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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"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.
HAGER CITY - The game went back and forth but Prescott simply had too much hitting power for Hager City to catch up as the Pirates won a St. Croix Valley League game Wednesday at the Brown Sports Fields. Prescott took a 5-1 lead after two and half innings, then the Skeeters scored two runs in the bottom of the second off of Ross Sweig's two-RBI single, before Prescott plated five runs in the top of the third to extend their lead to 10-3. Hager City came back a game to extend the game to nine innings but was unable to get closer. Luke Huebner was the winning pitcher.
Both the Ellsworth and Prescott American Legion baseball squads have winning records after their first few weeks of play. Ellsworth is 6-2-1 overall after taking third place in a tournament over the weekend in the New Richmond. Read more in this week's print edition of the Pierce County Herald.
Although the investigation into conditions at the former Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School building was completed earlier, the Pierce County Public Health Department is still working to make sure the building is cleaned up and brought up to health codes. "Right now, there is a transition of ownership with the property and we're continuing to work to make sure the building is cleaned up," Sue Galoff, health department director, said. In February, the department ordered the building closed after U.S.
The American Legion baseball season has gotten underway and Ellsworth's Post 204 squad has a 1-1 record so far. The team lost to Prescott in their first game back on June 11 by a 9-0 score. But they bounced back to get their first win Thursday vs. River Falls 5-0. Brady Schroeder was the winning pitcher. He also had two hits in the ballgame as did Tanner Eggenberger. Ellsworth didn't have many hits in the game but was helped by walks and wild pitches from River Falls' hurlers. Ellsworth played at home Monday against Hudson and were at Grantsburg Tuesday.
Ellsworth showed it could have one of the best hitting line-ups in the St. Croix Valley League this past weekend, one in which they won two SCVL games to vault them into first place. There was nowhere for Prescott's pitchers to hide at Young Field in Ellsworth as the Hubbers belted six home runs in a 17-6 win in seven innings Friday, their first home game of the season. Both the Hubbers Scott DeWyre and J.P. Paulson hit two home runs with Paulson belting a grand slam in the sixth. He had five RBIs.
Without storm drains on Grove and Kinne streets, which slope downward from the hill Ellsworth was built on, the water from heavy rainfall has but one place to go. Much of that water came down the hill across Grant Street and collected on rental property village resident Donna Huppert owns at 170 N. Grant St. and her neighbors. The water runoff caused sinkholes, and the tearing out and replacement of badly damaged storm sewer pipes with a new culvert by the village.