Standing 5-foot-7, Hovenga hasn't backed down from a chance to make a difference in the post for Class 1A's No. 14 Janesville. The first-year starter averages 10 points a game on 51.6 percent shooting. "She's just high energy on offense and defense," Janesville coach Steve Chidester said. "She plays great defense and is very aggressive in the post offensively. She can lead a fast break, she rebounds, she guards taller post players. She's just does everything you ask. Very versatile. She has a great attitude, as well." Hovenga also competes in volleyball, track and softball.
A 5-3 sudden victory decision over defending state champion Kaleb Krall of Wapsie Valley allowed Wilson to secure a third trip to state with a 152-pound district championship Saturday in Decorah. The honor student is the only senior on Denver's Class 1A State Duals-qualifying team and one of nine Cyclones to reach the traditional state tournament. "Blake Steege was our leader and when he went down, Caleb took over that role and ran with it," Denver coach Chris Krueger said. "He is a grinder. Our younger wrestlers will look to him on how to attack this week. He is battle-tested and not scared of anybody."
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A state record sprinter on the track, Roberts has recently become the first East girls' basketball player to reach 1,000 career points. The talented junior is averaging 19.2 points a game and has 82 steals this season, on pace for her school's all-time mark in that defensive statistic. "She's just an engine to our basketball team," East coach William Muhammad said. "We need those hard-fought points. She goes and gets it. She's tough to guard and she just continues to grow. She's our leading scorer and she guards the best player on the other team for the most part." Roberts also excels academically as a 4.0 student and National Honor Society member.
In addition to being a talented four-year contributor at the point guard position, Hudson coach Nick Joyce says Ingamells has been invested in drawing teammates into the gym for extra work. The Hudson senior reached his 1,000th career point on Jan. 30 against Columbus and scored a season-high 33 points during a Jan. 26 win over Dike-New Hartford. Under his leadership, the Pirates entered this week with wins in seven of their last eight games. "He's a great shooter, but also has been working really hard on his mid-range game," Joyce said. "He kind of has that killer instinct, a look in his eye where he refuses to lose and really helps will his team to victory." Ingamells also competes in track and cross country.
After serving as the leading scorer on last year's 17-5 squad, Cuvelier has used his increased strength and physicality to average 18.3 points a game for this year's 19-1 Aplington-Parkersburg team. The third-year contributor currently has 920 career points. He's shooting an efficient 62 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free throw line. "He's extremely versatile," A-P coach Aaron Thomas said of the returning first-team all-conference selection. "He's gotten stronger so he can play with his back to the basket. He's also very good at shooting a face-up jump shot or even putting the ball on the floor." Cuvelier also excels in football and baseball.