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On Friday, Jan. 18, the host River Falls Wildcats pulled out a hard-fought, 73-58 win over the Ellsworth Panthers. As late as the 4:00 mark, however, the game hung in the balance as the smaller Panthers simply would not go away quietly.
Ellsworth basketball fans caught two different Panther boys' basketball teams on Friday night. The Panther team that showed up for the first half of Ellsworth's (8-4, 6-1) Friday, Jan. 18, game against Osceola looked out of whack on both ends of the court as they committed 10 turnovers and gave up several easy looks to the 1-11 Chieftains. But after the opening 18 minutes of the game, the second half Panthers proved to be a team that welcomed in-game adjustments and one that was capable of executing whatever head coach Jordan Petersen threw their way.
Hunter Orpen didn't know he'd be wrestling on Prescott's varsity squad Thursday night. In fact, he was unaware he'd be wrestling the No. 1-ranked Division 2 Wisconsin 126-pound wrestler in his team's dual meet at Baldwin-Woodville. The Cardinals' starting 120-pounder was out due to a week-long illness on Thursday, Jan. 17, and freshman Orpen — who had only wrestled one varsity match prior to Thursday — was next in line to take on the undefeated Jacek Nickowski.
Elmwood senior Alyssa Peterson has been spending her winters on basketball courts since she was a fourth grader. When asked to play a role on Elmwood's fifth-grade team due to low numbers, fourth-grade Peterson jumped at the opportunity and soon fell in love with the sport that allowed her to stay active with her friends during the dreary Wisconsin winters.
The Spring Valley boys' basketball team preserved its undefeated Dunn-St. Croix Conference record on Tuesday, Jan. 15, by relying on its depth and team defense.
After his team's Tuesday night win, Parker Nielsen walked out of Prescott's locker room and was greeted by friends and family who were waiting to congratulate him on his career night. Nielsen, in his first home game back after undergoing knee surgery, dropped 40 points in the Cardinals' 92-50 win over the Amery Warriors (2-11, 1-5). But it wasn't his high scoring night that the junior co-captain was most proud of.
The Ellsworth Panthers girls' basketball team claimed its first win in against the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks in nearly eight years on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Prior to Tuesday's 67-58 Ellsworth win, the Panthers hadn't beaten the Blackhawks since March 3, 2011.
Thursday, Jan. 17 WRESTLING - New Richmond at Ellsworth, 7 p.m. WRESTLING - Prescott at Baldwin-Woodville, 7 p.m. GIRLS' BASKETBALL - Durand at Elmwood/Plum City, Elmwood HS, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS' BASKETBALL - Prescott at Amery, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS' BASKETBALL - Spring Valley at Colfax Friday, Jan. 18 GIRLS' BASKETBALL - Ellsworth at River Falls, 7:15 p.m. BOYS' BASKETBALL - Elmwood/Plum City at Mondovi, 7:15 p.m. BOYS' BASKETBALL - Glenwood City at Spring Valley, 7:15 p.m.
Another Western Wisconsin Conference Competition, another Middle Border Conference title for the Prescott Cardinals dance team. Prescott's highly-decorated team once again claimed first-place finishes for their pom and jazz routines at the Saturday, Jan. 12, conference competition in Hudson, making them the 2019 MBC champions. Prescott's MBC title isn't shocking, but it shouldn't be taken for granted, either, considering the work the Cardinals continue put into perfecting their routines.
The second week in January was a promising one for the young Prescott wrestling team. The Cardinals began their competition for the week on Thursday, Jan. 10, when they claimed a five-point dual win against Osceola on the road. Osceola forfeited three weight classes and claimed seven of the 11 bouts that were wrestled, but the Cardinals received impressive wins from Alex Holt, Grant Stanton, Cole Dravis and Alex Iberg.