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Area prep winter sports season begins this week

After two weeks of lull and colder temperatures settling in, the prep winter sports season begins this week.

The first contest takes place Monday as Elmwood's girls basketball team travels to Pepin to take on Alma-Pepin in a rematch of last year's regional semifinal match-up.

Tuesday is when the action really gets going as several teams have their season openers.

Ellsworth's girls basketball team hosts Barron while Prescott is at Hastings.

In boys' basketball, Spring Valley hosts St. Croix Central as the Dunn-St. Croix schedule begins immediately. Elmwood hosts Gilmanton and Plum City plays Alma-Pepin.

Wrestling also begins next week with Middle Border Conference dual meets Thursday and weekend tournaments like the Ellsworth Invitational.

For more on the schedules and the teams, check out the Herald's winter sports previews in the newspaper which hist newsstands Nov. 30.