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SPRING VALLEY - Despite losing game one, Spring Valley High School's volleyball team dominated games two through four for a 3-1 win over Mondovi Thursday evening. The Buffaloes had outscored SV 10-3 to win game one 25-20 but the remainder of the match was dominated by the Cardinals with good serving and control of the net area with kill after kill coming SV hitters Emily Boisen, Becky Fesenmaier, Aly Lee and Nevada Schlegel. Mondovi also hurt themselves with a good number of net violations.
WHITEHALL - Officials have rejected a proposed mining permit in Trempealeau County, citing environmental concerns as the key reason. The Environment and Land Use Committee voted down the AllEnergy Silica request, saying the application felt rushed. The proposed 725-acre mine near Arcadia is also near the Trempealeau River and Trout Run Creek.
MINNEAPOLIS (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota director of athletics Norwood Teague announced Thursday that head football coach Jerry Kill is taking time away from the team to focus on his Epilepsy treatment. Kill suffered his fifth seizure-related episode since taking the job at Minnesota in 2011 prior to the team's Oct. 5 loss at Michigan. "My wife Rebecca, myself and our two daughters want to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns during the last few weeks," Kill said in statement released by the school Thursday. "This was a difficult decision to make, but the right decision.
CHARLOTTE - Wisconsin NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil is free on bond, after he was charged with assault and false imprisonment in a domestic dispute with his wife. The 37-year-old Kvapil spent Tuesday night in jail before being freed following a court appearance yesterday. He's a native of Janesville, and he now lives in Mooresville, North Carolina. That's where many NASCAR drivers live because it's close to their headquarters in Charlotte. Kvapil has been a regular in the Sprint Cup se
Call it a playoff to get into the playoffs. If Elmwood/Plum City wins Friday's game at Clayton they will do no worse than 3-3 in the Lakeland South Conference and should get a bid to the WiAA Playoffs as they did last year with a similar record. That would make it four Pierce County teams with playoff berths. Of course EPC would still be able to clinch a bid the following week but they would prefer not to have to go into a ballgame against the state's No. 5 ranked team in Division 7 in undefeated Alma/Pepin in th elast game of the regular season with so much at stake.
MENOMONIE - UW-Stout's Jessop Keene< http://athletics.uwstout.edu/roster.aspx?rp_id=2981 > (Sr, Ellsworth/Prescott) was the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's top finisher at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Open and was selected as the WIAC men's cross country runner of the week. Keene shaved off 16 seconds to set a new personal best, finishing in a time of 24-minutes, 49.61 seconds, for a third place finish.
Prescott's Amanda Murphy had another top place finish at the Amery Invitational Tuesday. Murphy finished fifth in a time of 17:04. Teammates Annika Carlson and Emmie Carpenter were also in the top 25 as they finished 23rd and 25th respectfully. As a team PHS took seventh out of the 16 teams competing. Elmwood/Plum City was 11th led by a 43rd place by Josie Tiffany in 19:09. EPC's Noah Wells finished 18th in the meet in 18:49.
SPRING VALLEY - "Just win baby," as the old Al Davis phrase goes, is really all Spring Valley has to do from now until the end of the regular season if it wants the Dunn-St. Croix Conference title outright. And so long as the Cardinals keep doing so, tonight against Mondovi at home and Tuesday at Colfax that's exactly what will happen. The match against the Buffaloes will start at 7 p.m. and is SV's final regular season home match this season. Valley knocked back Boyceville on Tuesday with an impressive 3-0 sweep on the road. The game scores were 25-17, 25-19 and 25-23.
EAU CLAIRE - Over 500 people have signed petitions to legalize bee-keeping in Eau Claire. The practice is not illegal, because the city has no ordinance which either accepts or bans it. Still, an Eau Claire group called "Save the Bees" says urban bee-keeping can help keep the insects alive. That's after a disease called "colony collapse disorder" put a big reduction in the U-S bee population. Nicole Sorenson brought bee