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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It will be an action-packed week of activities Ellsworth High School has planned for its annual Homecoming, which will take place all next week. There will also be some change-ups from year's past. Homecoming Week begins Sunday with Powerpuff Football Under the Lights starting at 7:15 p.m. Seniors girls will take on junior girls under the lights at Fuller-Symes Field. The pep band will play and the Homecoming royalty will be crowned.
The Ellsworth Village Board dealt with an appeal to grant an operator's license at its monthly meeting Monday evening at the Village Hall. The meeting, which was chaired by pro tem Kenny Manfred due to the absence of Village President Gerald DeWolfe, heard an appeal by Caitlyn Speirs to the denial of her operator's license application by the Health, License and Welfare Committee back on Aug. 16.
PRESCOTT - Prescott High School's annual homecoming celebration will be this upcoming week starting Monday. Activities include a bonfire to be held after Tuesday's volleyball game vs. Baldwin-Woodville. The game begins at 7 p.m. After Thursday's volleyball game will be the crowing of the Homecoming queen. Friday at halftime of the football game against Somerset will be the crowning of the Homecoming king. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. Friday is Spirit Day, The parade will be Friday morning with a pep rally following at 11 a.m.
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.