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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COLFAX - Spring Valley High School's football team set itself up for a possible playoff bid in their final regular season game after shutting out Colfax 14-0 Wednesday evening. Spring Valley gained over a 100 yards rushing and had its best passing yardage totals in weeks. Quarterback Jon Newton led SV's short passing game, throwing 8-for-18 for 60 yards.
LA CROSSE - Prescott High School's volleyball team recorded a 3-2 record in a weekend tournament in La Crosse. The tournament was held at Logan High school. The Cardinals defated Whitehall 25-18 25-17, lost to St. Charles, Minn. 25-23, 24-26, and 7-15; defeated Onalaska Lutheran 21-25, 25-17, 15-10, defeated LaCrosse Logan 25-19, 25-23 but lost to St. Charles again 25-22, 25-14. "The girls played hard and they are getting more confident," Prescott head coach Patti Tulip said.
PLUM CITY - Last season Plum City High School's volleyball team went 3-24 overall and were dead last in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference with a 1-8 record. Yet within 24 hours the Blue Devils can go from worst to first if they beat Colfax at Colfax Tuesday evening. Match time will begin approximately at 7 p.m. PC head coach Nanette Murray knows this possibility exists for her team but isn't dwelling on it right now. "It's going to be a tough match-up and girls are understandably nervous," Murray said.
MADISON - Ellsworth High School golfer Shannon Campbell completed her first round at the WIAA State Golf Meet, shooting a 104 in her first competition on the University Ridge Course. Campbell is in 36th place right now, ahead of a trio of Osceola golfers. The top individual golfers in the Division 2 field is both Osceola's Casey Danielson and Edgerton's Brooke Farrell, both at three and two under par respectively. Defending Division 2 champions Madison Edgewood has move in front in the team standings followed by Racine Prairie and Eau Claire Regis.
HAGER CITY - A 65-year-old Minnesota man has died from the injuries he sustained in an one-vehicle accident Saturday evening in Hager City. Donald Opdahl, 65, Minneota, died at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Opdahl was the passenger in a northbound vehicle on State Highway 35 near County Highway VV being operated by Janice Pedersen, 62, Apple Valley, Minn. The vehicle then left the roadway, entered the ditch in front of Ralston Purina and rolled several times. Pedersen was ejected.
Middle Border Conference football teams played Thursday night this week before the Columbus Day weekend. It's also same night the playoff chances for both Ellsworth and Prescott were ended as both teams lost, the Panthers by a 49-0 score to New Richmond and Prescott by a 27-14 outcome at No. 4 ranked Baldwin-Woodville. New Richmond led 29-0 at halftime and scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter at Fuller-Symes Field.
Plum City High School's football team remains at No. 6 in the Division 7 Wissports.net Statewide Coaches' Poll for Division 7 The Blue Devils did not move up despite the fact then No. 3 ranked De Soto was upset last week by Wauzeka. It was the Hornets' first win over the Pirates in 41 years and it bounced De Soto completely from the poll. The top six in D-7 are now Gilman, Shell Lake, Burlington Catholic Central, Potosi, Frederic and Plum City. This Friday PC will be aiming for victory No.
DURAND - Ellsworth High School tennis player Tiffany Weiss faced one of the top players in western Wisconsin in Wednesday's WIAA Division 2 sectional meet. Weiss took on La Crosse Aquinas' Sloan Kessler and lost 0-6, 0-6 in the first round. Kessler went on to win the sectional title in No. 1 singles. However, Aquinas finished second to Eau Claire Regis in the team standings 50 to 46 points. Regis will play in the state team tournament in two weeks. Ellsworth finished tied for ninth with four points.
AMERY - Although they are on different teams, both Spring Valley's Breanna Colbenson and Prescott's Victoria Simones seem to have good teammawork when it comes to finishing near the top of prep cross country races. Colbenson won Tuesday's Amery Invitational with Simones in third.