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MONDOVI, Wis. -- Repeating as state champions is never easy, but a seasoned offensive line is a great place to start. The big, experienced line for Gilman certainly did its job well in Saturday's WIAA Division 7 contest against fifth-ranked Plum City. The defending state champions rushed for 277 yards and had 348 yards of total offense in a 34-21 victory at Fairgrounds Stadium. After dominating opponents up front all season, Plum City met its match Saturday.
MOSINEE, Wis. -- Any defense in football wants its opponents to be facing difficult tough yardage conversions. Except, of course, when the offense scores touchdowns despite the down and distance. That explains why Ellsworth was bounced from the WIAA Division 3 Playoffs so quickly Tuesday.
STRUM, Wis. -- Augusta dethroned Plum City as regional champion Saturday evening by a score of 3-1 in the finals of the WIAA Division 4 Eleva-Strum Regional: 23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-21. Plum City took the first game 25-23.
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PLUM CITY -- Offensive linemen don't get publicity like skill-position players, yet football games cannot be won without them. After a few of Plum City's best linemen were properly honored before Thursday's contest against Elmwood on Senior Night, they proceeded to do what they've done all season -- provide the protection and the holes for Plum City's young backfield, who ran their way to a 34-14 victory. Plum City (9-0, 7-0) finishes undefeated in both the regular season and in South Lakeland Conference play for the third season in a row, while Elmwood finishes 6-3 and 5-2. Plum City wa
PLUM CITY -- A decision had to be made. Plum City faced a fourth-and-goal at the two yard line with 2:45 left to play. The scored was tied 14-14. One undefeated team -- the Blue Devils or Lake Holcombe -- would be handed its first loss. Would the Blue Devils let Brazilian foreign-exchange student Lucas Riebero kick a field goal or would the team go for the touchdown? Plum City players made the decision. "They said they wanted to go for the touchdown and they called the play," Plum City coach Pete Adler said.
Perhaps nowhere in the U.S. better exemplifies itself as a distinct region across state lines than the Delmarva Peninsula. Delmarva is short for Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, the states that make up the land mass surrounded by Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Actually, the peninsula is really an island because Pennsylvanians and those from Wilmington, Del., who come to the Delmarva to vacation have to cross the man-made Delaware River Canal, which makes the peninsula completely surrounded by water.
PLUM CITY -- Playing in its first four-game match of the season Tuesday evening, Plum City defeated rival Elmwood 25-5, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20. Brittany Hinrichs took a slim advantage in Game 1 and made it 17-6 after nine straight service points.
ELLSWORTH -- Nearly 500 yards of total offense, including 276 on the ground from running back Tony Martin, helped Somerset bulldoze Ellsworth 44-6 Friday, wrecking the Panthers' homecoming festivities. The Spartans stay unbeaten at 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Middle Border Conference, while the Panthers fall to 4-2 and 3-1. Somerset had 499 yards of total offense, 437 of that on the ground on 62 attempts. Martin led the way with 276 yards rushing and quarterback Justin Trautmiller added 100 more in the Spartans' wishbone offense.
ELLSWORTH -- Two top-three finishes led to second-place team finishes for Ellsworth's girls and boys cross country teams at Tuesday's Ellsworth Invitational. "Both of our teams ran well today," Ellsworth coach Mark Chapin said. "I think this meet showed we're set up to have strong endings to the season for both our squads." The Panthers' Morgan Place finished second in the girls race in a time of 16 minutes, 2 seconds while Ellsworth's Aaron Nelson took third in the boys race in 17:43. New Richmond won the girls meet with 45 points, followed by Ellsworth 56, St.