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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."
Kelli Schlegel is returning to Spring Valley's volleyball court; this time with three new assistant coaches: her seven-year-old, five-year-old and two-year-old. Schlegel, a 2002 Spring Valley Middle/High School graduate, previously coached the Cardinals from 2007-2015 but stepped down from the position when she was expecting her third child, Kesli.
At the start of 2018, Gage Trebil was calculating what it would take to compete in the inaugural USA High School Clay Target League's National Championship. Three years prior, Trebil was a freshman member of the then new Ellsworth Claybreakers team who was just happy to have an opportunity to use his trapshooting talents as a way to get involved. Many shattered clay targets later, Trebil has now made his mark on the USAHSCTL by placing 135th nationally at the competition he never dreamed he'd have the opportunity to attend.
The Ellsworth Panthers football team completed its first week of practice for the 2018 season on Saturday, Aug. 4. Despite the soreness that comes with the return to practice, the Panthers were thrilled to be back on the field with their teammates and coaches. Ellsworth will travel to Loyal on Friday, Aug. 17 for its first game of the season. A full preview article of the Panthers' season will be available in the Aug. 8 issue of the Herald
Three Pierce County amateur baseball teams have qualified for the 2018 Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs and were given their seedings and first-round matchups on Tuesday, July 31. The Prescott Pirates (13-3) received a No. 1 seed in their four-team bracket and will face the No. 4 Eau Claire Rivermen in Haugen on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 12 p.m. in the WBA semifinals. The Elmwood Expos' 12-4 2018 record earned them a No. 2 seed in this year's playoffs. The Expos will face the No. 3 Viroqua Sox (9-6) on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. in Eleva.
The Elmwood/Plum City boys' basketball team is about to incur a new era of Wolves basketball, one without Chris Segerstrom seated at the head of EPC's bench. Though the 10-year Wolves head varsity basketball coach will no longer be seen with a clipboard on the sidelines of the Elmwood and Plum City gymnasiums, he hopes his coaching values of putting his players first outlive him.
Brandon Walczak may have a new title adjacent to his name on the Cardinals' baseball roster, but the Burnsville, Minn. native is no stranger to the school district of Spring Valley. Walczak, who was hired as Spring Valley Middle/High School's physical education teacher in 2015, was named the Cardinals' new head varsity baseball coach in July after having already dedicated four years of service and many hours to the Spring Valley School District and community.
When Tim Dahl resigned as the Ellsworth boys' basketball head coach, he left the program hoping he'd be replaced by someone who'd be able to connect with his former players the same way he did. Luckily for Dahl and Panther basketball fans, the Ellsworth School District has found a worthy candidate in Jordan Petersen — a man who knows a thing or two about basketball and the Ellsworth community.