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MBC Golf Meet, Durand Invite and volleyball make up busy Thursday of prep sports

The ball is even above the net in between Spring Valley's Tana O'Keefe (6) and Plum City's Megan Caturia (8) and Cheyanne Catura (11) during Tuesday D-SC match at Spring Valley. 1 / 7
Spring Valley's Justine Boardman hits this return towards Plum City's Jillian Holt.2 / 7
Spring Valley's Nevada Schlegel (10) hits over this return. She ledd the Cardinals in kills against Plum City.3 / 7
Plum City's Rhiannon Kernstock gives out a shot as she dives to floor to make a save.4 / 7
Plum City's Lexi Radle gets underneath the ball.5 / 7
Plum City's Elaina Danzinger looks to block this tip form Spring Valley's Jessica Christensen.6 / 7
Plum City's Sarah Gilles with the spike from the side.7 / 7

Thursday will be busy day and night of high school sports for Pierce County's  teams.

Going on now is the Middle Border Conference Golf Meet at Krooked Kreek Golf Cours in Osceola. Unlike other league meets this one's a full 18 holes. Prescott has done well at Krooked Kreek in recent meets and the Cardinals hope another good performance there will lift them into the upper half of the MBC standings for the very first time.

Next Wednesday is the WIAA Division 2 Luck/Unity Regional at Luck Golf Course starting at 9 a.m.  Nine team will take part in the meet with the top four advancing to sectionals the following week at Bristol Ridge Golf Course in Somerset. Ellsworth, Amery and St. Croix Falls will golf in the first grouping followed by Baldwin-Woodville, St. Croix Central and Luck/Unity and then Osceola, Prescott and Somerset. Follow this link to the latest state golf rankings:

Today is also the final day of the regular season for girls' tennis in the MBC. Ellsworth, 6-9-1 overall, will try to notch another league win as they travel to Mondovi. The meet starts at 4:15 p.m. Next Tuesday is the conference meet at New Richmond. Here are the MBC tennis standings as of today, Sept. 26, 2013:

Middle Border Conference Girls' Tennis Standings

Baldwin-Woodville       6-0

New Richmond             5-1

Amery                          5-2

Osceola                        4-3

Mondovi                       2-4

Unity/Luck                    2-4

Ellsworth                       1-5

Durand                          0-6

Tuesday, Sept. 24

New Richmond 4, Amery 3

Baldwin-Woodville 7, Mondovi 0

Osceola 6, Unity/Luck 1

Thursday, Sept. 26

Durand at New Richmond

Baldwin-Woodville at Unity/Luck

Ellsworth at Mondovi

Baldwin-Woodville clinched a tie for the conference title and will win it outright with a win in this afternoon's dual meet at Unity. It's the third in a row and fifth in school history for the Blackhawks.

Also this afternoon is the Durand Invitational Cross Country Meet at Rolling Greens Golf Course in Durand. All four county teams will compete, including Ellsworth, Prescott, Spring Valley and Elmwood/Plum City, in the 16-school event.  Spring Valley ran at Mondovi on Tuesday and the girls team finished second out of eight while the boys took fifth. Here are the latest state cross country rankings:  The Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran boys team, ranked No. 15 in Division 3 and the Colfax girls' team, ranked No. 13 in Division 3, will take part in the meet. The meet will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Prep volleyball matches take place tonight and if Ellsworth still wants a shot at the Middle Border Conference title they have to win at New Richmond. The Tigers are unbeaten so far in MBC play along with Osceola and Baldwin-Woodville.  The Blackhawks downed Ellsworth 3-1 Tuesday in Baldwin. EHS, 8-9 overall, won its fourth conference game in a row by taking game one vs. B-W 25-16 but the Hawks' grabbed the momentum  back with a 25-19 and then a 29-26 victory which led to the match win. Prescott's chances of repeating as MBC champs took a hit Tuesday in a 3-1 loss at home to the Chieftains. The Cardinals, 10-10 overall, will try to regroup and keep some title hopes alive as they travel to B-W this evening. 

Middle Border Conference Volleyball Standings (as of Sept. 26)

Baldwin-Woodville    2-0

New Richmond         2-0

Osceola                    2-0

Amery                      1-1

Ellsworth                  1-1

Durand                     0-2

Prescott                    0-2

Somerset                  0-2

Thursday, Sept. 19

Ellsworth def. Somerset 3-0 (25-23, 25-10, 25-19)

Osceola def. Amery 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-12)

New Richmond def. Prescott 3-1 (25-12, 25-12, 24-26, 25-13)

Baldwin-Woodville def. Durand 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-23)

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Osceola def. Prescott 3-1

New Richmond def. Somerset 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-19)

Baldwin-Woodville def. Ellsworth 3-1 (16-25, 25-19, 29-26, 25-16)

Amery def. Durand 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 32-30)

Thursday, Sept. 26

Ellsworth at New Richmond

Somerset at Amery

Prescott at Baldwin-Woodville

Durand at Osceola

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Osceola at Ellsworth

Somerset at Baldwin-Woodville

Prescott at Durand

Amery at New Richmond

In the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Spring Valley survived its first rough patch of the season after breaking out to a 12-2 start. Valley was swept last week by Elk Mound and stared defeat in the face against rival Plum City Tuesday down 2-1 in their own Homecoming match. But the Cardinals soared again with a big game four effort to rout the Blue Devils 25-6 and followed it up with a 15-9 win in game five. SV, 13-3 overall, looks to go over .500 in league play tonight at Elmwood starting at 7 p.m. Both squads will also be in action Saturday as Spring Valley takes part in the Baldwin-Woodville Invite while Elmwood, 4-12 overall, is at the Pepin Quadrangular. Spring Valley will also look to keep pace with D-SC leaders Colfax and Mondovi as both are unbeaten in league play so far. However that won't last as the two preseason favorites in the D-SC square off tonight in Mondovi. If the Cardinals play the way they did in games four and five against PC they should be favored in their next three matches before winding up league play at Boyceville on Oct. 8, at home vs. Mondovi on Oct. 10 and at Colfax on Oct. 15.

Plum City, 7-10, has its Homecoming match tonight vs. St. Croix Central. Like Elmwood, Plum City will try to snap a three-match losing streak.

Dunn-St. Croix Conference Standings (as of Sept. 26)

Colfax                      3-0

Mondovi                   3-0

Boyceville                 2-1

Pepin                        2-1

Spring Valley            2-1

St. Croix Central       1-2

Elmwood                  0-3

Glenwood City         0-3

Plum City                 0-3

Thursday, Sept. 19

Pepin def. Plum City 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-22)

Mondovi def. St. Croix Central 3-0 (25-12, 25-7, 25-18)

Boyceville def. Glenwood City 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-6)

Colfax def. Elmwood 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-15)

Elk Mound def. Spring Valley 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 27-25)

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Elk Mound def. Elmwood 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-9)

Colfax def. Glenwood City 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-7)

Mondovi def. Boyceville 3-1 (29-27, 18-25, 25-12, 25-20)

Spring Valley def. Plum City 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 11-25, 25-6, 15-9)

Pepin def. St. Croix Central 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 27-25)

Thursday, Sept. 26

St. Croix Central at Plum City

Boyceville at Pepin

Colfax at Mondovi

Elk Mound at Glenwood City

Spring Valley at Elmwood

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Glenwood City at Elmwood

Mondovi at Elk Mound

Pepin at Colfax

Plum City at Boyceville

St. Croix Central at Spring Valley

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