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Ellsworth, Prescott to have home games in Level 1 of playoffs

Both Ellsworth and Prescott high schools will have home games next weekend in Level 1 of the WIAA Football Playoffs. Spring Valley, however, will be on the road.

No. 3 ranked Ellsworth (9-0, 7-0) is the top seed in its Division 4 regional quadrant. The Panthers will host the Panthers of St. Croix Central (3-6, 3-3) Friday at 7 p.m. at Fuller-Symes Field.  

Prescott is in the same regional quadrant as Ellsworth in D-4, but the Cardinals (6-3, 4-3) are seeded No. 4 and picked up a home game vs. Spooner (6-3, 5-2) which is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Laney Field.

If Ellsworth wins they will take on the winner of the Black River Falls-Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau contest in Level 2. G-E-T (5-4, 4-2) is the No. 4 seed in the quadrant as they finished ahead of the Tigers (5-4, 3-3) in the Coulee Conference. If Prescott wins they'll face either No. 4 Somerset (8-1, 6-1) or Northland Pines. The Spartans are the No. 2 seed and beat the Cardinals 30-0 when the two teams met earlier in the season. Eagle River-based Northland Pines (6-3, 4-2) plays in a conference of teams from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In two games against Wisconsin schools the Eagles beat Wittenberg-Birnamwood 50-22 in their season opener but lost 38-26 to No. 6 ranked Hurley.

Speaking of Hurley, the 8-1 Midgets are the No. 2 seed in in their Division 6 quadrant and will open at home vs. seventh seeded Spring Valley Friday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Field in Hurley. Like Northern Pines, Hurley plays in a league of UP teams where they took second to Forest Park, Mich. Their only loss was to Forest Park by a 31-14 score.  Hurley not only beat Northland Pines but two other Wisconsin teams: Boscobel 47-0 and Washburn/Bayfield/South Shore 49-6. Spring Valley has played a couple of ranked teams already in Mondovi and Glenwood City, both were close losses along with a 19-14 defeat to Colfax on a last second toudchdown.

The winner of the Hurley-Spring Valley game will play either Eau Claire Regis (5-4, 4-3) or the No. 3 seed, Athens (8-1, 8-1), who is ranked No. 7 in Division 6 and were co-champs of the Cloverwood Conference. The top seed in the quadrant is No.3 ranked Edgar (8-1, 7-1) the tri-champs of the Marawood Conference. They'll face Colfax (3-3, 5-3) in their Level 1 contest. Rosholt at No. 4 seed Webster is other tournament pairing in this quadrant. No. 9 ranked Webster (8-1, 5-1) won the Lakeland North title while Rosholt (7-2, 5-0) won the Central Wisconsin Conference - Small Division.  

Here's a link to the entire WIAA Football Playoff Pairings:

Middle Border Conference

*Ellsworth                    7-0             9-0

 Somerset                            6-1                 8-1

Durand                                5-2                 6-3

Prescott                       4-3             6-3

New Richmond                    3-4                 3-6 

Osceola                               2-5                 4-5

 Baldwin-Woodville             1-6                 2-7

Amery                                 0-7                 1-8

*Clinched conference title

(The title is Ellsworth's first since 1999 and fourth in school history)

Friday, Oct. 18

Baldwin-Woodville 42, Amery 15

New Richmond 17, Osceola 14

Ellsworth 17, Prescott 14

Somerset 38, Durand 19

End of the regular season

Lakeland South Conference

 *Alma/Pepin                       6-0              9-0

 Clear Lake                           5-1              6-3

 Clayton                                4-2             5-4

 Elmwood/Plum City      2-4           3-6

 Turtle Lake                          2-4              3-6

Shell Lake                             1-5               2-7

 Lake Holcombe/Cornell       1-5              1-8

 *Clinched conference title

(The title is the first for the Alma/Pepin co-op program) 

Friday, Oct. 18

Clear Lake 13, Turtle Lake 12

Alma/Pepin 42, Elmwood/Plum City 13

Lake Holcombe/Cornell 32, Shell Lake 21

Clayton 56, Grantsburg 26

End of the regular season

Dunn-St. Croix Conference

*Mondovi                            6-0          9-0

Glenwood City                    5-1          8-1

Spring Valley              3-3        6-3

Colfax                               3-3          5-3

St.  Croix Central               3-3          3-6

Boyceville                          1-5           3-6

Elk Mound                         0-6           1-8

*Clinched conference title

(The title is Mondovi's first since 2010 and the seventh in school history)

Friday, Oct. 18

Glenwood City 30, Spring Valley 29

St. Croix Central 41, Elk Mound 6

Colfax 18, Boyceville 14

Mondovi 24, Osseo-Fairchild 22

End of the regular season