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Snowmobile riders from all across Pierce County and the region gathered at the Rush River Trail Riders clubhouse in El Paso Township Saturday to look at vintage snowmobiles, sign-up for raffle prizes and ride the nearby snowmobile trails on one of the best days in years for snowmobile riding in Pierce County.
SOMERSET - The Prescott High School wrestling team guaranteed itself a winning season in the Middle Border Conference by beating Somerset 45-18 Thursday evening. After losing the first match, PHS won the next six in a row and got pins from Sam Hoopingarner at 106 and Nick Opdahl at 138 along with forfeits at 120, 126 and 132. Also winning for the Cardinals were Matt McNurlin at 152; Troy Urman at 160 and River Christensen at 220. Prescott improves to 9-5 overall and 4-3 in the MBC. The will conclude the regular season next Tuesday at home vs. No. 5 Amery.
AMERY - The No. 1 ranked Ellsworth High School's wrestling team kept its Middle Border Conference dual meet winning streaks in tact Thursday evening with a 33-29 win over No. 5 Amery. EHS's Brock Steldt won the key match of the dual at 195 pounds, edging the Warriors' Broden Schock 2-1. Steldt scored a double-leg takedown with under :24 seconds to go in the match while trailing 1-0.
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Spring Valley High School boys' basketball team reached the 10 win mark for the season after 59-31 thrashing of Boyceville at Boyceville Thursday evening. The win improves SV's record to 10-3 overall, 7-3 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. Valley exploded to a 15-3 advantage after the first quarter and led 32-12 at halftime. Zac Webster led SV in scoring with 18 points. Keeping pace with Spring Valley in the league standings is Colfax. The Vikings defeated Elmwood last evening as well 57-33 to have 7-3 mark in the D-SC as well.
While this season has been a gloomy one for the Elmwood High school boys’ basketball team, one bright light has managed to break through the dark clouds. The Raiders will get an opportunity to play in Minneapolis at the Target Center Feb. 1. Elmwood will take on Frederic with the JV game starting at 7 p.m. and the varsity tipping-off at 8:30 p.m.
Ellsworth High School's wrestling team takes on Amery in showdown of top-ranked Division 2 teams this evening in Amery. The Panthers enter the meet the No. 1 ranked team in the state while the Warriors come in at No. 5. Amery has not beaten Ellsworth in a dual meet since 1986 and EHS carries a long Middle Border Conference winning streak as well. The bulk of Ellsworth's strength in the middle and upper weights led by No. 1 ranked Gabe Frandsen at 160 pounds and top-ranked Logan Kemmerer at 170, Brock Steldt at 195 and Kenny Stowe at 220.
Pierce County public schools are closed for the second day in a row due to an Arctic air mass sending temperatures plunging well below -15 degrees. The region is still under a windchill warning until this afternoon. As of 9 a.m.
PRESCOTT - The Prescott High School girls' basketball team found itself in rare company at the start of the fourth quarter in their game Friday vs. No. 6 ranked Baldwin-Woodville. The Cardinals outscored the Blackhawks 15-4 in the the third quarter and led 28-27 to begin the fourth. Rarely had teams done this to B-W this season. But Baldwin-Woodville responded by outscoring PHS 15-6 to win the game 42-34. Marti Johnson led the Cards' in scoring with eight points.
All PCH area wrestling teams were in action Saturday and had a great deal of success. The No. 1 ranked Ellsworth team again couldn't get at Kasson-Mantorville, Minn., losing to the KoMets in the Swalla Duals Invitational 36-33 to the No. 5 ranked team in Minnesota Class AA. However, one of the Panthers' wins yesterday was against Prior Lake, ranked No. 3 in Minnesota Class AAA, by a 34-31 score. Heavyweight Brodey Kemmerer returned to the line-up from injury and scored a pinfall in the final match against Prior Lake which put EHS in the finals. Ellsworth also beat NRHEG, Minn.