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Elmwood stuns McDonell, pulls off state's biggest first-round upset

CHIPPEWA FALLS - A No. 7 seed with a 3-16 record, on a losing streak, with only nine players on the roster and no JV team, went to Chippewa Falls and pulled off the biggest first-round, regional tournament upset in the state Tuesday.

Elmwood, led by veteran tournament coach John Pollock, beat the Macks 57-55 to stay alive in the Division 4 Durand Regional. They will play No. 3 seed Alma-Pepin Thursday in Alma. The Eagles defeated Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran Tuesday 50-37.

McKayla Brunner was one four Elmwood players in double figures and she led the team with 18 points. McDonell finishes the season 10-11 overall.

Prescott was the other Pierce County team to advance to the regional semifinals. The Cardinals, defending regional champions, crushed Webster 61-37. They will be at home again Thursday against No. 3 seed St. Croix Falls.

In other regional action involving county teams, Spring Valley lost at St. Croix Central 56-44 in Division 3 and Plum City lost to Eleva-Strum 65-34 in Division 4. In Division 1, River Falls upended Merrill 45-37.

See more on these games and the regional tournaments in next week's Herald.

Menasha Saint Mary's, which won the Division-Four crown a year ago, fell to Green Bay Northeast Wisconsin Lutheran 53-to-47 in overtime. Saint Mary Central was a number-five seed this year, and Green Bay Lutheran was seeded fourth. There were no other major surprises among the 219 games played last night in all four divisions.

Defending champions Grafton and Amherst won, while Division-One titlist Milwaukee Vincent had the night off. Two of the four AP number-ones played - and Cuba City and Minong Northwood were both victorious. All eight top-seeds in D-1 had first-round byes. And all 25 number-one seeds which played in the other three divisions won their contests. The second round will be played tomorrow night in Divisions Two, Three, and Four. Division-One schools return to action on Saturday night.