday—The two teams will make up a game that got postponed last month, and there will likely be many eyes on this one as fans see just how close the Rock Valley race will become. Jefferson is in first by a game over Big Foot and two over Whitewater. The Eagles won the first matchup, 47-33, on Nov. 17.
Craig boys attempt to put together a win streak—The Cougars have a busy week, with a nonconference game at Burlington on Monday. Then they’ll attempt to avenge a Big Eight Conference loss to Beloit when the two teams play at home Thursday, and Craig will try to sweep the season series with Madison Memorial on the road Saturday.
Wilmot at Badger, girls basketball, 7 p.m., Friday—Speaking of games that could keep races close, Badger must win this one to stay within striking range of Union Grove, Wilmot and Burlington in the Southern Lakes.