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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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.
The Ellsworth Village Board Monday gave its unanimous approval to plans for having the Cheese Curd Festival and the village's 150th Sesquicentennial celebration at East End Park next summer. Jack Hines, who is a member of the Sesquicentennial celebration committee, said the cost of renting the fairgrounds for the Cheese Curd Festival has gotten too high and it would be cheaper for the festival to utilize both East End and Summit parks for its activities.
SPRING VALLEY - Instead of playing a home game against Shell Lake Saturday, the Spring Valley High School football team will be on the road in its Leve1 1 playoff match-up and probably playing Friday evening. When the playoff pairings were released for Divisions 3-7 yesterday evening between 7-7:30 p.m. after a Milwaukee judge's granted a temporary injunction to release them in a lawsuit case the WIAA is involved, Spring Valley was initially given a No.
The Ellsworth Village Board unanimously approved Monday officially designating Tax Incremental Financing District (TID) No. 7 in the Crossing Meadows development a distressed district. The village is taking advantage of a new state law which allows for local municipalities to declare TID districts to be designated as distressed. This allows for extensions with financing and allows monies from other village TID districts to be used to make up for shortfalls, which in Ellsworth's situation has occurred in TID No. 7.
SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley won its first Homecoming game in several years by wiping out Colfax 42-7 Friday at Syverson Park. The No. 13 ranked Cardinals put up 34 points in the first half and started the game with the bang of Andy Bune's 75-yard kick-off return. And after the Vikings scored on their first possession of the game, Bune had another big play in the first quarter with a 54-yard run from scrimmage. Valley's Homecoming king had 112 yards on eight carries. SV took control of the game in the second quarter.
The Ellsworth Village Board unanimously agreed Monday to tell Pierce County to clean up a portion of the fairgrounds. Village President Gerald DeWolfe said he has been receiving complaints from residents whose backyards border the southeast corner of the fairgrounds next to the grandstand area track. He says the county needs to clean up the brush and junk located there, and the board agreed, directing the police department to notify the county to do so. The board received an update on plans for the village's sesquicentennial celebration next year from Jack Hines of the organizing committee.
Ellsworth High School didn't dominate Glenwood City from start to finish of their non-conference match Monday but dominated when it had to in the 3-0 sweep of the Hilltoppers at home. In all three games Glenwood City either tied or led the Panthers early on. But in all three games the Panthers poured on the points whether they came from kills from Abbey Ristow or Jessy Tingelohff or one of the six aces EHS in the match.
Unlike previous encounters with Somerset, the Ellsworth High School football team kept the game interesting for four quarters. But the end result was still the same as the Spartans won 22-6 Friday at Fuller-Symes Field. After losing to Prescott the week before, Somerset switched its quarterbacks to Tyler Ledbeter and he led helped them to cut down on the numerous turnovers which had plagued the Spartans the previous three weeks although SHS still had two fumbles and two interceptions. But they also scored first on a 33-yard run by Gabe Flandrick in the first quarter.