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Prescott's Carson Stenroos remembers the gut-wrenching feeling of watching his senior teammates in disappointment at the end of the 2017 football season. The Prescott class of 2018's high school careers came just shy of reaching the playoffs but were concluded in a 27-0 shutout against the Ellsworth Panthers. "Personally, coming off of last year and missing the playoffs, it was hard to look at those seniors and know that it was their last game and that we were so close," incoming senior co-captain Stenroos said.
The Ellsworth Panthers and the Prescott Cardinals competed in their second meet of the season at Bristol Ridge Golf Course in Somerset on Thursday, Aug. 16, and showed similar results as their first meet of the season on Monday, Aug. 13. Once again, the Panthers finished in second place behind the New Richmond Tigers, just like Monday. The Panthers shot a 390 at the 18-hole meet, putting them 28 strokes behind the Tigers.
Ellsworth Elementary School principal and director of special education Mary Zimmerman presented the Ellsworth School Board with the district's 2018 Seclusion and Restraint Report on Monday, Aug. 13, and told the board that violent behavior from young students continues to be a major concern at Ellsworth Elementary School.
While fans make their way onto the bleachers, coaches review game plans and players shake out their pregame jitters as their favorite warm-up songs play, officials can also be found preparing to take the court, field or mat on which their performances will be scrutinized. Though no game would be able to go on without those dressed in stripes, the job of an official is often thankless and disrespected by those in the stands and on the sidelines.
The Ellsworth girls' golf team's commitment to improving during the offseason spoke for itself at the first Middle Border Conference meet of the season. The Panthers finished in second place with a team score of 188 and had three top-10 finishers at the conclusion of Monday, Aug. 13's nine holes at Krooked Kreek Golf Course. New Richmond, the 2017 MBC champions, took first place at Monday's meet with a team score of 218. St. Croix Central trailed behind Ellsworth with a score of 218, which earned them a third-place team finish.
Since the conclusion of the spring sports season, Spring Valley football players have spent their mornings in the weight room and out on the practice field running routes in preparation for their 2018 season. Now it's finally here, and the Cardinals are anxious to compete against someone other than their own teammates. "The work ethic has been good, but we're to the point where we're ready to practice against somebody else," Cardinals' head coach Ryan Kapping said.
August tends to brew the anticipation of spending Friday nights on high school bleachers and sporting Wisconsin's finest red, green and yellow throughout fall weekends amongst yearning sports fans, but the final month of summer signifies something other than the return of football for Holly Carlson and Erica Feuerhelm: the start of another high school girls' golf season. Carlson, Feuerhelm and the remaining returners of the Ellsworth girls' golf team's anticipation for the 2018 season dates back further than Feb. 5, 2018.
Pierce County kids got a chance to show off their strength on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Pierce County Fair's 2018 Pedal Tractor Pull. Bryn Peterson completed the farthest pull of the night, which was over 34 feet. DIVISION WINNERS: Girls 4 and under: Katelyn Ballman, 24-3 Boys 4 and under: Nathaniel Huppert, 23-8 Girls 5 and 6: Mary H., 30-0 Boys 5 and 6: Tucker Flesberg, 31-3 Girls 7 and 8: Bryn Peterson, 34-5 Boys 7 and 8: Aden Bazille, 28-9 Girls 9 and 10: Maddie Bowen, 22'8 Boys 9 and 10: Logan Lubich, 28-1
"The Pierce County Fair demonstrates the importance of commitment, involvement, dedication and volunteerism," fair manager Ann Webb said. Virginia Geraets, former Pierce County Fair junior cultural arts superintendent, carried out these values through her many contributions to the fair, which is why she was honored on the Pierce County Fair's Memorial Wall in the Kenny Hines Memorial Building on Thursday, Aug. 9. Geraets, an Elmwood native, dedicated her time to all 4-H fair projects involving cultural arts from ceramics to cake decorating and spread the love of the arts to her grandchildren.
Members of the Ellsworth Panthers football team were filled with anger, disappointment and remorse at the conclusion of their season-ending 14-7 loss to Bloomer in the 2017 season. After leading 7-0 for the majority of the game, the Panthers allowed the Hawks to score 14 points in the final four minutes of the game as they watched their playoff run come to a preventable end. "We knew it wasn't our best showing," incoming Ellsworth senior Alex Matzek said. "If we could have one game back, it'd be that one. But we can't have it back so it's time to move on."