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The Prescott High School Class of 2018 chose 'Send it' as their class motto, and their principal, Josh Fiege, challenged his now former students to carry their chosen saying with them throughout the rest of their lives. Fiege told the Saturday, May 26, commencement crowd that he recently learned that the average American meets 10,000 people throughout their lifetime.
Zach Nugent's high school golf career came to an end on Tuesday, May 29, at the WIAA Division 2 Tomahawk sectional where the Ellsworth senior finished in a five-way tie for 33rd place. Nugent shot a 16-over-par 86 at Inshalla Country Club where he was pleased with his first five holes of the day. "I felt I was playing well for the first five holes and was only one over (par)," Nugent said. "Then I had kind of a blowup hole, which mentally put me out of it." Nugent finished the front nine in 42 strokes and the back in 44.
Spring Valley's Tyler Leach has been a four-year varsity golfer for the Cardinals. Each year, Leach has concluded his golf season at the WIAA Division 3 State Golf Tournament, and due to his 2018 second-place sectional performance, Leach will close his high school golf career at the familiar University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. "It's extremely humbling to be able to return to the state tournament for the fourth time," Leach said. "I know how difficult it is to make it to the state tournament in any sport and I won't take it for granted."
The Regis Ramblers put an end to Spring Valley's 2018 baseball season with a 6-0 WIAA Division 3 regional shutout on Tuesday, May 29. Though Tuesday's box score may not show it, there's a lot of hope for the future of Spring Valley (9-7) baseball. The Cardinals entered into the wacky 2018 baseball season with one returning varsity starter, Jaydon Nyeggen. Since their first game of the season, the Cardinals have racked up nine total wins, produced promising underclassmen, and were led by five seniors who finally got their chance to show their skills on the varsity level.
Morgan Kummer didn't get a chance to swing the bat in her final high school softball game. The recent Ellsworth High School graduate was intentionally walked in all three of her at bats in her team's 12-2 sectional playoffs loss to Baldwin-Woodville on Tuesday, May 29, and the Middle Border Conference Player of the Year's absence at the plate was felt. The Panthers (14-5) were outhit 14-7 by the Blackhawks (16-5) in their final game of the 2018 season that concluded in six innings.
Forty-six members of the Spring Valley graduating class of 2018 were congratulated for their high school achievements on Saturday, May 26 at their commencement ceremony. Valedictorians, Julian Davis and Carley Laffin, and salutatorian Tessa Cipriano all spoke at commencement and thanked their teachers, family members and classmates for guiding them through their four years of high school.
Tracking down Peter Brookshaw after one of his basketball games was nearly as challenging as holding the All-State point guard to less than 30 points on the court. Before the highly-decorated basketball star could even let his numerous accomplishments on the court sink in, he'd be floating around in a mass of red- and white-wearing fans of all ages who wanted to show their appreciation for his greatness on the court.
The Prescott girls' 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams, Abby Syverson, Aly Reuvers, Westy Bartsch and Ellsworth's boys' 4x400 team qualified for the June 1-2 WIAA Division State Track and Field meet at UW-Lacrosse by placing fourth or better in their respected events at the Thursday, May 24 Colby sectional. The Prescott girls came in sixth place out of the 34 teams that competed in Colby.
Winning a WIAA regional title topped the list of priorities for the Prescott softball team's seniors at the beginning of the 2018 season. The six seniors were sick of watching their softball seasons come to an end in the second round of playoffs and wanted to get past the decade-long hump before they closed the door on Prescott athletics in their final season with their head coach, Matt Smith.
Freshman Leo Bergner ended his first year of varsity tennis with a notable subsectional performance on Tuesday, May 22. Bergner entered into the subsectional meet as a No. 6 seed and was tasked with facing Baldwin-Woodville's No. 3-seeded Ben Peterson in his first No. 4 singles match of the tournament. Peterson served Bergner a 6-3 loss in the first set, but the Ellsworth rookie answered with dominant 6-0, 6-2 wins to claim the first-round match.