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For students, homecoming is a week-long celebration of school pride that allows them to venture from their typical classroom agendas. For football coaches, including those in Ellsworth, homecoming is a long list of distractions that threatens the focus of their teams.
The Ellsworth Panthers volleyball team has been waiting for a shot of redemption against the St. Croix Central Panthers since the conclusion of their 2017 season. But when their opportunity came, it wasn't their opponents they had to worry about. "We're definitely going to learn from this," senior co-captain Mackenzie Kummer said following her team's 3-2 loss to SCC. "Honestly, we beat ourselves in that game, and if we quit beating ourselves, there's not a team in the state that can beat us."
From the start of the season, Ellsworth's Anna Sweere's goal was to earn Middle Border All-Conference honors. Now she can cross that off her to-do list. Ellsworth and Prescott golfers accounted for four of the Middle Border's 10 All-Conference golfers at the conclusion of the MBC Tournament, which was held at Pheasant Hills Golf Course on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Ellsworth's Holly Carlson and Erica Feuerhelm along with Prescott's Alexis Fredericks joined Sweere in receiving conference honors.
The Ellsworth Panthers were unable to put together a set win against the New Richmond Tigers in their Middle Border Conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Tigers claimed a 7-0 match win and were victorious in all 14 sets played.
Errors were aplenty in the Spring Valley Cardinals' 3-1 loss to the Mondovi Buffaloes on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Cardinals (7-9, 1-1) recorded 44 errors in their second Dunn-St. Croix Conference game of the season — 20 attack, 13 receiving and 11 service errors. Despite their lackluster play, the Cardinals lost by no more than three points in any of their three set losses. The Buffaloes took Set 1 with a score of 25-22, the Cardinals responded with a 25-23 win, Mondovi took Set 3 25-23 and sealed the match with a 26-24 Set 4 win.
Relying on light-heartedness and team chemistry was a key factor in getting the Elmwood Raiders volleyball team through their 2017 2-17 season. "I feel like we got along together really well, so we never got really angry with each other," senior Alexia Waltz said. "We could work out everything." Remaining positive was enough to keep the Raiders' irritation of losing from festering last season, but it won't suffice for the Raiders who are hoping to add a competitive edge to their game.
Relying on light-heartedness and team chemistry was a key factor in getting the Elmwood Raiders volleyball team through their 2017 2-17 season. “I feel like we got along together really well, so we never got really angry with each other,” senior Alexia Waltz said. “We could work out everything.”
After months of nothing but two hour-long practices, the Prescott dance team has returned to where they feel most comfortable: in front of an audience. "The anticipation was really worth it," senior co-captain Mackenzie Huppert said after her team's halftime pom performance at Prescott's home football game against New Richmond on Friday, Sept. 14. "It's been really fun and we've all been building and building to get to this point."
The Mondovi Buffaloes claimed a 5-2 win over the Ellsworth Panthers on Thursday, Sept. 13, concluding the Panthers' second-to-last week of regular season play before the upcoming Middle Border Conference Tournament. Mondovi claimed all but one singles match. Riley Schumaker won her No. 2 singles match for the Panthers by defeating Grace Boley 6-4, 6-4.
The Middle Border Conference girls’ golf teams held their second-to-last regular season meet on Friday, Sept. 14, at Pheasant Hills Golf Course, where the Ellsworth Panthers claimed their seventh second-place finish of the season, and the Prescott Cardinals progressed to fifth place.