Since losing a portion of his right leg following a football injury his junior year, Huntley Project (Worden, Mont.) athlete Koni Dole has spent endless hours trying to get himself ready to play high school sports again. This past week showed his hard work was worth it.
On Saturday in Billings, Dole went 3-1 to finish fourth in the state B-C wrestling meet at 195 pounds, helping his team to finish fourth in the team standings. In the consolation final, he pinned Antonio Lopez of Malta in two minutes and 37 seconds.
The good news continued for Dole on Monday, when he was invited as one of five preferred walk-ons to play football next fall at Montana State.
Dole, a senior, has a prosthetic right leg that he uses when he runs track or football. In the first football game of his senior season, he played linebacker and scored two touchdowns as a running back. When he wrestles, however, he does so without the prosthetic leg.
Dole leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:
Gabe DeVoe, boys basketball, Shelby, N.C.
Senior guard, who has signed with Clemson, scored 51 points in an 119-66 defeat of Draughn (Valdese, N.C.) on Tuesday.
Carrie Ann Flowers, girls softball, Abbeville Christian, Abbeville, Ala.
Sophomore pitcher/first baseman hit a grand slam with one out to lift her team to a 4-2 defeat of Northside Methodist (Dothan) in its first game of the season Tuesday.
David Jump, boys basketball, Williamstown, Ky.
The senior guard followed up a 39-point game in a 67-65 defeat of Trimble County (Bedford) on Monday by hitting 12 three-pointers and scoring 50 points in 74-72 loss to Owen County (Owenton) on Tuesday.
Evan Kraatz, boys basketball, Inner-City Baptist, Allen Park, Mich.
Senior guard had nine assists in a 74-57 defeat of Lutheran Northwest (Rochester Hills) on Tuesday to set the state record for all-time assists at 731. He eclipsed the old mark of 726, set by Eric Turner of Flint Central (1978-1981).
Jack Leschisin, boys ice hockey, Mound-Westonka, Mound, Minn.
Senior goalie stopped 20 shots in a 6-0 state playoff defeat of Richfield on Tuesday.
Evan Pontley, baseball, Ferris, Texas
The senior pitcher struck out 22 batters in a seven-inning no-hitter Monday to lead his team to a 13-3 defeat of Mabank. Normally, there are only 21 outs in a seven-inning game, but dropped third strikes and a few throwing errors allowed Mabank to score two runs in the first inning. All of the outs that Pontley recorded in the game, except for a sixth-inning fly out, were by strikeouts. He threw 97 pitches in the win.
Christa Reed, girls basketball, Bay, Bay St. Louis, Miss.
Senior guard, who has signed with Vanderbilt, scored a career-high 48 points to lead her team to a 80-25 defeat of Ocean Springs on Friday. Reed made all 14 of her three-point attemps, tying Jessica Roberson of Ingomar (New Albany) and D.J. Evans of Brandon for the state record for most three-pointers in a game.
Josh Robinson, boys basketball, St. Mary’s, St. Louis
Senior guard, who has signed with Austin Peay, scored 56 points in a 85-76 loss to O’Fallon Christian (O’Fallon) on Saturday and 55 points in an 88-83 loss to St. Pius X on Monday.
Enrique Rodriguez, boys soccer, Athens, Texas
In a 5-0 defeat of Mabank on Tuesday, the senior striker broke the school record for most career goals with 49.