Jalen Knuteson started as a reporter in the sports department for the Pierce County Herald in October of 2016. He has spent time working for the Portage Daily Register as a freelance reporter and as a sports assistant for the Wisconsin State Journal.
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The box score implies Ellsworth thoroughly dominated the game start to finish and in most ways, they did exactly that. The first possession on defense, the Panthers came away with a safety. The first play for the offense was a 58-yard touchdown run by Logan Melstrom, which was called back by a holding call.
There are positions of strength and talented depth for the Ellsworth football team. While skill position groups are an area the Panthers have experience, the offensive and defensive lines are the opposite. When Ellsworth gets its season started by hosting Colfax Friday, Aug. 18, co-coach Jason Janke said the team will be drawing on something different than past football experiences to fill the question marks in the offensive line.
One year after an 0-9 season, the best way to describe the Prescott seniors is driven. The only direction they can go is up, yes, but winning one game won't be enough for these Cardinals. Their drive to improve upon a winless season last year started with an attitude adopted from the other sports that these athletes play. The drive has been continued through a dedication to sharing time in the weight room. Not just individually weight lifting, but making sure your teammates are working out, too.
RIB LAKE—The Prescott Pirates were excited, but there was no pandemonium. There was no big team picture. Instead, catcher Brandon Voelker told the team that their next game would be against Osseo in the WBA quarterfinals Saturday, Aug. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Viroqua. The Pirates had just defeated Whitehall, 4-0, to advance out of the Rib Lake sectional of the WBA playoffs. The day before, they earned a 5-1 victory over Interwald. Prescott didn't have its best hitting performances of the year, but it got the job done.
Hudson United Methodist pastor Dawn Jeffers Ramstad said establishing a dementia-friendly community is common sense. Since December 2016, she's been helping her church do just that. The efforts are geared toward ensuring members of the church affected by dementia can continue to participate in worship.
This story has been updated from the Prescott and Plum City will each have new athletic directors for the upcoming school year. Angie Laehn will take on the athletic director duties at Plum City after Nanette Murray left to take on the same role in New Auburn. Laehn has taught middle school Language Arts in the district for 27 years.
Prescott can score runs in bunches. The Pirates can out-double teams and have separated themselves with the home run ball a few times as well. But against River Falls, Prescott needed to find ways to scrape together runs in order to take a 4-2 victory in St. Croix Valley Baseball League action Friday, July 28. With Billy Brookshaw watching the game from his couch due to injury, Pete Brookshaw moved to the 2-spot in the lineup and singled in the first inning. He stole second and was driven in by player-manager Michael Lytle to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Editor's note: This is the third article in a three-part series about the recruiting process and college athletics. If recruiting of high school athletes is starting earlier and earlier, the preparation to play at the next level is starting at even younger ages. Some kids may see peers getting recruited at 14 years old and think their chances at competing collegiately are shrinking if they aren't also getting recruited. If that's not the case, an athlete's dreams are not doomed.
Tyler Leach went into the 116th Wisconsin State Amateur golf tournament in Oconomowoc with his eyes on winning the whole thing. To put that into perspective, the Spring Valley senior-to-be was competing with Wisconsin graduate Ben Skogen, current Wisconsin golfer Eddie Wajda, and University of South Dakota golfer Matt Tolan from Eau Claire. Leach not only hung with them, but he competed with each of these accomplished Division 1 golfers. Tolan won the four-day event finishing with a 7-under 273.
Though brief, the Plum City Legion Post 365 season was productive. The team found itself on a six-game winning streak in the middle of the season, which sophomore-to-be Dalton Binkowski said was a sign of what the group was capable of in the future. Ultimately, Plum City’s season came to a close in the Legion regionals at Osseo with a 17-4 loss to Baldwin on July 21 and a 9-7 loss to Spooner on July 22.