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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BOYCEVILLE - Prescott High School's baseball team won its first game of the season 8-3 over Boyceville Monday. The Cardinals used four pitchers starting with Garrett Choate. It was Billy Brookshaw that got the win after Choate threw two scorelss innings. A two-dun double by Dylan Gutting put the Cards ahead 3-0 in the third. PHS build up an 8-0 lead before giving up three unearned runs in the Bulldogs' last at bats. "It was baptism by fire for many of our younger players," Prescott head coach Jeff Ryan said.
Ellsworth Village Board member Dave Deiss will announce his resignation from the board at Monday's village board meeting despite the fact he's on the ballot for the spring election Tuesday. Deiss will be ineligible to serve on the board as he will be moving to a new home outside the village limits in Ellsworth Township on 745th St. "The ballots were printed a while ago and my family and I were looking for a new home," Deiss said.
Ellie Ludwigson was honest about it. The 5-8 junior forward for the Alma-Pepin prep girls basketball team said there was no way that Pepin alone could have won a regional title without co-oping with Alma. The last such title the Lakers won was in 2000. Thus, from that point of view, the co-op was a big success. The Eagles' regional semifinal game with Elmwood was an interesting juxtaposition between two points of view.
MENOMONIE - Ellsworth and Elmwood-Plum City's boys and girls prep tack and field teams participated at 18-team Blue Devil Open held at UW-Stout's Johnson Fieldhouse Tuesday. E-PC's boys squad has an impressive sixth place showing while Ellsworth in the boys' meet. Ellsworth's girls also scored well in their meet while the Red Devils were 15th. The competition including a mix of Division 1, 2 and 3 schools from around with Wisconsin along with Class AAA Rochester, Minn.
MENOMONIE - The first day of spring was the first prep spring sports event, the Northern Badger Track and Field Classic at University of Wisconsin-Stout's Johnson Fieldhouse. Elmwood-Plum City's track teams took part. Both teams had solid showing in the large field in the small school meet.
The warm weather and fast snow melt means that high school spring sports and activities should get underway on time and outdoors. Track and field practice began last week. However the first meet is still indoors, the Northern Badger Invitational that Elmwood-Plum City's team will take part in this Saturday at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie on the campus of UW-Stout. Both E-PC and Ellsworth's teams will be in a meet in the same location March 30. After Easter every event will be outdoors. Baseball and softball will hold their first practices on Monday while golf and tennis begin March 29.
Ellsworth's Morgan Place finished in eighth place in the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Meet Saturday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Place ran the 5,000-meters in 17:28.72 for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She had the only team points the Bulldogs scored in the meet. The finish was good enough for another All-American showing. The winning time was in 17:19.28 by Shippenburg, Pa. State's Neely Spence. Lincoln University won the team title again. UW-Eau Claire's women's distance medley relay team finished second, reaching All-American status.
DURAND - Down 30-19 early in the third quarter, Alma-Pepin's prep girls' basketball team rallied for a 60-51 win over Eleva-Strum Saturday afternoon to win the WIAA Division 4 Durand Regional. The Eagles only scored 17 points in the first half and trailed by 11 with several players in foul trouble. But a full court press helped force turnovers the Eagles converted into points. They also sank six three-pointers compared to Cardinals' lone one and that came at the 3:29 mark of the fourth quarter.
Ellsworth's Sean Larson finished second in the weight throw at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Meet Friday. UW-Stout's Larson's best throw went 61 feet, 11 inches, just a few inches behind the winner, Eric Jones from St. Lawrence University of New York who threw it 62 feet, nine inches. The meet is taking place at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. For his high finish Larson earns his first All-American designation in an indoor meet. Ellsworth's Morgan Place is competing in Division II indoor meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Both Prescott and Elmwood were defeated Thursday evening in WIAA regional tournament semifinals in girls basketball. The Cardinals were beaten at home by St.