Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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Ellsworth junior Erica Feuerhelm has qualified to play in the 2017 WIAA Division 2 Girls Golf State Championships. Feuerhelm qualified for state by shooting an 87 at the Division 2 sectional tournament played at the Frederic Golf Club.
The Middle Border Conference tournament didn't go quite the way the Ellsworth girls tennis team had hoped. The Panthers were only able to advance one of their seven flights through the opening round of the tournament, which was played Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Osceola High School. The only Panthers who were able to advance were the one doubles team of Ginger Leonard and Mady Paquet. They were seeded fifth, but in the opening round, they beat Baldwin-Woodville 6-4, 6-3. B-W had beaten the Panthers in a dual match the day before the tournament.
Getting to run on the biggest cross country stage in the Midwest is an opportunity some area runners receive when they compete at the Roy Griak Invitational. Ellsworth was one of the teams competing at this year's meet at the University of Minnesota, where hundreds of college and high school teams competed throughout the day at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. The meet attracts teams from all over the Midwest.
The accomplishments for the Ellsworth girls golf team continue to pile up and the Panthers hope the best are yet to come.
The postseason has already arrived for the Ellsworth girls tennis team. The Panthers were scheduled to complete their regular season on Tuesday by playing in the Middle Border Conference tournament at Osceola. The Panthers are scheduled to play next Monday at the Division 2 subsectional meet at Baldwin-Woodville. They will be facing players from Amery, Baldwin-Woodville, Barron, Bloomer, Osceola, Rice Lake and Unity in hopes of qualifying for the sectional tournament. The sectional tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 4, also at Baldwin-Woodville.
Two meets in a week, run in weather that bordered on sweltering, proved to be a test for the area cross country teams last week. Ellsworth ran last Tuesday at the Rice Lake Invitational, then finished its week by running at the Osceola Invite on Saturday. Prescott ran in its home invitational last Tuesday before competing at Osceola on Saturday.
Senior Night was celebrated by the Ellsworth girls tennis team Tuesday, Sept. 12. It was celebrated in grand style, with the Panthers earning a 7-0 win over Unity. Because Unity only has seven girls, there were only four matches played, all three of the doubles matches and the one singles match. Ellsworth earned 6-0, 6-0 wins in all four of the matches that were played.
Pack running is in vogue this cross country season and the Prescott and Ellsworth teams are getting used to finishing in a pack at the top of race results. In last Thursday's Somerset Invitational, Prescott swept the team championships. And in both races, Ellsworth was the second place team.
The girls tennis season is relatively short, lasting approximately two months. Ellsworth tennis coach Jordan Olson and the Panthers are working at maintaining a keen focus so they can continue to make steady progress throughout the season. The Panthers lost a pair of dual matches last week. They lost 7-0 against a powerful Lake City team Tuesday, Aug. 29 and they lost a Middle Border Conference match at Amery last Thursday, 5-2.
A couple holes where the Ellsworth girls took big scores was just enough to cause the Panthers to drop to fourth place in the Middle Border Conference girls golf match played at The Links in New Richmond last Thursday, Aug. 31.