Pollock returns to Elmwood gymnasium this evening with PC girls hoops squadPlum City High School head girls basketball coach John Pollock makes his first return trip to Elmwood tonight as the Blue Devils and Raiders will contest each other in a Dunn-St. Croix Conference match-up. tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.
ELMWOOD - Plum City High School head girls basketball coach John Pollock makes his first return trip to Elmwood tonight as the Blue Devils and Raiders will contest each other in a Dunn-St. Croix Conference match-up. tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.
Pollock coached the Raiders for two seasons for moving down CTH. S to coach at Plum City. He said last summer he hoped there would be no hard feelings when the two teams faced each other this season and there wasn't in the first meeting between the schools and their shouldn't given that the Raiders right now are playing very well and have won the most victories for the program since 2006.
"They're playing with confidence and that's all they needed," Pollock said. "They needed to know they could win close ballgames and once they did you can they've taken off in the standings."
Not only have the Raiders risen in the D-SC standings but they are the best girls basketball team in Pierce County judging by their record, which 10-6 overall, 5-5 in the D-SC. The Red and Black Label is coming off a 36-35 win over Elk Mound, the fourth big school EHS has beaten in league play along with Boyceville, Glenwood City and St. Croix Central.
Plum City won the first match-up between the two teams 39-31. At one point the Blue Devils were above .500 at 3-2 and after beating Spring Valley were still a solid 4-4 after going 1-20 a year ago. But since then PC has lost three in a row and Pollock hopes a win tonight will continue the Blue Devils' progression.
“We don’t have a very deep bench and we have girls battling injuries and illness,” Pollock said. “I hope it doesn’t impede the progress we’ve made as a team which way beyond where I thought we would be at this point. It’s something we’re going to have to get through to continue to make progress.”
Also tonight in girls hoops' action, No. 11 Colfax is at Spring Valley, Ellsworth has a good chance for its first Middle Border Conference win when it hosts Amery and Prescott is at Osceola. Tomorrow's boys games has Plum City at St. Croix Central, Spring Valley at Mondovi, Durand at Ellsworth and Prescott at Somerset in key Middle Border Conference games after Durand upset New Richmond Tuesday.
Spring Valley's boys team is at Alma/Pepin (at Pepin) Saturday afternoon and next Monday Elmwood will take on No. 8 Colfax at home to see who can stay at the top of the D-SC standings. Other league games that night involving county teams has Spring Valley at Boyceville and Plum City hosting Glenwood City.