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Ashley Matzek went seven innings with three strikeouts and one walk to lead Ellsworth to another Middle Border Conference victory over New Richmond on Tuesday, 8-0. Morgan Kummer was the offensive star for the Panthers, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. Kummer had a two-RBI double in the first, an RBI double in the third and a two-run home run in the fifth. Ellsworth got the victory despite committing six errors and having only five hits. “The errors didn’t hurt, but they never help,” said Panthers head coach Ryan Casper. “We had three in the first.
Brady Yanish pitched a complete game, sort of, but definitely picked up the victory as Ellsworth battled back from an early two-run deficit to top Durand, 6-2, on Tuesday. Jacob Sigler started for the Panthers, but was pulled after giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Enter Yanish, who gave up just three hits the rest of the way while piling up a strikeout per inning. Nick Taranto, Yanish, Derek Mallon and Sigler each had doubles, three of which came in a five-run third inning.
Ellsworth registered its first Middle Border Conference win of the season Tuesday, overcoming a 4-1 deficit after the second inning to knock off Durand 10-5 in Durand. Jenna George helped spark the Panthers’ offense with a solo home run in the third inning while Kacie Lansing had two hits and an RBI and Abby Giese chipped in with a hit, two RBI and two runs scored. Ashley Matzek finished the afternoon with two doubles and two RBI, and was the winning pitcher in a complete-game effort. Ellsworth (2-0) returns home Thursday to take on Amery.
With a three-hit performance from Nick Taranto and a two-hit, two-RBI effort from Spencer Schroeder, Ellsworth pieced together a 7-3 non-conference victory over Rice Lake Friday in Ellsworth. Down 1-0 after three innings, the Panthers took control of the game with a five-run fourth inning. As a team, Ellsworth pieced together 13 hits to secure the victory. Along with his solid day at the plate, Schroeder went six innings and struck out six to claim the victory on the mound. Ellsworth (3-0) opens Middle Border Conference play Saturday at New Richmond.
OSCEOLA - Ethan Ellingsworth opened the game with a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown, and Osceola never looked back, taking a key Middle Border Conference game over Ellsworth on Friday, 42-6. After taking a 7-0 lead moments into the game, the Chieftans, 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the MBC, doubled up on Riley Edling’s 26-yard fumble return, then rubbed it in with Ellingsworth’s first offensive score, an eight-yard run with 1:07 to play in the first quarter. Edling would make it 28-0 with a 16 yard run in the second quarter before Eric McGregor got the Panthe
Sam Altena is a tough running back to bring down, and when the tackling is not at its best, he’s almost impossible to get dirty.
Emery Whalen scored three times, including twice through the air, to lead Ellsworth to a dominating 35-0 over Baldwin-Woodville in Middle Border Conference play Friday night. Eric McGregor opened the game with an 85-yard kick return, and then threw a two-point conversion pass to Nick Taranto to make it 8-0 Panthers. Whalen then got in on the act, scoring from a yard out with 5 minutes, 19 seconds left in the first quarter, and Brady Yanish’s kick made it 14-0. In the second quarter, Whalen got the passing game going with a 7-yard pass to Ta
SOMERSET - In a battle of unbeatens, and in what has become a fierce rivalry, Somerset maintained its top ranking with a 35-20 victory over Ellsworth in a Middle Border Conference battle on Friday. Max Praschak scored three touchdowns to lead the Spartans to victory, adding 197 yards rushing on 36 carries. Heaven Hunt scored the first touchdown of the game, a five-yard run in the first quarter.
First team Mikayla Miller, sr., Goodhue (Player of the Year) 24.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 5.0 spg, 3.5 apg, HVL All-Conference, Class 1A All-State selection, Class 1A All-Tournament team, Miss Basketball candidate Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme: “She has really dominated Class 1A and 2A basketball in southeastern Minnesota for the past three years. No team, especially this year, has been able to slow her down or prevent her from taking over games.
GOODHUE, Minn. - Playing in its first state tournament since 2011, the Goodhue girls basketball team was picked as the No. 4 seed in the Class 1A state tournament on Saturday. At 1 p.m. Thursday at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota, the top-ranked Wildcats (25-5) will face off with No. 5 seed Ada-Borup. The Section 6A champion Cougars are 28-1 this year and advanced to state after beating West Central Area 55-31 in the section final on Friday. Here is a breakdown of the Class 1A tournament: