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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Participants in the very first MBC meet back in 1961 were honored before the championships round, which turned out to have plenty of history made on its own. Eight out of the 14 champions were multiple title winners, starting with Ellsworth's D.J. Yarwood. He faced defending champ Tyler Weyer of Baldwin-Woodville, who had a 3-1 lead on Yarwood with under a minute to go in the third period. But Yarwood struck Weyer with a fireman's carry which led to a takedown and two-point nearfall which put him ahead 5-3.
The Ellsworth Village Board decided Monday to table a proposed sewer rate increase until next month to wait for figures helping determine how big the increase will be. The rate increase will be used to finance upgrades and improvements to the village's 30-plus-year-old wastewater treatment plant, mandated by the state. The monies from the increase will go toward paying a $2 million-plus loan at a 2.40 percent interest rate. The amount of the increase will be based on 2010 sewer service revenues. Next month's meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m.
PRESCOTT - The St. Croix Valley League wants more and younger voices on the board of the Wisconsin Baseball Association. The SCVL held its annual winter meeting back on Jan. 30 at the Pilot House in Prescott. River Falls manager Josh Eidem and Prescott's Brady Randolph said they would be willing to run for and serve on the WBA's board of directors in the wake of the retirement of Mark Helmer, who had represented the league on the board for many years. "We need to have to have someone from the league on the board and represent this area of the state," Randolph said during the meeting.
LA CROSSE - More state championship trophies will be added to the trophy cases in Prescott High School as the school's dance team won two state championships in competition last weekend at the La Crosse Center. Prescott won the Division 2 Jazz dance competition with a total amount of 527 points. The Cardinals also won the Division 5 Pom competition with 496 points. PHS' Maren Farrell and Kylen Feltes was named to the Division 2 All-State Dance Team.
ELMWOOD - Elmwood's defense held Plum City almost scoreless for the final quarter of their boys' basketball game Friday and pulled out a 41-39 win at home. The Raiders trailed 33-31 heading into the final eight minutes but eventually started to make the high percentage shots they were getting down low and used their depth to ware down the Blue Devils. Plum City did not make their first basket of the quarter until the :32.5 second mark. Still PC competed right to the very end.
No. 2 ranked Ellsworth High School won the 50th Middle Border Conference wrestling tournament Saturday at Ellsworth High School. The title is the Panthers' 33rd since the meet began in 1961. Several former champions from that meet along with former EHS head coach Kirby Symes was honored before the title matches. Unlike last season's meet, the Panthers finished well ahead of runner-up Amery 278.5 to 207. Prescott finished sixth and would have finished higher had two of their better wrestlers, Josh Farr and Trevor Leyde been healthy enough to wrestle.
John Groh announced his resignation as head football coach at Ellsworth Thursday. A search has begun for a replacement which reportedly will be chosen by June. While Groh only had a 2-16 overall record at EHS, he did help the program snap a 23-game overall losing streak and a long losing streak to Osceola as well during the 2010 season.
Ellsworth High School hosts the 50th annual Middle Border Conference Wrestling Meet Saturday. Wrestling begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs all day. The conference title is awarded to the winner of the meet and Ellsworth has won seven in a row. The No. 2 ranked Panthers have a good shot of winning their 33rd title in school history after finishing 7-0 in conference dual meets once again. Defending MBC champs for Ellsworth include D.J. Yarwood, Levi Kuesel and Parker Hines. These three at their respective wight classes have very good chances of repeating as champions.
Ellsworth High School's boys' basketball team made another second half rally to win 48-43 over St. Croix Central Saturday at Ellsworth. Ellsworth had come back from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Durand the night before. The Panthers trailed SCC 23-21 at halftime after a slow start to game. But they outscored Central 18-8 to take a 39-31 in the third quarter, a lead they held for the remainder of the game. Jimmy Miska led EHS with 17 points. Chris Niedfeldt scored 11 points for Ellsworth and Riley O'Neil had 10 points.
The two-game losing streak Ellsworth High School's girls' basketball team was quickly ended by the Panthers Monday in a 60-32 non-conference rout of Lake City at Ellsworth. The game was a make-up from a contest originally scheduled last December but was canceled due to a snowstorm. EHS started slow, leading only 10-8 at the end of the first quarter and 17-13 midway through the second.