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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DURAND - It seemed for every good play the Ellsworth High School football team made in Friday's Middle Border Conference contest with rival Durand, it was quickly erased by a bad one. And the bad ones hurt very bad as Durand scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on interception returns, blunting an Ellsworth rally and leading to a 34-10 win. Ellsworth was down 21-0 in the fourth quarter when the Panthers scored their touchdown, a four-yard run by Tanner Eggenberger. Bryce Stockwell's two-point conversion pass to Alex Campbell was successful and Ellsworth trailed 21-8.
Spring Valley High School's football team surprised itself with how comfortable it was able to beat rival Elmwood 28-6 last week. Now they hope for consistency as the Cardinals begin conference play Friday at Boyceville. "We thought it would be a really close game. We were impressed with how Elmwood beat Whitehall and the personnel they had," SV head coach Matt Ducklow said. "That we were able to win so convincingly shows how well we played, particularly on defense." Now Spring Valley hopes it can get the same effort at Boyceville.
SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley High School's volleyball team lost in three games to Baldwin-Woodville Thursday. The Blackhawks won the non-conference match 25-21, 25-11 and 26-24. SV held a 23-18 lead in the third game before being outscored 8-1. Spring Valley's overall record drops to 9-13. They host Boyceville Tuesday to begin Dunn-St. Croix play.
As a Wisconsin fan you may hate the new divisions for football in the Big Ten conference, and have every right to since the Badgers had two traditional rivals (Iowa and Northwestern) taken away from them along with having to play Penn State and Ohio State every season. The breakdown should have been this way: Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Northwestern in one half and Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Nebraska and Iowa in the other half (basically a North-South split) with the Badgers getting an annual rivalry with Iowa.
ELMWOOD - Bev Glaus hopes they're not all like this one.
SPRING VALLEY - Not bad for a bunch of beginners. The very beginning. The members of the We Tri team were competing in their first-ever triathlon, the second annual Wingman Triathlon in fact, held back on Aug. 15 in Red Wing. But the members of the team were no strangers to each other. Eighteen-year olds Shanna Ellefson, Hannah Kiefer and Chelsey Turner had grown up together in Spring Valley and gone to school together.
Prescott's Nick Schommer survived the NFL's cutdown day to make the Tennessee Titans roster. Last year Schommer was cut by the Titans but picked up on waivers and placed on the practice squad. This time around he was not cut and should be on the active roster when the Titans begin their regular season next Sunday at home against Oakland. There was some speculation in Titans circles that Schommer wouldn't make the cut give there were so many safties in camp.
SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley bounced back from their overtime loss vs. Plum City to whip Elmwood 28-6 Friday at Syverson Park in the latest edition of the Eau Galle River rivalry. The Cardinals led at halftime 14-6 and shutout the Raiders in the second half while scoring 14 points. Cardinal quarterback John Newton led the way as he scored on a one-yard run and threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Ted Anderson. Kyle Bosshart led Valley on the ground with 135 yards rushing on 25 carries.
PRESCOTT - New soil, new attitude. Prescott High School Head Football Coach Matt Smith thinks that the with the new turf on Laney Field, a new attitude should arise for the Cardinal football team. The old Laney Field was the site so many agonizingly close losses in recent years for the Cards.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Prescott's Jake Filkins was able to get on the field for the University of Minnesota football team in the Golden Gophers' season opener vs. Middle Tennessee State Thursday. Filkins, No. 48 for the Golden Gophers, tried out for the team as a long-snapper during preseason camp and made the squad as a walk-on. He is a sophomore eligibility-wise. Jake's family and friends watched the game at Philander's Bar and Grill in Prescott Thursday. The Gophers rallied for a 24-17 win over the Blue Raiders, although they led 14-0 for much of the first half.