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 hosts the 50th annual Middle Border Conference Wrestling Meet Saturday. Wrestling begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs all day. The conference title is awarded to the winner of the meet and Ellsworth has won seven in a row. The No. 2 ranked Panthers have a good shot of winning their 33rd title in school history after finishing 7-0 in conference dual meets once again. Defending MBC champs for Ellsworth include D.J. Yarwood, Levi Kuesel and Parker Hines. These three at their respective wight classes have very good chances of repeating as champions.
Ellsworth High School's boys' basketball team made another second half rally to win 48-43 over St. Croix Central Saturday at Ellsworth. Ellsworth had come back from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Durand the night before. The Panthers trailed SCC 23-21 at halftime after a slow start to game. But they outscored Central 18-8 to take a 39-31 in the third quarter, a lead they held for the remainder of the game. Jimmy Miska led EHS with 17 points. Chris Niedfeldt scored 11 points for Ellsworth and Riley O'Neil had 10 points.
The two-game losing streak Ellsworth High School's girls' basketball team was quickly ended by the Panthers Monday in a 60-32 non-conference rout of Lake City at Ellsworth. The game was a make-up from a contest originally scheduled last December but was canceled due to a snowstorm. EHS started slow, leading only 10-8 at the end of the first quarter and 17-13 midway through the second.
SPRING VALLEY - The dual meet between Spring Valley-Elmwood and Boyceville and the Dunn-St. Croix Conference title itself came down to the last match between SVE's Brian Fesenmaier and Boyceville's Orin Hillman. Fesenmaier scored a 12-0 major decision to clinch it all Thursday at Spring Valley. The Redbirds won 29-27 in an exciting meet in front of large crowd at SVHS and on Senior and Parent's Night. The title was the first for the Spring Valley-Elmwood co-op program.
PLUM CITY - A 14-5 run the second half propelled the Spring Valley High School girls basketball team to its first win of the season Tuesday, 34-25 over Plum City. The contest was tied 20-20 in the middle of the third quarter when the Blue Devils went on a long, long scoring drought, not hitting a basket until the 1:28 mark of the fourth quarter.
Both Ellsworth and Prescott girls basketball teams lost their Middle Border Conference games Tuesday, knocking both teams out of a tie for first place before Thursday's match-up between the two Pierce County schools in Ellsworth. The Panthers lost an exciting 83-77 contest at Osceola in overtime while Prescott fell to Durand 39-34.
PLUM CITY - Fans should get their seats early in the Plum City High school gymnasium Thursday. Not just because it's Alumni Band Night in PC, but also because the contest between Colfax and the Blue Devils will be for first place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. The Vikings, despite being ranked No. 12 in Division 4, lost Thursday 54-49 to Elk Mound, leaving them a game ahead of Plum City in the standings, 7-2 to 6-2. "We'll find out if we're a conference title contender Thursday night," Plum City head coach Paul Churchill said.
There's no tying in basketball, so either the Plum City or Spring Valley high school girls' basketball teams will get their first win of the season Tuesday evening. The game will be at Plum City with the tip-off at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals are 0-13 so far this season, coming off a 53-32 loss to Elmwood last Thursday while the Blue Devils fell to 0-10 after losing 51-39 at Gilmanton Monday. PC had rallied to cut the Panthers' lead to 43-37 with two minutes remaining. But Gilmanton, 4-6 overall, outscored Plum City 8-2 the rest of the way. Heather Von Holtum led PC in scoring with 15 points.
PLUM CITY - For the fourth time this month Plum City High School boys' basketball team has had to go to an overtime session to decide a ballgame's outcome. The Blue Devils improved their record in such contests to 3-1 after winning 65-60 over Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran Friday evening. The Blue Devils led by six with a little over a minute to go but a pair of turnovers helped Immanuel tie the score at the end of regulation. In the overtime session, PC outscored the Lancers, 6-2 overall, 5-0. Chase Luebker again led Plum City in scoring with 28 points. Alex Gilles finished with 15.
The final regular home dual meet for the No.2 ranked Ellsworth High School wrestling team takes place Thursday evening at 7 p.m. against Pierce County rival Prescott. Ellsworth is 13-2 overall and 5-0 in the Middle Border Conference while Prescott is 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference.