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 -- A decision had to be made. Plum City faced a fourth-and-goal at the two yard line with 2:45 left to play. The scored was tied 14-14. One undefeated team -- the Blue Devils or Lake Holcombe -- would be handed its first loss. Would the Blue Devils let Brazilian foreign-exchange student Lucas Riebero kick a field goal or would the team go for the touchdown? Plum City players made the decision. "They said they wanted to go for the touchdown and they called the play," Plum City coach Pete Adler said.
Perhaps nowhere in the U.S. better exemplifies itself as a distinct region across state lines than the Delmarva Peninsula. Delmarva is short for Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, the states that make up the land mass surrounded by Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Actually, the peninsula is really an island because Pennsylvanians and those from Wilmington, Del., who come to the Delmarva to vacation have to cross the man-made Delaware River Canal, which makes the peninsula completely surrounded by water.
PLUM CITY -- Playing in its first four-game match of the season Tuesday evening, Plum City defeated rival Elmwood 25-5, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20. Brittany Hinrichs took a slim advantage in Game 1 and made it 17-6 after nine straight service points.
ELLSWORTH -- Nearly 500 yards of total offense, including 276 on the ground from running back Tony Martin, helped Somerset bulldoze Ellsworth 44-6 Friday, wrecking the Panthers' homecoming festivities. The Spartans stay unbeaten at 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Middle Border Conference, while the Panthers fall to 4-2 and 3-1. Somerset had 499 yards of total offense, 437 of that on the ground on 62 attempts. Martin led the way with 276 yards rushing and quarterback Justin Trautmiller added 100 more in the Spartans' wishbone offense.
ELLSWORTH -- Two top-three finishes led to second-place team finishes for Ellsworth's girls and boys cross country teams at Tuesday's Ellsworth Invitational. "Both of our teams ran well today," Ellsworth coach Mark Chapin said. "I think this meet showed we're set up to have strong endings to the season for both our squads." The Panthers' Morgan Place finished second in the girls race in a time of 16 minutes, 2 seconds while Ellsworth's Aaron Nelson took third in the boys race in 17:43. New Richmond won the girls meet with 45 points, followed by Ellsworth 56, St.
CLAYTON, Wis. -- Plum City head coach Pete Adler commended his defensive assistant coaches for putting together a perfect game plan against Clayton, whom the Blue Devils squared off against and pummeled 35-0 Saturday afternoon. "We were as well prepared for them as we could possibly be," Adler said. "They do a lot of things that we hadn't seen before like play exclusively from the shot gun formation, and they run a lot of trip formations and run fullback options. Plus they have a great quarterback in Jordan LaBlanc and good receivers as well.
PRESCOTT -- Ellsworth's football team scored 26 points in the first quarter on its way to a 40-7 rout of Pierce County rival Prescott in both school's Middle Border Conference opener Friday evening at Laney Field. "It was important that we got ahead of them very early in the ball game because we knew it was going to go a long way in determining the outcome," Ellsworth coach Conrad Bekkum said. The Panthers, 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the MBC, had a 26-0 lead with over four minutes remaining in the first.
ELLSWORTH -- Two first-half River Falls touchdowns and multiple missed opportunities kept the Panthers at bay in a 35-24 home loss. River Falls, 2-0 overall, controlled the line of scrimmage through much of the first half, punting only once. Wildcat running back Levi Johnson scored on touchdown runs of four and 27 yards to put the Wildcats ahead 14-0. Ellsworth, 1-1 overall, got back in the game with a quick drive finished by fullback Tyler Fraizer's two-yard touchdown run.
PLUM CITY -- After a rough first half, Plum City pulled away from Cochrane-Fountain City by outscoring them 26-0 in the second half in a 32-3 season opening win Friday. Chris Biederman provided the spark for the Blue Devils. On their first possession of the second half and facing a fourth down on the C-FC 36-yard line, Biederman was able to find an opening and elude several tacklers to the end zone. He then added a 20-yard touchdown run on the Devils' next possession. "The offensive line did a great job in the second half," Biederman said.
ELLSWORTH -- "Every fair should have a Frank Brown." Frank Ginther, the Pierce County Fair's 4-H youth development agent, says this because of the valuable contributions Brown has made since 1985. Brown is a member of the fair's livestock board, has helped with 4-H computer projects and used his computer expertise to help keep livestock records and type up fair results over these past 23 years. Only once during that span has he missed a Pierce County Fair -- in 2003 he was on a yearlong religious mission in Kenya. "Well, they managed to go on without me.