Hazard scored her 1,000th career point opening night against Riceville, meaning it took her just two seasons and one game of basketball in Iowa to reach that milestone. The senior is averaging 16.3 points per game and leads a Janesville team that entered the week 6-0 in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. “She’s established. Everybody looks to her and she’s definitely our leader on the court,” Janesville coach Steve Chidester said. “We go as she goes. I think an area that she has come a long way is her defense. She’s a complete player and she’s a go-to in situations where we need a little bit of a push.” The two-time all-state selection was also a member of Janesville’s state championship volleyball team. Hazard plans to play basketball at the collegiate level.
Todd has carried over a winning mentality from the football field to the basketball court for West this season. On Friday, he scored 21 points and made several key plays down the stretch during a 72-66 win over Cedar Falls. Todd averages 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game, serving as a valuable defender in addition to his scoring ability. “He’s a guy we look to as a defensive stopper,” West coach Cliff Berinobis said. “He’s very disruptive as a defensive player. He’s been very instrumental in everything we’ve done this year. He brings an element of speed and athleticism that we’ve lacked for a while.” Todd is an all-stater who plans to play college football.
Sadler has been setting the pace and dominating competition this season. A fourth-place state finisher as a sophomore last winter, Sadler is now 9-0 this year with five first-period falls. He recently defeated ranked wrestlers from Crestwood and Waterloo East with a pin and technical fall in the semifinals and championship match of the Oelwein Invitational. “He’s a heavyweight that wrestles like a lighter weight guy,” Jesup coach Scott Trueg said of The Predicament’s No. 4-ranked 1A heavyweight. “There’s not many heavyweights you see that are taking shots and going after guys that aggressively. He’s going out to beat you and he’s not going to stop.” Sadler also competes in football and track.
Gordon has strung together an impressive win streak over the past two weeks. The East junior followed his championship in the Oelwein Invitational by going 6-0 last weekend at the Battle of Waterloo. Class 3A’s No. 7-ranked 182-pounder is now 18-2. “Tyrell broke his finger his freshman year so he missed pretty much the entire season,” East coach Jay Llewellyn noted. “He came back last year with 25 wins as a sophomore. He put a lot of time in over the summer where he placed second in the state freestyle and Greco Roman tournaments.” Gordon also went 2-2 in both styles at Fargo Nationals. The All-Metro football selection also participates in track.