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Tuesday, April 24 The Spring Valley Cardinals gave up 31 runs in their second game of the season where they faced the Mondovi Buffaloes in Pepin. The Cardinals managed nine runs themselves, but the Buffaloes outscored them in the first inning alone. Lydia Wittmer was 3-for-3 with a triple to lead the Cardinals. Tessa Cipriano added a 3-for-4 hitting performance, which included a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Maddy Matthys was also 3-for-4 at the plate.
Death, taxes, and Prescott vs. Ellsworth rivalry games living up to their distinction. Fans of the two Middle Border Conference softball teams crowded the Malone Intermediate School Field on Tuesday, April 24 for a matchup they'd been waiting for since the two teams' last meeting on May 4, 2017. Some fans said it felt like a state championship game. Others said it's still early in the season. But all fans would agree Tuesday night was a game that put those who say softball is a boring sport to shame.
The Elmwood/Plum City and Spring Valley track teams competed in Glenwood City on Monday, April 23 in a small, four-team meet. The EPC girls finished in second place with 40 points, while the Cardinals finished four points behind them. Spring Valley's boys tallied up 34 points for a third-place finish, and the Wolves' boys team came in fourth with 22 points. The Hilltoppers came out on top of both the girls' and boys' rankings.
The Plum City softball team finally got out on the field for practice on April 11. Well, their school's football field. The Blue Devils trudged their way through a muddy alternative for a diamond to practice fielding but were happy to do so if it meant one less day stuck inside. Snowy fields shouldn't be a concern for Plum City for the remainder of the season — fingers crossed — but putting together a winning season will be.
As soon as his high school career is over, Tyler Leach will be playing golf on the national level against Division 1 golfers from all over the country. Most of Leach's future opponents have been able to compete on a golf course before the last week in April. That's not a cause of concern for the Spring Valley senior, however.
The Prescott Cardinals baseball team replaced their shovels with field rakes and drag brooms on Monday, April 23 in their first game of the 2018 season, which was held a week after Prescott schools delayed classes due to winter weather. The weather may have undergone a dramatic transformation, but the Cardinals came out looking like the same fundamentally-sound team they were last year in their 10-0 win over the Hudson Raiders.
Ellsworth and St. Francis elementary schools honored their fifth-grade students who've pledged to "just say no" to drugs and peer pressure throughout the week of April 16. Ellsworth Elementary School held its D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony for its fifth-graders on Monday, April 16, and announced this year's essay winners: Carley Kinneman, Ava Kolodzienski, Cooper Esterby, Brady Brown and Isabelle Pechacek.
Elmwood Elementary School students were displeased with the snow that covered their playground during the third week in April. Their guests for the week, fourth- and fifth-graders from Jim Shan No. 2 Experimental Primary School in Shanghai, were delighted to spend their recess time sliding down hills of the foreign, white, ice-like substance — something they'd never get to do back home in Shanghai. "Seeing their excitement for the snow made the Elmwood kids excited, too," Elmwood superintendent Paul Blanford said.
The Prescott Cardinals softball team finally got onto a field on Saturday, April 21 after over a month of patiently waiting for their first game of the season. The wait was worth it for the Cardinals who delivered the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Red Hawks a 7-1 loss in Saturday's non-conference game in Hager City. Prescott was led by Mackenzie Carey, who was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, one RBI and a run. Carey, Kaelyn Lewis, Kaili Wescott, Haley and Hope Miner each recorded two hits against G-E-T. In total, the Cardinals recorded 13 hits and three strikeouts.
The Ellsworth Panthers proved to be the superior team on the mound and at the plate in their double-header against Como Park on Saturday, April 21. Ellsworth claimed the first game against the Cougars with an 8-0 shutout that was contrived by seniors Shane Elsen and Drake Flom, who didn't allow a single run in the seven-inning game. Elsen started things off for the Panthers by allowing just one hit and striking out seven batters in the first five innings of the game. Flom relieved Elsen in the sixth and solidified the shutout with three strikeouts and zero hits allowed.