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GIRLS’ TEAM RESULTS:
McKayla Mattison's eventing career has undergone some major changes in the past six months, and with those changes has come an added level of success. The Spring Valley Middle-High School junior and her new horse Athena — whose show name is "A Sky Full of StarZ" — claimed a first-place finish at the Otter Creek Farm Fall Horse Trial in the junior trainer division on Sunday, Sept. 16, giving the duo a bid for Nationals.
St. Catherine's University, located in St. Paul, held its 15th Annual Alumni Softball Game on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Middle Border Conference was represented by three former high school players: Lindsay Burr (left, Baldwin-Woodville), Kaili Wescott (middle, Prescott) and Jenna George (right, Ellsworth). The former competitors are excited to play together as teammates this coming softball season.
Despite a slow start, the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves handled the Flambeau Falcons with ease in their 50-12 Week 6 win. The Wolves (4-2, 3-1) gave up an opening-drive touchdown to the Falcons (1-4, 0-4) on a 21-yard run from Zach Kopacz in the first three minutes of the game, but it was all EPC from there. EPC racked up 50 points before Flambeau struck again in the fourth quarter, and used touchdowns from Tyler Maxwell, Dalton Binkowski, Noach Gansluckner and Nic Forster to claim a commanding 38-point South Lakeland Conference win.
Panther pride was at a peak on Friday, Sept. 21, the final day of Ellsworth's homecoming week. Homecoming festivities were kicked off with a pep fest at Ellsworth High School, which featured a students vs. coaches volleyball game, student challenges and a performance from the dance and football teams.
For students, homecoming is a week-long celebration of school pride that allows them to venture from their typical classroom agendas. For football coaches, including those in Ellsworth, homecoming is a long list of distractions that threatens the focus of their teams.
The Ellsworth Panthers volleyball team has been waiting for a shot of redemption against the St. Croix Central Panthers since the conclusion of their 2017 season. But when their opportunity came, it wasn't their opponents they had to worry about. "We're definitely going to learn from this," senior co-captain Mackenzie Kummer said following her team's 3-2 loss to SCC. "Honestly, we beat ourselves in that game, and if we quit beating ourselves, there's not a team in the state that can beat us."
From the start of the season, Ellsworth's Anna Sweere's goal was to earn Middle Border All-Conference honors. Now she can cross that off her to-do list. Ellsworth and Prescott golfers accounted for four of the Middle Border's 10 All-Conference golfers at the conclusion of the MBC Tournament, which was held at Pheasant Hills Golf Course on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Ellsworth's Holly Carlson and Erica Feuerhelm along with Prescott's Alexis Fredericks joined Sweere in receiving conference honors.
The Ellsworth Panthers were unable to put together a set win against the New Richmond Tigers in their Middle Border Conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Tigers claimed a 7-0 match win and were victorious in all 14 sets played.
Errors were aplenty in the Spring Valley Cardinals' 3-1 loss to the Mondovi Buffaloes on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Cardinals (7-9, 1-1) recorded 44 errors in their second Dunn-St. Croix Conference game of the season — 20 attack, 13 receiving and 11 service errors. Despite their lackluster play, the Cardinals lost by no more than three points in any of their three set losses. The Buffaloes took Set 1 with a score of 25-22, the Cardinals responded with a 25-23 win, Mondovi took Set 3 25-23 and sealed the match with a 26-24 Set 4 win.