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PRESCOTT - Dennis Schutz's 28-yard field goal with :10 seconds left in the ballgame made Ellsworth High School's football team's regular season a perfect one Friday. The kick broke a 14-14 tie against the Panthers'' Pierce County rival Prescott and gave EHS a regular season-ending 17-14 win. Ellsworth finishes 9-0, 7-0 in the Middle Border Conference for the first time since 1999. "Whether you win by one or win by 30, it's still a win," Ellsworth head coach Clair Austin said. "I'm very proud of our boys, our seniors, who make overcoming adversity a regular habit.
BALDWIN - Ellsworth High School girls' tennis player Jordan Olson becomes the first from EHS to advance to WIAA sectionals since 2010. She did so at yesterday's Division 2 subsectional meet hosted by Baldwin-Woodville High School. Olson won her No. 1 singles match 6-2, 6-1 over Barron's Laura Crites. No. 1 singles players only need to win one match to move on to sectionals. If she wins her first match at sectionals Wednesday in La Crosse, she will advance to the state meet next weekend in Madison. Olson was the lone sectional qualifier for the Panthers.
BLOOMER - Ellsworth HIgh School's girls' tennis team won a non-conference dual meet over Bloomer Tuesday by a 7-0 score. Winning for the Panthers in singles matches were Jordan Olson, Kali Schaar, Megan Stress and Mariah Vogel. EHS's winning doubles teams were Rochelle Sweig and Alexis Linder; Kenzie Anderson and Marissa Schumaker and Allyson Stoetzel and Kenra Thoen. Ellsworth's record improves to 6-9-1 overall, their best mark since 2009. The team will play its final dual meet of the regular season Thursday at Mondovi. Next Tuesday is the Middle Border Conference meet in New Richmond.
ELLSWORTH - No could remember the last time Somerset's High School football team was dominated so completely. That's because it had been a long while. No. 4 ranked Ellsworth handed No. 2 Somerset its worst Middle Border Conference defeat since a 26-0 blanking by Amery back in 2006 which also happens to be the last season the Panthers beat the Spartans.
Ellsworth High School's volleyball team swept Somerset in its Homecoming match Thursday 3-0. The game scores were 25-23, 25-10 and 25-19. EHS held big leads in all three games and when the Spartans made a run at them in both games one and three the Panthers responded strong to win. "Finishing strong was something the team wanted to do a better job of this season and they certainly did so tonight," Ellsworth head coach Nciole VanderBerg said.
DURAND - Ellsworth High Schools girls' tennis team won its first Middle Border Conference dual meet since 2009 with a 6-1 win over Durand Thursday. EHS got singles wins from Kali Schaar, Mariah Vogel and Kendra Thoen. Ellsworth also picked up doubles wins from Jordan olson and Rochelle Sweig at No. 1 and Kenzie Anderson and Marissa Schumaker at No. 2 along with a forfeit win at No. 3 doubles. Ellsworth improves to 3-7-1 overall and 1-4 in the MBC.
Ellsworth High School's volleyball team went above .500 with a 3-1 win over Elmwood Tuesday at Ellsworth. The Panthers are 5-4 to start the season under new head coach Nicole VanderBerg. They went 4-4 at the SPRAWL Tournament in Menomonie last weekend and knocked off traditionally strong volleyball programs like Grantsburg and Wausau West. Ellsworth won the first game 25-19 and dominated game two 25-11.
Last year at this time it was the Ellsworth High school football team taking the long bus ride back home after a season-opening loss to Spooner. This time around it’s the Railers who will have to deal with a loss miles from their home as Ellsworth won emphatically 33-7 Friday at Fuller-Symes Field. The Panthers took the opening drive of the season over 60 yards for the game’s first touchdown on a three-yard run by Jarek Fischer. He also caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Kurrelmeyer in the second half.
The wins have been very few for the Ellsworth High school girls' tennis team over the past three seasons. But that isn't stopping the Panther netter squad from feeling excited over the 2013 season and for good reason. EHS only graduated one senior in Stacie Peterson from last season's 1-8 squad (0-7 in the Middle Border Conference). There are seven returning letter winners and the team showed signs of improvement towards the end of last season, including a 4-3 win over Bloomer which was the program's first in 15 dual meets.
The 130th Pierce County Fair concluded Sunday in Ellsworth. Almost picture perfect weather drew large crowds to the fair this year according to Fair Director Ann Webb. She also said there were no incidents or any problems with the newly established "social garden" where fairgoers could drink beer in an enclosed area on the fairgrounds. Highlights on Sunday included the truck pull, the Gopher State Lawn Tractor Pull, and two performances by the Colleen Raye Family Show. Sunday was also Veterans Day at the Fair and was ceremony was held honoring Pierce County Veterans from American L