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Prescott's head girls' basketball coach Ron Murphy considered his team's season opener a "good win" for his players who outscored Saint Croix Falls 41-27 in the second half of their 61-44 victory on Friday, Nov. 16. Prescott Haylee Yaeger found her hot streak in the second half after the Cardinals led 20-17 at the break. The senior co-captain recorded 26 of her 28 total points in the second half.
Accomplishments have piled up for the Ellsworth dance team over the past year. Last year's team improved from 12th to eighth place in pom and took 10th in hip hop at the state dance competition. The dancers have gained support from their community after their countless, entertaining halftime performances, and they are now able to earn high school letters in dance after their motion was approved by the Ellsworth School Board in August. What's next on this rising team's radar? "We just want to keep improving," junior co-captain Alyssa Pechacek said.
After beginning their season with a 31-point win, the Ellsworth Panthers dropped to 1-1 on Thursday, Nov. 15 with a 45-33 loss to the Osseo-Fairchild Thunder. The Thunder only made three of their 11 free-throw attempts, but were able to capitalize on eight more field goals than the Panthers (15-7). Autumn Earney finished as Ellsworth's leading scorer on Thursday night; the sophomore found 10 of her 12 total points in the second half.
The Prescott girls' basketball team plans to take nothing for granted during the upcoming 2018-19 season. This should come easy for five of the Cardinals who are about to begin their final season of high school basketball. "We have to be working, we have to get better, we have to treat everything as if we're in a state basketball game," senior co-captain Haylee Yaeger said. "Everything just feels so much more important."
Anyone who attended the Spring Valley Cardinals girls' basketball team's first game of the 2018-19 season probably noticed an added amount of enthusiasm to the team's bench. Whether a teammate checked out of the game, sunk a free throw or jumped on a loose ball, the Cardinals would jump to their feet to liven up the crowd without hesitation.
The Elmwood/Plum City girls' basketball program made a huge stride in the 2017-18 season. Last year's Wolves recorded EPC's best record since 2012-13, and the 10-14 team made improvements in every statistical category other than turnovers by the end of the season. But when the Wolves were eliminated from the WIAA playoffs after losing 64-23 to Bangor in regionals, the team was forced to say goodbye to five seniors who helped lead the Wolves to their best record in five years.
Before their first game of the 2018-19 girls' basketball season, members of the Ellsworth Panthers shared their determination to turn their program around by holding each other accountable as they bought into their team-first mentality. The Panthers backed up their words in their 68-37 victory over the Glenwood City Hilltoppers on Tuesday, Nov. 13, by refusing to let up and competing for a full 36 minutes.
The Ellsworth girls' basketball team is tired of hearing the word "rebuilding". The players are sick of classmates telling them they won't bother to come to their games because they'll just lose anyways. They've "trusted the process" for two years and now they're ready to see it pay off in their wins column. "I mean, it's what, year three of the 'rebuilding process'?" junior Kaitlyn Nugent said. "We're looking to win games now."
Another Christmas holiday brings another year of families in need who're struggling to make the gift-giving aspect of the December holiday possible. Four Ellsworth High School students are helping families in their community withstand their financial barriers by organizing this year's Gift Box Program. The yearly program aided by the Ellsworth School Foundation and Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services matches individuals or groups who are willing to donate Christmas gifts or money to families who are looking to be sponsored through the program.
The three senior captains of the Prescott dance team are all well aware of what their roles are on the Cardinals dance team. Senior Maddie Horn describes herself as the happy-go-lucky, goofy leader who can also put on a serious face when a teammate needs to confide in her. Mckenzie Cogan is the motivator who continuously lifts up her teammates with compliments and positive energy. Makenzie Huppert is the leader who makes sure the team remains true to its goals by keeping everyone in line at practice.