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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The prep baseball seasons for Ellsworth and Plum City came to an end Wednesday as Prescott upset the No. 7 ranked Panthers 4-1 while PC was beaten 10-1 by Elmwood in WIAA regional semifinal action. Prescott overcame an early deficit to take the lead 3-1 helped by Bryan Early's RBI-single and then added to it in the fifth with Zak Charette's solo home run into left field. Winning pitcher Garrett Choate kept Ellsworth's offense in check and the Prescott defense played error free ball. Prescott moves on to the Division 2 regional final at St.
PLUM CITY - For the first time in the 20-year history of the Plum City Blues' Memorial Weekend Tournament, the host team won the championship. The Blues defeated Menomonie 7-3 on Memorial Day in the championship game. PC defeated Elmwood in its first game on Saturday 8-2 then downed Hudson 2-0 in the semifinals on Sunday. Taking third place in the tourney was Prescott, a 6-5 winner over Hudson. The Pirates won their first game 18-6 over Bay City before losing to Menomonie 5-4 in the semis.
SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley-Pepin match-up was the only WIAA regional semifinal to take place in Pierce County Tuesday as they rest were postponed to Wednesday evening due to wet field conditions from Tuesday's heavy rains. The Cardinals beat the Lakers for the third straight time this season 5-3. SV took a 5-0 lead and held on to it despite Pepin scoring three runs in the seventh, all on walks.
A special meeting of the Ellsworth Village Board will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Village Hall concerning the Class B retail license of the Eastender Bar in East Ellsworth. At issue is the status of the seller's permit to the bar, owned by Dick Riske. Such permits are issued by the state and according to village clerk Peggy Nelson, the village received a letter from the state back on May 24 saying that the bar did not have a valid seller's permit.
Well, Ellsworth High School will be looking for boys' basketball head coach No. 6 since the year 2000. As University of Minnesota football fans can tell you, running off coaches is the easy part. It's finding the right person for the job that's tricky. After all, they've had eight since their last Big Ten title in 1967. No one comes to your door wearing a name tag saying "Hello My Name is: Good Coach." The basic idea is course is finding someone who knows what they are doing and who makes sure the players also know while on the field or court.
Baseball and softball diamonds in Pierce County will be busy this upcoming Tuesday from Spring Valley to Prescott and from Hager City to Elmwood. WIAA regional semifinals will take place in all these location in both sports involving all nine high school teams. Prescott and Plum City punched their tickets to the regional semis Friday. Prescott edged Baldwin-Woodville 2-1 at Firehall Field in Prescott and Plum City won at their home, Legion Park, 12-5.
Ellsworth's Morgan Place and Sean Larson earned All-American status for their top eight finishes at NCAA national meets that were held last weekend. As of presstime Friday, Place finished seventh in the 10,000-meter run in a time of 37:17.69 for the University of Minnesota-Duluth at the NCAA Division II meet in Charlotte. She was just 31 seconds behind Queen's University's Tanya Zeferjahn who finished first. Larson uncorked his best hammer throw of the meet on his very last throw, a 194 foot, six inch effort for the University of Wisconsin-Stout at the NCAA Division III meet in Cleveland.
COLFAX - Elmwood-Plum City's Jenna Reitz won two sectional titles at Thursday's WIAA Division 3 sectional, Spring Valley's Breanna Colbenson won one and the E-PC boys had their highest finish as a team. Reitz won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes with times of :13.55 seconds and :27.12 seconds.
COLBY - Prescott High School's track and field teams qualified several of its athletes for the WIAA State Track and Field Meet at Thursday's Division 2 sectional. PHS' Joe Smith was Pierce County's lone champion at the meet. He finished first in the 400-meter dash in :52.21 seconds.
Ellsworth High School will be in the market for a new boys' basketball head coach as Scott Pettersen has recently announced his resignation. Pettersen had been put on a district layoff list from his teaching position but had told the Herald back in April that he would remain as head basketball coach. Pettersen lasted all of one season with the Panthers, compiling a 2-21 overall record, 0-14 in the Middle Border Conference. It's the most losses ever in one season in program history. However that history in the past decade has been a bad one filled with instability.