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 and Prescott are both at the top of the Middle Border Conference in boys basketball and both face tough tests this week in order to stay there. Both Pierce County hoops squads play New Richmond and Baldwin-Woodville, the two favorites for the league title. Prescott plays at No. 5 ranked New Richmond Tuesday and hosts Baldwin-Woodville Friday. Ellsworth plays New Richmond Friday at home. Ellsworth bounced back from their first loss of the season against Luck 53-38 back on Dec. 20 to win first place in the Lake City Tournament last week.
LA CROSSE - Ellsworth High School's wrestling team is in first place out of 55 teams in the Bi-State Classic after day one Wednesday at the La Crosse Center. The No. 2 ranked Panthers have 201 points scored in the state's largest holiday wrestling tournament, ahead of Hudson's 174 and No. 5 Wausau West's 169. EHS is well ahead in Division 2. Ellsworth has five wrestlers in the semifinals led by Jens Lantz at 103 pounds, Roarke Langer at 125, D.J. Yarwood at 140, Levi Kuesel at 152 and Noah McLay at 171. Five other Panther wrestlers are still active in the tournament.
Spring Valley-Elmwood wrestler Jesse McKune shown here putting his Unity opponent on his back during a recent match, has wrestled his way to an above .500 record so far in his first season competing in the sport. Please read more in this week's print edition of the Pierce County Herald.
Ellsworth High School's girls basketball team held off Hudson for a 50-46 win Tuesday, their second in a row. The Panthers trailed 16-5 in the first half but rallied to lead 44-34 midway through the second half. The Raiders rallied to tie the game at 46-46 but Ellsworth held on for the win. EHS struggled at the free-throw line again but more than made up in sheer volume. The Panthers made 25-out-of 44 shots, outscoring Hudson 25-12 at the line. Taylor Murphy led Ellsworth in scoring with 19 points and teammate Shannon Campbell scored 16 points.
WISCONSIN DELLS - Spring Valley-Elmwood's prep wrestling team won its division at the Wisconsin Dells Invitational Saturday at Chula Vista Resort. SVE defeated Brookfield Central 48-27, Benilde-St. Margaret's of Minnesota 52-13; Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 39-27 and St. Croix Falls 49-18 to win the Blue Division. Brady Webb, seeing his first action for SVE after dealing with a shoulder injury for the first two weeks of the season, went 3-0 at 119 pounds.
PRESCOTT - Prescott High School's wrestling team gave New Richmond all it could handle Thursday but lost to the Tigers 45-34. Prescott trailed 39-4 after the first eight weight classes but quickly came back after New Richmond had to forfeit the next three weights. Prescott also was helped by pins from Josh Farr at 112 and Troy Urman at 119. The score was 39-34 but NR won the final match by pinfall as Jason Staples defeated Colton Purfeerst in 1:54. NR also got a key win at 171 when Grant Nelson edged Tyler Dahl 4-3.
The multi-dual tournament Ellsworth High School's wrestling team was to compete in at Coon Rapids, Minn. Saturday has been canceled due to the approaching snowstorm. The storm is supposed to hit the Twin Cities area tonight and last for a 24 hour period, dumping over a foot of snow in the area. Winter Storm Warnings are up for the entire region. Check with the PCH websites for more weather related updates throughout the afternoon.
Ellsworth High School's boys' basketball team wiped away a 16-game losing streak at the start of a brand new season, beating Plum City at home in a non-conference contest 53-38 Tuesday. "We're not focused into wins and losses but there's no doubt there were a lot of happy faces in the lockerroom after the game," EHS head coach Cory Brathol said. "It's a great feeling." The Panthers broke a 19-19 tie with a 7-0 spurt just before halftime.
The Ellsworth Village Board unanimously approved the 2011 budget Monday evening. While the budget includes a 7.16 percent increase in property taxes from 2010's budget, roughly $1,016,216 to $1,088,974, the overall level of expenditures is down 5.77 percent from $2,938,933 to $2,778,634, as the village is not paying any debt service this upcoming fiscal year. There are also declines in capital outlays, health and human services, and conservation and development spending.
Ellsworth High School's girls basketball team lost its season opener to Barron 50-37 Tuesday. The Panthers fell behind 8-1 and 10-3 early in the first quarter. EHS rallied to within two points of the Golden Bears at 19-17 in the second quarter after being able to play a frenetic pace, forcing turnovers and scoring lay-ups. But in trying to catch-up, the Purple also ran out steam according to head coach Dave Berg. "When you fall behind early you have to expend a lot of energy to catch up," Berg said.