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SHOTS from the Hip

Katrina Budworth’s 25point performance in the Cardinals’ convincing victory over Saint Croix Central was a career high for the hig- octane junior. Junior Izzy Matzek and sophomore Lila Posthuma combined for 35 points as the Cardinals remained one game off the pace in the Middle Border Conference standings.

The Cardinal boys basketball team remains atop the Middle Border Conference heading into the holiday break. Prescott holds a halfgame lead over Saint Croix Central, who last week went on the road and defeated #3 ranked Northwestern by a score of 80-74. The Panthers, who advanced to the state tournament a year ago, are 30 in conference play and 5-0 overall. Expect the Panthers to be ranked in the top 10 this week. Game one between the Cardinals and the Panthers will be on Jan. 11.

Prescott coaches were asked what was the best Christmas present they received growing up. Prescott Athletic Director Andrew Caudill identified the jersey of former Minnesota Viking Brett Favre as his favorite. Head Football Coach Jordan Hansen said a battery-operated Jeep. Basketball and Softball Coach Nick Johnson remembered the excitement when he received a Pop a Shot. Track Coach Emily Calabrese said she screamed with delight when she received the final doll to finish her Rugrats collection. Golf Coach Chad Salay said his holiday gift highlight was receiving the original Nintendo System. And Girls Basketball Coach Joan Korfhage calls a four lane Sizzlers race track as her all-time favorite gift growing up.

During the Prescott girls game against Saint Croix Central, a ball became lodged in the corner of the rim causing a stoppage of play. Cardinal Assistant Coach Owen Hamilton sauntered onto the floor to remove the ball so play could continue. Chances are fans in the stands were reminded of the former Prescott head topper whose 1,000point Cardinal career helped two teams advance to the state tournament in 2015 and 2017. Hamilton received a smattering of applause and glided back to the bench.

Baldwin-Woodville and Somerset hockey teams are tied atop the Middle Border Conference standings heading into winter break. Amery, Hayward, Northwest Icemen, and Regis/Altoona/Chippewa Falls McDonnell make up the six-team conference.

Prescott grad Parker Nielsen scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a West Texas A & M victory over Champions College last week. The Buffalos enter the week ranked #4 in Division II and have an overall record of 13-1 on the season. West Texas A& M returns to Lone Star Conference play on New Year’s Eve against University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

The Michigan Tech Huskies split their games in Missouri over the weekend bowing to #2 ranked Drury University by a score of 7962. Prescott grad Bella Lenz had seven points off the bench in the loss. The Huskies dropped game two in Missouri against Lindenwood University. Michigan Tech returns to conference play on Jan. 6 against University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Did you know, Bella Lenz’s father played college basketball at Mankato State? The Wisconsin State Dog is the American Water Spaniel. There were six states that sanctioned high school girls wrestling in 2018 and today there are 32, including Wisconsin.

A recently published New York Time article explored the impact of E-sports on today’s youth and the “migration… away from the basketball courts and soccer fields built for previous generations and toward PlayStations and Xboxes of theirs.” The article goes on to say that 38% of kids ages 6-12 played team sports in 2018 compared to 45% in 2008. Why? According to a recent survey the primary answer was “it isn’t fun anymore.” The story goes on to point to other contributing factors including “the $19 billion youth sports industrial complex with its private coaching, interstate travel, and $350 baseball bats.”

Headshaker of the week: During last week’s Prescott girls basketball game Head Coach Joan Korfhage and Assistant Coach Owen Hamilton were calling for a timeout with nary an official hearing the request. The thunderous pleas from both Korfhage and Hamilton could be heard by those at the scorer’s table, the bleachers, and even Lucille's patio in downtown Prescott. Thankfully Lila Posthuma drained a 10-foot jumper from the baseline, making the request moot. However, the three gentlemen wearing the stripes apparently not hearing the Cardinal coaches’ incessant cries for a timeout? That’s a headshaker.

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By Cripe Olson

December 21, 2021