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AMERY, Wis. -- Chace Kinneman had a very special night. On Tuesday the Ellsworth wrestler not only led the Panthers to their third straight WIAA Division 2 sectional title, he also established himself as one of the best in his weight class for Saturday's upcoming individual sectionals. Kinneman, the team captain, scored a crucial pin at 119 pounds in the Panthers' close 35-32 semifinal win over Neillsville and gave Barron's Kaleb Stephens his first loss of the season in the finals where the Panthers also won 45-13. "It all came from the heart today," Kinneman said.
WEST SALEM, Wis. -- Nine individual Ellsworth wrestlers and the entire Panther team will continue on after Saturday's WIAA Division 2 West Salem-Bangor Regional. The No. 3 ranked Panthers comfortably won their fourth straight regional title with 260.5 points. Durand was second with 159.5 and Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau placed third with 149 points. Seven teams competed in the regional meet. The first-place team competes at 11 a.m. today in Amery at the team sectional.
ELLSWORTH -- After a competitive contest the first go round, New Richmond made sure the second game against Ellsworth wasn't as competitive. The top-ranked Tigers dominated from start to finish to win 52-31. New Richmond scored the game's first 11 points and Ellsworth didn't get its first basket until the 3:08 mark of the first quarter. The Tigers led 25-11 at halftime. A quick five points from Drew Hipple brought the Panthers within 11 at 27-16 but when the home team started to build momentum, New Richmond's 6-foot-7 center Dan Stovall answered with a pair of rim-shaking dunks.
DURAND, Wis. -- Ellsworth's modest two-game winning streak in girls basketball was snapped brutally by their Highway 10 rivals Thursday. Durand crushed the Panthers 57-28. Ellsworth did not score a basket until under 3:50 to play in both the first and second quarters. They trailed 29-14 at halftime and were outscored 28-14 in the second half, including 12-3 in the fourth quarter. The Panthers won their last two games by outrebounding their opponents, but Durand dominated returned the favor in this contest. "Their press took us out of what we wanted to do on offense," Ellsworth coach J.
RIVER FALLS -- The Hager City Skeeters, a new area amateur baseball team, was denied admission into the St. Croix Valley League. At its winter meeting Sunday in River Falls, the league voted to accept a team from St. Croix Falls while asking the Skeeters to wait a year before re-applying for admission. "I think a consensus developed ... that Hager City needs to play a full season before entering the league," SCVL President Steve Truttman said. St. Croix Falls joins the SCVL as a full member, eligible for the Wisconsin Baseball Association state playoffs.
ELLSWORTH -- While the fourth-ever meeting between state wrestling champions Ellsworth and Apple Valley was the highlight of Saturday's Ellsworth Quadrangular, it was not the most important dual for the Panthers. The most important contest was between the third-ranked Panthers and a strong Tomah squad.
ELLSWORTH -- Goodhue overcame a sluggish first half of play to beat Ellsworth 54-45 in a non-conference contest Thursday. The Wildcats, who improve to 5-5 overall, were down 30-24 at halftime and trailed by as many as eight points. They had several players in foul trouble and missed numerous shots and free throws. Head coach Dick Lodermeier said inconsistent play has been a trademark of this team so far this season. "I wish I had the answer to that question as to why we've been so up and down," Lodermeier said.
ELLSWORTH -- With a lot of new faces in Ellsworth's lineup, a few seasoned veterans stepped up Saturday at the Ellsworth Invitational to show the newcomers how to win. The No. 2 ranked Panthers won their fifth straight Ellsworth Invitational title thanks to the efforts of repeat champions Chace Kinneman, Hayden Hauschildt and Reuben Huppert. Nine other wrestlers also placed in the top six. Ellsworth was first in the nine-team meet with 299 points, followed by River Falls with 230 and Park of Cottage Grove with 224.5. The No.
ELLSWORTH -- To err is human. Some errors cost more than others, however, and in Friday's Ellsworth-Prescott boys basketball game, it may have cost the Panthers a win. Prescott managed to eke out an exciting 64-61 win with one of Ellsworth's top three-point shooters, Aaron Nelson, mistakenly sent to the bench with what appeared to be his fifth foul of the game. Twenty seconds later, during a time-out, the head official came to the scorers' table and said he made a mistake.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. -- In a prep sport that often favors young runners, there's nothing like a little senior experience when it comes to the state meet. That experience paid off for Morgan Place as the Ellsworth runner had one of the school's best finishes in Saturday's WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country Meet by placing ninth with a career-best time of 15 minutes, 14 seconds. Experience kept Place from making a mistake common to runners in their first or second state meets -- running all out from the opening gun on the 4,000-meter course at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.