from the Hip

Posted 2/15/22

SHOTS from the Hip The Prescott Cardinal girls basketball team earned the #3 seed in the fast approaching WIAA Regional tournament. Prescott will play the winner of the game between #6 Somerset and …

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SHOTS from the Hip

The Prescott Cardinal girls basketball team earned the #3 seed in the fast approaching WIAA Regional tournament. Prescott will play the winner of the game between #6 Somerset and #11 St. Croix Central. St. Croix Falls earned the #1 seed and Baldwin-Woodville the #2 seed. Interesting in that Prescott defeated both teams during the regular season. In the bottom half of the sectional West Salem received the #1 seed. The Altoona Railroaders, who defeated Prescott twice during the regular season, received the #3 seed. For the first time the WIAA relied on a complicated computer ranking system in determining tournament seedings.

Prescott Junior Guard Izzy Matzek heads into the final week of the regular season among the top three point shooters in Division III. The junior guard is shooting 46.6% from beyond the arc on the season. Fellow junior Katrina Budworth is shooting 35.4% from three point range. Lily Krahn of Prairie Du Chien is the top three points shooter in the state hitting 49.6% of he shots. For the Cardinal boys, Junior Jordan Malmlov is shooting 41.3% on the year and is ranked #10 in Division III. Sophomore Brandon Stuart is second on the team shooting 33.7% from three point land. Brady Ring os Lodi is top three point shooter in Division III draining 50% of his attempts. The Wisconsin Sports Network three point leaderboard requires a minimum of 75 three point shot attempts.

WIAA State Tournament seeding assignments will be made this weekend. In the upper bracket of the Arcadia Sectional, the #2 ranked West Salem Tigers lead the way with a record of 19-1. Stanley-Boyd enters the week at 13-6, Bloomer 12-5, and Wisconsin Dells 12-8. In the top half of the Sectional Prescott, ranked #3 in the latest rankings, is 17-2. Northwestern, ranked #9 in Division III is 17-3, and Baldwin- Woodville, ranked #10, has an overall 16-4 overall.

Peter Brookshaw and the North Dakota State Bison will open the 2022 season on February 18th when they travel to Texas to take on Abilene Christian in the first game of a four game series against the Wildcats. Abilene Christian is coming off a 36-21 season and are picked to win the Southern Division of the Western Athletic Conference. The Bison, fresh off a record 42-19 season a year ago, are picked to battle for the Summit Conference title with Oral Roberts. Speaking of Brookshaw, D1Baseball has the junior shortstop listed as one of the top draft prospects in the Summit League.

After winning last weekend’s regional title, Senior grappler Sam Murphy will enter this weekend’s WIAA Sectional Wrestling tournament with an overall record of 32-5. Murphy will take on Sophomore Owen Wasley of St. Croix Central in his opening match. Regional runner up at 106 pounds, Ben Olson will enter Saturday with an overall record of 25-9 and will take on Freshman Logan Jones of Northwestern. Match times and mat assignments will be made later in the week. Good luck to both.

Did you know…There are four players from the Badger State in the MLB Hall of Fame: Al Simmons, Burleigh Grimes, Kid Nichols and Addie Joss…Prescott’s first trip to the Sectional Finals was back in 1976. Led by the likes of Dave Swanson and Mike Bjurquist, the Cardinals advanced to the Spooner Sectional final losing to the Washburn Castle Guards by a score of 75-73…The last time the Prescott girls advanced to the Sectional Final was in 2009. The Cardinals fell to the Fall Creek Crickets by a score of 43-38 in Altoona… Ellsworth/Prescott wrestler Sam Stuhl is one of only 19 grapplers in the state that have won four state titles. Stuhl, who went on to wrestle at North Dakota State, won consecutive championships from 2015-2108….

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources… Last week the Department announced that following a U.S. District court’s ruling on Feb. 10 returning wolves in the lower 48 states (except the northern Rocky Mountains region) to the Federal Endangered Species List, Wisconsin is not authorized to implement a wolf harvest season. The DNR is reviewing the ruling to determine how it impacts hunters and trappers who purchased licenses for the Fall 2021 wolf hunt. Wisconsin’s wolf population remains healthy and secure in the state. The department will continue its robust wolf population monitoring program to ensure the population remains healthy and sustainable into the future. The DNR will also continue working towards promulgation of rules and the completion of a wolf management plan to guide management decisions. The DNR is reviewing the decision to determine how it impacts Wisconsin’s wolf management program. Look for loads and loads of commentary among Wisconsinites in every form of information medium.

Headshaker of the week. As we approach the highly charged and emotional WIAA tournament season let’s hope fans in the stands, young and old alike, show decorum and respect throughout the postseason. We have all seen the videos of adults running onto the court attacking referees both verbally and physically. I am sure many would agree when it comes to high school sports, there are few things more thrilling and exciting than tournament play. However berating and lambasting officials and opposing players sadly finds a seat in gymnasiums at tournament time. With all due respect, that behavior has no place in an activity designed for kids. Despite what some may believe a tournament basketball game is not a war. It is a game. It is supposed to be fun. In the coming weeks, let’s make sure that happens. Don’t be a headshaker.

By Cripe Olson