Meet the Battle Creek Enquirer Athletes of the Week:
GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING
Alysa Wager capped off an impressive week by taking down a 33-year Harper Creek program record. Only a freshman, she’s likely to put her name on her school’s record board a few more times in the years to come.
At the All-City Meet on Oct. 1, Wager won three city titles with first-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (25.38) the 200 medley relay (1:59.79) and the 100 butterfly (1:01.05). Her time in the butterfly broke the previous school record set in 1983 by Chris Dinkins. At the Sturgis Relays on Sept. 24, she was a part of four winning relays, swimming the anchor on the backstroke team that broke the record at a meet that dates back to 1986. In a dual with Allegan on Sept. 27, she added four more victories while helping Harper Creek’s 200 freestyle relay team qualify for the Division 3 State Finals, marking the fourth event in which she’s achieved a state cut this season.
The Marshall soccer team is rolling, as Kurt Kraushaar has made sure nothing has been rolling into the net.
The Redhawks senior goalkeeper posted back-to-back shutouts in helping Marshall improve to 12-2-2 overall. In an Interstate Eight Conference battle with Hastings on Sept. 27, Kraushaar shared time in net with teammate Jack Vezmar, combining to keep a clean sheet in the Redhawks’ 3-0 victory. On ‘Parents Night’ against Jackson Northwest on Sept. 29, he posted his second consecutive shutout and his seventh in the last nine games in Marshall’s 4-0 victory, clinching at least a share of second place in the Interstate Eight.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Simply put, Ava Strenge is the best female distance runner in St. Philip history.
The Fighting Tigers senior added another couple victories to her resume in the past week. Strenge placed first at the Southern Central Athletic Association Jamboree No. 2 on Sept. 28 with a time of 18 minutes, 18 seconds, and then broke the tape at the Don Baese Invitational hosted by Carson City-Crystal in a time of 18:30. Her season-best time of 18:18 currently ranks second in Division 4, according to athletic.net. She was the 2014 Division 4 individual state champion and last year broke her own school record with a time of 18:02.
Fans can vote for their favorite athlete in this Twitter poll until Wednesday at 5 p.m., with the top vote-getter receiving an ‘Athlete of the Week’ T-shirt.
Vote for the @bcenquirer Athlete of the Week - the top vote-getter by 5 p.m. Wednesday receives an Athlete of the Week T-shirt— Nick Buckley (@NickJBuckley) October 3, 2016
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