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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.
Ellsworth competed in two races again last week, but this time they proved that they were up for the challenge. The Panthers cross country runners raced at Spring Valley on Thursday, Sept. 28 and at New Richmond's Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 30. After her team's performances, head coach Marcie Jahnke said, "The athletes are starting to reveal to us the level of performance that we hoped to see this season."
The Ellsworth Panthers football team played "tough as heck," according to their co-head coach Jason Janke, but couldn't seal the deal against the No. 29 state-ranked New Richmond Tigers on Friday, Sept. 29. The Panthers (5-2, 3-2) fell 35-21, but they refused to make the win easy for the Tigers (6-3, 5-1). Ellsworth's offense racked up a total of 258 yards and scored three touchdowns to stay in the game, but New Richmond proved to be a tough match for the Panthers' defense.