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Prep cross country season begins today

The 2014 prep cross country season gets underway this morning and today for Pierce County's high school teams.

The Boyceville Varsity Invitational is today starting at 11 a.m. on the course at Tiffany Creek Elementary School. Both Elmwood/Plum City and Spring Valley will compete there as they always had have done to kick-off the season and they'll be joined by Ellsworth, making its debut appearance in the meet.

"I'll curious to see what our girls' team will be able to do there," EHS head coach Marcie Jahnke said.

The Panthers have just enough for a full girls team this season but not for the boys although returning letter winner Carter Schutz could be one of the top runners in the boys' meet.

Prescott stays loyal to the UW-River Falls X-Treme Meet which will be run this afternoon. The Cardinals will bring one of their biggest teams in program history to the meet and the PHS girls team is a contender for the Middle Border Conference title.

This season, local meets will have the option of running the girls' race on the same course as the boys.

In other prep sports today involving county teams, there's an MBC girls' golf meet in Osceola at Krooked Kreek Golf Course and Ellsworth's girls' tennis team is scheduled to compete at Baldwin-Woodville, weather permitting as storms are moving into the region this morning.

In prep volleyball action today, Prescott is at the St. Croix Central Quadrangular and Elmwood hosts its quad meet starting at 4:30 p.m. Also competing along with the Raiders is Pepin, Gilmanton and Clear Lake.

The first Statewide Football Coaches Poll is out. Spring Valley has a No. 10 ranking for Division 6. The Cardinals were big winners over Unity in their opener 40-23 and host Elmwood/Plum City Friday at  7 p.m.

State Coaches poll link