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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Constant change. Sudden change. Quick change. It was all a University of Minnesota football player had to go through during the 2010 regular season. Prescott's Jake Filkins was swept up in the cyclone of change which affected the Golden Gophers' gridiron program.
ELMWOOD - No one team should have to endure so many close losses but Elmwood High School's girls basketball team once again came oh-so-close, losing 45-44 at home to Boyceville Friday. Five of the Raiders eight losses have come by a combined total of 15 points. The Bulldogs outscored the Raiders 15-2 in the third quarter after Elmwood lead 24-19 at halftime and looked to cruise the rest of the way.
OSCEOLA - The Ellsworth High School wrestling team notched another MBC dual meet win, 64-8 Thursday over Osceola. Big wins came the Panthers way. EHS recorded five pins, a technical fall and picked up three forfeits as well. Getting pins for the Panthers were Brent Stockwell at 125 pounds, Logan Kemmerer at 145, Noah McLay at 171, Zac Reister at 215 and Lucas Albarado at 285. The tech.
PRESCOTT - Prescott High School's wrestling team won their final home dual meet of this season 48-18 over Durand Thursday. The Cardinals were able to get forfeit wins for Trevor Leyde at 103, Josh Farr at 112, Nick Opdahl at 130, Colton Pufeerst at 145 and Joe Smith at 152 pounds. PHS' Tyler Dahl scored a win by pinfall at 189 pounds in 1:57 and so did Troy Urman at 119 and Lee Boles at 152. Prescott evens their overall record at 3-3 and is 3-2 in the Middle Border Conference. Next Thursday they wrestle at Ellsworth.
Ellsworth High School's wrestling team still finds itself ranked No. 2 in Division II in the latest statewide poll. Crossface Magazine still lists Luxemburg-Casco as No. 1 in its latest poll followed by EHS and defending state champion Oconto Falls. Spring Valley-Elmwood's wrestling team received votes in the last poll did not in the current poll despite its unbeaten dual meet record. Crossface also lists the top five wrestlers in each weight class regardless of division. Spring Valley-Elmwood is ranked in the top five at 112 pounds.
ELMWOOD - The ball bounced Ellsworth's way in its non-conference girls basketball game at Elmwood Tuesday. The Panthers won 51-49 and part of the two-point difference was a blocked pass into the lane by Ellsworth's Lydia Kuhl which bounced off an Elmwood player hard enough to go up into the air, off the glass and into the rim. It was this basket, late in the fourth quarter, plus a breakway lay-up by Kuhl, which allowed Ellsworth survived a strong and scrappy challenge by the Raiders.
Ellsworth and Prescott are both at the top of the Middle Border Conference in boys basketball and both face tough tests this week in order to stay there. Both Pierce County hoops squads play New Richmond and Baldwin-Woodville, the two favorites for the league title. Prescott plays at No. 5 ranked New Richmond Tuesday and hosts Baldwin-Woodville Friday. Ellsworth plays New Richmond Friday at home. Ellsworth bounced back from their first loss of the season against Luck 53-38 back on Dec. 20 to win first place in the Lake City Tournament last week.
LA CROSSE - Ellsworth High School's wrestling team is in first place out of 55 teams in the Bi-State Classic after day one Wednesday at the La Crosse Center. The No. 2 ranked Panthers have 201 points scored in the state's largest holiday wrestling tournament, ahead of Hudson's 174 and No. 5 Wausau West's 169. EHS is well ahead in Division 2. Ellsworth has five wrestlers in the semifinals led by Jens Lantz at 103 pounds, Roarke Langer at 125, D.J. Yarwood at 140, Levi Kuesel at 152 and Noah McLay at 171. Five other Panther wrestlers are still active in the tournament.
Spring Valley-Elmwood wrestler Jesse McKune shown here putting his Unity opponent on his back during a recent match, has wrestled his way to an above .500 record so far in his first season competing in the sport. Please read more in this week's print edition of the Pierce County Herald.