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A record number of entries plus the normal huge crowd of spectators were highlights of the Ellsworth Funsters annual Demolition Derby at the Pierce County Fair Saturday evening. This year's derby was a memorial to honor long-time derby driver Wayne Peterson, who passed away in April of this year. A moment of silence was also taken for Nicholas Rhiel, a pit crew member for driver Dan Langer who was seriously injured in an accident Saturday morning.
Another year of almost perfect weather has the Pierce County Fair set for a big weekend of attendance. With the forecast for Saturday and Sunday practically the same as Friday's, sizeable crowds should be expected as there were Friday evening for the annual tractor pull and FFA livestock auction. The big grandstand event for Saturday is the annual Ellsworth Funsters Demolition Derby, which begins at 7 p.m.
The Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs begin this evening. Regional tournament play starts Friday and goes through to Sunday. There are four regionals with eight teams per. One of those regionals is in River Falls where the home team Fighting Fish will look to make the state tournament again as they start off against Hallie tonight at 7 p.m. at First National Bank Park. Two other Pierce County teams are in the playoff field. Prescott, which topped the St. Croix Valley League with the best record at 15-1, will also try to get back to state.
While the 131st Pierce County Fair doesn't officially open until Thursday, there was plenty going on Wednesday, the "pre-fair" period. There was plenty of judging, plenty of setting up, plenty bringing in animals and exhibits and grandstand pulls for both ponies and horses. Each of the county's 4-H clubs have made barn quilts for this year's fair and are offering them to fairgoers via silent auction. They are on display outside the new exhibition building. The fair officially opens tomorrow at 7 a.m. The gates will reamin open until 9 p.m.
SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley Hawks amametur baseball team lost a St. Croix Valley League game Wednesday evening 14-6 to River Falls. River Falls led 5-2 before scoring eight runs combined in the fifth and seventh innings to take a 13-2 lead before the Hawks plated four runs in the seventh. The Fighting Fish had 17 hits in the game, including four doubles and two home runs. Brian Giebel hit both homers for RF and Nate Brom smacked two doubles. River Falls improves to 4-0 in the SCVL while Spring Valley is still looking for its first league win, now 0-5.
Sentencing for William R. Qualls, 47, River Falls, for felony stalking was pushed back to July 7 upon agreement of both attorneys and Judge Joe Boles during a hearing Monday afternoon at the Pierce County Courthouse in Ellsworth. Qualls had pleaded guility to the charge back in 2011 but the sentence was deferred upon agreement with the state pending time to be served on misdemeanor charges Qualls had pled guilty to that same year such as battery, carrying a concealed weapon, and violating a domestic abuse order.
Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services announced its board of directors and management have determined it’s in the best interest of the cooperative and its members to close the appliance department, Pierce Pepin Appliance. This change was effective Thursday.
RIVER FALLS - River Falls wrestlers Sebastian Larson and Darius Wright have place fourth and fifth respectively in the 71st WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. Both Wildcat wrestlers competed in Division 1 placing matches this morning and afternoon. Wright, wrestling at 152 pounds, lost to Menomonie's Mason Stokke, 44-4 overall, 4-2 but came back to defeat Shay Haase (27-5) of Middleton by a 13-2 major decision in the fifth place match. In reverse order, Larson won his first match over Fort Atkinson's Brady Hansen (41-7) 5-3 but lost in the third-place match by a close 5-4 sco
MADISON - The last part of the Division 1, 182-pound semifinals at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament Friday was a tough one to bare for River Falls's Sebastion Larson. After scoring a takedown to go ahead 3-1 in the third periond against unbeaten Sun Prairie wrestler Wes Schultz, Schultz, 47-0 overall, quickly executed a reversal and two-point nearfall to go ahead again 5-3. Larson (44-3) desperately tried to get a reversal to tie the score but wound up getting put on his back for a pinfall at the buzzer. Larson will wrestle in the placement matches tomorrow afternoon.
MADISON - River Falls' s Sebastian Larson won both his matches Friday to advance to the semifinals at 182 pounds in Division 1 at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Meet. Larson was control from start to finish in both of them. He (43-2) topped Josh Wilkowski (40-6) of South Milwaukee by a 13-4 major decision in the prelims and had no trouble with Pulaski's Levi Van Lanen (33-9) in the quarterfinals, winning 12-3. Larson will take on Sun Prairie's undefeated Wesley Schult (45-0) in the semifinals Friday evening.