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 High School's baseball team plated five runs in the third inning and went on to beat Baldwin-Woodville 9-1 at Brown Field in Hager City in a WIAA Division 2 regional first round contest. Winning pitcher Brady Schroeder tossed a one-hitter and struck out eight batters. He also was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. The Panthers' Dennis Schutz had four hits, an RBI and scored three times as the Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak. Ellsworth, 8-10 overall, the No. 4 seed in the regional, plays at No. 2 seeded Somerset on Tuesday.
COLBY - Pierce County came away with a pair of sectional champions and several state qualifiers from the WIAA Division 2 Colby Track and Field Sectional Meet Tuesday. Ellsworth's Alex Campbell took first in the triple jump. On his very last jump of the finals, Campbell leaped 43 feet, three inches. It was his best jump of the year. "I do well when the pressure is on like it was in my final jump," Campbell said.
COLFAX - Elmwood-Plum City's boys and girls' track and field teams came away with sectional titles in the relay races while Spring Valley distance runner Breanna Colbenson was also a sectional champion at Thursday WIAA Division 3 Colfax Sectional. E-PC's girls' 1600-meter relay team took first in 4:14.09. Team members are Heather Von Holtum, Jessica Olson, Marah Boyer, Becky Hartung, Abbie Hartung and Elaina Danzinger. The boys' 3200-meter relay squad won in 8:29.75.
Ellsworth and Plum City high schools will have several representatives at the upcoming WIAA State Track and Field Meet. They qualified in their respective sectional meets Thursday. At the Division 2 meet in Colby, Ellsworth's Alex Campbell is the sectional champ in the triple jump, winning with a leap of 43 feet, three inches, his best mark of the season. He also placed fourth in the high jump wich also qualified him for state. Ellsworth's Abbey Ristow and Lydia Kuhl will be joining Campbell.
PLUM CITY - You needed to be a baseball diehard to handle the icy 20-mph winds and light snow showers which marked Sunday's St. Croix Valley League opener. And die-hard is exactly what the Plum City Blues did at the plate against the St. Croix Falls River Bandits. The Blue had just three hits while striking out 12 times in a 5-2 loss at Legion Park. Winning pitcher Trevor Todd had nine of those strikeouts as he went six innings. Will Ball went the rest of the way to get the save. SCF scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 5-0 lead.
The Ellsworth Village Board made the planned sewer rate increase they agreed to last month official Monday. The board approved the 25 percent increase in quarterly sewer rates by resolution. This was on top of a 60 percent increase approved in March in order to pay for state mandated renovations in the village's sewer treatment plant. The metered charge is now $31.65 per customer, with a $5.56 charge per 100 cubic feet of sewage discharge after 250 mg. per liter BOD.
Maybe it was the weather. The playing conditions certainly weren't ideal for softball for much of last week. teams had to play through bone-chilling winds, wet fields and temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Perhaps all this put a damper on Prescott play, because something has to account for all the errors the Cardinals committed in two losses, 12-5 at Osceola back on April 18 and 8-1 at Baldwin-Woodville last Thursday. Meanwhile Ellsworth still sits in second place in the Middle Border Conference.
PRESCOTT - For Jeff Ryan, experience comes down to the simple matter of transferring what one learns into what one does. "We as coaches teach the game of baseball and we say a lot about what you need to do at the plate, in the field and on the mound in every situation," Prescott High School's 13th-year head baseball coach said.
A season full of promise has begun promisingly for the Ellsworth High School softball team The Panthers are 3-0 overall and in the Middle Border Conference and they haven't been so much as scored upon yet. Junior pitcher Halle Hatch has been dominant at the plate. It's the beginning that head coach Ryan Casper envisioned for his club stocked with returning letter winners from a team which finished with a 10-4 mark in the MBC in 2010. "It's certainly nice to be returning the bulk of our team from last year," Casper said.
ELMWOOD - Baier is back. Back in charge. Former Elmwood High School softball head coach Becky Baier was tabbed to take over the retiring Kim Webb and lead the Raiders once again on the softball diamond. "It feels, great, I'm excited for this opportunity," Baier said. "I never thought I would come back into coaching but now that I am I look forward to keeping Elmwood's tradition of great softball going strong." Baier is certainly a part of the Raider tradition, having helped EHS win its last Dunn-St. Croix Conference title in 2001.