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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Ellsworth's upper weight wrestlers delivered the decisive strike on Amery in the finals of the WIAA Division 2 Ellsworth Team Sectional Tuesday evening in front of a big crowd at Ellsworth High School. With the sectional finals dual meet starting at 106, Amery led 16-12 after 145 pounds. But the Panthers won six out of the next seven matches, recording four pins in the process to win their eighth straight sectional title by a 45-22 score. Ellsworth will be making its 12th appearance in the state team tournament. EHS, 13-5 overall, will face No.
You can excuse head coach Carter Turner for looking off into the distant future, however briefly, to look at the status of the Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestling program. Not only did the Redbirds win their second straight Dunn-St. Croix Conference dual meet title, first-ever sectional title and team state tournament appearance brought out a record number of wrestlers to the team, but also has shaped it into more than just a flash-in-the-pan. "We have a big freshman class, which is nice, with some very skilled wrestlers in it," Turner said.
PRESCOTT - Both Clay Seifert and Nick Johnson are hoping to avoid any sophomore jinxes. Both made big splashes in their first varsity seasons with the Prescott High School boys' basketball team. Seifert, as a freshman, was one of team's leading scorers and helped the Cardinal win a regional title for first-year head coach Johnson. As sophomores both believe the team has a chance of winning a Middle Border Conference title despite the fact PHS lost quite a bit from last season's 18-6 squad which finished 10-4 in the Middle Border Conference.
Good potential and a willingness to learn a new system will have to suffice as optimism for the Ellsworth High School girls basketball team as the season begins. Jon Kleppe is the new head coach for the Panthers, replacing Dave Berg, who resigned. "I am pleased with the way our team is learning a different style of play and learning a lot of new things," he said.
The Ellsworth Village Board Monday approved the village's 2013 budget and struck down an ordinance prohibiting the selling of beer or other intoxicating beverages inside the Pierce County Fairgrounds. The budget and its amendments were adopted unanimously, as was the vote to remove Ordinance 629 from the village code which prevents the sale of "prohibiting intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverage in an open container in or upon the P.C.
One dual meet does not make a whole season for but for the Ellsworth High School wrestling team, there's one match they want to make sure keeps them motivated for the upcoming 2012-13 season. And that match was the WIAA Division 2 State Team Tournament Championship last March where Luxemburg-Casco beat the Panthers like no D-2 team had beaten them in a long time, 41-13. The loss marred what measurably was a very successful season for the Panthers and Chad Steldt in his first year as head coach.
The Ellsworth Village Board Health, License and Welfare Committee will meet with the Pierce County Fair Board to discuss the possibility of beer sales on the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth.
Ellsworth officials and village board members aren't happy to find out about structural defects found in one of the holding tanks at the currently-being-renovated wastewater treatment plant. The water and sewer committee reported to the board Monday several cracks were found in the concrete of the structure. Some of them were hair line on top of the walls and down the face of the wall, and larger cracks were found near a gate to the tank. It was reported a leak was discovered outside the bottom of the tank as well.
When it comes to low, the Ellsworth High School girls' golf team wishes it has low scores, not a low turnout of student athletes. But it's the situation the Panthers face this season. Unless a few more persons are recruited to the team of just three golfers so far once school starts, some 300 strokes will automatically be added to their team scores, putting them at the bottom of every meet they're in. "It's very disappointing but it shows what we need to do more to get more people out for the sport," Ellsworth head coach Kit Feuerhelm said.
A mid-afternoon heavy downpour from a storm system (which dropped lots of hail in the Plum City area) Thursday couldn't keep the Pierce County Fair from a strong opening day of its 129th edition at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth. Once the storm was shaken and dried off the fair proceeded with judging for sheep and swine and exotic animals along with the horse judging, which will go on through all three days of the fair.