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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MADISON -- Ellsworth advanced two wrestlers into the finals of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Friday at the Kohl Center. Sam Huppert at 103 pounds and Hayden Hauschildt at 135 both won Division 2 semifinal matches to qualify for the finals. Huppert built an 8-0 lead on Peshtigo's Mack Drees in the second period, thanks to five points on nearfalls from inside cradles.
MADISON, Wis. -- Ellsworth is down to its final three wrestlers as two of the team's contingent of five were eliminated from competition Thursday evening in the preliminary round of the WIAA Division 2 State Individual Tournament at the Kohl Center. Chace Kinneman was a successful prelim wrestler for Ellsworth as he pinned River Valley's Trever McKeown at 119 in 2:15. Kinneman exploded for a double-leg takedown in the first period for his first points then recorded the pin quickly in the second. Kinneman will take on East Troy's Jake Zess at 11:15 a.m.
ELMWOOD, Wis. -- After Jesse Seifert buried a three-pointer at the first-half buzzer, Pepin looked in good shape in its first round, WIAA Division 4 regional contest against No. 2-seeded Elmwood Tuesday. But first-half heroics faded down the stretch for the Lakers, who lost 61-43 to Elmwood. The No. 7-seeded Lakers were down 29-27 at halftime after overcoming an early 15-6 deficit. But Elmwood's defense held Pepin to just one field goal and three points total in the third quarter while scoring 20 themselves.
SOMERSET, Wis. -- Ellsworth will once again have a sizeable contingent competing at this weekend's WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Madison. The Panthers advanced five wrestlers, including two champions, from Saturday's Division 2 Somerset Sectional meet. Winning sectional titles were Sam Huppert at 103 pounds and Hayden Hauschildt at 135. Hauschildt won his second straight sectional championship when he knocked off Bloomer's Luke Nayes by a 13-2 major decision.
ELLSWORTH -- For Ellsworth senior Sam Huggett, there was no better way to play her final regular season contest on the Panthers' home floor. Huggett scored a career-high 26 points Thursday to lead the Panthers to a 54-40 win over rival New Richmond. "My coaches have told me to stay confident, and everybody today from our families to our fans were very encouraging, so I was ready and excited to play tonight," Huggett said.
AMERY, Wis. -- Chace Kinneman had a very special night. On Tuesday the Ellsworth wrestler not only led the Panthers to their third straight WIAA Division 2 sectional title, he also established himself as one of the best in his weight class for Saturday's upcoming individual sectionals. Kinneman, the team captain, scored a crucial pin at 119 pounds in the Panthers' close 35-32 semifinal win over Neillsville and gave Barron's Kaleb Stephens his first loss of the season in the finals where the Panthers also won 45-13. "It all came from the heart today," Kinneman said.
WEST SALEM, Wis. -- Nine individual Ellsworth wrestlers and the entire Panther team will continue on after Saturday's WIAA Division 2 West Salem-Bangor Regional. The No. 3 ranked Panthers comfortably won their fourth straight regional title with 260.5 points. Durand was second with 159.5 and Melrose-Mindoro/Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau placed third with 149 points. Seven teams competed in the regional meet. The first-place team competes at 11 a.m. today in Amery at the team sectional.
ELLSWORTH -- After a competitive contest the first go round, New Richmond made sure the second game against Ellsworth wasn't as competitive. The top-ranked Tigers dominated from start to finish to win 52-31. New Richmond scored the game's first 11 points and Ellsworth didn't get its first basket until the 3:08 mark of the first quarter. The Tigers led 25-11 at halftime. A quick five points from Drew Hipple brought the Panthers within 11 at 27-16 but when the home team started to build momentum, New Richmond's 6-foot-7 center Dan Stovall answered with a pair of rim-shaking dunks.
DURAND, Wis. -- Ellsworth's modest two-game winning streak in girls basketball was snapped brutally by their Highway 10 rivals Thursday. Durand crushed the Panthers 57-28. Ellsworth did not score a basket until under 3:50 to play in both the first and second quarters. They trailed 29-14 at halftime and were outscored 28-14 in the second half, including 12-3 in the fourth quarter. The Panthers won their last two games by outrebounding their opponents, but Durand dominated returned the favor in this contest. "Their press took us out of what we wanted to do on offense," Ellsworth coach J.
ELLSWORTH -- While the fourth-ever meeting between state wrestling champions Ellsworth and Apple Valley was the highlight of Saturday's Ellsworth Quadrangular, it was not the most important dual for the Panthers. The most important contest was between the third-ranked Panthers and a strong Tomah squad.