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From the WIAA: More than 420 students and administrators representing 83 teams from 76 member high schools attended the 2021 WIAA/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Summit held Wednesday at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point. The mission of the Sportsmanship Summit was to strengthen the principles of sportsmanship by promoting teamwork, sharing resources and providing the impetus to make a difference in member schools. The event is designed to assist schools in addressing citizenship and sportsmanship values with students, studentathletes, adult fans, advisors, parents and booster clubs; developing plans to improve and maintain sportsmanship; and setting sportsmanship expectations. Sportsmanship is seemingly always a WIAA “Point of Emphasis.” Interesting.

The Prescott Cardinal boys basketball team has cracked the top 10 in the most recent Wisconsin Sports Network State Rankings. Prescott entered the weekend as the #9 ranked team in Division 3. For the girls, the only team in the same sectional ranked in Division 3 is West Salem who is currently ranked #9.

Speaking of rankings, Wisconsin Wrestling Online has Prescott senior Sam Murphy as the #7 ranked wrestler in the 152-pound division. Among other conference wrestlers, Middle Border Conference favorite Amery has eight grapplers listed in the top 10. The defending WIAA State Champion Warriors are the #1 ranked team in Division 2. Fellow Middle Border Conference team Baldwin-Woodville is ranked #7.

After defeating rival Northern Michigan early in the week, the Michigan Tech Huskies followed with a dominating 92-51 victory over Lake Superior State. Prescott alumnus Bella Lenz scored 12 points as the Huskies won going away. On Saturday, Michigan Tech suffered their first conference loss of the season as Ferris State bested the Huskies by a score of 80-74. Prescott grad Haylee Yeager scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds as UW-Stout defeated the University of Dubuque last Thursday by a score of 80-70.

State Park stickers are not available for purchase from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The $28 vehicle stickers make great stocking stuffers for the holidays. For Wisconsin seniors the cost is $13.

Jordan Malmlov’s career high 39 points performance against Eau Claire Regis gives the junior bombardier 812 points for his career. Additionally, Malmlov is 21-22 from the free throw line this season and is shooting 89% from the charity stripe over the last two plus years.

Cody Schmidt, a sophomore from Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau, scored 61 points for the Redbirds in a win over Sparta last month and is the leading scorer in the state averaging 46.3 points per game. Schmidt’s performance is tied for the 11th highest single game point total in state history. The Redhawks are a potential Prescott foe at tournament time. Ron Dibelius of Menasha St. Mary holds the state record for points in a single game scoring 76 for the Zephyrs back in 1956.

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: Attention Prescott elementary students. The department announced that the 2022 Keep Wildlife Wild poster contest is now open. Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades enrolled in public, private, parochial or home schools in Wisconsin are eligible to participate.

The Keep Wildlife Wild program began in 2014 to spread the word about our shared role in keeping all wildlife healthy in its natural habitat. The contest's goal is to create a poster that teaches the importance of enjoying and observing wildlife in the wild and not keeping wildlife in homes or as pets. Judging will take place in March. Those who submitted designs will be notified by email of winners during the first week of April. The DNR will also announce winners during the fifth annual Keep Wildlife Wild Week in April.

With the fast-approaching holidays, it’s time for late season shoppers to think about some last-minute gifts for sports crazed kids. Of course, many youngsters who wear NFL, NBA, or NFL jerseys cross their fingers hoping to find any number of sports-related video games wrapped beneath the tree or stuffed in holiday stockings on Christmas morning. However, there are some timeless gifts parents should consider as they prepare for another festive season. Here are some suggestions. A nerf football. Invented by former Minnesota Viking Kicker Fred Cox, the Nerf football first appeared in stores in 1972. The easy-to-throw football has been used by youngsters in backyards, playgrounds, driveways, and city streets in the sun, rain and snow for decades. Another affordable football-related toy is Super Jock, formerly known as Super Toe. After hitting shelves in 1976, the plastic field goal kicking toy along with included goal posts, remains quite popular among young NFL fans. And finally, if you don’t have one already, a Nerf basketball set makes a great gift for an 8-year-old kid who needs to run off some steam during the holiday break.

Headshaker of the week: Come on fans. This week’s headshaker is on behalf of all high school custodial crews. After games let’s start putting our trash where it belongs, in the trash can. Not on or underneath the bleachers, on the court or playing surface, or on the floor near the concession stand or in the commons area. Fans of all ages are culpable. It is the epitome of disrespect and laziness. And, it’s a headshaker.

December 14, 2021