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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HAGER CITY - A small sinkhole cracked open right in the middle of Hwy. 35 south near its intersection with Hwy. 63 yesterday evening. Mike Hawkins of Bay City, made the discovery of the sinkhole around 7 p.m. Tuesday and put down two jugs of Prestone anti-freeze to keep drivers turning south on Hwy. 35 away from it. He said he saw a small crack in the road in the same spot a few days ago. "It just looked like another pothole, I didn't think much of it" Hawkins said.
The Ellsworth Village Board Monday unanimously approved a letter-writing campaign to keep open the former Pamida store in the Crossing Meadows development. The campaign is designed to try and influence Shopko Inc. in Green Bay, which bought out Pamida, to keep the store and the pharmacy open as a smaller "Shopko Express" store.
The Ellsworth Village Board approved several resolutions dealing with finance and bonds Monday. The board unanimously approved three resolutions recommended by the Finance, Purchasing and Buildings Committee to: authorize $325,000 of general obligation bonds for community development projects in TID No. 10, the property where the former U.S. Army Reserve Center once was in the Midway section; authorize $1,060,000 of general obligation refunding bonds; and provided for the sale of $1,385,000 of taxable general obligation corporate purpose bonds.
A change order to the village's wastewater treatment plant upgrade will reportedly cost over $3,000, the Ellsworth Village Board learned Monday. The report was given during the public comment section on non-agenda items, as it came up after the agenda for this month's meeting had been published. Because of this, the board will have to take up this change and vote on it at next month's meeting on Monday, April 2. Otherwise, Monday's agenda was very light. The board unanimously appointed Trustee Michael Steele and John O'Keefe to the Joint Review Board for the TID No.
PLUM CITY - The offense for the Ellsworth High School boys' basketball team is starting to click into gear before the playoff begins as for the second straight contest the Panthers scored over 60 points in a 61-45 non-conference win over Plum City. Ellsworth won its third game in a row and it's sixth out its last seven since a last-second loss to New Richmond.
FOREST LAKE - In a dramatic rally the Ellsworth High School wrestling team, ranked third in Division 2 in Wisconsin, came from down 27-9 to tie Forest Lake, ranked third in Minnesota Class AAA Saturday at the Fores Lake Duals. Brody Kemmerer's pinfall at heavyweight in 2:17 evened the dual at 27-27. The initial criteria decision gave Ellsworth the win but a recount gave the win to the Rangers. Ellsworth wound up third in the six-team meet. EHS rallied behind upper weight wrestlers Derek Donnelly at 192, Parker Hines at 195, Hank Holdorf at 220 along with Kemmerer.
PRESCOTT - Prescott High School's girls basketball team had its best showing on offense this season against its river rivals Hastings and wound up with an easy 59-33 win at home. The Cardinals actually trailed 9-8 after the first quarter before outscoring the Raiders 24-6 in the second quarter. Prescott's second quarter scoring total was one point shy of the total amount of points they scored 72-hours before against Durand. Prescott's defense did much to force turnovers which led to easy scoring opportunities.
LA CROSSE - The Ellsworth High School Wrestling team is in position to successfully defend its Bi-State Classic title after the first round's action Thursday at the La Cross Center. The Panthers have 10 wrestlers still alive in the tournament field. Three of them will be wrestling in the semifinals Friday morning. Action begins at 9:30 a.m. and goes all day with the finals at 6 p.m. EHS's Jens Lantz at 113 pounds, Roarke Langer at 132 and Parker Hines at 195 will be competing in the semifinals.
A critical turnover and missed free-throws meant a third straight loss for Ellsworth High school's girls basketball team Friday. The Panthers lost in overtime to New Richmond 44-42 in their first Middle Border Conference game of the season. Ellsworth trailed at halftime 19-17 and again at the end of the third quarter 31-28. But Ellsworth's defense held the Tigers (1-2 overall and 1-0 in the MBC) scoreless until the 3:06 mark of the fourth quarter.
PLUM CITY - From desultory 13-13 score at halftime both Plum City and Boyceville high school boys basketball teams excited the crowd in the Plum City gymnasium with a triple overtime contest which ended with a 54-47 Bulldog win. Boyceville won despite PC's Chase Luebker scoring a game-high 29 points, including six three-pointers. PC made 10 trifectas for the ballgame. But the Bulldogs had the balanced scoring led by Luke Hellman's 17 points. Boyceville had three players in double figures while the Blue Devils had just one. The 'Dawgs pulled away in the third overtime, outscoring PC 12-5.