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Richard Jones didn't want the wins and losses totals of his 30-year career as an Elmwood assistant football coach to be spotlighted after he was named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association's 2019 Hall of Fame Class on Thursday, July 5. However, underwhelming success wasn't the reason for Jones' disregard for his teams' records. For the Hall of Famer, coaching has always been about more than numbers on a scoreboard, which is why he still keeps the poem "Coaches Never Lose" on his desk to this day.
Ellsworth schools may be out of session, but their school board remains active over summer vacation. The Ellsworth School Board voted on three business actions that will affect the district's school year employees and students in the 2018-19 school year on Monday, July 8, at the board's monthly meeting.
The Elmwood Expos have won all three of their July games and are consistently receiving fan support at their new Sportsman Field where seats and drinks are at a premium. Expos 7, Bay City Bombers 1 The Expos claimed their first win of the month on Sunday, July 1, after Brady Yanish dealt all nine innings only allowing one earned run. Adam Churchill and Cody Holden were hot on the bats; Churchill doubled in the first inning right before Holden brought him home with a two-run bomb. The July 1 win was the Expos' first victory on Sportsman Field. Expos 6, Plum City Blues 1
It was a steamy, windy Sunday, but the Prescott Pirates secured another St. Croix Valley Baseball League win to remain flawless in league play by serving the Hudson River Rats an 11-3 loss at Grandview Park on July 8. The top Pirates team was led by Conner Cress on the mound and the Brookshaw brothers who accounted for six of Prescott's 10 hits against the Rats.
The Fourth of July didn't slow down the Spring Valley Hawks in their two games following the mid-week holiday. Despite nasty gnats and 90-degree weather, the Hawks were able to pull together two wins over the weekend while their opponents seemed to still be recovering from Independence Day festivities. The Hawks' (15-5) first post-Fourth win came on Saturday, July 7, when they defeated the Hudson River Rats (9-6) 8-2 at home thanks to Kyle Duex's pitching, Dylan Willett's and Casey Ryan's performances at the plate and savvy base running by the home team.
Zac Balsiger was ready to close the door on his baseball career after his River Falls legion team won the Class AA State Tournament in 2011. "I just thought, 'Well, I'm done,'" Balsiger said. "'I'm never going to touch a baseball again.'" Then he received a call from Erik Thompson, the Spring Valley Hawks amateur baseball team's manager. "Erik called me up one day and asked me if I wanted to play for the Hawks, and I said, 'Nope, I'm done. I went out on a win,'" Balsiger said.
Their 2018-19 season is still four months away, but the Prescott Cardinals are still finding time for basketball games in the meantime. The Cardinals were invited to the Thursday, June 28, WBCA Jerry Petitgoue Invitational Tournament where they took second place after playing three games at the Wisconsin Dells' JustAgame Fieldhouse. Prescott handled their quarterfinal game with ease by taking down Rice Lake by a 50-25 margin before facing a more challenging semifinal opponent: the Onalaska Hilltoppers.
Sami Martell is returning to the Middle Border Conference, but this time the former Somerset Spartan will be competing as a coach, not a player. Martell, a 2013 Somerset High School grad, was hired as Prescott's head volleyball coach on May 16 and will replace the Cardinals' former coach Beth Charette who led her 2017 team to a 7-12 record and one playoff win.
For many, summer road races are a bucket-list item they prepare for in the spring, a product of a fulfilled New Year's resolution. For others, lacing up their running shoes and meandering toward a congested starting line is a spur-of-the-moment decision, perhaps influenced by a free bag of Ellsworth cheese curds. But for the Farnsworth family, running on foreign pavement and enduring mid-race pains before taking in the joys of crossing finish lines serves a greater purpose: commemorating the life of their beloved mother and wife, Rachel Farnsworth.
Anders Lantz is ditching his preferred country life of Brookings, S.D. for an urban lifestyle in Madison, but he won't stray far from a wrestling mat. Lantz, a 2017 Ellsworth graduate, announced he would be leaving South Dakota State University to further his collegiate wrestling career as a University of Wisconsin-Madison walk-on via Facebook on Thursday, June 7, less than three months after Chris Bono took over as the Badgers' new head wrestling coach.