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High school sports teach young athletes more than how to perfect a jump shot, throw a fast ball or develop a foolproof takedown move. By playing prep sports, teenagers learn life lessons that they're able to carry with them far beyond their athletic careers. Spring Valley girls basketball head coach Sean Hoolihan knows this and embraces his ability to leave his players with more than just improved basketball skills.
Ellsworth School Board members shared their differing points of view on whether to demolish Prairie View Elementary School and Lindgren Early Learning Center or put the properties on the market in their board meeting held on Monday, Nov. 14. The discussion led to a 5-2 vote to rescind the board's previous vote to demolish Prairie View and to vote on the matter again in a future board meeting. Susan Beck, the board's clerk, and vice-president Katie Feuerhelm made up the two "no" votes.
The current Ellsworth girls basketball coaching staff knew what they were getting into when they took the program over at the start of the 2016-2017 season. Head coach Jason Janke began his run with the girls basketball program following a one-win 2015-2016 Panthers season. "We had a rebuilding situation that we all three walked into," Janke said of himself and his assistant coaches, Jill Hutcheson and Marcia Jahnke.
The Ellsworth dance team has a year of competing under their belt, and they're hungry to continue to improve in their 2017-2018 season.
It's easy to overlook the Prescott dance team's success; winning has become a regular trend for the dance squad. But that success isn't handed to the team on a silver, or in this case, gold platter just because of the school's history of being pom and jazz champions. The Cardinals' dance success comes from a large commitment to perfecting their routines by making dance a top priority.
The Feuker sisters returned to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship Association show for another shot at showing off their talents in a sport that most aren't too familiar with. Hannah and Katie Feuker, Elmwood's equestrian duo, finished third at the state show after winning the District 5 championship in Eau Claire.
Kassye Todd walked into the the WIAA Division 3 cross country state championships with hopes of making it onto the awards podium and left the meet with a ninth-place finish and an accomplished goal. The senior runner put EPC on the map after finishing ninth with a time of 19:50.46 in her last high school cross country meet held at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 28. Todd described the course as having quite a few hills, and said she can always expect to see tough competition at the state meet.
The snow fell and so did the Cardinals on Friday, Oct 27. Spring Valley was overcome by the No. 3-ranked Regis Ramblers in their second-round football game held on their turf by a score of 25-6 in the Ramblers' favor. "We just made too many mistakes against a really good football team," Spring Valley's head coach Ryan Kapping said. "You can't do that against a team that's as well-coached and athletic as they are."
Many high school athletes who go through an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury never get to return to playing the sports they love. The high school careers of these athletes often end with physical therapy sessions, sitting at the end of their team's bench with crutches or a knee brace, and maybe getting subbed into a game for less than a minute just to say that they got on the court, field, track or mat one last time. Thankfully, this was not how Ellsworth's three-sport athlete Julia VanWatermeulen's ACL injury story ended.
Elmwood/Plum City's Kassye Todd is headed to the WIAA Division 3 state cross country championships. The senior runner came in first place overall at the Boyceville sectional on Saturday, Oct. 21 with a time of 20:16.5 despite rainy weather and a muddy, tore-up course. Todd came in 22 seconds before the next runner. With only three varsity runners, EPC was unable to compete as a team, but Sophia Tiffany and Amanda Osteen also ran in Saturday's race. Tiffany finished the 5k with a time of 24:49.5 (53rd), and Osteen came in behind her with a time of 25:18.8 (62nd).