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DENVER - The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche face off in game seven of the NHL playoffs tonight in Denver. The winner of the series will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference semifinals. The puck drops tonight at 8:30.
ELMWOOD - Elmwood High School held its prom last weekend. Forty couples took part in Grand March. The dance took place at the Orchard in Baldwin and there was a post-prom party held back EHS for the first time in 10 years.
The Pierce County Herald's Athletes of the Week are Ashley Matzek of Ellsworth, Sarah Gilles of Elmwood/Plum City and Prescott's Matt Holman. Matzek had four hits, a home run, four RBIs and scored three runs in Ellsworth's 10-1 win over Prescott in softball. Gilles won both hurdle races and finished second in the triple jump for the EPC track and field team individually at the Eleva-Strum Invitational. Holman's pitching and hitting last week helped Prescott's baseball team win four games last week and stay undefeated at 9-0. The Pierce County Herald Athletes of the Week award is sp
The first Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association state high school baseball poll for the 2014 season has Ellsworth the top team in the state in Division 2 The Panthers are 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Middle Border Conference. Also in the poll is Prescott at No. 6 in Division 2. The Cardinals are also undefeated at 9-0, 5-0 in the Middle Border Conference. Both Prescott and Ellsworth are scheduled to play each other Friday at Brown Field in Hager City at 5 p.m. Spring Valley is another Pierce County team which is undefeated so far in the regular season.
The first Pierce County Herald Prep Athletes of the Week are Ellsworth's Brett Freier and Spring Valley's Sam O'Brien. Freier won both hurdle races at a meet in Baldwin while O'Brien, at the same meet, won the 100 and 200-meter dashes. The Pierce County Herald Athlete of the Week Awards are sponsored by State Farm Insurance of Ellsworth, Denton Achenbach agency.
The Spring Valley High School baseball team held on for a 7-6 at Colfax Friday in Dunn-St. Croix Confrence play. The Cardinals led 7-1 before a five-run sixth inning brought the Vikings back within one. But SV held them scoreless in their last at bat. Zach Newton was the winning pitcher. Top hitters for SV, 3-0 overall and in the D-SC Small, were Remington Schneider, Sean Borgerding and Jake Helmer with two each while Jed Schlegel and Hank Larson both hit doubles for the Cards. Prescott remainded undefeated as well.
Ellsworth High School's softball team topped Hwy. 10 rival Prescott 10-1 Friday at Brown Field. The Panthers were led at the plate by Ashley Matzek hit a two-run homer as part of a four-hit effort which drove in four runs. She also scored three runs herself. Serena Hoisington was the winning pitcher. She struck out five batters and held Prescott to just three hits and drove in a run. Prescott's hits came from Katy Syverson, Mariah Krings and Annie Pryor.
The Spring Valley High School softball team and Elmwood High School baseball team both notched their first wins of the season Tuesday afternoon. SV clobbered Glenwood City 23-1 in Spring Valley while Elmwood topped Alma/Pepin 11-6 in Pepin. Elmwood/Plum City's softball team suffered another heartbreaking loss to Alma/Pepin as the Eagles scored three runs in the top of the seventh trailing 6-4 to win 7-6 in Elmwood. Also on Tuesday, the Elmwood/Plum City girls track team finished second in the 11-team Eleva-Strum Invitational.
The Ellsworth and Prescott high school baseball teams continued their winning streaks Tuesday afternoon with a pair of Middle Border Conference wins. The Panthers downed Osceola 11-1 in five innings at Brown Field in Hager City while Prescott beat Durand 8-1 at Wayne Field in Durand. EHS jumped all over Osceola in their first at bats, taking a 7-0 lead. Dennis Schutz had three hits to lead the Panthers while Logan Armstrong and Spencer Schroeder both had two hits. Schutz, Schroeder and Brady Yanish each had two RBIs.
Expectations are high for the Ellsworth High School golf team this season and not just because of wishful thinking. The Panthers have one of their best teams since the mid-aughts and hope to take that team to the state meet in Madison for the first time since 2000, when they won the Division 2 title. The Purple is also aiming for its first Middle Border Conference golf title since 2004. Last year's EHS team may have snuck into the sectional meet by placing fourth in the regional (the Panthers were fifth in the Middle Border Conference).