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The third and final installment of the prep boys' basketball series between Prescott and Somerset takes place this evening in the semifinals of the WIAA Division 3 Eau Claire North Sectional Tournament. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at New Richmond High School. The winner will play either No.
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Four Pierce County prep girls basketball teams has their respective seasons come to an end Tuesday evening as they were eliminated in first round games in WIAA regional tournament play...
PRESCOTT - The Prescott High School girls' basketball team was the only one in Pierce County to win their first round, WIAA regional tournament contest Tuesday evening. The Cardinals outlasted Spooner 47-43 to get back to the .500 mark at 11-11 overall. The Rails, 8-12 overall, tied the score early in the fourth quarter at 33-33 but PHS outscored them 14-4 for the remainder of the game. Much of that margin was created at the free-throw line. Prescott made 12 free throws in the final quater. Point guard Katy Syverson made six of them and finished with a team-best 15 points.
WIAA regional tournaments for girls basketball begin this evening with first round contests. Only one Pierce County team will host a first round match-up. Prescott, 10-11 overall, the No. 7 seed in its New Richmond Semi-Sectional bracket of the full Division 3 River Falls Sectional, faces the 10th seed, Spooner (8-11), in Prescott with the tip-off at 7 p.m. Both teams come into tonight's contest having lost their last two ballgames. The Rails' leading scorer is senior guard Sarah Taylor, averaging 12.6 points per game.
Ellsworth High School wrestler Jens Lantz and girls basketball player Brianna DeGross are the Pierce County Herald's Athletes of the Week. Lantz won his fourth straight state individual wrestling title and become on the 13th wrestler to do in state history and the first for EHS. DeGross, also a senior, led the Panther girls hoops' team to their only Middle Border Conference win this season, 55-47 over Osceola last Thursday in Ellsworth.
MADISON - The Ellsworth High School wrestling team had a record three Division 2 state champions in one WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Saturday evening at the Kohl Center on the University of Wisconsin campus. Jens Lantz (41-1) won a school and state record fourth individual title in a row with 25-7 technical fall completed in just 3:57 into the match over Abbotsford/Colby's Sage Soppa (42-8). Lantz recorded a pin and two tech. falls during state competition this weekend.
The Prescott High School boys basketball team won its second WIAA regional tournament in three seasons Saturday evening as they downed Barron at home 55-45 in a Division 3 contest. After a tight first quarter, PHS pulled away from the Golden Bears, 18-6 overall, during the second and once again used its defense to maintain the lead in the second half. For the eighth time in 10 games the Cardinals held an opponent below 50 points. Prescott, 20-3 overall, will square off with Somerset, 21-3, for the third time this season Thursday in New Richmond. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
MADISION - Ellsworth High School wrestlers Tristen Mueller and Brock Steldt both finished sixth at the 71st WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Mueller, 33-13 overall, wrestling at 138 pounds in Division 2, lost both of his matches Saturday. The first loss was to Mike Chadwick (35-6) of Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal by a 7-5 decision. He was beaten in the fifth place match by Little Chute's Bryce Zdanovec (43-6) in rematch of their quarterfinal bout.
MADISON - The Spring Valley/Elmwood team will come away three third places and fourth place result from 71st WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Saturday. SV/Elmwood had four wrestlers competing in the placement matches and all won their first matches in the morning to advance to the third-place match in their respective Division 3 weight classes . Cruze Hurlburt, 44-2 overall, major decisioned Austin Najbrt of Cadott (40-11) 9-1 in another go-round between two western Wisconsin grapplers.