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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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.
You've got to make plays to stay in the NFL and that's what Prescott's Nick Schommer is doing during the preseason. The Prescott native is trying again to make the Tennessee Titans roster and he certainly hasn't hurt his chances in the Titans' preseason games. He made an interception against Arizona and came up with three tackles against Carolina as a defensive back. Schommer had two solo tackles in the Titans' 27-24 win over New Orleans Thursday in the team's final preseason game.
You would think that finishing 1-2 in so many meets would make Sarah McMahon and Breanna Colbenson bitter rivals in the world of prep girls cross country in western Wisconsin. But it's not that way at all. They're competitors and they both want to win,"Spring Valley head coach Jim Herold said of his runners, "but it is a friendly rivalry." Read more in this week's print edition of the Pierce County Herald.
MENOMONIE - "The last six years have taught our kids how to win and we expect to do so." When a football program won so many times in row in the regular season, there's a confidence and knowledge built into a player for four seasons, and perhaps even longer than that, that no matter what happens through the course of any game, they know they can win. Thus, Plum City head coach Troy Ingli recent statement during a preseason interview isn't an idle boast so much as reflection of the belief the Blue Devils have in themselves when it comes to the basic match-up after years of doing so.
ELMWOOD - Ellsworth and Elmwood played a grueling four-game non-conference match Tuesday, one where the Panthers had to use their depth to outlast the shorthanded Raiders by a 3-1 score. Three of the four games went past 25 points. Ellsworth took games one and two 26-24 and 29-27 by Elmwood, thanks to the serving of Christina McKune, rallied from a 24-16 deficit in game three to win 26-24. Ellsworth, led by hitters Kayla Christopherson and Claire Tingelhoff and blocker Abbey Ristow, dominated game four to win 25-15 and improve to 6-1 overall. The Raiders drop to 3-7 overall.
SPOONER - Ellsworth High School's volleyball team won the Spooner Invitational this weekend for the second straight season. The Panthers were undefeated, finishing 5-0 in the competition Saturday. The Panthers beat Minong Northwood in three: 25-15, 16-25, 15-10, then Spooner's varsity 25-15 and 25-23; Shell Lake 25-19 and 25-20; Spooner's JV: 25-19 and 25-23 and finally Cumberland: 25-12 and 25-18. For more on this and other volleyball action last week, the opening week of the prep season, read the Sept.
MENOMONIE - In a Gridiron Classic game that was a classic, Plum City High School's football team made it 44 regular season wins in a row Friday evening as they edged Pierce County rival Spring Valley 20-14 in overtime at UW-Stout's William's Stadium. Quarterback Alex Gilles tossed a shovel pass to wide receiver Tyler Churchill in the back of the end zone for the winning score as the Blue Devils had the ball on the two-yard line in the extra session. Gilles also threw a two point conversion pass to Churchill to tie the ballgame with 2:07 remaining in the fourth quarter.