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It's homecoming week at Ellsworth High School. Find out what the Panthers' linemen think about the annual celebration. Lucas Kemmerer What is your favorite part about homecoming? "Homecoming, it's usually the biggest fan base and just the most support we get. A lot of money raised toward the school. It's just fun to hang out with people after if it's a win." What is your favorite homecoming memory?
PLUM CITY -- It was not too long ago when Plum City graduate Marah Boyer was on the court as a player with the Blue Devils volleyball team. Boyer recalls the 2012 postseason run she and the Blue Devils made her senior year, winning a regional title with a 3-2 finals victory over Cochrane-Fountain City. Boyer had 13 kills in the regionals final match played at C-FC. Now that she is the head coach of the volleyball program, Boyer often finds herself referencing that 2012 run to a regional title.
ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth football team has rolled through the first two games of the season, but the schedule is expected to get tougher with the Middle Border Conference schedule starting this week. The Panthers start that season against neighboring Prescott, which has started the season 0-2. But Ellsworth co-head coaches Rob Heller and Jason Janke are not about to take this game lightly after Ellsworth lost a 25-22 game to the Cardinals last year. Janke said the Panthers will need to establish a run game on offense to be successful.
ELLSWORTH -- Ellsworth High School junior Olivia Matzek headed into this summer with enthusiasm about having a healthy year to play sports.
The Plum City volleyball team is still working on some of its player positioning through the first few matches of the season schedule. The effort continued on Tuesday in the Blue Devils’ home triangular versus Independence and Blair-Taylor. Plum City dropped its first match of the evening to Blair-Taylor 25-20, 25-19. But the second contest of the day had a better outcome for the Blue Devils.
The Ellsworth volleyball team had an opportunity to play several matches at the Menomonie Sprawl season-opening tournament last weekend. The Panthers started the tournament with a 2-2 record on Friday. Ellsworth lost by scores of 2-1 to Rice Lake and Grantsburg before rebounding to defeat River Valley 2-1 and Elk Mound 2-0. On Saturday, Ellsworth beat Barron and St. Croix Falls before wrapping up the tournament with a 2-0 loss to Altoona.
The Prescott football team dropped to a 0-2 record on the season Friday with a 21-0 loss to St. Croix Falls. Mistakes hurt the Cardinals in the non-conference loss. They turned the ball over four more times than St. Croix Falls and head coach Matt Smith said many of their potential scoring drives stalled because of missed blocking assignments or penalties.
Another week, another blowout for the Ellsworth football team. This time, the Panthers made the trip to Colfax and won a 47-14 non-conference game. It was a dominant first half for the Panthers as they led 40-0 at halftime. “Our defense played really well. They hardly gave up any first downs in the first half,” co-head coach Jason Janke said. “We got the ball back fairly quickly. Colfax, they didn’t really have the speed to keep up with Logan Melstrom, Ryan McGregor and Jake Sigler.”
Elmwood-Plum City and Spring Valley entered halftime locked in a 6-6 tie during Friday’s non-conference game between the two Pierce County rivals in Spring Valley. The Wolves had tied the game with 17 seconds left before the half on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Wyatt Holt to Anthony Ebensperger.
VOLLEYBALL Elmwood sweeps home quad The Elmwood volleyball team won three matches at its home quadrangular on Thursday at EHS. Elmwood started out with a 26-24, 25-21 win versus Pepin-Alma. In match two, the Raiders defeated Gilmanton 26-24, 25-20.