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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HAGER CITY - A small sinkhole cracked open right in the middle of Hwy. 35 south near its intersection with Hwy. 63 yesterday evening. Mike Hawkins of Bay City, made the discovery of the sinkhole around 7 p.m. Tuesday and put down two jugs of Prestone anti-freeze to keep drivers turning south on Hwy. 35 away from it. He said he saw a small crack in the road in the same spot a few days ago. "It just looked like another pothole, I didn't think much of it" Hawkins said.
LA CROSSE - The Ellsworth High School Wrestling team is in position to successfully defend its Bi-State Classic title after the first round's action Thursday at the La Cross Center. The Panthers have 10 wrestlers still alive in the tournament field. Three of them will be wrestling in the semifinals Friday morning. Action begins at 9:30 a.m. and goes all day with the finals at 6 p.m. EHS's Jens Lantz at 113 pounds, Roarke Langer at 132 and Parker Hines at 195 will be competing in the semifinals.
MENOMONIE - Plum City High School football team's regular season winning streak ended at 52 games as Spring Valley defeated the Blue Devils 38-18 Saturday evening in the final game of the Gridiron Classic at UW-Stout's Williams Stadium. Spring Valley took control of the game in the first quarter scoring on their first two drives with touchdown runs of one and 21 yards by quarterback John Newton and fullback Steve Von Haden. Valley led 19-0 after a one-yard touchdown run by Kyle Bosshart when Plum City scored its first TD on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Chad Fox to Chase Luebker. Luebker
The Dawn McPherson home at N4175 610th Ave. in the town of Ellsworth was badly damaged by a fire Monday evening. Authorities received a call from a neighbor who saw flames about 10 p.m. The first sheriff's deputy heading to the scene told the dispatcher she could see flames from Hwy. 10, more than a mile away. When Ellsworth Fire and Ambulance crews arrived, they were uncertain whether the two-story home was occupied. A neighbor had shut off an LP tank outside the house prior to the fire department's arrival. It wasn't until about 10:20 p.m.
ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth Village Board unanimously approved a new one-year contract with union employees Monday and received the unanimous recommendation of the financing, purchasing and buildings committee to approve the village operating budget for 2011. The contract calls for a wage adjustment of 2 percent starting Jan. 1 and 1 percent starting July 1, with a change in language on longevity pay back from Jan. 1, 1989, to the date of hire. The proposed 2011 budget will spend $3,136,889, leaving a shortfall of $597,412 as compared to revenues.
DURAND - It seemed that for every good play Ellsworth made in Friday's Middle Border Conference contest with rival Durand, it was quickly erased by a bad one. And the bad ones hurt, with Durand scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on interception returns, blunting an Ellsworth rally and leading to a 34-10 win. Ellsworth was down 21-0 in the fourth quarter when the Panthers scored their touchdown, a 4-yard run by Tanner Eggenberger.
Heavy rain from Tuesday evening's storm has left parts of Pierce County under water, especially along the Rush River and Trimbelle Creek. Sections of Highway 10 and 63 were closed by Pierce County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday morning. A flash flood warning was in effect for the county until noon. Highway 10 near CTH. A was closed at 6 a.m. this morning and the Rush River swollen to cover 100 feet of roadway near Wieser's Concrete. The Rush also overflowed its banks along Highway 72 near the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club.
The Pierce County Department of Health has ordered the old Ellsworth Senior/Junior High building closed Thursday and deemed non-occupancy status after FDA officials and U.S. Marshals seized contaminated foodstuffs from the building Tuesday. "We have received public health complaints about the building and we are in the process of conducting and investigation," Sue Galoff of the Pierce County Health Department said.
MADISON -- Ellsworth rallied twice from deficits to win the school's fourth state wrestling championship. The No. 2 Panthers defeated No. 4 Pewaukee 33-19 in the semifinals and No. 1 ranked Lodi 35-23 in the finals of the WIAA Division 2 state team wrestling tournament Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Field House. Versus Lodi, Ellsworth trailed 17-3 after the 103-pound match. The Panthers rallied back with wins by Sam Huppert at 112, a key pinfall by D.J. Yarwood at 119 and a major decision by Taylor Boettcher at 125.