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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Ellsworth High School's softball team played itself into the mix for the Middle Border Conference title with a 7-3 over Somerset at home Monday. The Panther got the initial jump on Somerset by taking a 5-0 lead after three innings. They added two more runs in the fourth and held on to their lead. EHS' Kayla Christopherson was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs. Becca Chollett went 2-for-3, stole three bases and knocked in a run.
PRESCOTT - Ellsworth High School's baseball team not only were winners of both their games at Saturday's Prescott Invitational, but were big winners against both Eau Claire Regis and Grantsburg. EHS defeated Grantsburg 12-4 and topped Regis in five innings 15-5. Tim Green and Tanner Eggenberger were chosen for the all-invite squad. Green had two hits vs. Grantsburg and pitched in relief vs. Regis while Eggenberger crushed a two-run homer vs. the Ramblers and had two hits vs. Grantsburg, a double and triple. Eggenberger was also the winning pitcher vs.
PRESCOTT - Ellsworth High School re-claimed the Cheese Curd trophy in baseball but it was Prescott getting the better of the Panthers in softball Thursday. EHS topped the Prescott nine in baseball 8-4 and won back the traveling trophy between the two schools while Prescott's softball team improved to 2-0 and the Panthers dropped to 0-3 overall with a 9-2 win. Mr.
Ellsworth High School's baseball and softball teams were both winners in Polk County Friday. The Panther baseball team bounced Amery at Amery 13-4 to stay undefeated in Middle Border Conference play while the softball team won its second game of the season by the football-like score of 21-16 at Osceola. The Panthers trailed the Chieftains 16-14 before ripping off seven runs in the top of the seventh. Leading the way was Kayla Christopherson's three-run homer.
The Prescott High School softball team punctuated a 2-0 start after the first week of the season with a 9-2 win over rival Ellsworth. The loss also punctuated a 0-3 start for the Panthers. PHS won its season and home opener 16-0 over Spring Valley-Plum City last Tuesday. Rain cut short a planned double header between the Cardinals of the St. Croix and the Eau Galle. And Kallie Krech cut short the game that was actually played as she tossed a three and a half- inning no hitter. Krech struck out six in the ballgame, including the entire side in the second inning.
SPRING VALLEY - There are many school districts in the state of Wisconsin that don't have prep golf teams. But Guy Leach says he not aware of any school district in the state in a community with its own golf course that doesn't have a team. Yet that's the situation Spring Valley finds itself with. Spring Valley High School has no varsity boys' or girls golf teams, just a club boys' squad that plays at 18-hole Spring Valley Golf Course. But Leach and several others are hoping to change that.
If there was a clear message from the Pierce County portion of the state spring rules hearing and Conservation Congress meeting Monday it was this: Get rid of the early trout season. "Just get rid of the whole thing," Ralph Schommer of Maiden Rock said. The trout season came up for discussion and debate over a proposed resolution that called for expanding the start of the state inland fishing season to the beginning of April.
A difficult first season at the helm of the troubled Ellsworth High School boys' basketball program hasn't shaken Scott Pettersen's confidence that the program can turned around. Pettersen said he will be back to coach the Panthers next season despite a 2-21 record in his first season as head coach, a torrent of criticism from within the community over the state of the program and the fact his name was on a layoff list recently released by the district as it makes cuts to fill a budget gap.
The Ellsworth High School softball team won its first game of the season Monday at home, going eight innings to beat Hwy. 10 rival Durand 4-3. Not only was the win EHS' first but it was Durand's first loss of the season. Ellsworth is 1-3 and Durand is 3-1. Kayla Christopherson hit the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Teammate Estelle Jensen had two hits, including an RBI-double. Halle Hatch was the winning pitcher. For more on the game and a review of the week's action, see next week's Herald.
PRESCOTT - Prescott High School's softball team routed Spring Valley-Plum City 16-0 in both teams season opener Tuesday in Prescott. The match-up was scheduled to be a double-header but rain cut that plan short. And Cardinal pitcher Kallie Krech cut the first game short as she tossed a no hitter in three and half innings of work. Krech, Mary Kate Pryor and Sammy Hansen each had two hits for Prescott, which hosts Ellsworth Thursday.