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Eric McGregor watched his collegiate football career come to an end 8 minutes, 49 seconds into the second quarter of the Carleton College Knight's seventh game of the 2018 season. While returning a 37-yard punt from Augsburg University's Jake Kraft, Eric was tackled by Evan Bergemann and snapped his radial bone in the process. The senior Knight was rushed to the emergency room where he had eight screws and a plate put into his arm, but having his radius put back into place was less of a concern than keeping up with his team's game against the Auggies.
Two Pierce County dance teams had another successful weekend of competition at the River Falls Wildcat Invite on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Ellsworth Panthers earned first-place finishes in pom and jazz and also added a third-place finish in hip hop to their impressive resume on the day. The Panthers' pom dance was the highest-scored routine of the day, and their jazz routine received the judges' Choreography Award.
A hurdle was thrown into the Prescott boys' basketball team's season on Tuesday, Dec. 11, when the Cardinals found out that leading scorer Parker Nielsen would have to undergo surgery on his meniscus. Nielsen, who averaged 21.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in Prescott's first three games of the season, had his meniscus cleaned up on Wednesday, Dec. 12, and is expected to miss four weeks of the Cardinals' season.
For 32 years, hundreds of spectators have flocked to Rochester Community and Technical College's Regional Sports Center in mid-December to witness the greatness of some of the Midwest's greatest wrestling talents at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament. Wrestling fans come expecting the most of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois' top-ranked wrestlers and are often surprised by the unranked wrestlers who make a name for themselves at the notorious holiday tournament.
The Prescott Cardinals picked up their first dual win of the season on Thursday, Dec. 13, when they picked up a 51-21 win over the Somerset Spartans. The Spartans forfeited seven bouts due to empty roster spots, but the Cardinals were able to wrestle seven bouts, three of which they won.
The Elmwood/Plum City Wolves girls’ basketball team had two goals prior to their Thursday night game against the Elk Mound Mounders. First, the Wolves (1-7, 0-4) wanted to keep senior Morgan Radtke from exceeding her season scoring average of 19 points. Second, EPC’s head coach Shaughn Laehn wanted to find opportunities to give his younger players some playing time.
Freshman Luke Webb led the Elmwood/Plum City Wolves to their first Dunn-St. Croix Conference win of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 11, by recording his first double-double of his varsity basketball career. Webb posted 13 points and 12 rebounds in the Wolves' 47-41 win over the Bulldogs and shot 7-for-9 from the charity stripe on Tuesday night. As a team, the Wolves outrebounded the Bulldogs (2-4, 0-2) 50-26 and had strong rebounding nights from multiple players; Zack Phillips added nine boards, and Jackson Glampe and Tyler Maxwell both added eight rebounds apiece.
There were only five bouts that didn't end in forfeits in the Spring Valley/Elmwood Cardinals' dual against the Clear Lake Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The Cardinals claimed two of those five bouts but earned a team 51-18 win courtesy of Clear Lake's short roster. SVE earned nine points from Santana Schlegel and Riley Merth on top of their 42 points from forfeits. Schlegel claimed an 8-1 decision over Clear Lake's Ivan Ruble in the 152-pound bout, while Merth pinned Trent Avery one minute, 17 seconds into the 138-pound bout.
In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, the New Richmond Tigers came out with a 66-47 win over the Ellsworth Panthers on the strength of 22 Jess Hagman points, including 17 in the first half.
Finding a parking space at Prescott High School was a challenge on Tuesday night. Some filled the parking lot for the the middle school band concert, but many were there for the night's encore: the Cardinals' girls' basketball game. The Cardinals (6-0, 4-0) remain undefeated on the season after six games and have continued to give their fans reasons to spend their week-day nights sitting on bleachers in the Nest.