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"You can never have a day, ever, where you're not ready to go right away." Those were head coach Jeff Ryan's words for his Prescott Cardinals team following its 10-3 win over the Amery Warriors on Friday, May 18. The Cardinals' (12-3) may have defeated the Warriors (9-7) by seven runs, but they had to make up for their six errors in the first three innings in order to claim the blowout win.
The 2018 regular Pierce County baseball season began on Thursday, April 12 when the Ellsworth Panthers were lucky enough to be able to host Webster before their next four games were either canceled or postponed. The regular season finally got rolling in the final week of April, and local teams soon faced the reality of four- and five-game weeks. Less than a month later, the 2018 WIAA playoff seedings have been decided and the end of the brief regular season is at hand.
The 2018 WIAA playoff seedings have been set, but the Elmwood Raiders refused to settle with throwing in the towel on the regular season even though they've been guaranteed a home playoff game and a No. 4 seed. The Raiders (10-7) claimed a 16-13 win over Mondovi on Thursday, May 17 and were led by Rowan Rupakus and Alyssa Hanson at the plate and Anna Blanford and Kendra Kern in the circle. Rupakus was 2-for-5 with five RBIs and two doubles, while Hanson gave a 3-for-5 performance, which included three RBIs and two doubles.
Zack Phillips, a member of the Elmwood/Plum City baseball team, lost his grandfather, LeRoy Gaub, to Alzheimer's disease five years ago. "We were pretty close, but with Alzheimer's, you begin to lose them slowly," Phillips said. Phillips watched his grandfather's health deteriorate before he finally lost the man who was so special to him. Today, he and his family are raising awareness about the disease that affects so many families by selling T-shirts, sweets and raffle tickets at sporting events and donating their profits to the Alzheimer's Association.
Ellsworth's Zach Nugent pulled off another first-place finish at the Middle Border Conference tournament on Wednesday, May 16, but the Panthers fell nine points short of finishing in the top half of the 2018 conference rankings. Nugent said he felt his team's limited amount of practice time hindered its chances of playing to its full potential this season, but that he's happy with his team's improvement from its 2017 sixth-place conference finish.
Like many 11-year-old boys, Ekke Leithman spends his free weekends planning sleepovers with his friends. Robin Krivmen claims to be a pop culture expert and listens to Billy Joel, Metallica and Toto. Max Hristjuk is a talented motocross rider. Karl-Eerik Karoles enjoys playing with airsoft guns. Karlis Ander All makes trips to the skate park after school.
The No. 6-state-ranked Prescott Cardinals claimed a 3-2 lead over the Amery Warriors on Tuesday, May 15 and earned a No. 1-seed in the 2018 WIAA Division 3 softball playoffs. Prescott (16-2, 10-1) will receive a bye in the first round of regionals and will host the winner of No. 8 Osseo-Fairchild (5-10) vs. No. 9 Stanley-Boyd (4-10) at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23. Ellsworth 14, Saint Croix Central 0
Pitching has been one of Prescott's strong suits during the 2018 season. The Cardinals have a long list of players who are capable of securing wins for their team. Tuesday, May 15 was Matt Langer and Peter Brookshaw's chance to show their worth on the mound. The two Prescott (9-3, 6-2) pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the St. Croix Central Panthers in their first game of the Middle Border Conference double-header on Tuesday night.
Tyler Leach came into his final 18-hole Dunn-St. Croix Conference golf tournament feeling confident about his team. He admits that playing a shorter season has been an adjustment, but says the condensed season gave his team the extra motivation it needed to work hard in practice in order to accomplish its goals once the snow finally melted. "I think we're all at the point now where we've put the short season behind us and we're all focusing on what's ahead of us and working hard towards achieving our goals," Leach said.
Making a career out of keeping people safe through law enforcement has been a long-time goal of Kali Brathol's. "I've been talking about wanting to be a police officer ever since I was little," Brathol said. Thanks to the Wisconsin American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy (WALLECA), Brathol is about to get a better taste of what it will take to make her childhood goal come true.