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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The shortened 2013 spring prep sports season calls for experienced teams and athletes to make up the difference in lack of games.
The Ellsworth Village Board unanimously agreed Monday to amend a developer's agreement which will push back the opening of the new McDonald's Restaurant to August. The developers, Phyllis and Daniel Acker of Stanley, had requested the change as a contingency. They still hope to have the building open by July, as construction on the Midway project has been slowed down due to continued cold weather well past the first day of spring. The board set April 20-27 for village's spring clean-up. The village demo site will be open from noon-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m.
The Ellsworth Village Board Monday approved establishing no-parking zones on Hwy. 10-63 on both the north and south side from Piety Street to Nilssen's Foods's driveway. Members approved authorizing Village President Gerald DeWolfe to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation establishing the no parking zones on 10-63. This is being done as new turn lanes will be installed on 10-63 in the midway section by June in time for the opening of the new McDonald's restaurant. The board also approved plans for the 2013 Cheese Curd Festival.
Saturday's WIAA individual wrestling sectionals at hand and there will be 26 wrestlers from Pierce County trying to make it to Madison. Ellsworth and Prescott will be at the WIAA Division 2 Somerset Sectional which begins at 11 a.m. and Spring Valley/Elmwood is at the WIAA Division 3 Independence/Gilmanton Sectional which will be held at Osseo-Fairchild High School in Osseo. The meet starts at 10 a.m. Two local regional champions from last weekend have good chances of making to state.
Ellsworth's upper weight wrestlers delivered the decisive strike on Amery in the finals of the WIAA Division 2 Ellsworth Team Sectional Tuesday evening in front of a big crowd at Ellsworth High School. With the sectional finals dual meet starting at 106, Amery led 16-12 after 145 pounds. But the Panthers won six out of the next seven matches, recording four pins in the process to win their eighth straight sectional title by a 45-22 score. Ellsworth will be making its 12th appearance in the state team tournament. EHS, 13-5 overall, will face No.
You can excuse head coach Carter Turner for looking off into the distant future, however briefly, to look at the status of the Spring Valley/Elmwood wrestling program. Not only did the Redbirds win their second straight Dunn-St. Croix Conference dual meet title, first-ever sectional title and team state tournament appearance brought out a record number of wrestlers to the team, but also has shaped it into more than just a flash-in-the-pan. "We have a big freshman class, which is nice, with some very skilled wrestlers in it," Turner said.
PRESCOTT - Both Clay Seifert and Nick Johnson are hoping to avoid any sophomore jinxes. Both made big splashes in their first varsity seasons with the Prescott High School boys' basketball team. Seifert, as a freshman, was one of team's leading scorers and helped the Cardinal win a regional title for first-year head coach Johnson. As sophomores both believe the team has a chance of winning a Middle Border Conference title despite the fact PHS lost quite a bit from last season's 18-6 squad which finished 10-4 in the Middle Border Conference.
Good potential and a willingness to learn a new system will have to suffice as optimism for the Ellsworth High School girls basketball team as the season begins. Jon Kleppe is the new head coach for the Panthers, replacing Dave Berg, who resigned. "I am pleased with the way our team is learning a different style of play and learning a lot of new things," he said.
The Ellsworth Village Board Monday approved the village's 2013 budget and struck down an ordinance prohibiting the selling of beer or other intoxicating beverages inside the Pierce County Fairgrounds. The budget and its amendments were adopted unanimously, as was the vote to remove Ordinance 629 from the village code which prevents the sale of "prohibiting intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverage in an open container in or upon the P.C.
One dual meet does not make a whole season for but for the Ellsworth High School wrestling team, there's one match they want to make sure keeps them motivated for the upcoming 2012-13 season. And that match was the WIAA Division 2 State Team Tournament Championship last March where Luxemburg-Casco beat the Panthers like no D-2 team had beaten them in a long time, 41-13. The loss marred what measurably was a very successful season for the Panthers and Chad Steldt in his first year as head coach.