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Fuller-Symes Field in Ellsworth was the site for a WIAA Division 2 track and field regional meet Tuesday, the first such meet in many years thanks to a resurfaced track and other renovations done to the facility. The top four in each event qualify for sectionals, which will be held Friday in Bloomer. At the D-2 meet in Ellsworth, the host Panthers and Cardinals will take contingents not quite as large as in year’s past. Pat Ballosh had the Prescott boys’ lone regional title by winning the 200-meter dash in :23.09 seconds.
BOYCEVILLE - Spring Valley and Elmwood/Plum City's track and field teams had qualifiers and champions from Tuesday's WIAA Division 3 Boyceville Regional. Top four athletes in each event and top four teams in the relays qualify for the sectional meet which is Friday in Colfax. Winning regional titles for Spring Valley were Zac Webster as he took first in the triple jump at 43-10 and the high jump as well with a leap of 6-2.
LUCK - The Spring Valley High School golf team will advance through regionals to sectionals for the second season in a row. The Cardinals placed fourth in the WIAA Division 3 Unity Regional to move on to the sectional meet at Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls next Tuesday. McDonell High School is the host. Glenwood City won the regional title with a score of 335 and also finishing in the top four were Grantsburg 355, Unity 380 and then Spring Valley 410.
With fingers crossed that the weather cooperates (which hasn't been true much this spring), Pierce County prep sporting teams hope to get in their tournament and other games in today. The Ellsworth boys' tennis team is at Baldwin-Woodville for WIAA Division 2 Subsectional competition. High school golf regionals are today as well. Spring Valley is in Luck for the Division 3 get-together hosted by Unity. The Division 2 Somerset Regional at Bristol Ridge will be played Wednesday involving Ellsworth and Prescott. Track regionals are also today.
WIAA regional tournament for prep baseball are set. First round games are on June 3. In Division 2, both Prescott and Ellsworth have byes in the first round and won't play until the semifinals on June 4. Ellsworth is the top seed in its bracket and Prescott is No. 2. The Panthers will play either No. 4 seeded Bloomer or No. 5 Altoona in Ellsworth while Prescott faces either No. 3 seed Black River Falls or No. 6 seeded Baldwin-Woodville in Prescott.
PLUM CITY - Zach Newton tossed a no hitter with nine strikeouts Friday to lead Spring Valley to a 5-0 win over Plum City at Legion Park. The win clinches the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Small Division outright for the Cardinals at 11-0. Spring Valley is 13-1 overall while PC drops to 1-9 overall and 1-7 in the league. The Cardinals had six hits led by Jake Helmer's two. SV's Jed Schlegel scored three times. Plum City had three errors. Spring Valley is at Elmwood Tuesday while Plum City is at Durand.
PRESCOTT - The Prescott High school baseball team redeemed itself from a bad outing Tuesday with a 3-1 win over No. 2 Ellsworth Thursday at Firehall Field. The No. 6 ranked Cardinals came into the game on the heels of a 2-0 upset loss at Osceola Tuesday. But playing the top-ranked Panthers brought out the Redbirds' best according to head coach Jeff Ryan. "When you are playing one of the best teams in the state your approach as a team has to respond to that challenge and we did today," Ryan said.
Elmwood/Plum City's softball team wil move onto the semifinals of their WIAA Division 4 regional tournament after shutting out Prairie Farm Thursday 8-0 in Elmwood. Winning pitcher Shelby Hall tossed a three-hitter and struck out seven batters. She also went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, triple and two RBis. Teammate Alysha Hoyt hit a double and drove in two runs. EPC will take on Boyceville Tuesday at Elmwood.
HAMMOND - Spring Valley High School's golf team finished fourth in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Meet held at Pheasant Hills Golf Course. The Cardinals shot an 18-hole 365, which put them three strokes behind St. Croix Central's 362. Glenwood City won the meet with a score of 325 and Mondovi was second with a score of 344. This put Spring Valley third overall in the D-SC standings. Glenwood City won its third straight league title with 60 points while Mondovi had 49 points and SV 37 points. Valley's Jason Richardson finished third individually with a season-best score of 79.
The Spring Valley High School baseball team remained unbeaten in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Small Division with a 2-1 win over Alma/Pepin Tuesday at Syverson Park in Spring Valley. Trailing 1-0, Valley scored both of its runs in the sixth inning and winning pitcher Zach Newton shut down the Eagles in the seventh to secure the win. He tossed a five-hitter. SV won with just one hit. Brian Bednarek had the Cardinals' lone RBI. Spring Valley is now two games up on Alma/Pepin in the D-SC Small standings 9-0 to 7-2.