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With two of their top players out with injuries, the Colfax Vikings' offense took a beating on Tuesday, Jan. 30 when the Spring Valley boys basketball team held them to just six second-half points in their 38-21 road loss. SV forced five Colfax turnovers in the first four minutes of the game, which set the scene for how the rest of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference matchup would play out. The Cardinals led by five at half at 20-15, but only allowed two Colfax field goals in the second half.
Spring Valley's girls basketball team (1-16, 0-10) put the pieces together on Monday, Jan. 29 to claim its first win of the 2017-18 season against Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran (5-10). The Cardinals scored 58 points to the Lancers' 38, and exceeded their average point total by 27.4 marks. "I am very happy for our girls," SV head coach Sean Hoolihan said. "They have done a great job of continuing to work hard and play together as a team." Hoolihan said the win was sealed by his team's improved shooting and rebounding.
"We need to celebrate the community," Ellsworth School Board President said at the Ellsworth's new elementary school's open house. "That's not just the people in Ellsworth, but all of the people in this school district who have made this building possible." Peterson along with Superintendent Barry Cain and Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce President Paul Bauer had a long list of people to thank at the Ellsworth Elementary School's open house on Monday, Jan. 29.
Thursday, Jan. 25 In a battle of Panther teams, Drake Flom and Alex Motley led their Ellsworth boys basketball team to victory over St. Croix Central on Thursday, Jan. 25. The two seniors combined for 54 points in the contentious conference game, and helped hold SCC to just 14 second-half points. The SCC Panthers got off to a 45-39 halftime lead behind the 18 points of junior Peyton Nogal, but Ellsworth outscored its conference opponents 43-14 in the second half for a final score of 82-59 in the purple Panthers' favor.
The Prescott dance team didn't know what to expect at the 2018 Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches, Inc. Regional Dance Championships on Saturday, Jan. 27. "The competition keeps getting fiercer," Prescott's head coach Sam Schoen said. Despite going up against stronger teams at this year's regional competition, the Cardinals still left Wausau with two first-place finishes in Division 4 pom and Division 2 jazz. "I am so proud," Schoen said. "The girls went in calm and confident, even knowing we would see very serious competition here."
The Prescott Cardinals boys basketball team is still undefeated against Wisconsin competitors. However, the 14-2 Prescott team dropped its second loss of the season to another Minnesota team on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the 12th Annual Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Border Battle held at Stevens Point Area Senior High. Prescott lost 84-77 to the Lake City Tigers (14-3) in a game that saw hot shooting hands from both talented teams. The Cardinals shot 44.8 percent from behind the three-point arc in their seven-point loss compared to the Tigers who shot 55.6 percent from deep.
The Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestling team managed a consolation championship finish at the Menomonie Whitetail Adrenaline Shootout on Friday, Jan. 26 despite having four open weights on their roster. The Cardinals started off the night by taking on the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks who eventually made it to the championship dual after beating SVE in the first round. Though ultimately losing 39-27 to B-W, the Cards came back from a 27-0 deficit and tied the score up at 27-27 before forfeiting the 220- and 106-pound matches.
Prescott's senior night was spoiled by a 72-6 loss to the Ellsworth Panthers wrestling team on Thursday, Jan. 25, but two of the senior Cardinals were able to claim match wins in their last home dual of their high school careers. Senior Ty Sanford recorded three of Prescott's six points with a decision win over Ellsworth's Logan Peterson in the 220-pound match. Peterson, who according to Ellsworth's head coach Mark Matzek weighed in at 200 pounds on Thursday night, kept things interesting for Sanford, Division 2's No. 1-ranked 195-pound wrestler.
McKayla Mattison spends the majority of her free time at Warren Farm, a barn in Emerald, Wisconsin, which is her equivalent to a basketball court, a football field or a wrestling room. There, the Spring Valley Middle/High School sophomore practices her sport for 3-4 hours a day five days a week with her horse Duke and trainer Allie Faith Anderson. Although Mattison's practice schedule is just as strenuous as any other athlete's, her sport, three-day eventing, is often overlooked by those who are unfamiliar with the dangerous sport.
The Ellsworth wrestling team produced its most commanding dual win on Tuesday, Jan. 23 against the Saint Croix Central Panthers who have yet to win a Middle Border Conference dual this year. Ellsworth sent SCC home with a 73-6 defeat in a match that was rescheduled to Tuesday due to weather conditions on Jan. 11. SCC's six points came from an Ellsworth forfeit in the 195-pound match.