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 -- The first and the last part of Ellsworth's volleyball match against New Richmond was some of the best action the Panthers have played all season. But New Richmond dominated the middle part on Tuesday and won the Middle Border Conference match-up 3-1. Ellsworth got off to a great start in Game 1, leading 14-6 after a kill by Amanda Reeder. The Tigers were able to come back to tie the score and even take the lead.
ELLSWORTH - In the track meet that broke out at Friday's game, Ellsworth just couldn't keep up. Amery scored 31 points in the first half and beat the Panthers 44-35 to drop them to 0-5 overall, 0-3 in the Middle Border Conference. Both teams traded touchdowns in a first half that featured very little defense. After falling behind 6-0, Panthers quarterback Josh Miska hooked up with Coty McLaughlin on a 13-yard touchdown pass. Zach Lofgren's extra point gave Ellsworth its only lead of the ballgame at 7-6.
ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth Village Board's rejection of a premise extension for Danny Dunn's bar also could end the annual East End Street Dance and other outdoor events held by local taverns. The board turned down a request Monday by the new owner of Danny Dun's Pub, Krista Melstrom, upon recommendation of the Health, License and Welfare Committee. Melstrom told the board she was willing to be flexible and try alleviate the board's concerns, which included potential traffic problems.
ELLSWORTH -- The Panthers made a number of early-season miscues that proved costly in their 34-27 loss Thursday night against St. Croix Central at Fuller-Symes Field. Perhaps the most critical mistake was a bad snap into the end zone that Central recovered late in the first quarter to claim a 34-20 lead. "We had a lot of young players in their first varsity game and we had a lot of first game mistakes," Ellsworth coach Conrad Bekkum said.
ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth Village Board has approved a one-year building extension for a proposed strip mall in the Crossing Meadows Development. Lonnie Feuerhelm told the board he has all the necessary permits from the state to proceed with building and has already spent $18,000 on the proposed mall. However, poor economic conditions have meant no renters so far. "I?m not going to put a building out there with no renters," Feuerhelm said. "Times are tough, and maybe I'll have to eat $18,000. I'm certainly paying more in property taxes, because the land has doubled in value.
BAY CITY -- Three unanswered runs in the top of the sixth inning may very well keep Bay City out of the upcoming Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. Hudson plated those runs Sunday afternoon to break a 2-2 tie and went on to win the St. Croix Valley League season finale. The win helps Hudson clinch a tie for the SCVL North Division title.
ELLSWORTH -- An eight-run fifth inning erased an early Ellsworth lead and led to a 13-3 Prescott win Wednesday evening at Young Field. The loss all but ends any chance Ellsworth had of making a return trip to the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. The Hubbers needed to win their last three St. Croix Valley League games to assure themselves a bid. Now they have a 5-7 SCVL record while Prescott, the league's South Division champions, boasts an 11-3 mark. Ellsworth went ahead 1-0 in the first when Nick Bayer scored on J.P. Paulson's RBI single.
ELLSWORTH -- A new grandstand will be constructed this fall at the Pierce County Fairgrounds, the Ellsworth Village Board decided on Monday. The 1,200-seat grandstand will include restrooms and an exhibit building.
PRAIRIE FARM, Wis. - With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning of a WIAA Division 4 regional final, Prairie Farm pitched around Plum City's Chris Biederman, willingly giving up a run to prevent a possible grand slam from the Blue Devil slugger. They couldn't, however, pitch around Kyle Flynn. The Plum City senior connected on a grand slam himself following Biederman's walk and the Panthers' lead was cut to one at 11-10. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, though, Prairie Farm reliever Brandon Guthrie steadied himself after a rugged sixth and got the outs he needed to help his
MEDFORD, Wis. - Ellsworth's girls track and field team qualified athletes in a school record eight events at Thursday's WIAA Division 2 Medford Sectional. The Panthers qualified three relay teams and will have individuals in five events at next weekend's state meet in La Crosse, Wis. Morgan Place will be one heading back to state. She placed second in both the 1,600-meter run and 3,200 and was a part of the Panthers' 3,200 relay that also qualified with a the top four finish. Ellsworth will also have their 1,600 relay team back at state as well.