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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).
Whitehall didn't have an answer for Spring Valley's running game on Friday, Oct. 20. The No. 2-ranked Cardinals raced into the end zone eight times, and racked up 440 rushing yards against the seventh-seeded Norsemen for an impressive 58-24 WIAA Division 6 playoff win. The rushing excitement began during the Cardinals' first drive of the night with a 75-yard keeper for sophomore quarterback Aaron Borgerding, who faked a handoff to Jaydon Nyeggen before running in for a touchdown himself.
The No. 8-ranked Plum City Blue Devils made it past the first round of the WIAA Division 4 playoffs in their defeat over the Lakeland - East Brue Red Raiders on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The Raiders were the ninth seed in the tournament, which allowed for the Blue Devils to pick up their last home win of the season. Plum City took the first two sets 25-16 and 25-17, lost the second 20-25, and won the fourth 25-19 to stay alive in the postseason.
The Kummer sisters have more in common than just their last name. Morgan, Mackenzie and Claire play on the same Ellsworth varsity teams, they go to school together and they all share similar personality traits. They're fluent in sarcasm, have a competitive side, are driven to lead their teams to success, and all have an apparent appreciation for their sisters.
Erica Feuerhelm did a fine job of representing Ellsworth at the Wisconsin Division 2 Girls Golf State Championships held Oct. 9-10 at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona. Feuerhelm returned home from the two-day meet with an 18th-place finish and the new best two-day score in the history of Ellsworth girls golf at the state tournament. Feuerhelm finished with a total score of 188 after combining her first-day score of 96 and her second-day score of 92.
Prescott's game against St. Croix Central is one the Cardinals will want to soon forget. The 7-1 Panthers sent the Cardinals (3-4, 2-4) home with their fourth and second-largest loss of the season. The Friday, Oct. 6 game was decided by a score of 35-0. St. Croix Central's Alec Fischer scored the Panthers' first touchdown of the night off of a nine-yard run in the first quarter. Derek Meyer's extra point attempt was good, bringing the score to 7-0. Before the quarter ended, Ryan Larson ran for a 40-yard touchdown, lengthening St. Croix Central's lead to 13-0.
It's difficult to play well against an undefeated football team. It's especially difficult to do so in rainy weather. Despite the less than ideal conditions that the Ellsworth Panthers football team (5-3, 3-3) was faced with in their game against the Osceola Chieftains (8-0) on Friday, Oct. 6, Panthers co-head coach Jason Janke believes his team's performance set the stage for a real positive culture in Panther football in the years to come.
Elmwood/Plum City's homecoming game against conference rival Flambeau came down to which team was more effective when faced with fourth downs. The Wolves' offense was 4-4 on fourth down conversions in the game, compared to their opponents who went 0-3 on Friday, Oct. 6's matchup. EPC (3-5, 3-2) converted on third and fourth downs in their first drive of the night with a keeper from quarterback Dalton Binkowski and a 10-yard Nic Forster carry, but Flambeau's Payton Wiemer was able to intercept a Binkowski pass that was intended for Tyler Maxwell.