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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ELLSWORTH -- When you've wrestled three of the top 10 ranked schools in Minnesota's biggest class, facing an unbeaten Amery squad in a Middle Border Conference showdown doesn't seem quite so daunting. That played a key role in No. 2 Ellsworth's 51-10 win Thursday over the Warriors. "We pride ourselves on wrestling the best competition there is and not being afraid of anyone," Ellsworth coach Jack Radabaugh said. "We're not afraid to lose. If you get beat by a team that's better than you, it happens.
COLFAX, Wis. -- Plum City didn't just get up on the wrong side of bed last Saturday. It looked like the Blue Devils never woke up at all in 67-51 loss at Colfax. Besides ice cold shooting, the Blue Devils committed plenty of turnovers, had players in the wrong spots and couldn't catch passes or grab rebounds. "It was a terrible performance," Plum City coach Wayne Radle said. "We didn't play well and I give credit to Colfax for doing all the little things right and that made a big difference considering how bad we played." Despite such poor play, Plum City actually led 24-23 at halftime.
PRESCOTT -- Ellsworth might have its best basketball team in a decade, but nothing is going to come easy. The Panthers discovered that Friday against Prescott, but managed a 62-54 win. Ellsworth was ahead 8-2 in the first quarter when a 15-0 Prescott run, fueled by nine points from Cardinals center David Jerrick, put the Panthers down by nine points. But thanks to baskets from Drew Hipple, Caleb Peterson, Chris Niedfeldt and a pair of free-throws from Nick Niedfeldt, Ellsworth led again 18-17 at the end of the first quarter. Peterson was effective sinking mid-range jumpers.
Conrad Bekkum announced his retirement as Ellsworth's football coach Monday evening at the December meeting of the Ellsworth School Board. Bekkum has been associated with the Ellsworth football program for three decades. He started as the freshman coach back 1981. He became one of the main assistant coaches in 1988 under coach Craig Olson. Together they were part of the 1990 state championship squad that finished with a 12-1 record.
ELLSWORTH - Ellsworth hit its last shot and Lake City missed its last shot in the final 11 seconds of Monday's non-conference game as the Panthers won 54-53. Nick Niedfeldt made a jumper with 10.9 second left to put Ellsworth up by one point. He also sank four free-throws late in the fourth quarter, part of an 11-point effort. Niedfeldt was able to stay in the ballgame with four fouls while the Tigers were without their two leading scorers late in the game.
ELLSWORTH - The Panthers used five pins in the middleweights to push themselves past Prescott 55-16 Thursday in the Panthers' season opening dual meet. Ellsworth, ranked No. 2 in the state, won despite not having the services of team captain and defending state champion Hayden Hauschildt, who was out with an injury. They were delt a second blow when heavyweight Charlie Hinck went down with an injury in his match, causing the Panthers to lose six points by default. Trailing Prescott 9-6, the Panthers made their run. Among those scoring pins were D.J.
ELLSWORTH -- With just one dissenting vote, the Village Board approved Ellsworth's 2009 budget Monday. Trustee Dave Deiss cast the lone no vote. He said before the meeting the village should not raise the tax levy by 2 percent due to the economy, which is now officially in recession. The debate centered on the reserve fund. The overwhelming majority of board members felt, as Village President Gerald DeWolfe does, that maintaining such a fund with a large amount is good planning and diligence. "You never know when you're going to need that money," DeWolfe said in a recent interview.
MAIDEN ROCK - No matter that the weather was cold and blustery and snow was in the air and on the ground, about 100 volunteers walked through tall prairie grasses with a purpose Nov.
ELLSWORTH -- There is a contradiction when it comes to the Ellsworth Village's 2009 budget. On one hand, the village is spending less in 2009 than it did in 2008 -- about 1.92 percent less. On the other hand, the Village Board plans on increasing property taxes by 2 percent after not raising the levy the past two years. This increase despite the decrease in spending gets to the heart of the debate over the budget: How much money should the village keep in cash reserves? The budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec.
ELLSWORTH -- The Village Board got a preview of Ellsworth's 2009 budget Monday. The Finance, Purchasing and Buildings Committee is recommending a levy increase of 2 percent. Committee Member Dave Deiss questions the plan, saying, "With unemployment going up and wages being frozen, I just don't think it is the right time to propose a levy increase," Deiss said in an interview Tuesday.