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At the conclusion of the 2017-18 basketball season, Tim Dahl planned on reuniting with his Ellsworth boys' basketball players at their summer basketball tournament in the Dells on June 20. Then, as Dahl said, "life happened." Dahl, Ellsworth's head boys' basketball coach of three years, resigned from the position in the end of May after being offered a job at Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery.
Before spending their school year in the small Wisconsin town that's home to less than 4,000 people, Ellsworth was nothing but a small speck on a world map to seven of Ellsworth High School's 2018 foreign exchange students. "Before I was here, I didn't even know what Ellsworth, Wis. was," Afonso Boas of Portugal said. "But now that I'm here, I've gotten to meet a lot of people and have grown to like the small town. There are other small towns in the area, but I feel like they are not as good as Ellsworth. Ellsworth has pride in itself."
The Ellsworth Claybreakers completed their ground-breaking 2018 trapshooting season at the 2018 Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League's Traphshooting State Tournament on Saturday, June 9, at the Wisconsin Trapshooting Complex in Nekoosa where they found success in all three divisions.
Some thought Peter Brookshaw's 2018 WIAA State Basketball Tournament game-winning shot was a sufficient way for the Prescott senior to close out his career as a Cardinal. But once spring rolled around, Brookshaw had more in mind for his senior year of high school.
It goes without saying that Morgan Kummer, Katelyn Miller and Kaili Wescott will be missed by their high school softball teams in the 2019 season. The three 2018 seniors gave another reminder of just how greatly their absences will be felt by closing their high school careers with the addition of Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-State honors to their resumes.
The Ellsworth Panthers were defeated 6-3 by Waupun on Wednesday, June 13, in the WIAA Division 2 state semifinals held at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. Though the Panthers’ 2018 season came to a close on Wednesday night, the year will be long remembered by the Panther proud.
For the first time all season, after their 6-3 state semifinal loss to the Waupun Warriors, the Ellsworth Panthers baseball team fell victim to the single-elimination playoffs; there was no celebratory dogpile, no dumping of ice cold water on head coach Ryan Christenson and no looking on to the next game of the 2018 season. There was season-ending sting, watery eyes and low-hanging heads, but there was also the realization of what this year's Panthers team has accomplished: ending Ellsworth's five-year state tournament drought.
Former Ellsworth head baseball coach Steve Block made a point of watching the reactions of his former players and assistant coach as Shane Lange scored the winning run of the Panthers' sectional championship game on Tuesday, June 5. "I was really excited for them, and actually, I was watching their reactions," Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Famer Block said. "That never gets old."
Standing atop the podium at UW-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex is an achievement that a small percentage of Wisconsin high school track and field athletes get to cross off their bucket lists when they receive their diplomas and close the door on their high school careers.
Five Pierce County softball and baseball athletes have been invited to play in this year's Senior All-Star Games. Plum City's Ellie Funk and Prescott's Katelyn Miller and Kaili Wescott will represent their teams in the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association's all-star festivities, which will be held in Wisconsin Dells from Monday-Tuesday, June 11-12.