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Concerns over poor service by Ellsworth's local cable television provider were a topic of discussion at the Ellsworth Village Board's monthly meeting Monday evening. Mid-Continent Communications of South Dakota had been Ellsworth's exclusive cable provider since it bought out U.S. Cable a few years ago and is one of the largest media and internet providers in the Midwest. Yet according village resident and cable subscriber Jean Marko, Mid-Continent has not upgraded the cable TV package in Ellsworth since buying the franchise despite the fact they continue to raise rates.
The Ellsworth High School baseball team snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at Grantsburg Friday 7-4 in the season finale. The No. 3 ranked Panthers overturned a 4-3 deficit by scoring two runs in the fifth and two runs in the seventh inning. Eric McGregor had two hits for Ellsworth and teammates Dennis Schutz and Logan Armstrong both drove in runs. In other prep baseball results from Friday, Mondovi topped Spring Valley 6-3 to win the Dunn-St. Croix Large Division title outright.
COLFAX - The Spring Valley High School boys's track and field team racked up four sectional titles at the WIAA Division 3 Colfax Sectional Friday. Senior Zac Webster had his hand in all of them. He won the high jump with a leap of six feet, two inches. He won the triple jump with a mark of 44-9 and he won the long jump with a leap of 21-4. Webster was also a part of SV's winning 1600-meter relay squad. They took first with a time of 3:32.02.
The Plum City Blue Devil baseball team won its first Dunn-St. Croix Conference baseball game of the season as they beat rival Elmwood 13-8 in Elmwood Thursday. Winning pitcher Jake Ingli scattered six hits and struck out seven Raider batters. PC's Austin Coss had four hits, including a double, and four RBIs. Hunter Freyholtz had two hits and two RBIs for Elmwood. PC will try for another D-SC Small Division win as they close the regular season with a game vs. Alma/Pepin this afternoon. No. 5 Prescott was also in action yesterday. The Cardinals were beaten at Hudson 7-2.
The Prescott and Elmwood/Plum City prep softball teams both lost their WIAA regional tournament finals contests Thursday. PHS was beaten 2-1 by Eau Claire Regis at Biggs Field in Prescott in Division 3 whie EPC was topped 11-6 by Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran at Gelein Field in Eau Claire in Division 4. Prescott could only get three hits and no earned runs against winning pitcher Kayla Pettis-Miller, who struck out nine batters. The Cardials put two on with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to get the tying and winning runs across.
The Prescott High School girls softball team marched to the finals of their WIAA Division 3 regional tournament with a big 13-0 win over Bloomer in five inning at Biggs Field in Prescott Tuesday. The Cardinals will take on the winner of the Eau Claire Regis-Elk Mound contest which was rained out yesterday and will be made-up today. PHS will host the finals Thursday starting at 5 p.m. Marti Johnson was the winning pitcher. She also had a hit and scored twice. Mariah Krings was PHS's leader at the plate with three hits and three runs scored. She also hit a home run and a double.
The Pierce County Herald's Prep Athletes of the Week are Elmwood's Shelby Hall and Ellsworth's Brett Freier. Freier won three title at the recent Middle Border Conference track and field meet. He finished first in both hurdle races and the triple jump and won a bronze medal in the long jump. Hall helped pitch the Elmwood/Plum City softball team to several wins last week and she was one of Wolves' top hitters as well. The PCH's Athletes of the Week awards are sponsored by State Farm Insurance - Denton Achenbach Agency in Ellsworth.
SOMERSET - The Ellsworth High School golf team will advance to the sectional meet for the second straight season as they finished fourth in the WIAA Division 2 Somerset Regional...
SOMERSET - The Ellsworth High School golf team will advance to the sectional meet for the second straight season as they finished fourth in the WIAA Division 2 Somerset Regional Wednesday afternoon. The Panthers shot a combined score of 348, two strokes ahead of fifth place Amery. Osceola won the regional title with a score of 330 followed by Altoona 344 and Somerset 346. The top four teams qualify for the sectional meet, which will be next Tuesday in Cumberland. The Panthers' best score came from Bryce Stein, an 85.
Prescott High School's baseball team will claim a share of the Middle Border Conference title as the Cardinals 7-0 win over Osceola Tuesday paired up with Ellsworth's 11-9 upset loss to Somerset to make it possible. Both Pierce County teams will finish with 12-2 MBC records. Brady Schommer was the winning pitcher for the No. 5 ranked Cardinals and Matt Holman picked up the save. Both pitchers combined to give up just two hits while striking out seven. Justin Lynner led PHS at the plate with two hits and four RBIs.