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Prescott and Ellsworth boys basketball teams could be a collision course for a third time but to do so they have to win their respective regional final game this evening...
Two Pierce County boys' basketball teams were winners in WIAA regional semifinal action Friday evening. No. 4 seed Ellsworth snapped a three-game losing streak and defeated No. 5 Maple Northwestern 61-49 at Ellsworth. No. 2 seeded Prescott walloped No. 7 seed Amery 67-32 at Prescott. Nick Taranto had a season-high 22 points and Chrystian Kulow scored 21 points in a combo which proved too much for the Tigers, 15-7 overall, to deal with. EHS built a 35-15 lead at halftime. Will Huppert had six points and 13 rebounds. Evan Klawitter finished with five assists.
MADISON - Spring Valley/Elmwood Zach Newton came within :20 seconds of the state finals but lost to Lomira' Casey Steltrecht 2-1 in the Division 3 semifinals at 145 pounds Friday evening in the Kohl Center. Newton, 39-8 overall, scored his lone point in the second period on an escape. He tried to ride out Steltrecht (45-3) in the third period and was nearly successful.
MADISON - After bad draw Thursday, the Ellsworth High School wrestling team drew four of a kind by Friday evening. The Panthers will have four wrestlers on the Division 2 state final mat right in the middle of the Kohl Center Saturday evening. Ellsworth advanced four out of six wrestlers it had competing out of the semifinal round Friday evening. Jens Lantz, trying for four of a kind when it comes to state championships, won 18-3 technical fall over Sparta's John Roddick (42-9) at 126 pounds. Lantz, 40-1 overall, didn't score his first takedown until late in the first period
WIAA boys basketball regional tournament semifinal games will stretch across Pierce County this evening. Starting in the west at Prescott, the Cardinals will take on Amery in a Division 3 match-up. Moving smack into the center, Ellsworth will host Maple Northwestern, also in Division 3. Finally, head east to the county line where Spring Valley will be at home against Eau Claire Regis in Division 4. All games will tip-off at 7 p.m. PHS, 18-3 overall, swept the season series with the No. 7 seed Warriors (10-12). The No. 2 seeded Cardinals 56-46 and 56-35.
MADISON - After a disappointing quarterfinal round, the Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestling team salvaged at least three more place winners to go with Zach Newton, who was the lone Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestler to win his quarterfinal match Friday. Newton, 39-7 overall, defeated Coleman's Trevor Seewald (42-3) in overtime 3-1 at 145 pounds. Newton trailed Seewald 1-0 and look as though he would be ridden out in the final period.
MADISON - Ellsworth's remaining six wrestlers in the 71st WIAA State Wrestling Tournament all advanced into the semifinal round from the Division 2 quarterfinals wrestled this morning at the Kohl Center. Senior Jens Lantz (39-1) won his first match of his final state meet with a pin of Wittenberg-Birnamwood's Bobby Uttrecht (40-7) in 2:50 at 126 pounds. Tristen Mueller (31-10) scored five near-fall points in the third period to defeat Little Chute's Bryce Zdanovec (41-5) 8-3 at 138.
Ellsworth High School's girls basketball team avoided going winless in Middle Border Conference play by defeating Osceola 55-47 Thursday evening at home on Senior Night. EHS had lost to the Chieftains 50-46 just two nights before but came back to close its regular season with a victory. The Panthers are 2-19 overall. Also in MBC action from Thursday, Prescott, playing its first game in over a week, dropped a 48-33 decision to New Richmond, giving the Tigers a share of the conference title with Baldwin-Woodville, which defeated Durand last evening as well.
MADISON - Ellsworth High School had one of the largest contingents of participants at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament, 12 in all. But that number was cut in half after Thursday evening's Division 2 preliminary round action at the Kohl Center. Only Dennis Schutz at 182 pounds and Brock Steldt at 195 advanced to Friday morning's quarterfinals.
MADISON - Kevin Fesenmaier will join five of his Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestling teammates in today's quarterfinal round of the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center. Fesenmaier, 38-10 overall, defeated Ruben Hill (34-12) of Kenosha Christian Life by a 3-1 score in the prelim round in Division 3 at 170 pounds. He was able to get his takedown in second period and stayed on control of the match throughout. He will face Lancaster's Ethan Soderstrom (20-3) in the quarterfinals, which begin at 11:15 a.m.