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 -- Goodhue overcame a sluggish first half of play to beat Ellsworth 54-45 in a non-conference contest Thursday. The Wildcats, who improve to 5-5 overall, were down 30-24 at halftime and trailed by as many as eight points. They had several players in foul trouble and missed numerous shots and free throws. Head coach Dick Lodermeier said inconsistent play has been a trademark of this team so far this season. "I wish I had the answer to that question as to why we've been so up and down," Lodermeier said.
ELLSWORTH -- With a lot of new faces in Ellsworth's lineup, a few seasoned veterans stepped up Saturday at the Ellsworth Invitational to show the newcomers how to win. The No. 2 ranked Panthers won their fifth straight Ellsworth Invitational title thanks to the efforts of repeat champions Chace Kinneman, Hayden Hauschildt and Reuben Huppert. Nine other wrestlers also placed in the top six. Ellsworth was first in the nine-team meet with 299 points, followed by River Falls with 230 and Park of Cottage Grove with 224.5. The No.
ELLSWORTH -- To err is human. Some errors cost more than others, however, and in Friday's Ellsworth-Prescott boys basketball game, it may have cost the Panthers a win. Prescott managed to eke out an exciting 64-61 win with one of Ellsworth's top three-point shooters, Aaron Nelson, mistakenly sent to the bench with what appeared to be his fifth foul of the game. Twenty seconds later, during a time-out, the head official came to the scorers' table and said he made a mistake.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. -- In a prep sport that often favors young runners, there's nothing like a little senior experience when it comes to the state meet. That experience paid off for Morgan Place as the Ellsworth runner had one of the school's best finishes in Saturday's WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country Meet by placing ninth with a career-best time of 15 minutes, 14 seconds. Experience kept Place from making a mistake common to runners in their first or second state meets -- running all out from the opening gun on the 4,000-meter course at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
MONDOVI, Wis. -- Repeating as state champions is never easy, but a seasoned offensive line is a great place to start. The big, experienced line for Gilman certainly did its job well in Saturday's WIAA Division 7 contest against fifth-ranked Plum City. The defending state champions rushed for 277 yards and had 348 yards of total offense in a 34-21 victory at Fairgrounds Stadium. After dominating opponents up front all season, Plum City met its match Saturday.
MOSINEE, Wis. -- Any defense in football wants its opponents to be facing difficult tough yardage conversions. Except, of course, when the offense scores touchdowns despite the down and distance. That explains why Ellsworth was bounced from the WIAA Division 3 Playoffs so quickly Tuesday.
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STRUM, Wis. -- Augusta dethroned Plum City as regional champion Saturday evening by a score of 3-1 in the finals of the WIAA Division 4 Eleva-Strum Regional: 23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-21. Plum City took the first game 25-23.
PLUM CITY -- Offensive linemen don't get publicity like skill-position players, yet football games cannot be won without them. After a few of Plum City's best linemen were properly honored before Thursday's contest against Elmwood on Senior Night, they proceeded to do what they've done all season -- provide the protection and the holes for Plum City's young backfield, who ran their way to a 34-14 victory. Plum City (9-0, 7-0) finishes undefeated in both the regular season and in South Lakeland Conference play for the third season in a row, while Elmwood finishes 6-3 and 5-2. Plum City wa
PLUM CITY -- A decision had to be made. Plum City faced a fourth-and-goal at the two yard line with 2:45 left to play. The scored was tied 14-14. One undefeated team -- the Blue Devils or Lake Holcombe -- would be handed its first loss. Would the Blue Devils let Brazilian foreign-exchange student Lucas Riebero kick a field goal or would the team go for the touchdown? Plum City players made the decision. "They said they wanted to go for the touchdown and they called the play," Plum City coach Pete Adler said.