Who should be the Journal Sentinel's athlete of the week for Dec. 31-Jan. 5? (Poll Closed)

  • Maddy Bronson, Burlington Co-op gymnastics: The senior won the all-around title at the first major invitational of the season, the Emerald Classic at Waterford Saturday. Bronson, who attends Williams Bay, finished with a score of 36.750, more than one point better than the runner-up. Her top performances of the day came on the bars and vault, which she won with scores of 9.5 and 9.350, respectively.

  • Josh Otto, Arrowhead wrestling: The Warhawks senior took second at 160 pounds to post the area’s top finish at the prestigious Cheesehead Invitational Saturday at Kaukauna. Otto, last season’s Division 1 state champion at 152 pounds, lost, 3-2, to Cade DeVos of Southeast Polk (Iowa). Otto knocked off Bennett Berge of Kasson-Mantorville (Minn.), 7-1, in the semifinals after scoring a forfeit over Kaukauna’s Harrison Brooks in the quarterfinals.

  • Kiara Redman-Trotter, St. Francis girls basketball: The senior guard needed just 53 games to reach 1,000 points, a milestone she achieved during a 15-point, 12-rebound effort in a loss to University School on Saturday. She missed all but six games of her sophomore season and was sidelined for the past month, a stretch of six games, with an ankle injury. Before that setback, she was averaging 30 points, 12 rebounds and five steals per game this season. She is the fifth girl and the sixth player overall at St. Francis to get to 1,000.

  • Pierce Stastney, Homestead hockey: The Highlanders scored 19 goals last week. Stastney, a senior forward, had a hand in 16 of them. He opened the week by assisting the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Arrowhead. Monday and had a season-high six-point effort in a 7-4 victory over Cedarburg Thursday that included four goals. He then set the tone for wins over Whitefish Bay/Nicolet/Shorewood Thursday and West Bend Friday by recording a goal or an assist in the first period of each contest. Stastney leads Homestead (10-5-1) in scoring with 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists).

  • Evan Szablewski, Shorewood swimming and diving: The Greyhounds senior was the only double individual winner at Cedarburg’s Bulldog Invitational Saturday. He won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute 47.68 seconds and took the 500 freestyle, his best event, with the fastest time of the season for a Division 2 swimmer, 4:47.09. He also helped the team score in the relays. He was part of the 200 medley relay that took seventh and the 400 freestyle relay that finished sixth.

  • JaKobe Thompson, Racine Case boys basketball: The Eagles were in trouble against Kenosha Tremper on Friday and then Thompson, a sophomore guard, went to work. His three-pointer with 30 seconds left gave Case an 81-80 lead. He later ended Tremper's next possession with a rebound, drew a foul and hit two free throws to give the Eagles an 83-80 victory. He finished with 31 points, his second 30-point effort of the season, to raise his season average to 18.9 points per game.

Posted 7 months.

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