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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The low bid for the Ellsworth village sewer plant renovation project came in $970,000 over what was budgeted. Thus, the village board felt it had no choice but to unanimously approve another quarterly sewer rate increase at its monthly meeting Monday evening. This rate increase was approved by the board just a month after the initial increase was adopted, also unanimously, to secure a state loan to begin construction. The board unanimously approved the bid of $3,336,700 from Rice Lake Builders.
EL PASO - After 36 seasons leading the Ellsworth High School wrestling program, head coach Jack Radabaugh announced his retirement from coaching during the team's banquet Monday evening at the El Paso Bar and Grill. Ellsworth assistant coach Chad Steldt has Radabaugh's strong recommendation to be named the next head coach.
NEILLSVILLE - Plum City was looking for more scoring options than just Chase Luebker and found them in Chad Fox Thursday at the WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal. Fox scored all 20 of his game-high points in the second half in Plum City's 50-31 rout of defending sectional champion Royall. The Blue Devils, 16-8 overall, will play in the sectional finals Saturday at La Crosse Central High School. Tip-off is at 4 p.m. PC's opponent will be No.
Plum City plays its first WIAA sectional basketball game in nine years Thursday when takes on Royall at Neillsville High School. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. PC won the Division 5 Mondovi Regional 34-32 over Chippewa Falls McDonell last weekend. While the Blue Devils defense was superb throughout the regional tournament, head coach Paul Churchill knows Plum City will need more than defense to win the La Crosse Central Sectional. "We need to get our game on offense going and that means we need more balanced scoring," Churchill said.
MADISON - For the fifth time in school history and third time in recent odd numbered years, the Ellsworth High School wrestling team is WIAA Division 2 State Team Champions. The No. 2 ranked Panthers add the 2011 state title to the ones they won in 2007 and 2009 after beating the No. 1 ranked team in Division 2, Luxemburg-Casco, 40-22 Saturday evening at the UW Fieldhouse. Brent Stockwell powered Ellsworth's effort from the first match as he pinned the Spartans' Dylan Blemke in 2:40 at 112 pounds.
MADISON - Ellsworth High School's wrestling team used wins in the light and middleweights to build a solid lead Lodi couldn't overcome in Saturday's WIAA State Team Tournament at the UW Fieldhouse. The No. 2 ranked Panthers won five of the first six matches in the Division 2 semifinal against the No. 4 ranked Blue Devils, 21-7 overall. Key wins for the Panthers, 20-3 overall, in these weight classes came by Brad Cain at 112, Roarke Langer at 125, Austin Welch at 130 and Dan Langer at 135. Welch provided a big boost for Ellsworth with his pin at 5:46 which put them ahead 14-4.
MADISON - The Hudson High School wrestling team actually had a lead against No. 1 ranked Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln. But the lead was short as Rapids came back to win 62-10 in the WIAA State Team Wrestling Tournament Saturday morning at the UW Fieldhouse. Hudson won the first two matches of the Division 1 semifinal as Nick Nelson pinned Eddie Van Valen in 5:51 at 112 and Gordon Johnson major decisioned Joshua Minch 18-5. The Raiders had a 10-0 lead. Rapids won the next 12 matches in a row. Hudson's lead lasted until 130 when Rapids' Keegan Einerson won pinfall.
Spring Valley and Plum City's prep boys basketball teams will play in WIAA regional tournament finals this evening after winning their respective semifinal games Friday. Spring Valley defeated Webster 68-42 in Division 4 at Spring Valley and Plum City downed Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran at home 41-31 in Division 5. Four players were in double figures for the Cardinals as they outscored the Tigers, 16-8 overall, 46-27 in the second half.
MADISON - Hudson won its first dual meet at the WIAA Team State Tournament Friday by winning its last match. The Raiders' Gordon Johnson went up a weight class to 125 to clinch the Division 1 quarterfinal, dual meet win 32-29 over Holmen at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse. The middle weight classes helped Hudson, 12-4 overall, build a 25-6 (the meet's starting weight class was 130) lead. Winning their matches were Tanner Owens at 140, Kolya Hawksford at 145, Ryan Smith at 152, Nick Larson at 160 and Derek Schindler at 171.
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.