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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It’s all in the prep work. Fishing takes practice and understanding of how the body of water being fished works. The Mississippi River -- which is a powerful and challenging river to navigate, let alone fish -- had a wrench thrown into it in late May and early June after the region saw an abundance of rainfall.
ELLSWORTH -- Imagine driving 2,020 miles for a championship. Donnie Reeve traveled from Stockton, Calif., to Ellsworth for the Showdown in Curdtown hosted by the Ellsworth FFA Alumni Saturday, June 10. Why?
Bay City scored four runs in the first inning against Hudson. The River Rats went to work chipping away the rest of the game and earned a 6-4 victory over the host Bombers in St. Croix Valley Baseball League play Sunday, June 18. Alex Bannard and Brady Gunderson each had three hits for the River Rats. Keegan Byrne and Dustin Frandrup were each 2-for-4 for Bay City.
Plum City, Elmwood, and Spring Valley baseball and softball players were recognized with honors for their efforts in the 2017 spring season.
Five Ellsworth baseball players and four Ellsworth softball players were recognized with Middle Border Conference honors. Prescott had five baseball players and seven softball players earn recognition.
Peter Brookshaw broke school records all year and gained attention from around the state. Now the Prescott junior has been named first team all state and the Player of the Year in Division 2. Brookshaw finished the season with a .583 batting average, 23 doubles, 39 RBIs, and 40 runs scored. The shortstop is the fifth player to earn all-state honors for the Cardinals and the first to do so as as a junior.
Prescott junior Kaili Wescott was named second-team all-state by the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association, Thursday, June 15. “This accomplishment means a lot to me. I worked very hard in the off season and the past couple of years to get where I am now, and it’s rewarding to see the results,” Wescott said. “This accomplishment pushes me to work even harder to be better next year.”
If a batter hits .454 for two weeks, it’s considered a hot streak. If a batter hits .454 for an entire season, like former Ellsworth athlete Jenna George did, it’s called All-American. The sophomore hit .454 and cranked 11 doubles and 11 home runs at St. Catherine’s in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The sophomore was the first softball player at St. Kate’s to be named an NCAA Division III first-team All-American.
PRESCOTT—Good at bats finally added up in the seventh inning for Prescott against Hudson pitcher Paul Johnson. The Pirates scored two runs to take the lead in the seventh inning and four runs in the eighth inning to pull away before earning an 8-3 victory over the River Rats in a St. Croix Valley Baseball League game Saturday, June 10, at Firehall Field. "We started off pretty slow, but then we put a few hits together late in the game," player-manager Mike Lytle said. "Paul Johnson, he's a really good pitcher. It took some getting used to and settling into the game."
MADISON — The goal all year was, basically, to play perfect golf. When there were imperfect holes, they could be made up for by consistent play on the rest of the round. Until the WIAA Division 3 state golf tournament at University Ridge in Madison Monday, June 5, and Tuesday, June 6, Spring Valley junior Tyler Leach had pretty much done that. He hadn't played a round above par all season. At state, Leach shot a 4-over 76 on both days of the 36-hole tournament and tied for third place just two strokes behind Mathew Higley of Eleva-Strum, who carded a 150.