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OSCEOLA - Ellsworth High School’s boys’ basketball team lost at Osceola 47-43 in a WIAA Division 3 first-round regional tournament contest Tuesday. The Ellsworth-Osceola game was close all the way between the No. 4 and No.
COLFAX - Spring Valley's prep boys' basketball team was close to Colfax, especially at the start of the third quarter when the Cardinals’ Sam Green converted an old fashioned three-point play to make the score 19-18 in favor of the host Vikings. From that point onward however, Colfax controlled the ballgame starting with an 11-0 run.
Ellsworth High School’s boys’ basketball team suffered a tough homecourt loss to Osceola in its final regular season game last week. But EHS head coach Corey Enberg doesn’t feel the game was an end, only a new beginning for the Panthers. The postseason for Ellsworth and hundreds of other prep boys’ basketball teams across the state begins tonight with first-round contests in WIAA regional tournaments. Locally, Ellsworth, the No. 5 seed in its Division 3 regional tournament bracket, is at No. 4 Osceola. In Division 4, No. 6 seed Spring Valley is at No.
The Pierce County Herald’s Athletes of the Week awards go to Prescott’s Sam Stuhl and Jennifer Kleinschmidt. Stuhl won the Division 2, 120-pound state championship at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament this past weekend in Madison. He becomes Prescott’s first state champion wrestler since 2002 and the first freshman wrestler to win a state title for PHS. Kleinschmidt made the first three-point shot she ever attempted in a basketball game vs. Osceola in last week’s WIAA regional tournament first-round contest at Prescott.
MADISON - Prescott High School wrestler Sam Stuhl became PHS's first state individual champion since 2002, winning in the finals of the 72nd WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Saturday evening in the Kohl Center. Stuhl, a freshman, defeated Freedom's Mason Manteuffel by a 6-3 score at 120 pounds in Division 2. Unlike his previous two matches at state, Stuhl was the early aggressor and built up a 5-1 lead in the second period. But Manteuffel scored a takedown in the second period and only trailed 6-3 going into the third.
MADISON - Four Pierce County high school wrestlers completed their action in the 72nd WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Saturday in the placing matches at the Kohl Center. Two wrestlers, Ellsworth's Anders Lantz and Spring Valley/Elmwood's Jed Schlegel finished in fifth place. Both Owen Matzek of Ellsworth and Paul Hansen of Prescott finished in sixth place. Lantz, a sophomore with a 40-12 overall record, lost his first match at 152 pounds in Division 2 by a 12-7 decision to Johnny Chamberlain of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm.
MADISON - The Spring Valley/Elmwood prep wrestling cooperative will have two wrestlers going for individual state championships at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament in the Kohl Center. Sophomore Cruze Hurlburt at 132 pounds and junior Ethan Hofacker at 220 will wrestle this evening in the Division 3 state finals.
MADISON - Get two to the podium was the goal for Prescott High School's two wrestlers competing in the 72nd WIAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center this weekend. The Cardinals will not only reach this goal after Friday's action in the Division 2 field, they will also have their first state title shot since 2002. Freshman Sam Stuhl upset East Troy's Cody Vogel in the semifinals Friday evening. He scored a pinfall in 2:27.
BALDWIN - The season came to an end again in the regional tournament semifinals for the Prescott High School girls basketball team. The No. 4 seeded Cardinals were beaten by top-seed Baldwin-Woodville 60-22 Friday at B-W. The Blackhawks, 19-4 overall, took a 33-12 lead at hafltime and added to it in the second half by outscoring the Cards 27-10. The backourt tandem of Annie Pryor and Mariah Krings led PHS in scoring with seven points each.
MADISON - After having four finalists in last year's WIAA State Wrestling Tournament, this year will be quite different for Ellsworth. The Panthers will have just two state place winners in this year's state meet. After a good first day of the tournament, the outcomes of Friday's matches at the Kohl Center were much different. All of Ellsworth's wrestlers lost in the quarterfinals and only two won in the consolation round to assure themselves spots on the awards stand in Division 2. Those Panther place winners will be Owen Matzek and Anders Lantz.