Wright continues to prove he's one of Class 2A's stronger 126-pounders. The Predicament's No. 3-ranked wrestler in that weight class, Wright improved to 40-2 on the season last weekend by defeating returning 1A state champion Donny Schmit of Wapsie Valley for the third time in the finals of the NICL tournament. Denver-Tripoli won the team title and is 18-3 in duals with a perfect 13-0 record against conference opponents. "Riley's upbeat personality makes him a great leader on our team," Coach Chris Krueger noted. "His enthusiasm and time commitment for the sport makes everyone in the room around him better. He puts a lot of time into getting better every day, year-round." An honor-roll student, Wright was also an all-district football selection.
Treptow has become an efficient scoring option after making the move to shooting guard. The Jesup sophomore is shooting 44 percent from 3-point range and making 72 percent of her free throws while leading the J-Hawks with an average of 12.7 points per game. One of the team captains, Treptow typically guards the opposing team's top scorer and leads Jesup in steals. She recently scored 26 points against Denver in the middle of a current three-game win streak for 14-5 Jesup. "She took more of a scoring role than what she had last year, when we needed it," Jesup coach Tom Klein said. "She's looking for her shot more and looking to get to the rim a lot more this year." Treptow is a state cross country and track qualifier who also competes in softball.
Wurzer has been a double-double machine during a stretch of five games in which Sumner-Fredericksburg has gone 4-1. The Cougars' returning second-team all-conference selection has averaged 22.6 points and 11.6 rebounds over that span with a high of 26 points, while reaching 15 rebounds twice. He's also been a valuable shot blocker and defender, capable of playing all five positions. "Trevor has been a great leader on and off the floor this year," S-F coach Mike Kuennen noted. "His work ethic and positive attitude have been essential for our younger players and upperclassmen alike." Wurzer is active in football, track, baseball, show choir and Get-A-Grip.
- Grundy Center
Wallis has elevated her game over the second half of the season for a 15-2 Grundy Center team that is on a 12-game win streak. The Spartan sophomore recorded an impressive 23-point game last week, with the help of her teammates and a stingy defense leading to a 45-40 win over 3A's No. 7 West Marshall. Wallis is averaging 15.6 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. "Hailey has really started to play at another level," Coach Matt Lindeman noted. "Her length on defense and in our press helps in creating turnovers. On offense, Hailey has really become more aggressive in getting to the basket and wanting the ball when the game is on the line." Wallis also competes in volleyball, track and softball, and is active in chorus and school musicals.
- Cedar Falls
Penrith continued his solid sophomore season last weekend with three major decisions en route to a championship at the Mississippi Valley Conference Supermeet. The Cedar Falls 113-pounder is ranked No. 6 by The Predicament in Class 3A with a 28-10 record that includes eight wins by fall. "One of the big differences between Jakey from last year compared to this year is he's become more confident," Cedar Falls coach Ethan Wiechmann said. "He's getting to his holds. He's not letting other people dictate how the match is going to be played out."
- Wapsie Valley
Wapsie Valley's fourth-year starting point guard has filled stat sheets throughout her career. The senior recently surpassed career totals of 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 200 steals and 150 assists. She leads this year's team with an average of 13.6 points a game. "She's started since she was a freshman at point guard and she's been asked to do a lot," Coach Justin Davie said. "She has obviously scored a lot, but I think what's most impressive is over 400 rebounds because she's barely 5-5. She's really developed into a tremendous leader beyond the points and the stats." Risse is a National Honor Society member who also competes in volleyball and track. She plans to play basketball at the University of Dubuque.