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Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

Delavan-Darien boys rely on perimeter shooters

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Delavan-Darien is the smallest school in the Southern Lakes Conference, which makes it tough for the Comets’ athletic teams to compete in general.

In addition, Bob Beighton’s 2014-’15 boys basketball team is lacking numbers when it comes to height.

The DDHS roster features only two players listed taller than 6-foot-1, so the Comets must rely on their outside game to be competitive.

And Delavan-Darien has some of the best three-point shooters in the Stateline area, a group that includes senior twin brothers Isiah and Isaac Ramos and juniors Lucas DeLara and William Brown.

The Comets finished 7-16 overall last year but won five of their last seven contests. This year they were off to a 2-4 start heading into Friday’s game at Waterford.

Offensively through six games, DeLara was leading the way at 18.2 ppg, followed by Isiah Ramos (13.7), Brown (10.7) and Isaac Ramos (6.2).

Isiah Ramos had made 21 three-pointers, DeLara 13 and Brown and Isaac Ramos nine apiece.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- His opponents and teammates know it, and so does Tyler Westrick. The senior guard is the focal point of the Milton boys basketball team’s offense.

However, the important thing that all parties understand is that the Red Hawks’ standout, despite life in spotlight’s pressure-packed glow, never flinches.

The 6-foot-1, three-sport star was the second-leading scorer in the Badger South Conference despite Milton’s 0-7 start, and coach Zach Groelle couldn’t ask for a better player to help get his team through tough times.

STATELINE NEWS -- She received interest from or had interest in numerous colleges for her athletic and/or academic talents, including NCAA Division I schools UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Marquette and DePaul.

She also considered D-III programs at Macalester (Minn.) and Knox College (Ill.), but 2011 Beloit Memorial High School graduate Haleigh Thomas decided she wanted to stay home.

So, Thomas has been excelling in both arenas at Beloit College since making that tough decision, and she’s happy with her choice.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The biggest compliment anybody can give a football player is that they’re “a football player.” Combine that quality with athleticism and skills, and the proverbial sky’s the limit becomes only the beginning.

One could start making that argument about Marcus Hudson, a current backup wide receiver at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and former two-year, two-way starter at Delavan-Darien High School.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound freshman was an All-Southern Lakes Conference selection at defensive back and second-team pick at wide receiver as a senior for the Comets.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Confidence is a fragile commodity in high school athletics. When it comes to wrestling, the slightest mistake or being a split second too fast or too slow can mean the difference between recording a pin or getting pinned.

Add the expectations that often accompany younger siblings throughout their prep sports careers, and the obstacles can become overwhelming.

So, one wouldn’t blame Janesville Craig senior Airk Furseth for succumbing to such pressure, considering his older brother, Siven, compiled a 172-5 record as a four-time WIAA state qualifier, including a championship in 2010.

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