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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It may seem like the ideal situation for new head coach. You're taking over a defending state champion team. A traditional power as an athletic program.
The Ellsworth Village Board held off Monday on voting on a resolution approving the district boundaries and project plans for the TID (Tax Incremental financing District) No. 7 due to a warning about future deficits in the district running into the millions. The TID district is to be set up for the Crossing Meadows Development along Hwy. 65.
MADISON - Spring Valley High School's Kyle Shafer will begin play in the WIAA State Golf Meet at noon today. Shafer's official tee-off time is 12:18 p.m. at University Ridge Golf Course.
Ellsworth High School's baseball team plated five runs in the third inning and went on to beat Baldwin-Woodville 9-1 at Brown Field in Hager City in a WIAA Division 2 regional first round contest. Winning pitcher Brady Schroeder tossed a one-hitter and struck out eight batters. He also was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. The Panthers' Dennis Schutz had four hits, an RBI and scored three times as the Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak. Ellsworth, 8-10 overall, the No. 4 seed in the regional, plays at No. 2 seeded Somerset on Tuesday.
COLBY - Pierce County came away with a pair of sectional champions and several state qualifiers from the WIAA Division 2 Colby Track and Field Sectional Meet Tuesday. Ellsworth's Alex Campbell took first in the triple jump. On his very last jump of the finals, Campbell leaped 43 feet, three inches. It was his best jump of the year. "I do well when the pressure is on like it was in my final jump," Campbell said.
COLFAX - Elmwood-Plum City's boys and girls' track and field teams came away with sectional titles in the relay races while Spring Valley distance runner Breanna Colbenson was also a sectional champion at Thursday WIAA Division 3 Colfax Sectional. E-PC's girls' 1600-meter relay team took first in 4:14.09. Team members are Heather Von Holtum, Jessica Olson, Marah Boyer, Becky Hartung, Abbie Hartung and Elaina Danzinger. The boys' 3200-meter relay squad won in 8:29.75.
Ellsworth and Plum City high schools will have several representatives at the upcoming WIAA State Track and Field Meet. They qualified in their respective sectional meets Thursday. At the Division 2 meet in Colby, Ellsworth's Alex Campbell is the sectional champ in the triple jump, winning with a leap of 43 feet, three inches, his best mark of the season. He also placed fourth in the high jump wich also qualified him for state. Ellsworth's Abbey Ristow and Lydia Kuhl will be joining Campbell.
PLUM CITY - You needed to be a baseball diehard to handle the icy 20-mph winds and light snow showers which marked Sunday's St. Croix Valley League opener. And die-hard is exactly what the Plum City Blues did at the plate against the St. Croix Falls River Bandits. The Blue had just three hits while striking out 12 times in a 5-2 loss at Legion Park. Winning pitcher Trevor Todd had nine of those strikeouts as he went six innings. Will Ball went the rest of the way to get the save. SCF scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 5-0 lead.
The Ellsworth Village Board made the planned sewer rate increase they agreed to last month official Monday. The board approved the 25 percent increase in quarterly sewer rates by resolution. This was on top of a 60 percent increase approved in March in order to pay for state mandated renovations in the village's sewer treatment plant. The metered charge is now $31.65 per customer, with a $5.56 charge per 100 cubic feet of sewage discharge after 250 mg. per liter BOD.
Maybe it was the weather. The playing conditions certainly weren't ideal for softball for much of last week. teams had to play through bone-chilling winds, wet fields and temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Perhaps all this put a damper on Prescott play, because something has to account for all the errors the Cardinals committed in two losses, 12-5 at Osceola back on April 18 and 8-1 at Baldwin-Woodville last Thursday. Meanwhile Ellsworth still sits in second place in the Middle Border Conference.