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SHOTS from the Hip

Prescott wrestler Sam Murphy finished fifth in last weekend's Northern Badger Invitational Tournament at River Falls High School. The senior grappler won his first against Tommy Tomesh of Altoona, but was sent to the consolation bracket after being bested by Jayme Zvolena of Granton. From then on, Murphy steamrolled through the consolation bracket culminating in an 82 victory over Owen Larson of River Falls. Murphy, ranked #8 by Wisconsin Wrestling Online, enters the new year with an impressive overall record of 26-4 including 12 pins. Junior Benny Olson also turned in a fine performance finishing the day in sixth place. Wrestling at 106, Olson opened with a victory over Dylan Seagar of Eau Claire Regis, but was sent to the consolation bracket by Jonas Longsdorf of River Falls. The Cardinal junior then pinned Christian Greener of Luck and followed with a 16-2 major decision over Logan Jones of Northwestern. Olson then fell to Baldwin-Woodville’s Drake Gartmann in the Consolation Championship. A total of 41 schools were represented with top ranked Amery winning the tournament with Middle Border Conference rival Baldwin-Woodville finishing second.

After traveling 351 miles round-trip to pick up two big road victories at Cochrane-Fountain City and Gale-Ettrick- Trempealeau, the Prescott Cardinal girls basketball team followed their holiday road success with an impressive 59-57 overtime victory over previously unbeaten St. Croix Falls. Junior guards Izzy Matzek and Katrina Budworth combined for 42 points in the win over the Saints. Additionally, two crucial plays in overtime helped the Cardinals improve to 7-2 on the season. A huge steal and basket by Brynley Goehring gave the Cardinals the lead in overtime and a defensive tip by sophomore Rylie Radloff with less than 10 seconds left led to a steal that all but sealed the win. St. Croix Falls has won four conference championships in a row and has advanced to the sectional championship the last two years, losing to Arcadia and La Crosse Aquinas. Over the last five years St. Croix Falls has an overall record of 96-12 with three of those losses coming courtesy of Prescott.

Speaking of girls basketball, West Salem is the only team in the Prescott sectional ranked in the Top 10. The Coulee Conference leaders head into 2022 with a record of 10-0. The West Salem boys basketball team has moved to the #2 spot and recently trounced previously ranked Northwestern by a score of 87-50. Saint Croix Central and Prescott, ranked #6 and #7 respectively, each dropped a non-conference game over the break. The Panthers lost to Stewartville, Minn. and the Cardinals lost a hard-fought battle to Irondale.

When it comes to professional sports rivalries that remain iconic in the minds of their respective fans: Packers vs. Bears, North Stars vs. Blackhawks, Yankees vs. Red Sox, and Lakers vs. Celtics, the same holds true at the high school level. For head football coach and Somerset alumnus Jordan Hansen it was New Richmond. Prescott High School Dean of Students, UW-River Falls Athletic Hall of Famer, and Rhinelander graduate Rick Montreal named the Red Robins of Antigo as top rival of the Hodags. Head softball and boys basketball coach Nick Johnson named the Colfax Vikings the top rival during his playing days. For track coach Emily Calabrese, the primary rival was neighboring Osseo.

Anecdotally, a number of Prescott locals called the rivalry with the Elk Mound Mounders during the 1990’s one worth remembering. Local resident sports aficionados said it made no difference whether it was football, basketball, or baseball, games with the Mounders were always full of emotion, both on the field and in the stands. During the decade both schools were members of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.

North Dakota State infielder Peter Brookshaw will be moved to shortstop this spring and expects to bat third for the Bison as they look to defend their Summit League Tournament Championship from a year ago. Coming off a school record 42 wins and an NCAA tournament berth, the Bison are expected to battle Oral Roberts for the conference title.

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: PBS Wisconsin received a 2021 Midwest Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs – Cultural, for Wisconsin’s Scenic Treasures: Southern Vistas featuring Wisconsin's public lands. Filmed by PBS Wisconsin from the air, land and water, the documentary showcases state parks, natural areas, wildlife areas and forests, many of them held in trust and managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Hundreds of hours of aerial panoramas and groundlevel video create this memorable 60-minute adventure, highlighting the striking visual and ecological diversity of our state’s natural landscapes and rich scenic heritage. The program can be viewed online at pbswisconsin. org/scenictreasures.

Did You Know: In 1935, Coach Curly Lambeau and the Green Bay Packers training camp was held in Rhinelander, Wis.

Jim French, a 2001 Cardinal alumnus and a high school All Conference selection in both football and baseball, was recruited to play baseball at Alcorn State University.

In the fall of 1992, Kollyn Eichman (Severson) became the first girl in Prescott history to score in a varsity football game. The multi all-conference selection kicked an extra point against Pepin-Plum City.

Headshaker of the week. During last week’s girls basketball game vs. St. Croix Falls, one of the Saints players was continually looking up into the stands throughout the game. After further scrutiny it became apparent the player was communicating with one of their parents. Each time after receiving some coaching instructions from the bench, she would look up into the crowd and receive some feedback from the verbose parent. Needless to say, it was a headshaker.

By Cripe Olson

January 4, 2022