Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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SPRING VALLEY - Not only did the Plum City girls basketball team end a 41-game losing skid Thursday evening but they did so with an explosive 52-27 rout of Spring Valley. This time around it was Plum City ahead in the first half with a big lead, 30-16. This time around PC overwhelmed their opponents by a wide margin in a single quarter, 17-4 in the third. This time around it was Plum City with the scorers in double figures. Marah Boyer finished with 19 points and Heather Von Holtum had 13 to go with 10 rebounds. Boyer gabbed seven rebounds.
Three traditional high school wrestling powers want to show last year's WIAA Division 2 State Team Tournament was an aberration, not a trend. A fluke of happenstance. Last season was the first in Division 2 which did not feature a state championship dual meet featuring either Lodi,Luxemburg-Casco or Ellsworth since 1997. In fact, L-C didn't even make the tournament at all. But all three schools are back and back with a vengeance to claim a title they shared amongst themselves 16 times since 1980. "We're all here to prove something," Ellsworth head coach Jack Radabaugh said.
MADISON - Courtney Stoesz said to Anne Anderson how it would be a neat experience to sing the national anthem in front of a big event, like just before the finals of the Wisconsin high school wrestling tournament for example. That's when the Ellsworth High School Athletic Director decided to make the Ellsworth High School student's wish come true. Anderson helped Stoesz line-up the gig before this year's WIAA State High School Wrestling Tournament.
MADISON - Ellsworth High School wrestlers won two championships and four other places in the top six in the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center. Freshman Jens Lantz and junior Roarke Langer won the 103 and 125 pound Division 2 championships respectively. They are Ellsworth's 21st and 22nd state champions in school history. Lantz's record is 40-2 and Langer's 33-2. Lantz won an 8-5 decision over Wild Rose-Wautoma's Zach Sirny. Lantz was down 3-0 early in the match and 4-2 heading into the third period.
MADISON - For the second straight season Spring Valley-Elmwood wrestler Brady Webb was denied a WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament title. And there was more heartbreak in this defeat as Webb lost in four overtime periods to Coleman's Chett Birr in the Division 3, 112-pound finals Saturday evening at the Kohl Center. Webb and Birr went into the overtime tie 1-1 and the score stayed tied 1-1. But Birr was able to ride out Webb in the fourth overtime period to win by criteria. Webb is a junior and will have won more chance next season. He finishes the 2011 season with a 33-3 record.
MADISON - Hudson High School wrestler Nick Larson finished fourth in the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. Larson's fourth place came in the Division 1, 152-pound weight class. Larson split the two matches he wrestled Saturday in the placing round at the Kohl Center, both of which went into overtime.
MADISON - River Falls' Logan Cudd was ahead of Hartland Arrowhead's Adam Yde 5-1 at point of the Division 1, 125-pound final at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. But a pair of of penalty points in the third period cost Cudd the state title in a 6-5 loss Saturday evening at the Kohl Center. Cudd scored a takedown in the first period to lead 3-1 and extended the lead to 5-1 after another takedown in the second. But Yde escaped from Cudd and then scored a takedown of his own to make the score 5-4 at the end of the second.
MADISON - Oconto Falls' Jake Morrissey No.1 ranking at 171 pounds became offical as he defeated Somerset's Haydon Dvorak by technical fall in the WIAA Division 2 state finals Saturday evening at the Kohl Center. Dvorak had good initial leverage on Morrissey in their initial tie-ups but once the undefeated sophomore(42-0)got going he was able to win 16-0 in 4:27. "We knew what he was good at and Haydon tried to stay away from it but he's a champion for a reason," Somerset head coach Grady Radabaugh said.
MADISON - Spring Valley-Elmwood's Brady Webb will try to win the state championship which eluded him last year in Saturday's WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament finals. Webb made back to the finals with a 6-0 win over Mineral Point's Deven Walrack in the Division 3, 112-pound semifinals. He'll take on Coleman senior Chett Birr (33-7). Webb scored his points in the second period. Riding Walrack, he was able to score two three-point nearfalls.
MADISON - Six wrestlers from the Rivertowns area won their semifinal matches last night at the Kohl Center and will be back there again Saturday evening for the WIAA State Individual Tournament finals. The wrestlers are Ellsworth's Jens Lantz at 103 pounds, Spring Valley-Elmwood's Brady Webb at 112 pounds, Ellsworth's Roarke Langer at 125 pounds, River Falls' Logan Cudd at 125 pounds, Somerset's Haydon Dvorak at 171 and Ellsworth's Parker Hines at 189. Cudd had the most dramatic win of Friday's semifinals match-ups.