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The Spring Valley Cardinals disproved the common adage that it's hard to beat a team three times on Thursday, May 24 when they defeated the Colfax Vikings for the third time in the 2018 season. This Cardinals win had more weight to it than the prior two. No. 4-seeded Spring Valley's 13-3 WIAA Division 4 regional win capped off the No. 5 Vikings season at 4-7. Colfax managed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Cardinals tied things up after Jack Walkky stole home on a passed ball and Brady Wolf scored the tying run in the bottom of the second.
The Elmwood softball team's 11-win 2018 season came to an end on Thursday, May 24 when the No. 1 Blair-Taylor Wildcats handed the Raiders a 2-0 shutout loss in the WIAA Division 5 regional final game. The Raiders (11-8) were able to hold off Blair-Taylor's offense until the sixth inning when the Wildcats scored their winning runs on a single from Danyelle Waldera.
Ryan McGregor walked onto the mound as Ellsworth's starting pitcher in his final high school game at Bob Young Field on Thursday, May 24. The senior dusted off the rubber with his right foot then tapped it with his left, looking like a relaxed, four-year varsity player who had played a playoff game a time or two before. McGregor held the No. 6-seeded St. Croix Central Panthers (7-10) scoreless in the first inning of the WIAA Division 2 regional game and let the visiting Panthers know whose field they were playing on as soon as the game started.
Four teams shot a 341 or lower at the WIAA Division 3 Cadott regional golf meet on Wednesday, May 24 in what Spring Valley head golf coach Matt Ducklow described as "probably the toughest regional in Division 3." Ducklow's Cardinals team left Cadott's Whispering Pines Golf Course with the fourth-place score of 341 to qualify for the upcoming Luc/Frederic sectional meet. "The kids played about how we thought they would," Ducklow said, "but have the potential to shoot a little better."
End-of-the-school-year stresses have not held the Ellsworth Claybreakers back from improving their clay target shooting scores as the end of their 2018 season continues to close in on them.
The Panthers 12A traveling softball team took home the title of Gold Division Grand Champions at the 18-team Apple Valley Lightning Strike Tournament on May 19-20. Their first-place finish qualifies them to play in Nationals at the end of July.
The 2017 Elmwood softball season ended at the conclusion of the Raiders' first playoff game where they wrapped up their season with a 3-21 record. This year, Elmwood secured a 3-2 home playoff win over the Independence/Gilmanton Indees on Wednesday, May 23, and is headed to the second round of regionals with an eight-game improvement in its win column. This stark upgrade may be surprising to some, but the Raiders' seniors, Hannah Feuker and Alyssa Hanson, have been confident in their team's abilities since Day 1 of their final high school softball season.
The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves and Prescott Cardinals have fallen victim to a lot of heartbreak in their final week of the 2018 regular baseball season. The two teams combined for a record of 0-4 in their Monday, May 21, and Tuesday, May 22, games. Durand 14, EPC 1 The Durand Panthers served the Wolves their first loss of the week on Monday, May 21, by 10-running the away team in four-and-a-half innings. The Wolves were barely outhit by the Panthers (8-5) but committed seven fielding errors while the Panthers kept it clean defensively with zero errors in Monday's game.
The Plum City Blue Devils softball team claimed a 4-1 win over the Wonewoc-Center Wolves on Tuesday, May 22, to advance to the next round of the WIAA Division 5 playoffs. The No. 9-seeded Blue Devils (3-10) will face the No. 1 Blair-Taylor Wildcats (13-1) on Wednesday, May 23 in the second round of regionals. The regional game is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Stats of Plum City's 4-1 win over Wonewoc-Center will be added once they're submitted. Augusta 11, Spring Valley 8
Ellsworth senior Zach Nugent is headed to the WIAA Division 2 Tomahawk sectional golf meet after finishing as the Panthers' top golfer at regionals on Tuesday, May 22. The senior golfer shot a nine-over-par 80 as the Rice Lake regional's fourth-best golfer, coming in behind Rice Lake's Ben Resnick, Braeden Resnick and Simon Cuskey. Nugent shot a 42 on the front nine then improved his score by four strokes on the back nine. The Panthers finished in sixth place out of the 10 teams that competed at the par-71 Turtleback Golf Course.