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 Ellsworth Village Board unanimously approved Monday officially designating Tax Incremental Financing District (TID) No. 7 in the Crossing Meadows development a distressed district. The village is taking advantage of a new state law which allows for local municipalities to declare TID districts to be designated as distressed. This allows for extensions with financing and allows monies from other village TID districts to be used to make up for shortfalls, which in Ellsworth's situation has occurred in TID No. 7.
SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley won its first Homecoming game in several years by wiping out Colfax 42-7 Friday at Syverson Park. The No. 13 ranked Cardinals put up 34 points in the first half and started the game with the bang of Andy Bune's 75-yard kick-off return. And after the Vikings scored on their first possession of the game, Bune had another big play in the first quarter with a 54-yard run from scrimmage. Valley's Homecoming king had 112 yards on eight carries. SV took control of the game in the second quarter.
The Ellsworth Village Board unanimously agreed Monday to tell Pierce County to clean up a portion of the fairgrounds. Village President Gerald DeWolfe said he has been receiving complaints from residents whose backyards border the southeast corner of the fairgrounds next to the grandstand area track. He says the county needs to clean up the brush and junk located there, and the board agreed, directing the police department to notify the county to do so. The board received an update on plans for the village's sesquicentennial celebration next year from Jack Hines of the organizing committee.
Ellsworth High School didn't dominate Glenwood City from start to finish of their non-conference match Monday but dominated when it had to in the 3-0 sweep of the Hilltoppers at home. In all three games Glenwood City either tied or led the Panthers early on. But in all three games the Panthers poured on the points whether they came from kills from Abbey Ristow or Jessy Tingelohff or one of the six aces EHS in the match.
Unlike previous encounters with Somerset, the Ellsworth High School football team kept the game interesting for four quarters. But the end result was still the same as the Spartans won 22-6 Friday at Fuller-Symes Field. After losing to Prescott the week before, Somerset switched its quarterbacks to Tyler Ledbeter and he led helped them to cut down on the numerous turnovers which had plagued the Spartans the previous three weeks although SHS still had two fumbles and two interceptions. But they also scored first on a 33-yard run by Gabe Flandrick in the first quarter.
Somerset's loss to Prescott last weekend opens many possibilities for the Ellsworth and Prescott football teams in the Middle Border Conference. Those possibilities will be explored further tonight as the Panthers host the Spartans and Prescott is at New Richmond. Undefeated Prescott handed the Spartans (2-1, 0-1) its first conference home field loss since it joined the league in 2002 and its first win over Somerset in 10 years. The Cardinals took advantage of some unexpected Spartan generosity as Somerset fumbled six times.
MINNEAPOLIS - What has Prescott's Jake Filkins most impressed about new University of Minnesota Head Football Coach Jerry Kill is his meticulous attention to detail. "He watches everything, it's amazing,' Filkins, who is beginning his sophomore year of eligibility as a long-snapper for the Golden Gopher football team. "He's intense and makes us be accountable for our mistakes and how we perform. But that's good because it's made me a better snapper.
Both Elmwood and Plum City continued to string together wins in non-conference action. Both Pierce County squads had two big non-conference dual wins last week. The start to Elmwood's 2011 prep volleyball season got a big boost with a 3-2 non-conference win at Ellsworth Tuesday. The Raiders won Game 1 by a 25-23 but Ellsworth took the next two games 25-16 and 25-17.
Ellsworth's Aubrey Langer finds herself in the top 10 of individual golfers in the Middle Border Conference. Langer boosted herself into ninth place at the midway point of the conference season after finishing tied for fourth place in last Tuesday's MBC meet held at Somerset's Bristol Ridge Golf Course. Langer shot a 47 and now has 17 points scored so far in league action. First place is held by New Richmond sophomore Alex Wheeler with 41 points, a single point ahead of defending champ junior Casey Danielson of Osceola.
ELMWOOD - The volleyball program at Elmwood High School has a lost quite a bit when it came to matches over the past few seasons. The Raiders haven't won as many as four Dunn-St. Croix Conference matches since 2007 and haven't won at least five since 2002. The past couple of seasons have been particularly tough as low numbers kept EHS from subbing much into games. Whatever effort the players put in, and it was considerable, often times fell short to sheer fatigue. But there's one thing the program never lost during this time. "We never lost our competitive spirit.