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Ellsworth girls' tennis coach Dylan Greske described his team's 2018 season as a "wet" one. The Panthers have had two matches and many practices postponed or cancelled due to the reoccuring heavy rains, which have forced them to settle for one match and one practice for the past two weeks. "It's hard to get in a rhythm," Greske said. "Our postseason is coming up quick, and we're still trying to get a feel for everything."
At the midway point of the 2018 girls' golf season, New Richmond is the only team standing in the way of senior Erica Feuerhelm holding a first-place finish in the individual and team rankings. For now, Feuerhelm is content with two second-place standings due to her confidence that her team is playing to the best of its abilities. "I think we're playing as well as we can right now," Feuerhelm said.
Week 4: Ellsworth 38, Amery 14 Starting quarterback Cole Woodland was 7-for-11 on pass attempts with 66 passing yards and one passing touchdown completion. Seniors Logan Melstrom (207) and Sawyer Hamilton (102) recorded 309 of the Panthers' 328 total rushing yards. Melstrom and Hamilton recorded two touchdowns apiece. Freshman Max Grand added a rushing touchdown. Logan Benson was the Panthers' top receiver against the Warriors. The senior recorded one touchdown and 38 receiving yards on four receptions.
The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves fired on all cylinders against the Cameron Comets in their Week 4 win, creating a long highlight reel featuring multiple players. The Wolves' (2-2, 1-1) aggressive offense in their 59-23 Friday, Sept. 7, win was led by Zack Phillips who was 6-for-6 passing for 156 yards and four touchdown passes. EPC's running game was dominated by Nic Forster and Dalton Binkowski who recorded over 300 yards and two touchdowns combined. Forster tallied up 178 yards on 16 carries, and Binkowksi recorded 136 rushing yards on 27 carries.
It’s impossible to deny Alex Matzek’s love for football. Win or lose, the Ellsworth senior is just happy to be on the gridiron. However, Matzek and his Panthers (1-3) team were reminded of how enjoyable football can be when the final score leans in their favor on Friday, Sept. 7, in their first win of the season.
Prescott coaches took turns making a splash in the Prescott Daze dunk tank on Friday, Sept. 7, in a fundraiser for the Cardinals' athletic program held at Churchill Market. For $5 participants got three chances to dunk athletic director Matt Smith, boys' basketball coach Nick Johnson, baseball coach Brad Matzek, wrestling coach Jordan Poirier, girls' basketball coach Kelly Radloff or Prescott High School principal Josh Fiege.
All nine Elmwood/Plum City cross country athletes recorded their personal-best 5k times of the 2018 season on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the 11-team Cameron Invitational. Kendra Kern finished in 22nd place out of the 98 runners on the girls' side as the Wolves' top finisher. Kern finished the 5k in 22 minutes, 55.3 seconds, setting a new standard for her upcoming races.
Pack running has been the name of the game for the Ellsworth boys' cross country team this season, and it recently paid off with a first-place finish for the Panther pack. The Panthers' first finisher, Addison Peters, and their fifth-best runner, Wyatt Nelson, finished within one minute, 30 seconds of each other at the five-team Somerset Invite 5k on Thursday, Sept. 6. The Panthers' small spread and average 5k time of 19:36.79 boosted them to a 17-point advantage over the second-place Somerset team.
The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves suffered a 49-22 loss to the Grantsburg Pirates on Friday, Aug. 31, allowing 418 yards of Pirate offense compared to their 282 yards. The Pirates (3-0) scored the first six touchdowns of the night before the Wolves (1-2) got on the board in the second quarter with a 13-yard touchdown run from Nic Forster.
The Ellsworth Panthers defeated the Bloomer Blackhawks by a 4-3 margin on Thursday, Aug. 30, and went unbeaten in doubles play. Ellsworth's No. 1 doubles duo of Riley Schumaker and Lydia Cole defeated Bloomer's Jordan Gillion by set scores of 6-0, 6-1. Jenna Geise and Tori Dawley took down Bloomer's No. 2 doubles pair of Brooke DiGidio and Tiffany Dornon with 6-0, 6-3 set wins. Leah Pieper and Marissa Maurer sealed Ellsworth's doubles sweep by winning their No. 3 doubles match against MJ RedCloud and Caitlynn Lofgren 6-0, 6-1.