Five notable performances from the past week of high school sports and five events to watch for over the next week:TOP PERFORMANCESTop Performances
McKaylie Buescher, Rock County Fury girls hockey—Good luck to anyone trying to score a goal on the Milton High senior when playing the area’s girls co-op hockey team. Buescher ranked No. 1 in the state in both goals against average (1.06) and save percentage (.942) entering play Friday. She posted her 10th shutout of the season Tuesday night in a 4-0 win over Arrowhead, and the Fury were ranked No. 3 in the state this week.
Caleb Gracyalny and Zach Krause, Clinton boys basketball—Gracyalny scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the first half at Evansville on Thursday, helping the Cougars hang around long enough for a second-half comeback. After halftime, Krause had 12 of his 18 points, and Clinton outscored Evansville 36-22 on the way to a 68-62 victory.
Jaida Speth, Delavan-Darien girls basketball—The Comets senior scored 49 points in a pair of games this week, going 14 of 33 from the field and 19 of 24 from the free-throw line. Speth, who will play softball at IUPUI, also added 34 rebounds in the two games, one of which was a victory over West Allis Central.
Nathan Warda, Janesville Parker boys swimming—Warda won the 200 freestyle in 1:57.17, was part of the Vikings’ winning 400 free relay team and took second in the 500 freestyle to help the Vikings finish the Big Eight dual-meet season with a sweep Friday. They beat crosstown rival Janesville Craig and Madison East to finish 3-6.
Erin Nyhus, Brodhead girls basketball—The Cardinals senior scored 19 of her season-high 31 points in the second half Tuesday to help her team rally from a five-point halftime deficit and beat visiting Clinton. Nyhus made nine baskets (one 3-pointer) and was 12 of 16 from the line.
What to Watch for
WHAT TO WATCH FOREdgerton boys take aim at the top—The Crimson Tide boys basketball team has won eight straight games since dropping back-to-back contests against McFarland and East Troy the first time through the Rock Valley Conference schedule. Edgerton gets its chances at a rematch this week. On Tuesday, it plays at McFarland, with the two teams tied at 8-2 for second place in the league. On Friday, first-place East Troy comes to Edgerton.
Sun Prairie at Janesville Craig, boys basketball, 7:30 p.m., Thursday—Jalen Johnson, one of the state’s top sophomore recruits, is back in action after missing much of the early portion of the season. The Cardinals are in first place in the Big Eight and are ranked No. 4 in the latest Division 1 state coaches poll.
Fury at Metro Lynx, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, at Madison Ice Arena—The Fury put their unbeaten Badger Conference record on the line on the road against one of their biggest rivals. Rock County won the first meeting, 5-0.
Jefferson at Big Foot, girls basketball, 7:15 p.m., Thursday—It’s getting down to crunch time if any team has a hope of catching Jefferson in the Rock Valley race. The host Chiefs, tied for second with Whitewater, will almost certainly need to win this game to stay in the running for a league crown. Jefferson won the first meeting between the teams, 53-40.
Turner boys try to right the ship—Beloit Turner’s boys basketball team has dropped four of its last six games and faces the two teams right behind it in the RVC standings. Whitewater, which hasn’t lost since the calendar turned to 2018, goes to Beloit on Tuesday, while Turner plays at Evansville on Friday.