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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Call it the snowball effect. Sometimes one error can lead to two, then three, the four, the more after that. Such mistakes snowballed so fast it led to an avalanche that buried the Ellsworth High School softball team in their important Middle Border Conference contest again Hwy.
By a unanimous vote Monday, the Ellsworth Village Board approved an outdoor recreation plan for the village. In addition to the plan, which calls for the village to acquire additional acreage for Summit Park to add ball fields, walking trails and playground equipment, the board also approved a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Committee for a development proposal to the Langer lot at 339 W. Main Street.
HAGER CITY - No. 9 ranked Ellsworth High School's baseball team struck early and often to beat Highway 10 rival Prescott 8-2 Monday and hold on to the traveling Cheese Curd trophy until it is up again next spring. Winning pitcher Brady Schroeder carried a no hitter until the sixth inning and finished with eight strike outs and only two walks. Several of the Panthers key hits came with two outs. Darren Georgakas went 2-for-3 with two RBIs while teammate Tyler Regnier doubled and also drove in two runs.
PRESCOTT - Prescott's amateur baseball team won the St. Croix Valley League opener 3-2 over Plum City Sunday at Firehall Field. Winning pitcher Nick Johnson struck out seven batters and held the Blues to just four hits. The Pirates scored all three of their runs in the third inning. Nick Thoen had an RBI-double for Prescott. Matt Sperger had two hits for PC, including a solo home run.
ELMWOOD - Elmwood High School's softball team won its third straight game and fourth game out of its last five when they crushed Elk Mound 14-6 Thursday. The Raiders scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open a 5-5 contest. Elmwood catcher Amanda Brunner was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate while teammate Brittni Peterson also had three hits. Kelsey Leach was the winning pitcher. Raider wins and losses by their rivals this past week have helped them climb back up the Dunn-St. Croix standings. Read all about it in next week's Herald.
There's nothing like playing on the home course, the one known the best, to lower a prep golf score. That was the case for Ellsworth's and Prescott's golfers last week as they played Middle Border Conference quad meets on their respective courses. Last Tuesday at Clifton Highlands, Prescott's Vince Chute finished second on home turf. He shot a nine-hole 42 on the front side, three strokes off meet medalist Joe Henning of Ellsworth. "Aaron really took advantage of the great conditions and weather and played well," EHS head coach Jack Radabaugh said.
You'd hate to say that entire baseball season is the line so early in the game, but the Brewers' upcoming West Coast trip may very well point the way to how the rest of the season may go. Which means that if their bullpen continues to blow saves, if one night the starting pitching isn't there or another night the hitting isn't there, they could well wind up with 2-8 record out of 10 games. And if that happens, it would be hard to see how they could catch the Cardinals in the NL Central unless they went through a swoon at some point. That's more than just wishful thinking, that's dreaming.
Prescott's track teams had several first place finishers at a five-team meet hosted by New Richmond Friday.
PRESCOTT - A truncated and rescheduled Prescott Track and Field Invitational had just three teams last Tuesday.