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Whitehall didn't have an answer for Spring Valley's running game on Friday, Oct. 20. The No. 2-ranked Cardinals raced into the end zone eight times, and racked up 440 rushing yards against the seventh-seeded Norsemen for an impressive 58-24 WIAA Division 6 playoff win. The rushing excitement began during the Cardinals' first drive of the night with a 75-yard keeper for sophomore quarterback Aaron Borgerding, who faked a handoff to Jaydon Nyeggen before running in for a touchdown himself.
Ellsworth advanced to the second round of playoffs after they defeated Baldwin-Woodville in a 3-0 sweep on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The Panthers ended the Blackhawks (0-11, 0-5) season with set scores of 25-19, 25-12 and 25-16. Morgan and Mackenzie Kummer played a large role in their team's Tuesday night win. Morgan led the Panthers with five service aces and 13 digs. Mackenzie followed suit by leading her team in the front row with 12 kills and six blocks. Kaitlyn Nugent recorded 27 assists against the Blackhawks.
Elmwood/Plum City Wolves have made their way to the WIAA playoffs, but not in an ideal way. The Wolves' 3-6 record lands them a spot in tournament play, but the team's 0-42 loss to Turtle Lake on Friday, Oct. 13 showed that EPC will have a lot of work to do if they want to make it far in the postseason. The 7-2, 5-1 Lakers got off to an early 20-point lead behind the passing of Jonah Kahl who threw three touchdowns in the first quarter, two to Caden Torgerson and one to Lucas Torgerson. Kahl completed 22 of his 26 passes on Friday night, which totaled 361 passing yards.
The No. 8-ranked Plum City Blue Devils made it past the first round of the WIAA Division 4 playoffs in their defeat over the Lakeland - East Brue Red Raiders on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The Raiders were the ninth seed in the tournament, which allowed for the Blue Devils to pick up their last home win of the season. Plum City took the first two sets 25-16 and 25-17, lost the second 20-25, and won the fourth 25-19 to stay alive in the postseason.
Kassye Todd was the standout of another cross country meet. The senior runner stole the spotlight at the Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet held at Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax on Thursday, Oct. 12, where she crossed the finish line a minute and 12 seconds faster than the second-place runner. Todd came in first place in the girls' 5k race with a time of 19:39.99. Alana Plaszcz of Elk Mound came in far behind Todd with a time of 20:52.65, which earned her a second-place finish.
Prescott's Cody Hauenstein and Dylan Rieken received first- and second-team all-conference honors at the Middle Border Conference cross country meet in Prescott on Thursday, Oct. 12. Hauenstein finished fourth overall with a time of 17:46, which earned him first-team all-conference honors. Hauenstein's time was a minute-and-a-half faster than his time at the Amery Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Rieken came in at 17:59 for a ninth-place finish and second-team all-conference honors. This was a dramatic drop from his 19:09 time at Amery.
The Kummer sisters have more in common than just their last name. Morgan, Mackenzie and Claire play on the same Ellsworth varsity teams, they go to school together and they all share similar personality traits. They're fluent in sarcasm, have a competitive side, are driven to lead their teams to success, and all have an apparent appreciation for their sisters.
Ellsworth's defense could not have presented a better performance than what they showed in their game against the Prescott Cardinals on Friday, Oct. 13. The Panthers held their conference rivals to zero points in the last game of the regular season, which ended with a score of 27-0. With the win, the Panthers have secured a spot in the playoffs while the Cardinals end their 2017 season with a record of 3-5, 2-5. The Panthers managed to win the game, but the first quarter, which was filled with turnovers from both sides, was not the best of Ellsworth's play.
Erica Feuerhelm did a fine job of representing Ellsworth at the Wisconsin Division 2 Girls Golf State Championships held Oct. 9-10 at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona. Feuerhelm returned home from the two-day meet with an 18th-place finish and the new best two-day score in the history of Ellsworth girls golf at the state tournament. Feuerhelm finished with a total score of 188 after combining her first-day score of 96 and her second-day score of 92.
Ellsworth The Panthers were able to get in one meet in the second-to-last week of the regular cross country season. Ellsworth ran at the Black River Falls Invitational on Tuesday, Oct. 3 where they competed against teams such as Marshfield, Mauston, Durand and West Salem. Head coach Marcie Jahnke thought her team ran exceptionally well on Skyline Golf Course, and referred to the course as "the hardest course we run all season."