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 Durand woman was uninjured after the mini-van she was riding ran off the road and struck a power pole Tuesday morning outside of Ellsworth. Melissa A. Van Norman, 36, was traveling on US Highway 10, when she lost control and hit the power pole near Plummer Concrete. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department was notified of the accident around 7 a.m. The mini-van suffered damage to its front and sides. Ellsworth Area Ambulance was also at the scene. The accident is still under investigation.
PRESCOTT - Durand High School's football team had more riding on the game but that didn't stop Prescott from giving their all on Senior Night at Laney Field.
OSCEOLA - Ellsworth won its first game over Osceola since 1999 at Vesperman Field Friday, routing the Chieftains 33-13. EHS led 12-7 at halftime but score two quick touchdowns to take a commanding 26-7 lead. Alex Campbell had a 21-yard pick-six and Tanner Eggenberger scored on a one-yard TD run.
BAY CITY - A one-vehicle accident outside Bay City Friday evening was fatal for a Bay City man. Lyle Feenstra, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Pierce County Medical Examiner Sue Dzubay for undetermined injuries. The accident was reported at 9:06 p.m. The vehicle was heading eastbound on 170th Ave., about four-tenths of a mile west of 670th Ave. in Isabelle Township. It entered a ditch on the south side of the road and struck a tree.
Plenty of members of the Elmwood and Plum City high school football teams got playing time Thursday as both the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils and Raiders were big winners in Lakeland South Conference play. PC took out winless Cornell 49-3 at home while Elmwood led 42-7 at halftime and cruised to a 54-13 win over one-win New Auburn, also in Pierce County. Plum City stayed perfect on the season and extended its winning streaks. They'll play for the conference title next Thursday at home vs. Clayton. Elmwood's win secures its ninth straight playoff appearance.
COLFAX - Spring Valley High School's football team set itself up for a possible playoff bid in their final regular season game after shutting out Colfax 14-0 Wednesday evening. Spring Valley gained over a 100 yards rushing and had its best passing yardage totals in weeks. Quarterback Jon Newton led SV's short passing game, throwing 8-for-18 for 60 yards.
LA CROSSE - Prescott High School's volleyball team recorded a 3-2 record in a weekend tournament in La Crosse. The tournament was held at Logan High school. The Cardinals defated Whitehall 25-18 25-17, lost to St. Charles, Minn. 25-23, 24-26, and 7-15; defeated Onalaska Lutheran 21-25, 25-17, 15-10, defeated LaCrosse Logan 25-19, 25-23 but lost to St. Charles again 25-22, 25-14. "The girls played hard and they are getting more confident," Prescott head coach Patti Tulip said.
PLUM CITY - Last season Plum City High School's volleyball team went 3-24 overall and were dead last in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference with a 1-8 record. Yet within 24 hours the Blue Devils can go from worst to first if they beat Colfax at Colfax Tuesday evening. Match time will begin approximately at 7 p.m. PC head coach Nanette Murray knows this possibility exists for her team but isn't dwelling on it right now. "It's going to be a tough match-up and girls are understandably nervous," Murray said.
MADISON - Ellsworth High School golfer Shannon Campbell completed her first round at the WIAA State Golf Meet, shooting a 104 in her first competition on the University Ridge Course. Campbell is in 36th place right now, ahead of a trio of Osceola golfers. The top individual golfers in the Division 2 field is both Osceola's Casey Danielson and Edgerton's Brooke Farrell, both at three and two under par respectively. Defending Division 2 champions Madison Edgewood has move in front in the team standings followed by Racine Prairie and Eau Claire Regis.
HAGER CITY - A 65-year-old Minnesota man has died from the injuries he sustained in an one-vehicle accident Saturday evening in Hager City. Donald Opdahl, 65, Minneota, died at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Opdahl was the passenger in a northbound vehicle on State Highway 35 near County Highway VV being operated by Janice Pedersen, 62, Apple Valley, Minn. The vehicle then left the roadway, entered the ditch in front of Ralston Purina and rolled several times. Pedersen was ejected.