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"We need to celebrate the community," Ellsworth School Board President said at the Ellsworth's new elementary school's open house. "That's not just the people in Ellsworth, but all of the people in this school district who have made this building possible." Peterson along with Superintendent Barry Cain and Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce President Paul Bauer had a long list of people to thank at the Ellsworth Elementary School's open house on Monday, Jan. 29.
Ellsworth School District Superintendent Barry Cain was pleased to report on the successes of the new elementary school's opening at the Monday, Jan. 8 school board meeting. "I think our staff as a whole was was quite thrilled on Thursday and Friday when we transitioned back following the winter break," Cain said. "Quite frankly, it went very well."
It's natural for humans to crumble when struck with unforeseen tragedies; when faced with life-changing circumstances, many respond by altering the way they approach life. Ellsworth senior Ryan McGregor didn't react the way most would have anticipated when his father unexpectedly died in the summer of 2016. In a previous interview with the Herald, McGregor said he just wanted to be treated normally by his peers after his father's death. That went for on the field and in the classroom.
Jason Janke has repeatedly said that he and his coaching staff have seen progress from their girls basketball team despite its recent five-game losing streak. The Panthers' progress was made evident to not only the Ellsworth coaching staff but also the team and their fans on Thursday, Dec. 28 when Ellsworth finished their game against the Glenwood City Hilltoppers (3-7, 2-2) with a 68-58 win.
After dropping their first game of the Glenwood City Classic, the Ellsworth Panthers boys basketball team (6-3, 2-1) bounced back to earn their sixth win of the season even with all cards stacked against them. The Panthers picked up a 72-62 victory over the Glenwood City Hilltoppers (5-5, 2-1) on Thursday, Dec. 28 with both new and familiar faces on the court.
Four Spring Valley/Elmwood open weights gave the Clear Lake Warriors a 24-point advantage in the Cardinals' home dual 24-51 loss on Tuesday, Dec. 19. "It's tough," SVE head coach Bill Hofacker said regarding his team's incomplete roster. "Everybody is in the middle from about 138 to 170." With an automatic 24-point setback, Hofacker said his team put their primary focus on their individual performances.
Ellie Nawrocki shot her first buck with a crossbow on Nov. 4 and her first gun-hunting buck on Dec. 2. She is 11 years old and was hunting with her father, Chad Nawrocki, under the mentoring program with the state of Wisconsin. The gun buck was shot during the metro subunit extended hunt using a .243 rifle. Both bucks were harvested out of the same box blind in Pierce County during the 2017 hunting season.
Both Ellsworth and Prescott attended Eau Claire North's Husky Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 9 — a 21-team tournament — and both finished as a top-10 team. The Panthers finished with five individual champions — Charlie Stuhl, Owen Matzek, Sam Stuhl, Jared Lansing and Caleb Linder — and 535 team points. Plainview-Elgin-Millville of Minnesota took second with 432 points. Aside from their five champs, the Panthers also had 11 other wrestlers go 3-1 on the day that head coach Mark Matzek described as going "very well."
The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves boys basketball team is used to finishing in the middle of the pack. "Last year we had a nice group of seniors and their experience from the previous year really helped keep us in games," head coach Chris Segerstrom said. "We weren't excited about where we ended last year, but we did some good things throughout the course of the year." The Wolves finished 10-14 on the 2016-17 season, which landed them a fifth-place finish in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.
The 2017 youth football season has come to a close in Wisconsin, but one conversation concerning the sport continues to linger across the nation causing many to question the future of American football.