Meet the leapin' Ellenson family

  • Article by: Amelia Rayno , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 9, 2013 - 11:11 AM

RICE LAKE, WIS. – On a rare Saturday morning in August that finds all four Ellenson kids at home, restlessness creeps in quickly.

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fwallenOct. 9, 13 7:45 AM

Another great story Amelia. Wally is a Fortunate kid to have two very supportive parents and fun loving siblings. More stories like this would be great. I'm sure some profiles would not be as joyous. But it would demonstrate the different circumstances young athletes confront.

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godtlaOct. 9, 13 7:54 AM

Thanks, Amelia. Wonderfully written, well-developed article about interesting people; keep 'em coming!

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jaytee1Oct. 9, 13 8:34 AM

I have seen the Ellensons at Gopher games and they appear to be a very nice family. Here's hoping Wally breaks through this year and his little bro signs on the dotted line.

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khunterOct. 9, 13 8:39 AM

Man I hope the Gophers sign Henry. I saw him play as a 6'10 sophomore last year. He has NBA potential. Going to be a STUD!

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ChrisVOct. 9, 13 8:51 AM

You should have spoken to people in Eau Claire and gotten their take on Wally's year there... or any word from their competitors. Very incomplete picture of who they are, and what type of people they are, on and off the court.

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kev5115Oct. 9, 13 9:19 AM

I think Wally is going to be one that improves a lot under coach Pitino's system. Here's hoping his brother follows Wally and plays for the Gophers also. Nice article Amelia, you do a great job covering Gopher hoops.

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ChrisVOct. 9, 13 9:37 AM

This story has: -- only comments from the family members -- no comments from coaches, at any level -- no comments from teammates or opponents, at any level -- skims over a lawsuit where a star athlete complained about being bullied. Give me a thumbs down all you want... but the story paints a very inaccurate portrayal.

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sammythedogOct. 9, 1310:40 AM

Amelia, Great Story, Great Family, we are blessed to have Wally as part of the U of M and hope we see more of that family in Gopher uniforms!

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cctwinsfanOct. 9, 1310:22 PM

Amelia, another great story. You need to do more stories like this as you do them so well. Love your blog too as you update frequently and in great detail. Keep up the exceptional work and don't leave us as I am amazed some national web site hasn't snatched you away yet.

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carlbsOct. 10, 1311:54 AM

It's nice, in an era of feeling jaded, to read an all-American apple pie Norman Rockwell kind of story. Makes me miss growing up in a small college town where we access to free tennis courts, gyms, swimming pools, sauna's, weight rooms, arboretums ect.

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