Three former athletes from Elk Mound High School, all sophomores, recently completed their spring sports season for their respective colleges.
Hunter Dicus was a member of the UW-Stout baseball team after transferring from Century Community College in White Bear Lake his freshman season. It appeared to be the right move as Dicus played in 28 games for the Blue Devils, starting 26 of them as an outfielder, and ended up leading the team in batting average at .354. He rapped 34 hits including three doubles while scoring 11 runs and collecting six RBIs. The team finished with an overall record of 16-23 and were 5-19 in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) play. Dicus is currently playing summer ball for the Eau Claire Cavaliers.
Emma Hayes is a long distance runner for UW-River Falls and competed in several meets for the Falcons, running the 1500 m race, the 800 m race and as a member of the 4 X 400 and 4 X 800 relay. She placed sixth in the 1500 m run at the St. Norbert Invite with a time of 5:26.21 and was 42nd in the 800 at the Hamline Invite in a time of 2:35.63. Her 4 X 400 relay team claimed third at a meet at St. Mary’s University in 4:26.91 and the same relay was 12th at the Hamline Invite in 4:29.92. At the WIAC meet May 1 in La Crosse, Hayes and her 4 X 800 relay team members placed ninth in 10:25.96.
Maddie Polden completed her second – and what turned out to be her final – season as a member of the University of Illinois-Aurora Division II softball team. As a catcher, Polden played in 22 games, starting 19 and batted .325 for the season. She knocked out 13 hits with a double and a pair of triples, scored six times and brought in four RBIs. In a game against St. Benedict, Polden was 3 for 3 at the plate with both of her triples in that game and brought in a run. Defensively, she had 120 put outs and seven assists for a .962 fielding percentage. The Spartans went 22-0 in the Northern Athletic College Conference and were 37-8 overall. They won the conference tournament then ended their season with a loss in the regional championship game. Polden has decided to transfer to UW-Stout for her major and is unsure if she will try out for the softball team.