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Both of Pierce County's Middle Border Conference prep wrestling teams began their seasons Thursday with conference dual meets. No.2 Ellsworth was big 69-7 winner over Somerset at home while Prescott...
The Ellsworth Invitational high school wrestling meet reaches its golden anniversary this weekend and the question is whether the host Panthers can hold onto the gold. Ellsworth has won the last 10 Ellsworth Invite titles in a row and 36 in the duration of the tournament. The Panthers, ranked No.
PRESCOTT - Paul Johnson believes this could be one the best Prescott High School wrestling teams since the turn of the century, when the Cardinals won their last conference title back in the Dunn-St. Croix in 2000. But the fourth-year PHS head grappling coach has to keep his fingers crossed and knock on plenty of wood when he says this, because any bought of injury or illness with small, 14-person team and the hopes and expectations for this season will go right up in smoke. “We obviously have to stay away from injuries and illness, ineligibility” Johnson said.
It's a part of the sport to be sure, but one that was tough to experience. Ellsworth High School wrestler Jens Lantz, three-time state champion and Division I recruit injured his shoulder on the first day of practice back on Nov.
Plum City's Sarah Gilles and Ellsworth's Kyle Murphy have been named Pierce County Herald Athletes of the Week for their achievments during prep action last week. Gilles was Plum City's leading scorer and the kept the Blue Devils in the ballgame against Glenwood City Muphy helped Ellsworth overcome the loss of two starting players in helping the Panthers beat Baldwin-Woodville 47-44. The PCH Athlete of the Week awards are sponored by State Farm Insurance - Denton Achenbach's Ellsworth agency.
The Prescott High School boys basketball team won its second game in 24 hours as they topped Baldwin-Woodville at home Tuesday by a 61-46 score. The two wins (PHS beat Cannon Falls on Monday 58-42) give the Cardinals the best record in Pierce County among prep basketball teams at 4-1.
ELMWOOD - Despite trailing 11-0 in the first half and not scoring a singler basket until the 5:09 mark of the second quarter, the Plum City High School boys basketball team was still able to edge Pierce County rival Elmwood 50-48 in an intense and exciting (in the second half ) Dunn-St. Croix Conference ballgame Tuesday evening. PC went ahead 50-48 when Nash Gilles sank to free throws with :11 seconds remaining.
It may well be Kelsey Betthauser is the Ellsworth High School girls’ basketball team’s top returning scorer for the upcoming 2013-14 season and a second team All-Middle Border Conference selection. But second-year head coach John Kleppe said that the Panthers will be improved enough on offense to where the scoring will be balanced. “Kelsey will definitely be a big factor for us but our whole offense won’t revolve around her,” Kleppe said.
PRESCOTT - There’s a void which must be made whole if the Prescott High School girls’ basketball team is to have another winning season. PHS lost much of their scoring and rebounding with the graduation of both Cassie Murphy (a first team all-conference selection) and Georgia Bowen, along with Emily Bayer, Kayla Lytle and Victoria Simones from last season’s team and has to find replacement points and rebounds starting tonight with the season and Middle Border Conference opener at Amery. “It will take time to find the people who will step up
Plum City and Elmwood girls' basketball team both lost non-conference games Monday evening. Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran had four players in double figures and scored 48 points in the first half to beat Elmwood 73-39 in Eau Claire. Plum City lost at home to Cochrane-Fountain City 45-41. The Pirates led 18-17 at halftime but outscored PC 14-2 in the third quarter. Only a 22-10 fourth quarter rally by the Blue Devils made the game close.