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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.
Nine Elmwood/Plum City Wolves football players received South Lakeland Conference All-Conference selections after their team’s 2018 season in which they recorded a 3-3 conference record.
Veterans' hardships don't always end once they return home from serving their country. Jim Osterman, a Navy veteran and creator of Veterans Skydive for Life, shared the realities of such hardships and how they too often lead to veteran suicide at the Ellsworth Middle School Veterans Day Program on Thursday, Nov. 8.
The Wisconsin gubernatorial race has remained tight since the polls closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. According to the Journal Sentinel’s website, Democrat Tony Evers held an 18,408-vote lead over incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker as of 9:57 p.m. on Tuesday. With 62 percent reporting and 2,279 of the 3,676 precinct results submitted, Evers held a 50-49 percent lead over Walker.
It hasn't taken me long to realize that it's easy to fall into a pattern of only writing gamers and box-score-filled articles while attempting to give equal coverage to 13 high school sports teams. I feel like my unpredictable work schedule often got the best of me at times during the 2018 fall sports season, but there are a few memories from the past three months that deserve to outlive the lines in my reporter notebook that will more than likely find its way to a recycling bin before the fast-approaching winter sports season. An appreciation for coverage