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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PRESCOTT - A fatal motor vehicle accident took place in Prescott Sunday morning. According to police reports, a 1996 Honda van driven by Heath Gutting, 35 of Prescott, struck two persons, 85-year old Harvey Brown and 86 year-old Margaret Brown of Prescott, as they were walking across the street on the 200 block of Broad St. North at 10:41 a.m.. Both Browns were injured, with Mr. Brown transported to Regina Hospital in Hastings and Mrs. Brown taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Harvey was treated and released but Margaret passed away. The accident is still under investigation.
BARRON - The Ellsworth High School girls' golf team got its season off to a great start Friday with a third place finish in the Barron Scramble. The Panthers' score of 33 tied them with Rice Lake. New Richmond won the meet with a score of 30 and Osceola was second at 32. Due to the wet conditions, only nine holes were played. It was Ellsworth's best finish in the meet in a decade. Players completed four birdie holes in a row from the 11th to the 14th. Ellsworth begins Middle Border Conference play Monday at Amery.
Storm activity early Friday morning did not add significantly to damage cause by heavy rains and flooding in Pierce County. All major roads with the exception of a portion of Highway 35 from County Road OO to County Road E were open as of this morning, and there were no reports of any additional significant flooding in the county. Some county roads still remain closed. The main rivers and creeks that flooded Tuesday, Trimbelle Creek, the Rush River and the Eau Galle River, receded back into their banks over the past two days. Pierce County Sheriff's crews worked from 12:30 a.m.
SPRING VALLEY - Locals say it was the worst flooding in the village since 1976 and probably worse than that. The Spring Valley Dam cannot alone prevent the Eau Galle River from rising fast if five inches of rain fall in a 45 minute period as it did Tuesday evening. But it did do its job in preventing the kinds of floods that took place in Spring Valley before it was built. Corrine Hodapp, the park manager at the Eau Galle Reservoir, said the system worked as designed.
The 62nd Wisconsin Baseball Association tournament begins Friday with regional play at Osceola, Haugen, Rib Lake and Ashland. All three Pierce County teams, and St. Croix Valley League South Division co-champions, in the tournament play on Saturday. Ellsworth takes on Hallie at noon in Osceola. Prescott plays Sparta at Haugen at 6 p.m. and Plum City also plays at 6 p.m. vs. Whittlesey in Ashland. Ellsworth will play at noon Sunday if they win while Prescott and Plum City play at 3 p.m. The WBA State Tournament is Aug.
The first week of the prep sports season has very warm and very humid, more so than it has been in many years. Pierce County prep coaches have had to add the weather among the many adjustments they make in the first week. Usually the first week, which opens with football, girls golf and girls tennis, has to work around the Pierce County Fair. Coaches schedule practice times so that kids showing animals in the fair can do so. This week, such practice times have been early in the morning or later in the afternoon as they try to avoid the hottest parts of a summer day.
"Gone Fishing". Well, not actually but that's what the traditional sign in the shop window would say to indicate that the owner was enjoying some leisure time. That's what this writer intends to do as well. July is traditionally the slowest month on the sports calendar. That doesn't take away from the importance of a month's hard work for Pierce County's baseball teams, whether they are American Legion ballclubs or St. Croix Valley League teams, plus all the youth and recreational leagues.
Heavy rain from Tuesday evening's storm has left parts of Pierce County under water, especially along the Rush River and Trimbelle Creek. Sections of Highway 10 and 63 were closed by Pierce County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday morning. A flash flood warning was in effect for the county until noon. Highway 10 near CTH. A was closed at 6 a.m. this morning and the Rush River swollen to cover 100 feet of roadway near Wieser's Concrete. The Rush also overflowed its banks along Highway 72 near the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club.
Ellsworth and Bay City both took Fourth of July weekend losses in St. Croix Valley League play. Both contests took place on Friday. The Bombers were beaten in New Richmond 6-1 and the Hubbers were crushed 16-2 in seven innings at Menomonie, their worst defeat of the season which also snapped a five-game winning streak in league play. Cody Holden held Ellsworth's lone highlights of the ballgame, getting two hits and scoring both of the Hubs'runs. Ellsworth still leads in the league standings in South Division however.