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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PEPIN -- Steve Pax scored all four Elmwood touchdowns and made a key interception to led to his team to a 28-21 win over the Lakers. Pepin had three interceptions and one fumble. The first came on Pepin's first drive, which was stopped at the Elmwood 20-yard line. The second came with 2:08 to go in the fourth quarter as Pax snagged a Joe Marcks pass out of the air with one hand. He returned it deep into Lakers' territory and scored on the ensuing possession. Pepin had 25 seconds and 95 yards to go to tie the score or take the lead on its final drive.
PLUM CITY -- You don't always need a big spike or an ace to get a prep volleyball team fired up. Sometimes a great play on defensive does just as well. Plum City demonstrated that Tuesday evening in the first round of the WIAA Division 4 Regional Tournament and it helped the Blue Devils sweep aside Pepin 25-16, 25-12, 25-22. Two defensive plays occurred in Game 2. The score was tied 7-7 when Plum City defenders on two separate volleys dived to the floor to keep the ball from landing.
ELMWOOD, Wis. -- The pressure was on Plum City. The Blue Devils were undefeated, riding a 34-game regular season winning streak, holding the No. 6 ranking in the state and playing on the road against a highly-regarded opponent. Under those circumstances, the Blue Devils calmly stepped up to the plate with a 21-14 victory over Elmwood to clinch a share of their fourth straight South Lakeland Conference title. "The offense came through when it needed to and the defense came through when it needed to," Plum City coach Pete Adler said.
ELLSWORTH -- Proposals for a comprehensive plan law to manage planning for the Village of Ellsworth are ready for village board discussion. On Monday, Village President Gerald DeWolfe referred the proposals to the finance committee to be studied and worked into the 2009 budget. The committee will meet again Oct. 29 at the village hall. Comprehensive plan laws are required of local governments in Wisconsin as part of the 1999-2001 Wisconsin biennial budget. The board will take up the proposals at its next regular meeting on Nov.
ELLSWORTH -- The first and the last part of Ellsworth's volleyball match against New Richmond was some of the best action the Panthers have played all season. But New Richmond dominated the middle part on Tuesday and won the Middle Border Conference match-up 3-1. Ellsworth got off to a great start in Game 1, leading 14-6 after a kill by Amanda Reeder. The Tigers were able to come back to tie the score and even take the lead.
ELLSWORTH - In the track meet that broke out at Friday's game, Ellsworth just couldn't keep up. Amery scored 31 points in the first half and beat the Panthers 44-35 to drop them to 0-5 overall, 0-3 in the Middle Border Conference. Both teams traded touchdowns in a first half that featured very little defense. After falling behind 6-0, Panthers quarterback Josh Miska hooked up with Coty McLaughlin on a 13-yard touchdown pass. Zach Lofgren's extra point gave Ellsworth its only lead of the ballgame at 7-6.
ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth Village Board's rejection of a premise extension for Danny Dunn's bar also could end the annual East End Street Dance and other outdoor events held by local taverns. The board turned down a request Monday by the new owner of Danny Dun's Pub, Krista Melstrom, upon recommendation of the Health, License and Welfare Committee. Melstrom told the board she was willing to be flexible and try alleviate the board's concerns, which included potential traffic problems.
ELLSWORTH -- The Panthers made a number of early-season miscues that proved costly in their 34-27 loss Thursday night against St. Croix Central at Fuller-Symes Field. Perhaps the most critical mistake was a bad snap into the end zone that Central recovered late in the first quarter to claim a 34-20 lead. "We had a lot of young players in their first varsity game and we had a lot of first game mistakes," Ellsworth coach Conrad Bekkum said.
ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth Village Board has approved a one-year building extension for a proposed strip mall in the Crossing Meadows Development. Lonnie Feuerhelm told the board he has all the necessary permits from the state to proceed with building and has already spent $18,000 on the proposed mall. However, poor economic conditions have meant no renters so far. "I?m not going to put a building out there with no renters," Feuerhelm said. "Times are tough, and maybe I'll have to eat $18,000. I'm certainly paying more in property taxes, because the land has doubled in value.
BAY CITY -- Three unanswered runs in the top of the sixth inning may very well keep Bay City out of the upcoming Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. Hudson plated those runs Sunday afternoon to break a 2-2 tie and went on to win the St. Croix Valley League season finale. The win helps Hudson clinch a tie for the SCVL North Division title.