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Ty Sanford began his second go-around at the Kohl Center on Thursday, Feb. 23, but his nerves were still present at his 2018 state tournament appearance. In fact, they were intensified. "There were more nerves," Sanford said of this year's state preliminary dual when comparing it to that of his junior season. "Last year, I was an underdog and was just going out there saying, 'Whatever happens, happens.' This year, I'm expected to do well, so there are more nerves."
Carter Merth wrestled his final dual of the season in the 2018 WIAA Division 3 Individual State Tournament preliminaries on Thursday, Feb. 22. The Spring Valley/Elmwood two-time state qualifier was defeated by Random Lake's Grayson Vandenbush (Jr., 45-4) by a 7-3 decision. Merth led 3-1 heading into the third period, but was nearly pinned twice in the final minutes, leading to Vandenbush's victory. Merth was also eliminated in the preliminary round of the 2017 Individual State Tournament.
The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves outlasted the Royall Panthers on Wednesday, Feb. 21 on account of a 21-point effort by sophomore Katie Feuker. Wednesday night's 60-54 victory was the Wolves first playoff win since the 2012-13 season. Feuker shot 7-8 from the free-throw line, 4-7 from the field, and made both of her three-point attempts in her career-varsity game.
Things are looking bright for the Spring Valley boys basketball team as they close in on tournament time. With their second win against the Elk Mound Mounders (9-12, 7-6) in a week, the Cardinals (12-9, 8-5) are now on a three-game win streak heading into the playoffs and have the second best Dunn-St. Croix conference record. It would have been easy for SV to give their less-than-best effort on the Mounders' home court considering playoff seedings were set on Sunday, Feb. 18, but that wasn't the case on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
There was no upset in Tuesday night's No. 6 vs. No. 11 girls basketball playoff game. The No. 6 Prescott Cardinals (14-9) ended the Ellsworth Panthers (4-17) season with a 75-57 victory in the WIAA Division 3 regional game on Feb. 20. Autumn Earney scored the first point of the night from the free-throw line to give the Panthers their only lead of the game. The Cardinals took off on a 9-0 run from there that was sparked by a Haylee Yaeger basket and capped off with two Kaelyn Lewis threes.
Scoring 120 points against a 17-4 high school basketball team is unheard of. Unless you're the Prescott Cardinals. The Cardinals (20-2, 14-0) soared to a 120-83 victory over their rival Ellsworth Panthers (17-4, 11-2) team on Monday, Feb. 19 in a game that few thought would end with a 37-point deficit. The Cardinals shot 30-47 from the field and 16-40 from three-point range in the game that set them apart from the rest of the Middle Border Conference.
Members of the Ellsworth School Board discussed upcoming maintenance projects at the Monday, Feb. 12 meeting, which includes the previously-discussed renovations to the high school's kitchen floors and old restrooms that were built in the 1960's. Doug Peterson, the board's president and chair of the Buildings, Grounds and Transportation Committee, informed the board that he and Superintendent Barry Cain walked through the four original high school restrooms with representatives of Kraus-Anderson Construction.
It's official. The Ellsworth Panthers wrestling team is headed to the WIAA State Team Tournament for the 17th time in program history. Ellsworth sealed a state spot after defeating Somerset and Spencer/Columbus Catholic at the Division 2 Sectional-A tournament in Hayward on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Panthers defeated their conference opponents, 67-12, in their first dual of the night. Ellsworth head coach Mark Matzek said the 152-pound match against the Spartans stuck out to him the most.
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Prescott's Ty Sanford knew he had a lot on the line coming into his final high school sectional wrestling tournament. "I was really nervous," Sanford said. "I'm not going to lie." Even though his nerves festered throughout the day, Sanford did what he had to do to secure a spot in the Division 2 Individual State Tournament and took second at his sectional tournament held at Amery on Saturday, Feb. 17.