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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.
It's difficult to rattle the Ellsworth baseball team, and that's largely due to the Panthers' senior class that has carried its team through the good and the bad during the 2018 season. The Panthers' four seniors, Drake Flom, Shane Elsen, Ryan McGregor and Owen Matzek, combined for nine of Ellsworth's 10 hits in their 6-2 win over Baldwin-Woodville on Tuesday, May 24, and kept their team at ease once the Blackhawks climbed back to a two-run deficit in the fifth inning.
Ten Elmwood/Plum City track and field athletes will be competing in the WIAA Division 3 Boyceville sectional meet on Thursday, May 24, while Spring Valley will send 13 tracksters to Boyceville to try their luck at earning a trip to the state track meet. Jasmine Bylander, Lexi Diesing, Katie Feuker and Kassye Todd secured a spot in Thursday's sectional meet by placing fourth or better in their respected events at Monday's regional meet in Cadott. The Wolves' girls' team totaled up 82 points at the meet for a fourth-place finish.
The six seniors of Plum City's softball team are currently preparing for the biggest transition of their lives. On top of preparing for high school graduation, some are finalizing their decisions on where they'll be attending college in the fall, where they'll move to when they leave their childhood homes for the first time, and they've all begun to at least give some thought to the looming question of, "What do you want to do with your life?"
After the Cardinals' Middle Border Conference showing, Prescott's co-head track and field coach Emily Calabrese told the Herald her girls team would be concentrating on its relay performances as the postseason approached. The WIAA Amery regional meet's results show that prioritizing her team's relays was not a bad idea. All four of Prescott's girls' relay teams placed fourth or better at their Monday, May 21, regional meet and will now compete in Colby for sectionals on Thursday, May 24.
The Spring Valley baseball team played its first game of the 2018 season on April 13. Soon, they were forced back into the gym where they'd spend the next two weeks before they claimed their first win against the Colfax Vikings by a 12-2 margin on April 26. Now, less than a month later, the Cardinals' regular season has come to a close with another win against the Vikings. "We got through it," Spring Valley's head coach Brad Baker said of his team's hectic, unpredictable regular season. "Some better than others."