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The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves picked up their second win of the season on Monday, Dec. 3, by defeating the Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran Lancers by a 16-point margin. The Wolves (2-2) held the Lancers (1-3) to 27 points while receiving double-digit scoring efforts from two of their players as the team tallied up 43 total points. Luke Webb was once again the Wolves' leading scorer on Monday night, and he filled his stat line with 13 points, seven rebounds, a block and a steal. Nic Forster followed Webb's lead with 11 points, seven rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block.
Prescott senior Cody Rohl has always been an avid football fan, but it wasn't until middle school that Rohl's Sundays spent watching one of his favorite sports drew him to an issue that's much more significant than which team wins the NFC North. "I remember in middle school watching football and looking at the Washington logo and team name. It just kind of puts a bad taste in your mouth when you say it," Rohl said referring to the Washington Redskins' team name, "but I never really did anything about it."
When the Spring Valley Vallettes' 2017-18 competition season ended with an eighth-place finish in jazz and a ninth-place finish in pom at regionals, the team was disappointed in how the judges perceived their dances, but that same disappointment did not carry over to their overall thoughts on the year. "I think it was a really great season, but it was kind of a let down to not go on to state as a team," said co-head coach Kelsey Carr. "When we looked back on the season, we thought we did so well, and overall, there wasn't any disappointment."
Last year's boys' basketball season could not have ended on a higher note for the Prescott Cardinals. After Brian Tayson set a screen for Peter Brookshaw who nailed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer of the WIAA Division 3 championship game, Tayson felt a sense of relief and pride for his team. "It felt like a relief when Pete made the shot," Tayson said. "Being the first Prescott team to win it all was an honor." "It was something that we've all dreamed of," junior Parker Nielsen added. "Making it actually come true was pretty unreal."
After winning his championship match, Ellsworth's Charlie Stuhl could be found on the south side of the Ellsworth gym, taking in the final moments of his team's invitational on Saturday, Dec. 3. Stuhl, like most of the wrestlers at the Ellsworth Invitational on Saturday, had been waiting patiently for his chance to shine at his team's first full day of wrestling of the 2018-19 season, and when the day was over, the smile on his face showed that his first-place finish was well worth the wait.
Defending passing lanes, showing on the weak side and shutting down opponents' driving lanes have been regular points of emphasis during the first month of practice for the Prescott girls' basketball team. "Every day in practice we do the same drill on helpside defense," Prescott senior co-captain Allie Murphy said, "and we've talked about making it just come natural to us." So far, the Cardinals' dedication to improving their team defense has paid off.
Ellsworth 70, Prescott 12
Longtime fans set up their padded bleacher seats and youngsters raced to the best spots in the Ellsworth gymnasium to get a good view of the event they've been waiting patiently for: the opening night of the 2018-19 high school wrestling season.
Logan Benson has been a part of Ellsworth's boys' basketball team's "Big Three" for the past two seasons. Benson and 2018 graduates Drake Flom and Alex Motley led the Panthers in points, rebounds and assists during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons and carried their team to a 20-5 record during Flom and Motley's final run. While Benson will most likely continue to be a top statistical leader in his final season as a Panther, he's confident in his teammates' abilities to help build on last year's historic season.
On the opening day of the 2018-19 season, Ellsworth's head coach Mark Matzek told his wrestlers that nothing was going to come easy for them as they lined up in the Panthers' wrestling room. "I said, Just because you're here doesn't mean that people are going to lie down for you,'" Matzek said. His wrestlers' acceptance of his message was made clear on day two of practice.