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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.
Ellsworth High School students have been planning this year's Gift Box Program since October, and are ready to see their hard work benefit the families in need in their community. The six students in charge of running this year's holiday program, Julia VanWatermeulen, Jake Nevison, Claire Straub, Nadia Sigler, Rachel Sullivan and Anna Olson, have put their organizational skills to the test over the past month by matching this year's families with sponsors who are willing to buy gifts such as clothes, shoes, toys, etc. or make monetary donations to the Gift Box Program.
The Spring Valley Elmwood wrestlers have grown accustomed to athletic success. Whether it's on the football field or the wrestling mat, these athletes are not familiar with what it's like to lose. Their success is largely due to their impeccable work ethics, but some credit is due to last year's senior class who took its underclassmen under their wings as they made their way up through the program.
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.