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The Pierce County Herald Athletes of the Week are Spring Valley's Trent Miller and Prescott's Elly Boles. Miller won the 160-pound title at the BRC/D-SC Wrestling Jamboree in River Falls last weekend for the Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestling team. Boles scored in double figures in several of Prescott's ballagmes last week, helping the Cardinals to three wins in four games. The Pierce County Herald Athletes of the Week awards are sponsored by State Farm Insurance - Denton Achenbach agency, Ellsworth.
Three teams, three destinies. One title. This will be a decisive week in the Middle Border Conference boys’ basketball schedule for the 2014 season. Ellsworth, currently in third place in the MBC just a game behind Prescott and Somerset, plays both teams this week. The Panthers are at Prescott Tuesday and host Somerset at home Friday. Both games tip-off at 7:30 p.m. EHS put itself in position to contest for the league title by winning a pair of contests last week: 66-52 vs.
HAMMOND - The Prescott High School girls basketball was back at the .500 mark after beating St. Croix Central 53-46 Monday evening. The Cardinals played strong for three quarters, holding a 42-29 lead at the end of the third. Katy Syverson led PHS in scoring with 15 points and teammates Elly Boles and Olivia Rohl scored 12 and nine points respectively. Prescott plays at Ellsworth on Thursday. The Cardinals are 9-9 overall.
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After a pair of tough losses to No. 5 Elk Mound and Colfax, Spring Valley High School's boys basketball team took out its frustrations on Elmwood Friday evening, winning overwhelmingly 62-16 at Spring Valley. The Cardinals led 44-10 at halftime and were eld in scoring by a season-high 19 points for Ben Becker and 13 for Zac Webster. Levi Wolf led Elmwood in scoring with seven points. Speaking of Elk Mound, the Mounders defeated Plum City 66-35 at home Friday to clinch a tie for the Dunn-St. Croix Conference title, its second in a row. EM led 40-17 at halftime.
RIVER FALLS - The No. 1 ranked Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestling team finished runner-up again at the Big River Conference/Dunn-St. Croix Conference Wrestling Jamboree Saturday. No. 6 ranked Menomonie scored 255 points to SV/Elmwood's 241 with No. 10 and defending champion Hudson placing third with 212. No. 5 Boyceville scored 146, Rice Lake had 124 and River Falls scored 119. Three SVE wrestlers won first place in the meet.
OSCEOLA - The Ellsworth High School wrestling team crowned eight individual champions at the Middle Border Conference meet Saturday and thus were crowned team champions once again for the 11th straight time. The No. 1 ranked Panthers spread over runner-up, No. 5 ranked Amery was 298.5 to 234 with New Richmond in third at 165.5 and Prescott fourth at 126. Winning titles for EHS were four-time MBC champ Jens Lantz at 126 pounds, Tristan Mueller at 138; Jacob Fuchs at 145, Josh Hines at 152, Gabe Frandsen at 160; Logan Kemmerer at 170, Dennis Schutz at 182 and Brock Steldt at 195.
SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley/Elmwood prep wrestling co-op team put the finishing touches on a perfect regular season in dual meets Thursday vs. Mondovi. The No. 1 ranked Redbirds won easily 64-4 to go 4-0 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference and 14-0 overall. SVE won its fourth straight conference title in a row. For Elmwood its four straight title since co-oping with SV and for Spring Valley as a school, it is their 10th title in school history. Notching wins for SVE included Kevin Fesenmaier at 170 pounds, Chris Craft at 182; Ethan Hofacker at 195; Mike Roesler at 220, D.J.
Ellsworth High School's wrestling team usually gears up for dual meet comeptition at this point in the season. But to win the Middle Border Conference title requires the No. 1 ranked Panthers to win an individual tournament. And while EHS has done so repeatedly since 2004, head coach Chad Steldt admits it's not the easiest transition to make. "We try to stress to our wrestlers to treat their individual matches like they would a dual meet match," Steldt said. " That means going for pins, going for extra points to give the team extra points.
Both the Prescott and Spring Valley high school girls basketball teams won by a single-point in action Thursday evening. Prescott edged out river rival Hastings, coached by former PHS hetman Tim Cerni, 36-35 while Spring Valley edged county rival Plum City 55-54. Prescott led 25-15 at halftime but was held to just 11 points total in the second half in the non-conference contest.