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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PLUM CITY - You needed to be a baseball diehard to handle the icy 20-mph winds and light snow showers which marked Sunday's St. Croix Valley League opener. And die-hard is exactly what the Plum City Blues did at the plate against the St. Croix Falls River Bandits. The Blue had just three hits while striking out 12 times in a 5-2 loss at Legion Park. Winning pitcher Trevor Todd had nine of those strikeouts as he went six innings. Will Ball went the rest of the way to get the save. SCF scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 5-0 lead.
The Ellsworth Village Board made the planned sewer rate increase they agreed to last month official Monday. The board approved the 25 percent increase in quarterly sewer rates by resolution. This was on top of a 60 percent increase approved in March in order to pay for state mandated renovations in the village's sewer treatment plant. The metered charge is now $31.65 per customer, with a $5.56 charge per 100 cubic feet of sewage discharge after 250 mg. per liter BOD.
Maybe it was the weather. The playing conditions certainly weren't ideal for softball for much of last week. teams had to play through bone-chilling winds, wet fields and temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Perhaps all this put a damper on Prescott play, because something has to account for all the errors the Cardinals committed in two losses, 12-5 at Osceola back on April 18 and 8-1 at Baldwin-Woodville last Thursday. Meanwhile Ellsworth still sits in second place in the Middle Border Conference.
PRESCOTT - For Jeff Ryan, experience comes down to the simple matter of transferring what one learns into what one does. "We as coaches teach the game of baseball and we say a lot about what you need to do at the plate, in the field and on the mound in every situation," Prescott High School's 13th-year head baseball coach said.
A season full of promise has begun promisingly for the Ellsworth High School softball team The Panthers are 3-0 overall and in the Middle Border Conference and they haven't been so much as scored upon yet. Junior pitcher Halle Hatch has been dominant at the plate. It's the beginning that head coach Ryan Casper envisioned for his club stocked with returning letter winners from a team which finished with a 10-4 mark in the MBC in 2010. "It's certainly nice to be returning the bulk of our team from last year," Casper said.
ELMWOOD - Baier is back. Back in charge. Former Elmwood High School softball head coach Becky Baier was tabbed to take over the retiring Kim Webb and lead the Raiders once again on the softball diamond. "It feels, great, I'm excited for this opportunity," Baier said. "I never thought I would come back into coaching but now that I am I look forward to keeping Elmwood's tradition of great softball going strong." Baier is certainly a part of the Raider tradition, having helped EHS win its last Dunn-St. Croix Conference title in 2001.
PRESCOTT - Being the defending league champs may well put a target on any ballclub, but there is one advantage to this as Prescott High School Head Softball Coach Matt Smith points out. "One thing we have going for us is that we already know we can win," Smith said. "We've done it before and the competition still has to prove they can do so." And Prescott won't make it easier for them to do so.
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.