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BOYCEVILLE - Spring Valley High School girls' cross country team finished second and Elmwood/Plum City was eighth in the 19-team field at the Boyceville Varsity Invitational. But more important than where the teams finished was simply leaving the meet healthy after six runners in the field were taken to the hospital in Menomonie for heat exhaustion. The meet started at 3 p.m. with temperatures reaching in low 90s and dew points in the mid-60s.
ELMWOOD - Two games, two shutouts for the Spring Valley High School football team The Cardinals handed the Elmwood/Plum City co-op its worst loss in two years of existence 40-0 Friday at Raider Field in Elmwood. Spring Valley scored 20 points in both halves and were particularly dominant in the second half, holding EPC to just one first down. SV quarterback Zach Newton only made one pass attempt during the game but he didn’t have to throw the ball. He rushed for 13 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on runs of one, 18 and 11 yards.
MADISON - The time for talk of a new head coach, coaching staff and starting quarterback is over. It’s gameday at the University of Wisconsin, as the Badgers take on the Massachusetts this morning at Camp Randall Stadium. This will be the first time the Badgers will face the Minutemen. Expect an effective running game from the three-time defending Big Ten champions, as Massachusetts’ front line could be its weakness. Head coach Gary Andersen says not to expect many wrinkles to open the season. Badgers and Minutemen kick off at 11:00 A.M. CST.
MADISON - A new bill could shut down public access to forest lands near a controversial iron mining site. State Senator Thomas Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), the bill’s author, says protesters of the proposed Gogebic mine in northern Wisconsin have taken advantage of the managed forest land designation. The bill would allow mining officials to close that land until a permit is issued. Aggressive protesting tactics have worried some mining officials, after a Stevens Point woman was charged with robbery in a camera incident on June 11.
This week in Pierce County prep football is all about localism. Red Wing crosses the big river and heads up Hwy. 63 to Ellsworth for the first time since 1973. While the Eau Galle River Rivalry continues as Spring Valley and Elmwood/Plum City square off again at Raider Field in Elmwood. Kick-off for both games is at 7 p.m. Both EPC and Spring Valley go into tonight's game 1-0. EPC won a close contest over Frederic in their season opener largely through the work of Levi Wolf.
It’s another hot day in southern Wisconsin. By noon, the heat index got up to 108 near Boscobel in Grant County – and by one p.m, the actual temperature reached 93 in Racine, Kenosha, and Janesville. Forecasters said highs would reach the mid-90’s in southern Wisconsin this afternoon – and many places would get a heat index of 105 if they haven’t already. The National Weather Service issued a rash of new heat advisories late this morning.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers traded reliever John Axford to the Saint Louis Cardinals this morning for a player to be named later. The move was made just a day before the August 31st deadline for trading players who clear waivers and can be eligible for the post-season. The Cardinals lead the National League Central Division by a game over Pittsburgh – and those two teams are about to open a crucial three-game series tonight. The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch said Axford was due back at Pittsburgh in time for tonight’s contest.
Drought appears to be returning with a vengeance. The latest report shows half of Minnesota is now in drought, up from 10 percent last week. Parts of the Midwest will get some much-needed rain over the next few days, but USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says Minnesota isn't likely to see much, if any With weeks still to go before harvest, Rippey says a wet September could still be beneficial for fill-in corn and soybeans. ___________________________________________ A 77-year-old man is dead after a farming accident in rural Sleepy Eye.
Elmwood and Prescott's high school volleyball teams both began their 2013 regular season with quadrangular meets Thursday afternoon and evening. Elmwood host its own quad meet. The Raiders compiled a 3-6 record as each team played three games. Gilmanton won the meet with a 7-2 mark. Both Clear Lake and Pepin were 4-5. Prescott was at Hudson playing in the St. Croix Central Quad. SCC's gym was closed for repairs after a leak from a rainstorm in mid-June damaged the gym floor. The Cardinals went 2-1 in the quad meet.