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You won’t hear much commotion from the Spring Valley Cardinals. Whether they’re in the endzone or victim of a questionable call, aside from the occasional “go red” chant, the Cardinals’ coaches and players like to keep things steady. That steadiness translates to their play.
The UW-Eau Claire Ropes Course left the Spring Valley cross country team unfazed when they visited the recreation facility on Tuesday, Aug. 21. For the runners, climbing 20 to 30 feet off the ground to complete the high courses was comparable to their hill repeats workout: intimidating at first, but an intriguing challenge that's rewarding in the end. Spring Valley's head coach Greg Dieckman said even the facilities' employees commented on his runners' lack of hesitation when completing the demanding courses.
Ellsworth and Prescott's football games will be moved from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, due to forecasted storms. The Panthers will head to St. Croix Central for their 6 p.m. kick-off, while the Cardinals travel to Amery for their Week 3 game.
The score of the Cardinals' first best-of-five match isn't an accurate indicator of what's to come for Spring Valley volleyball in the 2018 season. The Cardinals were swept by the Division 2 St. Croix Central Panthers on Thursday, Aug. 30, but Cardinals' head coach Kelli Schlegel was filled with optimism after her team's 3-0 loss. "Our net play was really good, we were blocking, we were swinging," Schlegel said, listing her team's strength against the Panthers.
The New Richmond Tigers' girls' golf team claimed its third first-place finish in 2018 Middle Border Conference meets on Tuesday, Aug. 28, after edging out the Ellsworth Panthers by 15 strokes in the 9-hole meet at Bristol Ridge Golf Course. The Panthers were led by Erica Feuerhelm who shot a 42 to land a second-place finish in the individual rankings, beating Somerset's Haley Myers by two strokes. The Tigers' Maggie Veenendall earned 10 points in the individual standings by shooting a 37 for a first-place finish.
The Plum City Blue Devils' early schedule has not granted them the chance to ease into their 2018 season. Plum City began its season with new coach Geoff Snyder on Thursday, Aug. 23, and has yet to claim a set win against their worthy opponents. On top of adjusting to a new coach, Plum City is also feeling the loss of eight 2018 graduates, and the team's inexperience has shown.
Sami Martell sat at the front of Prescott's bench on Monday, Aug. 27, in her first best-of-five volleyball match as a high school head coach. "It was good to get the emotions out with the first game feeling and just kind of settling in," Martell said after her team's 3-0 victory over Plum City. "(The Prescott School District) had an in-service work day so I kind of kept my mind busy all day long." While Martell took in the atmosphere of her first night at the Nest, her seniors did all they could to foster the environment they've grown up in the past four years.
Ellsworth junior Riley Schumaker tweaked her knee on Friday, Aug. 17, at the Panthers' tennis match against Amery and sat out of competition against both Red Wing and Unity. To help out her team, senior Maddie Beck stepped up to join Schumaker's No. 1 doubles partner, Lydia Cole. Beck typically covers Ellsworth's No. 1 singles spot, but came through when thrown into unfamiliar territory. Beck and Cole defeated both of their Red Wing and Unity opponents.
The Prescott Cardinals held onto a 7-6 lead over the Durand Panthers through the first half of their Week 2 game, but came up short once the Panthers' third quarter 9-7 lead, turned to a 17-15 deficit late in the fourth quarter. Though the final score wasn't in his team's favor, Cardinals' head coach Kevin Haglund saw glimpses of hope from his Prescott team. "We tackled a lot better than last week, and our offense and passing game was clicking," Haglund said.
Elmwood/Plum City's running backs roamed wherever they pleased in their Week 1 win over Independence/Gilmanton. The Spring Valley Cardinals made certain that wouldn't be the case when their rival Wolves traveled to their home turf in Week 2 of the 2018 season. EPC's Dalton Binkowski and Nic Forster, who combined for 334 rushing yards and five touchdowns against the Indees, were held to just 67 yards against the Cardinals (1-1) who eyed Binkowski and Forster as vital targets early on.