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The Prescott Cardinals girls basketball team pulled off a 72-61 win on Tuesday, Feb. 6 against their Highway 10 rivals, the Ellsworth Panthers. The Cardinals walked away with their 10th win of the season, but the Panthers put up 21 more points than when the two teams met less than a month ago on Jan. 9. Though the Panthers (4-14, 1-12) never led in the game, they got off to a hot shooting start — something they've struggled with for most of the season — early by hitting two threes in the first five minutes of play.
Prescott's second-year head coach Jordan Poirier led his wrestling team to a third-place finish at the 2018 Division 2 Region 3 tournament, and will send four of his wrestlers to the upcoming sectional meet. "I don't think any of our wrestlers wrestled poorly today," Poirier said. "We left everything out on the mat today." Ethan Tulip (113), Joe Schulte (182) and Ty Sanford (195) all claimed first-place finishes at the regional meet in Baldwin-Woodville on Saturday, Feb. 10 and will advance to sectionals held on Saturday, Feb. 17 in Amery.
History repeated itself on Saturday, Feb. 10 when the Ellsworth Panthers wrestling team finished in first place at the Division 2 Region 3 wrestling tournament. The Panthers finished with 286 points, eight regional champions, and will send 12 of their 13 regional wrestlers to sectionals at Amery on Saturday, Feb. 17. "Bringing 12 [wrestlers] to the sectional meet is pretty awesome," Ellsworth's head coach Mark Matzek said. "This keeps the guys focused on just that next step. I told the guys, 'This is all a part of our journey.'"
Drake Flom has set a new standard in the Ellsworth basketball record books. Flom became Ellsworth's all-time leading scorer on Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Panthers' 79-62 win over the Somerset Spartans (5-13, 2-8). The Ellsworth senior said he was completely surprised he had passed the former record in Thursday night's game.
The Spring Valley Cardinals have found that when their defense improves, so does their offense. "We played really well on the defensive side of things and that helped our transition offense," Aaron Borgerding said after his team's 55-49 win over Independence on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Borgerding finished with 10 points against the Indees. "I think we've been really good about playing together as a team lately and that is a big part of why we've been playing well defensively," Dylan Bosshart said. "That has been an advantage for our transition offense."
Dunn-St. Croix Conference Basketball Standings Boys (Conf.,Overall) Durand (10-0, 13-4) Elk Mound (6-3, 7-9) Colfax (6-3, 9-7) Spring Valley (5-4, 8-8) Glenwood City (4-6, 7-10) Mondovi (4-6, 9-8) Boyceville (2-8, 5-12) EPC (1-8, 6-10) Girls Colfax (10-1, 14-4) Durand (10-1, 17-1) Elk Mound (8-3, 14-4) Mondovi (7-4, 12-7) EPC (4-7, 7-11) Glenwood City (3-8, 4-14) Boyceville (2-9, 3-16) Spring Valley (0-11, 1-17)
Congratulations to the Ellsworth High School JV wrestlers who not only competed in the Wisconsin Challenge Series Finals on Saturday, Jan. 20, but won the state JV team title over 99 other schools who had wrestlers at the tournament. Special congratulations to Jon Cain and Coby Ekholm for bringing home individual gold. Photos courtesy of Jon Claesson
The Ellsworth boys basketball team delivered the Durand Panthers their fourth loss of the season on Monday, Feb. 5 in a close 64-60 match. Ellsworth (14-3, 8-1) got off to a 12-point lead at halftime, but shot poorly from deep in the second half. The winning Panthers team shot 50 percent from the field overall, but were just five-for-19 from three-point range. Alex Motley led the Ellsworth charge with 27 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three assists and one steal. Motley completed 11 of his 16 shot attempts for a shooting percentage of 68.
The Prescott and Ellsworth dance teams competed in the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches State Dance Championships on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the La Crosse Civic Center. Prescott, the state's defending Division 2 jazz champions, finished as runners-up in D2 jazz and D4 pom. Waupaca took the D2 jazz title while Little Chute was named the first-place D4 pom squad.
Peter Brookshaw became Prescott basketball's all-time leading scorer in the Cardinals' game against Lake Mills on Saturday, Jan. 27, where Brookshaw scored 34 points. Brookshaw was honored for his achievement on his team's home court on Friday, Feb. 2 prior to Prescott's 81-60 win over the Somerset Spartans. "It is a great honor to be recognized like that in front of all the Prescott fans," Brookshaw said. "To score the most points out of all the great players the program has had is truly an honor and a blessing."