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Continued: Meet the leapin' Ellenson family

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 9, 2013 - 11:11 AM

Wally hopes one day to return to Rice Lake and build a gym for the community, his way of giving back. “It’s so nice here,” he says.

And on this mild August Saturday, a soft breeze is blowing and there is plenty more of Rice Lake to enjoy. The gym doors are locked once more and now the lake is beckoning. There is still time to get on John’s father’s speedboat, and maybe squeeze in a baseball game later.

Fueled with fajitas and iced tea, the family of six is out the door. Their kingdom is calling.






 

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  • The Ellenson clan gathered at Casa Mexicana, a favorite Rice Lake restaurant, to fuel up on fajitas and iced tea before more sports-related activities. Around the table are, left to right, John, Wally, Ellwood, Henry, Ella and Holly. Henry, ranked No. 42 nationally by Rivals.com in the Class of 2015 basketball players, will be the next to pick a college as he heads into his senior year.

  • Wally Ellenson, pictured right, is a two-sports star at the U of M in basketball and track and his photo was seen on the family mantle with a signed basketball from his father John's basketball playing days at the University of Wisconsin in the late 80s.

  • Wally Ellenson, left, playfully jostles his sister, Ella, at the Rice Lake High gym. Father John, below back, also was a basketball and high jumping standout.

  • Ellwood Ellenson, right, laughed as his brother Wally, who competes in basketball and track for the Gophers, tossed a ball around the living room with his sister, Ella.

  • Equipment for Wally’s sports — and chores — share space in a rack at the Ellenson home.

  • Both Wally Ellenson, front, and his father John were two-sports stars in high school. John in basketball and track at Wisconsin schools Menomonie High in the mid-80s and Wally at Rice Lake High in 2012.

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