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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PLUM CITY -- Six Plum City High School girls basketball players were honored during Senior Night festivities before the Blue Devils' contest with Elmwood Thursday. Those seniors then proceeded to dismantle their Pierce County rivals 69-37. Ashley Hinrichs led Plum City scoring with 21 points, and fellow senior Amanda Daleiden finished with 19 points.
ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth High School boys basketball team missed all kinds of baskets Friday night against Pierce County rival Prescott. Easy shots, off-balanced shots, three-pointers, mid-range jumpers, shots right under the basket, layups, you name it and the Panthers missed it. Ellsworth head coach Cory Brathol attributed the poor shooting partly to plain bad luck; many went in and out or bounced off the rim. But he also attributed poor defense to why the Panthers struggled to score.
PLUM CITY -- If only the Plum City boys basketball team could have played all four quarters the same way it did the second quarter -- where the Blue Devils outscored Spring Valley 20-9 and held the Cardinals' leading scorer, Corey Blaedorn, to just two points. But Blaedorn was unleashed in the second half to score 21 of his game-high 31 points in at 77-73 Spring Valley win Thursday. Blue Devil head coach Wayne Radle said his ballclub didn't do anything special to keep Blaedorn in check in the second quarter. "We did switch to a man-to-man defense, but nothing more than that," Radle said.
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PLUM CITY -- Pepin High School's girls basketball team used a spread zone defense to force Plum City to shoot from the outside, allowing them to stay competitive with the Blue Devils in Tuesday's Dunn-St. Croix Conference contest. Plum City countered by attacking the gaps in the Laker zone, which allowed them to outscore their rivals 35-22 in the second half for a 59-42 victory. The Blue Devils struggled shooting in the first half and had post player Ashley Hinrichs on the bench with two fouls. Pepin's Tasha Heit scored 10 points to keep the score close.
ELLSWORTH -- Colfax may be in first place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, but it didn't play that way in Monday's non-conference contest. The Panthers exploded for 48 points in the first half and won handily 85-57. Tempo control keyed the game. The Vikings played exactly the way the Panthers wanted them to by trying to run with them.
ELLSWORTH -- Second-ranked Ellsworth was able to come away with a split decision at Saturday's triangular. The Panthers beat Tomah 56-12 but lost to No. 1 Apple Valley 59-10 Saturday afternoon. Ellsworth had three winners against Apple Valley. Shawn Helmueller defeated Matt Hechsel by a 15-2 major decision at 160. Nick Oeltjen won at heavyweight 4-0 over Joe Sullivan and Sam Huppert beat Steven Mincey 7-1 at 112 pounds. All but Oeltjen were winners against Tomah.
ELLSWORTH - Ellsworth's hustle, drive and energy kept the Panthers in contention with Prescott for much of Friday's Middle Border Conference contest. They had the rebounds, steals, bruises and floor burns to show for it. Then Prescott's top players emerged in the fourth quarter to lead the 12-1 Cardinals to a 50-38 victory. Ellsworth took a 31-28 lead at the start of the fourth quarter after Shannon Campbell sank her third 3-point shot. However, the Panthers did not score another field goal for the rest of the game. Their remaining points came at the free-throw line.
PLUM CITY -- The Blue Devils relentless press helped them defeat the rival Raiders 71-44 Friday. Plum City led 11-6 at the end of the first quarter and just 13-10 early in the second. But the Devils sped up the tempo of the game with a full-court press in the second quarter that led to a 21-0 run. "I think our team is better off when the tempo of the game is fast and where we can use our quickness and tenacity on defense to give us an advantage," Plum City coach Wayne Radle said.
ELLSWORTH -- Despite leading for much of the game, Ellsworth couldn't close out Somerset on Tuesday evening. The Spartans took the lead with 35 seconds to go on Luke Buerkley's 3-pointer and went on to win 58-56 in Middle Border Conference action. Ellsworth led 27-18 after the first quarter and seemed to be in control. "Cripes, everything was working for us in the first quarter," Ellsworth coach Cory Brathol said. "We hit outside shots and took it to the basket and made layups.