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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Both Ellsworth and Prescott girls basketball teams lost their Middle Border Conference games Tuesday, knocking both teams out of a tie for first place before Thursday's match-up between the two Pierce County schools in Ellsworth. The Panthers lost an exciting 83-77 contest at Osceola in overtime while Prescott fell to Durand 39-34.
PLUM CITY - Fans should get their seats early in the Plum City High school gymnasium Thursday. Not just because it's Alumni Band Night in PC, but also because the contest between Colfax and the Blue Devils will be for first place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. The Vikings, despite being ranked No. 12 in Division 4, lost Thursday 54-49 to Elk Mound, leaving them a game ahead of Plum City in the standings, 7-2 to 6-2. "We'll find out if we're a conference title contender Thursday night," Plum City head coach Paul Churchill said.
There's no tying in basketball, so either the Plum City or Spring Valley high school girls' basketball teams will get their first win of the season Tuesday evening. The game will be at Plum City with the tip-off at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals are 0-13 so far this season, coming off a 53-32 loss to Elmwood last Thursday while the Blue Devils fell to 0-10 after losing 51-39 at Gilmanton Monday. PC had rallied to cut the Panthers' lead to 43-37 with two minutes remaining. But Gilmanton, 4-6 overall, outscored Plum City 8-2 the rest of the way. Heather Von Holtum led PC in scoring with 15 points.
PLUM CITY - For the fourth time this month Plum City High School boys' basketball team has had to go to an overtime session to decide a ballgame's outcome. The Blue Devils improved their record in such contests to 3-1 after winning 65-60 over Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran Friday evening. The Blue Devils led by six with a little over a minute to go but a pair of turnovers helped Immanuel tie the score at the end of regulation. In the overtime session, PC outscored the Lancers, 6-2 overall, 5-0. Chase Luebker again led Plum City in scoring with 28 points. Alex Gilles finished with 15.
The final regular home dual meet for the No.2 ranked Ellsworth High School wrestling team takes place Thursday evening at 7 p.m. against Pierce County rival Prescott. Ellsworth is 13-2 overall and 5-0 in the Middle Border Conference while Prescott is 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Ellsworth High School's boys' basketball team saw a 17-point lead evaporate in the fourth quarter against Prescott. But the Panthers held on to win 60-54 Tuesday evening at home. Ellsworth outscored Prescott 24-10 in the first half to turn a 9-9 first quarter tie into a 33-19 halftime lead. The Purple led by as many as 17 points in the second half led by Jimmy Miska's game-high 31 points. Put the Cardinals, led by the scoring of Trevor Steger and Karl Stenerson fought their way back to cut the Panther lead to two at 56-54 with 25 seconds to go.
Constant change. Sudden change. Quick change. It was all a University of Minnesota football player had to go through during the 2010 regular season. Prescott's Jake Filkins was swept up in the cyclone of change which affected the Golden Gophers' gridiron program.
ELMWOOD - No one team should have to endure so many close losses but Elmwood High School's girls basketball team once again came oh-so-close, losing 45-44 at home to Boyceville Friday. Five of the Raiders eight losses have come by a combined total of 15 points. The Bulldogs outscored the Raiders 15-2 in the third quarter after Elmwood lead 24-19 at halftime and looked to cruise the rest of the way.
OSCEOLA - The Ellsworth High School wrestling team notched another MBC dual meet win, 64-8 Thursday over Osceola. Big wins came the Panthers way. EHS recorded five pins, a technical fall and picked up three forfeits as well. Getting pins for the Panthers were Brent Stockwell at 125 pounds, Logan Kemmerer at 145, Noah McLay at 171, Zac Reister at 215 and Lucas Albarado at 285. The tech.
PRESCOTT - Prescott High School's wrestling team won their final home dual meet of this season 48-18 over Durand Thursday. The Cardinals were able to get forfeit wins for Trevor Leyde at 103, Josh Farr at 112, Nick Opdahl at 130, Colton Pufeerst at 145 and Joe Smith at 152 pounds. PHS' Tyler Dahl scored a win by pinfall at 189 pounds in 1:57 and so did Troy Urman at 119 and Lee Boles at 152. Prescott evens their overall record at 3-3 and is 3-2 in the Middle Border Conference. Next Thursday they wrestle at Ellsworth.