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The Prescott School Board received the school district's Wisconsin Forward and junior class ACT test scores at the Wednesday, Oct. 17, meeting, and the results left board members disappointed in the direction of students' academic performance. Prescott's Director of Teaching and Learning Michael Kosmalski presented the scores, which showed that Prescott's elementary and middle schools exceeded state expectations, while the high school met expectations.
When the Ellsworth Panthers cross-country runners arrived at their high school prior to taking off for the Saturday, Oct. 20, WIAA Division 2 St. Croix Central sectional, they made jokes about the weather conditions they were about to all run a 5k in. "We all walked into the school and were like, 'Oh, what a perfect day,'" senior Emma Swanson said after her race on Saturday.
The Ellsworth Panthers were eliminated from the WIAA Division 4 football playoffs on Friday, Oct. 19, when the Northwestern Tigers sent them home with a 42-8 loss. The No. 2-seeded Tigers (10-0) racked up 21 points in the first quarter and managed to hold the No. 7-seeded Panthers (3-7) scoreless until the final minute of the game when Logan Melstrom ran in a 15-yard touchdown with 16 seconds left in the game. Sawyer Hamilton's 2-point conversion was successful, and the Panthers watched their season come to an end as they avoided a shutout.
The Spring Valley Cardinals haven’t relied on flashy offense and Sports Center-esque highlights to get to a seven-win season this year. Instead, Ryan Kapping’s Cardinals have continuously played patient, disciplined football and it’s earned them a 7-3 record and a bid for the second round of the WIAA Division 6 playoffs.
On paper, the Ellsworth Panthers volleyball team looked poised for a long playoff run in the 2018 season. The roster boasted a future collegiate Division 1 middle hitter; a deep, versatile front row; an experienced, junior setter and a back row led by two scrappy seniors. But despite the obvious talent the Panthers showcased, their season came to an end sooner than most had expected.
The final two Pierce County volleyball teams were eliminated from the WIAA playoffs on Thursday, Oct. 18. The No. 3-seeded Ellsworth Panthers (22-7) were knocked off by the No. 6-seeded Amery Warriors (20-5) in the second round of the Division 2 regionals on Thursday night. The Warriors won the match 3-2, and brought their A game to the Panthers' home court.
When No. 8- and No. 9-seeded teams meet in the playoffs, it's assumed that fans will be in for an equally-matched game with multiple lead changes and maybe even a win from the lower-seeded team. The Tuesday, Oct. 16, No. 8 Elmwood (8-19) vs. No. 9 Cornell (4-15) WIAA Division 4 playoff volleyball game defied all of those assumptions. The Raiders claimed an unchallenging 3-0 win over the low-energy Chiefs and never trailed in the regional match aside from an early 4-3 Chiefs lead in Set 1.
The Ellsworth Panthers and the Elmwood Raiders have survived the opening round of the WIAA playoffs and are onto the second round of regionals. The same cannot be said for the remaining three Pierce County teams. The No. 14-seeded Plum City Blue Devils were defeated 3-0 by the No. 3-seeded Eau Claire Immanuel Lancers who claimed set wins of 25-11, 25-4 and 25-12 in the Division 4 regional matchup.
The 2018 WIAA volleyball playoffs are set to begin tonight, and three of the five Pierce County teams will be traveling to face their higher-seeded opponents for the first round of regionals. Here’s a brief preview of the first-round games, which are all scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Division 2 Sectional 1 No. 3-seeded Ellsworth Panthers vs. No. 14-seeded Northwestern Tigers
The Spring Valley Cardinals concluded their Dunn-St. Croix Conference play in a three-way tie for first place with Elk Mound and Mondovi after claiming their fifth conference win of the season on Friday, Oct. 12. The Cardinals (6-3, 5-1) defeated the Glenwood City Hilltoppers (4-5, 3-3) 42-8 in their final regular season game of 2018 and held the Hilltoppers scoreless until the final three minutes of play.