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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.
The Spring Valley vs. Elmwood/Plum City nonconference football game, which was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, has been postponed until 8 p.m. due to lightning. Follow @_katiedavidson on Twitter for more updates.
On Monday, Aug. 13, the Ellsworth School Board voted unanimously to allow the Ellsworth dance team to offer its participants chances to letter in the club sport. Lettering requirements will be determined by the dance team's head coach Angie McHardy, but Ellsworth athletic director Ann Huppert explained to the board that varsity lettering is typically determined by the athlete's practice attendance and the number of varsity events they participate in.
Pierce County cross country teams were finally able to rip off the bandaid of getting the first meet of the season under their belts, and most teams were pleasantly surprised with what they found under their metaphoric bandages. The Ellsworth boys' team was the highest-placing Pierce County squad at the Thursday, Aug. 23, meet hosted by Boyceville. The Panthers finished in second place with a team score of 89 and showed a close spread of 48 seconds from their top-finisher, Charlie Stuhl, to their fifth-place varsity runner, Kyle Perkins.
The Ellsworth Panthers' girls' golfers picked up first- and second-place finishes in their third week of the season, but remain hungry to improve despite their early-season accomplishments. The Panthers earned a second-place finish with a team score of 412 on Monday, Aug. 20, at Amery's obstacle-filled course, which provided the Panthers with many opportunities to test their mental toughness.
The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed back members of the Ellsworth School District by holding a "Salute to Education" luncheon in the Ellsworth High School cafeteria on Tuesday, Aug. 21. School district employees were thanked with a lunch spread, goodie bags filled with items from the luncheon's local sponsors and a few door prizes. Ellsworth School District superintendent Barry Cain called the collaboration of the event an "unbelievable thing."
Eighty percent of the Elmwood/Plum City cross country team will be stepping onto a WIAA cross country starting line for the first time on Thursday, Aug. 23, when the Wolves travel to Boyceville to begin the 2018 season. Wolves' head coach Kristel Flesberg considers this a good sign for the co-op. "Everyone but our two seniors is new to the team, but that's a good thing," Flesberg said. "Kids are getting the interest from other kids."
With the 2018 high school tennis season a week away, the Ellsworth Panthers were coachless and planning on continuing their 7 a.m. captains' practices until someone agreed to lead them this season. "I just remember texting both of you (Riley Schumaker and Maddie Beck) the night before and being like, 'What are we doing?'" Jennicka Giese said. But the team's season and existence was assured on an early morning when Schumaker received a text from Ellsworth Athletic Director Ann Anderson who assured the girls that Dylan Greske was returning to save the program, once again.
The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves were left with a bitter taste in their mouths after their 3-7 2017 season, but as soon as the first whistle of 2018 blew, that bitterness began to transform into a sweet taste of victory. The Wolves (1-0) defeated the Independence/Gilmanton Indees (0-1) 44-18 on Friday, Aug. 17, in what head EPC coach Mike Birtzer referred to as an "ultimate team win," and showed how they've been striving to aim higher in 2018.
Ellsworth's head coach Rob Heller had few words to describe his football team's unproductive season debut. The Panthers (0-1) dropped a 24-8 decision to Loyal (1-0) on Friday, Aug. 17, showing an anticlimactic performance in the game they've been waiting for since Oct. 21, 2017. "It was definitely a Week 1 game, and we're glad it was not a conference game," Heller said. "Loyal was a physical team and they wanted it more than us it looked like."