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Ellsworth HIgh School's baseball team was handed its first loss of the season Saturday 8-6 to St. Paul Highland Park at Brown Field in Hager City. That leaves Spring Valley the only undefeated left in Pierce County as the Cardinals won a pair of games in Shell Lake Saturday. EHS led Highland Park 5-0 after two innings but the Highlanders scored four runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth and six to take the lead. Mike Koch had two hits to lead the Panthers and teammate Nick Taranto drove in three RBIs.
The No. 1 ranked Ellsworth High School baseball team stayed unbeaten with a 4-1 win at Durand while Prescott stayed one-game behind them beating Amery 11-4 Friday. Spencer Schroeder was the winning pitcher. He tossed a four-hitter and struck out six. Logan Armstrong hit a double for Ellsworth, as they were also helped by four Durand errors. Other prep scores from Friday: Prescott's softball team swept a doubleheader against Prairie Farm 19-1 and 4-2. Ellsworth's and Prescott's track and field teams participated in the New Richmond Relays.
Yesterday afternoon's Thunderstorms took out nearly off of the prep sports schedule. The Amery Invitational track and field meet managed to get half of its events recorded in the scorebook in both the boys' and girls' meets. On the boys' side, Spring Valley's Zac Webster was able to win the triple jump with a season-best leap of 44 feet, six inches. His teammate Tyler O'Keefe finished second in the 400-meter dash in :54.02 seconds. Elmwood/Plum City's Andrew Gilles finished second in the 1600-meter run and teammate Trevor Traynor was third in the this discus.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. - Visit lamas and rabbits along with their fuzzy alpaca and sheep friends Mother's Day weekend, May 10-11, at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, Minn. for Llama Magic & Fiber Friends. A free, family oriented fiber festival celebrating its 20th anniversary, the weekend event provides ample opportunity for hands-on experiences with llamas, alpacas, rabbits, sheep—and their wonderful fiber—from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sentencing for William R. Qualls, 47, River Falls, for felony stalking was pushed back to July 7 upon agreement of both attorneys and Judge Joe Boles during a hearing Monday afternoon at the Pierce County Courthouse in Ellsworth. Qualls had pleaded guility to the charge back in 2011 but the sentence was deferred upon agreement with the state pending time to be served on misdemeanor charges Qualls had pled guilty to that same year such as battery, carrying a concealed weapon, and violating a domestic abuse order.
Ellsworth Village Board Member Neil Gulbranson Monday night sharply criticized the recent decision by Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services to cease selling appliances.
The Ellsworth and Spring Valley prep boys baseball teams remained undefeated but had to struggle to do so Tuesday afternoon. No. 1 ranked EHS just edged New Richmond 3-2 at New Richmond. Logan Armstrong got the win in relief. Dennis Schutz had three hits for the Panthers while Nick Taranto drove in two runs. Spring Valley beat rival Elmwood 11-3 but the Raiders led 1-0 until the bottom of the third and only trailed 4-3 in the sixth. The Cardinal didn't break the game open until the bottom of the the inning when they plated six runs.
HAMMOND - All four Pierce County prep track and field teams competed at the St. Croix Central Invitational Tuesday, making up 40 percent of the field. Elmwood/Plum City's girls' track team finished second just a few points behind the host school. Prescott was fourth and Ellsworth fifth. Prescott's boys finished third and Spring Valley took fourth.
A tornado siren in the Dar-Ray section of Ellsworth near the Ellsworth Country Club reportedly failed during a test held back on April 25. The siren failure was noted in in Ellsworth Police Chief Eric Ladwig's report given to the Ellsworth Village Board during its monthly meeting Monday evening. Ladwig reported that a replacement siren will cost $22,237.12.
Plum City 's baseball team won its first game of the season and Brent Blegen's first game as head coach 9-8 over Boyceville at Legion Park in Plum City. The Blue Devils scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out the win. Austin Coss and Ben Funk led PC with three hits each.