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ELLSWORTH - Ellsworth hit its last shot and Lake City missed its last shot in the final 11 seconds of Monday's non-conference game as the Panthers won 54-53. Nick Niedfeldt made a jumper with 10.9 second left to put Ellsworth up by one point. He also sank four free-throws late in the fourth quarter, part of an 11-point effort. Niedfeldt was able to stay in the ballgame with four fouls while the Tigers were without their two leading scorers late in the game.
ELLSWORTH - The Panthers used five pins in the middleweights to push themselves past Prescott 55-16 Thursday in the Panthers' season opening dual meet. Ellsworth, ranked No. 2 in the state, won despite not having the services of team captain and defending state champion Hayden Hauschildt, who was out with an injury. They were delt a second blow when heavyweight Charlie Hinck went down with an injury in his match, causing the Panthers to lose six points by default. Trailing Prescott 9-6, the Panthers made their run. Among those scoring pins were D.J.
ELLSWORTH -- With just one dissenting vote, the Village Board approved Ellsworth's 2009 budget Monday. Trustee Dave Deiss cast the lone no vote. He said before the meeting the village should not raise the tax levy by 2 percent due to the economy, which is now officially in recession. The debate centered on the reserve fund. The overwhelming majority of board members felt, as Village President Gerald DeWolfe does, that maintaining such a fund with a large amount is good planning and diligence. "You never know when you're going to need that money," DeWolfe said in a recent interview.
MAIDEN ROCK - No matter that the weather was cold and blustery and snow was in the air and on the ground, about 100 volunteers walked through tall prairie grasses with a purpose Nov.
ELLSWORTH -- There is a contradiction when it comes to the Ellsworth Village's 2009 budget. On one hand, the village is spending less in 2009 than it did in 2008 -- about 1.92 percent less. On the other hand, the Village Board plans on increasing property taxes by 2 percent after not raising the levy the past two years. This increase despite the decrease in spending gets to the heart of the debate over the budget: How much money should the village keep in cash reserves? The budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec.
ELLSWORTH -- The Village Board got a preview of Ellsworth's 2009 budget Monday. The Finance, Purchasing and Buildings Committee is recommending a levy increase of 2 percent. Committee Member Dave Deiss questions the plan, saying, "With unemployment going up and wages being frozen, I just don't think it is the right time to propose a levy increase," Deiss said in an interview Tuesday.
SPRING VALLEY, Wis. -- Heart is the key ingredient in any comeback attempt. But, as Plum City found out Friday night at top-seeded Spring Valley, it's not always enough. The Blue Devils found themselves down by significant margins in all three games and were unable to recover, though they went down fighting. "The thing I'll remember about this team is their heart," Plum City coach Nanette Murray said. "They never quit. They always played hard. They always fought.
PEPIN -- Steve Pax scored all four Elmwood touchdowns and made a key interception to led to his team to a 28-21 win over the Lakers. Pepin had three interceptions and one fumble. The first came on Pepin's first drive, which was stopped at the Elmwood 20-yard line. The second came with 2:08 to go in the fourth quarter as Pax snagged a Joe Marcks pass out of the air with one hand. He returned it deep into Lakers' territory and scored on the ensuing possession. Pepin had 25 seconds and 95 yards to go to tie the score or take the lead on its final drive.
PLUM CITY -- You don't always need a big spike or an ace to get a prep volleyball team fired up. Sometimes a great play on defensive does just as well. Plum City demonstrated that Tuesday evening in the first round of the WIAA Division 4 Regional Tournament and it helped the Blue Devils sweep aside Pepin 25-16, 25-12, 25-22. Two defensive plays occurred in Game 2. The score was tied 7-7 when Plum City defenders on two separate volleys dived to the floor to keep the ball from landing.
ELMWOOD, Wis. -- The pressure was on Plum City. The Blue Devils were undefeated, riding a 34-game regular season winning streak, holding the No. 6 ranking in the state and playing on the road against a highly-regarded opponent. Under those circumstances, the Blue Devils calmly stepped up to the plate with a 21-14 victory over Elmwood to clinch a share of their fourth straight South Lakeland Conference title. "The offense came through when it needed to and the defense came through when it needed to," Plum City coach Pete Adler said.