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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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.
GILMANTON, Wis. -- Both Plum City and Gilmanton were exhausted near the end of Thursday's WIAA Division 4 Arcadia Regional semifinal. Given the fact Plum City had to fight its way back several times to just stay even with top-seeded Panthers, the fourth-seeded Blue Devils were vulnerable to a quick counterattack. Such a run happened in overtime and it was enough to lift the Panthers to a 63-59 win. Plum City trailed 20-16 at halftime.
SPRING VALLEY, Wis. -- Pepin played like an underdog fighting the champ in Tuesday's WIAA Division 4 Arcadia Regional, hanging with the second-seeded Cardinals for three quarters. But in the fourth, Spring Valley finally delivered the knockout blow. The 25-4 drubbing in the final quarter keyed the 55-32 victory. Pepin led at halftime 19-16 and upped that lead to 21-16 early in the third quarter after a basket by Nathan Stein.
MADISON -- Hayden Hauschildt joined Mark Matzek and Rick and Gary Langer as Ellsworth's two-time state wrestling champions when he pinned Iowa-Grant/Highland's Justin Washburn in 3 minutes, 13 seconds at the Wisconsin individual wrestling state tournament. Hauschildt won the Division 2 145-pound championship Saturday evening. Last year he was the 135-pound champion. Rick Langer was the champion in 1973 and 1974 and Gary Langer earned titles in 1979 and 1980.
MADISON -- Jack Radabaugh will be one busy man this evening. But it will be a good kind of busy. The Ellsworth head wrestling coach will have four wrestlers in the finals of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Kohl Center. Hayden Hauschildt will be back to defend his state title. He defeated Sugar River Co-op's previously unbeaten Kalvin York 8-5 at 145 pounds in Division 2. Sam Huppert will be back to the finals as well, looking to win his first state championship after beating Daniel Bahn of Clinton 4-3 at 112. New finalists for the Panthers are D.J.
MADISON - It's difficult being a prep wrestler trying to focus in on a match along with trying to deal with all the sights and sounds of the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament. But having familiar opponents helped Ellsworth's Sam Huppert and Jordan Borst advance to today's quarterfinal round with wins Thursday evening. Huppert had wrestled Portage's Ryan Hayes at the Bi-State Classic last December and lost by a point. This time Huppert scored the early advantage with a takedown and three-point nearfallk on a cradle that put him ahead 5-1.
ELLSWORTH - On its way to victory, leading by nine points midway through the third quarter, Ellsworth collapsed Thursday evening against Amery. The Warriors outscored the Panthers 31-6 for the duration of the game and won the Middle Border Conference contest 53-37. Foul trouble hurt a Panthers squad that led 31-22. But a lack of leadership also hurt when things started to go wrong. "Give Amery credit for playing physical defense against us on the perimeter and clogging the penetration lanes," Ellsworth coach Cory Brathol said.
SOMERSET, Wis. -- Ellsworth easily dispatched of its two opponents at Tuesday evening's Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 Somerset Team Sectional. With the wins, the Panthers claimed their fifth straight title and a berth in the state team tournament March 6-7. The No. 2-ranked Panthers beat Maple Northwestern 68-3 in the semifinals and Amery 56-11 in the finals. Ellsworth, 15-7 overall, will take on No. 8 Pewaukee in the state semifinals in Madison. The other semifinal pits No. 1 Lodi vs. No. 4 Oconto Falls. Ellsworth recorded five pinfalls in under a minute.
ELLSWORTH -- The No. 2 Ellsworth wrestling squad hosted and dominated its Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association Division 2 regional tournament, winning with 287 points. The next closest finisher, Melrose-Mindoro/ Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, finished with 177 points Saturday. The Panthers advanced 11 wrestlers to Saturday's individual sectional meet at Osceola while the Ellsworth team will compete tonight in the team sectional at Somerset. The Panthers' semifinal opponent is Maple Northwestern.