Columbus North's Ali Patberg leads American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week

Columbus North's Ali Patberg leads American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week

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Columbus North's Ali Patberg leads American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week

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Columbus North senior Ali Paberg takes a shot over two Bedford North Lawrence defenders during the teams' game on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Columbus North won 48-40. Photo by Richard Gold

Columbus North senior Ali Patberg takes a shot over two Bedford North Lawrence defenders during Columbus North’s 48-40 win Tuesday. Photo by Richard Gold

Notre Dame signee Ali Patberg, a senior guard at Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.), came up big to help her team topple the No. 3 team in the country on Tuesday.

With Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw in attendance, Patberg had 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 48-40 Class 4A regional playoff win at previously unbeaten Bedford North Lawrence (Bedford, Ind.). A day earlier, the McDonald’s All-American had 32 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 76-66 defeat of Evansville Central. She’s averaging 25.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 6.2 assists per game this season. She is a top candidate for Miss Basketball in Indiana.

Columbus North coach Pat McKee said that Tuesday’s game wasn’t Patberg’s best game on offense, but she had a big hand in the team’s win because of her defense.

“She gets basketball and understands what’s going on out there,” McKee said. “We have to remind her of things, but she’s doing the right thing most of the time. In a game like the other night, you have to remind her to have fun.”

Patberg had the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performance of the Week. The rest of the top performances:

Liz Blumthal, lacrosse, North Gwinnett, Suwanee, Ga.

Sophomore scored six goals in a 22-2 defeat of Brookwood (Snellville) on Friday.

Tyson Burnard, boys basketball, Knappa, Astoria, Ore.

Senior guard had 50 points, eight rebounds and five assists in his team’s 80-68 defeat of Vernonia on Saturday.

Marguerite Effa, girls basketball, Fairfax, Los Angeles

Senior forward, who has signed with Southern Cal, has had nine consecutive double-doubles, including 27 points and 13 rebounds in an 83-68 defeat of Carson in a City Section Open Division playoff game on Friday.

Megan Gustafson, girls basketball, South Shore, Port Wing, Wis.

Senior forward, an Iowa signee, scored a school-record 54 points last Thursday in an 75-32 win at Solon Springs, then followed that up with 51 points in a 77-17 defeat of Mellen on Tuesday. She holds the state record for most career points.

John Holler, swimming, Cibola, Albuquerque

Set two state records by winning the 50 freestyle in 20.29 seconds and the 100 free in 44.84 in the state meet Saturday in Albuquerque.

Max Thomsen, wrestling, Union, LaPorte City, Iowa

Senior, who has signed with Northern Iowa, won his fourth state wrestling title on Saturday in the 2-A state meet in Des Moines. Thomsen won the 145-pound title, defeating Bondurant-Farrar’s Caleb Coleman for his 199th consecutive win in a row.

Doyle Trout, wrestling, Centennial, Utica, Neb.

Senior pinned Valentine’s Noah Eklund to win the state 126-pound title Saturday in Omaha. It was Trout’s fourth state title. He pinned all four of his opponents at this year’s state meet.

Lexi Weeks, girls track and field, Cabot, Ark.

Senior, who has signed with Arkansas, set a national indoor record in the pole vault with a vault of 14 feet, 3.25 inches in the USATF-Arkansas meet on Saturday in Black Springs, Ark.

Colton Widdows, baseball, Dunedin, Fla.

Junior left-handed pitcher threw a five-inning no-hitter, facing the minimum 15 batters, in a 12-0 defeat of East Lake (Tarpon Springs) on Wednesday. He also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

 

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