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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Ellsworth High School's boys' basketball team wiped away a 16-game losing streak at the start of a brand new season, beating Plum City at home in a non-conference contest 53-38 Tuesday. "We're not focused into wins and losses but there's no doubt there were a lot of happy faces in the lockerroom after the game," EHS head coach Cory Brathol said. "It's a great feeling." The Panthers broke a 19-19 tie with a 7-0 spurt just before halftime.
The Ellsworth Village Board unanimously approved the 2011 budget Monday evening. While the budget includes a 7.16 percent increase in property taxes from 2010's budget, roughly $1,016,216 to $1,088,974, the overall level of expenditures is down 5.77 percent from $2,938,933 to $2,778,634, as the village is not paying any debt service this upcoming fiscal year. There are also declines in capital outlays, health and human services, and conservation and development spending.
Ellsworth High School's girls basketball team lost its season opener to Barron 50-37 Tuesday. The Panthers fell behind 8-1 and 10-3 early in the first quarter. EHS rallied to within two points of the Golden Bears at 19-17 in the second quarter after being able to play a frenetic pace, forcing turnovers and scoring lay-ups. But in trying to catch-up, the Purple also ran out steam according to head coach Dave Berg. "When you fall behind early you have to expend a lot of energy to catch up," Berg said.
Ellsworth's Tanner Eggenberger finally cracked the first team All-Middle Border Conference football for the 2010 season. Eggenberger was chosen for the first team as an outside linebacker on defense. He was one of the leading tacklers in the league this season. he also was chosen for the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) All-Northwest Region squad as well. "That makes him one of the top 16 linebackers in the state and he's well-deserving of that honor," EHS head coach John Groh said. Eggenberger was the only player from Pierce County to make the first team All-MBC football.
DE SOTO - On a field where so many seasons have come to an end for Pierce County prep football teams, there was no ending. Plum City High School's football team made it past Level 3 in the WIAA Football playoffs for the first time winning 49-12 over De Soto Saturday afternoon in the Pirate Pit. The No. 5 ranked Blue Devils will advance to the Division 7 semifinals in Level 4 next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Baraboo against defending state champion and No. 4 ranked Burlington Catholic Central. The Hilltoppers (11-1) beat No. 3 ranked Potosi 38-6. The other semifinal pits No.
A mix-up in an order and breakdown in communications helped to cause a long late-morning line of voters and a late night counting votes at the Ellsworth village polling station Tuesday. The village only received 250 of the opti-scan ballots, which are fed into a machine which counts the votes, after ordering 1,200 regular ballots and 50 absentee ballots from the company Pierce County uses to print them. Pierce County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm said the order was put out to the company, Command Central, a Minnesota based election services firm, but the invoice or "X-chart" sheet listed only 250 ba
With the early deadline for the Pierce County Herald print edition this week, the results of Plum City High School's WIAA Division 7, Level 3 football playoff game at De Soto won't be in the print edition on Nov. 10. But fans can get the game story on the Herald's website Saturday evening along with playoff results from around the state. The early deadline for the print edition is due to the Veterans Day holiday on Nov. 11. PCHS will take on De Soto Saturday with the kick-off at 2 p.m. at the Pirate Pit in De Soto.
PLUM CITY -- It was the conference title showdown game that wasn't. Thirty-two points by Plum City High School's football team in the second quarter went unanswered by Clayton Thursday as the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils won 46-15 over the No. 9 ranked Bears in front of an overflow crowd at PCHS to secure their sixth straight Lakeland South Conference title. The Blue Devils also secured their 52nd straight regular season win and 42nd straight LSC win. Clayton scored first in the first quarter as quarterback Tyler Ketz tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Bergmann.
Prescott High School Head Cross Country Coach Dave Vortherms likes hills. Even if his runners don't he says it's the only way to determine the true champion in the sport of cross country. "We're not running on a flat surfaced track here," Vortherms said. "It isn't so much about speed as it is about endurance, smarts and toughness. That's where the hills separate the runners.
ELLSWORTH - Plum City High School's football team was able to pass for 142 yards despite the stiff winds and beat Alma Center Lincoln 26-6 Tuesday at Fuller-Symes Field. The game was tied at the half 6-6 but PC broke it late in the third quarter when Blue Devil running back Ryan Gillman scored on a seven-yard run. PC put up two more scores in the fourth quarter when Gabe Rodriguez scored on a 27-yard run and Plum City quarterback Alex Gilles connected with receiver Tyler Churchill for a 38-yard scoring pass.