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VOTE:: Athletes of the Week, Feb. 14-20
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Vote for this week's Monroe, area boys and area girls Athletes of the Week by posting a comment online with this story or e-mailing Sports Editor Adam Krebs at Be sure to submit your first and last name as well as your hometown. No other comments will be allowed in the online forum. The deadline for e-mailed and votes online is 5 p.m. Wednesday.


Jamie Armstrong, Girls Basketball: Senior scored 12 points in a 58-40 win over Waunakee Feb. 15, then dropped 19 on Senior Night in a 57-26 win over Monona Grove. Armstrong also led the charge in the "Hoops for Haiti" effort, helping several school organizations raise over $4,000 for the Red Cross to help the victims of the January Earthquake that riddled the country.

Kevin Klopfenstein, Wrestling: Despite being just a freshman, Klopfenstein qualified for state in the 119-pound division. He set a school record with his 40th win of the season, holding off Lakeside Lutheran's Riley Wingate, 1-0, in the third place match at the Richland Center Sectional.

Nick Walker, Wrestling: Despite being in just his second year of wrestling, the Cheesemakers' heavyweight was nearly on his way to state. Walker lost a 3-1 third-place match at the Richland Center Sectional.

Area Boys

Hunter Colden, Brodhead-Juda Wrestling: Colden became the first Cardinals' freshman to qualify for state. After posting a 39-6 regular season record, Colden defeated Lodi sophomore Jesse Ziegler, 14-8, to assure a tripe to state in the 145-pound weight class.

Devin Malott, Darlington Wrestling: Malott (38-2 overall), finished 3-0 at the Westby Sectional Saturday to earn his way to Madison in the 119-pound weight class.

J.J. Panoske, Brodhead Basketball: Scored 32 points, including 18 in the first half of Brodhead's 60-45 win against Big Foot Feb. 16. In a Feb. 18 victory over Beloit Turner, Panoske hit five 3-pointers and scored 37 points.

Area Girls

Taylor Pfeuti, Monticello Basketball: Pfeuti scored 22 points in the Ponies' loss to Pecatonica Feb. 19, 53-52. In a Feb. 16 win over Albany, Pfeuti had eight points.

Michelle Preston, New Glarus Basketball: Senior guard Michelle Preston scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers, in a 54-29 win over Waterloo Feb. 19

Alisha Esselstein, Pecatonica Basketball: Esselstein had 18 points to lead Pecatonica in scoring in a 53-52 win over Monticello Feb. 19. In a Feb. 16 loss to Black Hawk, Esselstein scored 16 points to lead the Vikings.