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As Ellsworth's head football coach Rob Heller would say, lacking leadership can be detrimental to any program. "It's a department that few players really enjoy jumping into," Heller said. "Players can think they are leaders and go about it with a poor approach and actually end up losing respect of their teammates unknowingly. "On the other hand, you have the quiet types that lead by example and you wish they would step up into more of a mentorship role of teammates who just aren't cut from the same cloth."
A camera can't capture the monstrosity of "500 feet of mean". The 500-foot hill located in Bay City challenged riders from California, Nebraska, Montana, Wisconsin and even Switzerland to rev their engines and make it to the top in one piece on Saturday, July 13, at the IRC MOTOCLIMB Super Series Round 2. All eyes were on "500 feet of mean" before Saturday's open class began, but Ellsworth native Logan Cipala stole the show when he devoured the hill in 13.4 seconds, winning the event and making "500 feet of mean" look like a measly jump a bicycle could have its way with.
Logan Cipala dabbled in various sports as a child, but after trying out the typical sports that most children spend summers and weeknights playing, one uncommon sport stole his heart. "I played sports when I was younger, but it's amazing how much more exciting motoclimb is," Cipala said, describing his love for his chosen extreme sport. "For me, if I have a good ride, I'll get to the bottom of the hill and just be shaking. I can't even do anything about it."
Today, Maya Merchant looks back on her first day of golf practice with embarrassment. "I actually cried," Merchant said, recalling her first practice with the Mounds Park Academy girls golf team in 2017. "I was like, 'I can't go, I'm too nervous; I'm going to embarrass myself.' "But little did I know that I would immediately fall in love with the sport after working at it a ton."
Football season may not officially begin until August, but the month of July is when players' dedication to their sport is tested. Out of school and without daily instructions from their coaches, players are tasked with creating their own workouts and getting to the weight room on their own time. This month, Will Packard will be displaying his commitment to his game and the Prescott football program in an unconventional way.
The 2020 baseball season may be eight months away, but the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association has already reconfigured the regional pairings for the upcoming 2020 baseball playoffs. Prescott and Spring Valley were directly affected by these changes and will both move up a division next season.
The Spring Valley Cardinals' soon-to-be senior pitcher Aaron Borgerding was named the 2019 Dunn-St. Croix Conference Player of the Year. Here are Spring Valley's head coach Brandon Walczak's comments on Borgerding's 2019 season. Q: It seems as though Aaron already held some leadership roles as an underclassmen because of his athletic talent, but how did you see him step up even more this season?
When Rob Radloff and his family moved to Prescott from Hayward, he intended to watch Cardinal basketball from the stands, solely as a parent and fan. But according to Radloff, coaching is "in his blood". "I never would have guessed I would be in this position," Radloff said, "but I am certainly excited for what is to come."
In the first two years of his high school career, Aaron Borgerding's athletic successes carried more weight because of the underclassman's ability to surpass expectations. Prior to the beginning of his junior year of high school, Borgerding told the Herald he knew the stakes would be raised but that he was embracing them. When Borgerding's expectations and leadership role were raised, there was no junior-season slump. This was largely due to Borgerding's continued maturity.
The Ellsworth Panthers and Prescott Cardinals accounted for 13 of the 33 2019 Middle Border All-Conference honors. Ellsworth received seven All-Conference nods while the Cardinals added six, and their season successes weren't limited to league play. Both teams advanced to the WIAA State Softball Tournament after wrapping up their conference play after cashing in on the contributions of the following players.