Male Athlete of the Week
Kody Azarian, Waterford Union High School wrestling: Entering the weekend ranked in the top three in the state at 120 pounds, Azarian proved he will be a force to be reckoned with at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament by winning the Waukesha West sectional title Saturday.
Azarian opened with an 18-2 technical fall win over Alex Espada of Brookfield Central at 120 pounds. He followed that up with an 18-3 technical fall victory over Tere White of West Allis Central.
That put Azarian, 41-3 overall, into the first-place match against Trevor Kruzick of West Allis Nathan Hale. The senior had little trouble in racking up a 10-0 major decision.
It will be Azarian’s fourth straight trip to the state meet.
Also considered: Carson Biedrzycki, Burlington High School boys basketball.
Female Athlete of the Week
Molly Benavides, Burlington Combined gymnastics team: Benavides, en route to helping BBW set a team record on the floor exercise and win the Southern Lakes Conference title for the fourth straight year, had a great day herself Friday at the SLC meet.
Benavides won the floor exercise with a meet record 9.80, and scored a 38.300 in the all-around at the meet at Jefferson – another meet record.
Benavides also finished second on the vault (9.40), third on the uneven bars (9.55) and second on the balance beam (9.55).
BBW scored a 149.675 as a team, just short of the team record it set last year in winning the SLC meet at home (150.225).
Also considered: Bailey Fitzpatrick, Burlington Combined gymnastics; Megan Jensen, Waterford Union High School girls basketball.
Team of the Week
Burlington High School boys basketball: The Demons had already clinched a share of the SLC boys basketball crown going into Friday’s game against Wilmot, but were hoping to erase the sting of a 54-49 loss to the Panthers in January.
The Demons got out to an early lead, and then hung on for a 59-51 win over Wilmot at home.
Carson Biedrzycki was huge again for the Demons, finishing with a game-high 26 points. Reetz added 11 points, while Penzel pitched in 10 points and a team-best nine rebounds.
BHS is now 17-5 overall, and won the SLC with a 13-1 record.
Also considered: The Burlington High School wrestling team.
The Southern Lakes Blue Devils semi-professional football team will hold its final tryouts at the Williams Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Saturday.
Pre-registration for the tryouts is at 5 p.m., with tryouts lasting from 6-8 p.m.
Cost for the tryout is $25. Tests will be the 225-pound and 175-pound bench press, 40- and 20-yard dashes, 3-4 cone drills, vertical and horizontal jump, one-on-one drills and seven-on-seven drills.
Players are asked to dress with shorts and gym shoes for an inside workout. The team is also looking for coaching staff and members for the cheerleading squad.
For more information, visit the club’s website at slbluedevilshome.com or call Tom Hawkins at (262) 716-1147.