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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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.
PRESCOTT - For Jeff Ryan, experience comes down to the simple matter of transferring what one learns into what one does. "We as coaches teach the game of baseball and we say a lot about what you need to do at the plate, in the field and on the mound in every situation," Prescott High School's 13th-year head baseball coach said.
A season full of promise has begun promisingly for the Ellsworth High School softball team The Panthers are 3-0 overall and in the Middle Border Conference and they haven't been so much as scored upon yet. Junior pitcher Halle Hatch has been dominant at the plate. It's the beginning that head coach Ryan Casper envisioned for his club stocked with returning letter winners from a team which finished with a 10-4 mark in the MBC in 2010. "It's certainly nice to be returning the bulk of our team from last year," Casper said.
ELMWOOD - Baier is back. Back in charge. Former Elmwood High School softball head coach Becky Baier was tabbed to take over the retiring Kim Webb and lead the Raiders once again on the softball diamond. "It feels, great, I'm excited for this opportunity," Baier said. "I never thought I would come back into coaching but now that I am I look forward to keeping Elmwood's tradition of great softball going strong." Baier is certainly a part of the Raider tradition, having helped EHS win its last Dunn-St. Croix Conference title in 2001.
PRESCOTT - Being the defending league champs may well put a target on any ballclub, but there is one advantage to this as Prescott High School Head Softball Coach Matt Smith points out. "One thing we have going for us is that we already know we can win," Smith said. "We've done it before and the competition still has to prove they can do so." And Prescott won't make it easier for them to do so.
The low bid for the Ellsworth village sewer plant renovation project came in $970,000 over what was budgeted. Thus, the village board felt it had no choice but to unanimously approve another quarterly sewer rate increase at its monthly meeting Monday evening. This rate increase was approved by the board just a month after the initial increase was adopted, also unanimously, to secure a state loan to begin construction. The board unanimously approved the bid of $3,336,700 from Rice Lake Builders.
EL PASO - After 36 seasons leading the Ellsworth High School wrestling program, head coach Jack Radabaugh announced his retirement from coaching during the team's banquet Monday evening at the El Paso Bar and Grill. Ellsworth assistant coach Chad Steldt has Radabaugh's strong recommendation to be named the next head coach.
NEILLSVILLE - Plum City was looking for more scoring options than just Chase Luebker and found them in Chad Fox Thursday at the WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal. Fox scored all 20 of his game-high points in the second half in Plum City's 50-31 rout of defending sectional champion Royall. The Blue Devils, 16-8 overall, will play in the sectional finals Saturday at La Crosse Central High School. Tip-off is at 4 p.m. PC's opponent will be No.
Plum City plays its first WIAA sectional basketball game in nine years Thursday when takes on Royall at Neillsville High School. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. PC won the Division 5 Mondovi Regional 34-32 over Chippewa Falls McDonell last weekend. While the Blue Devils defense was superb throughout the regional tournament, head coach Paul Churchill knows Plum City will need more than defense to win the La Crosse Central Sectional. "We need to get our game on offense going and that means we need more balanced scoring," Churchill said.
MADISON - For the fifth time in school history and third time in recent odd numbered years, the Ellsworth High School wrestling team is WIAA Division 2 State Team Champions. The No. 2 ranked Panthers add the 2011 state title to the ones they won in 2007 and 2009 after beating the No. 1 ranked team in Division 2, Luxemburg-Casco, 40-22 Saturday evening at the UW Fieldhouse. Brent Stockwell powered Ellsworth's effort from the first match as he pinned the Spartans' Dylan Blemke in 2:40 at 112 pounds.