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PRESCOTT - The magic number is two for the Prescott High School basketball team to win its first Middle Border Conference title in school history. The Cardinals stayed in first place in the MBC standings and knocked back Ellsworth after beating the Panthers 56-48 Tuesday evening in the Coaches vs. Cancer Highway 10 Classic in crowded Prescott High School gymnasium. Much like the first contest between the two teams a month ago in Ellsworth, PHS grabbed the early lead at 10-2. But Ellsworth came back quickly to take a 13-10 lead of its own thanks to the scoring of Will Huppert.
PLUM CITY - The Plum City High School girls' basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Gilmanton 48-44 in a non-conference game Monday evening. The Blue Devils had three players in double figures led by Cheyanne Catura's 16 points. Sarah Gilles and Taylor Chilson both scored 12 points for PC. Plum City improved to 4-10 overall. PC's next game is at No. 2 ranked Colfax on Friday. Plum City is back at home Saturday vs. Mondovi. Tip-off is at 4:30 p.m.
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.
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.