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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FREDERIC - The bad weather was just one of many problems for Elmwood in Level 1 WIAA Division 7 football playoff action. No. 7 ranked Frederic oberwhelmed the Raiders with a 39-0 win Tuesday. Frederic running back Tony Peterson rushed for nearly 200 yards and scored three touchdowns. Vikings' quarterback Ben Ackerley scored on a quarterback sneak and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to receiver Josiah Lund. The Raiders' ground game was bottled up by the bigger Vikings and the gale-force winds prevented any extensive passing.
While not a big team, Plum City does have plenty of team speed which gives it certain advantages according to head coach Troy Ingli. The No. 5 ranked and undefeated Blue Devils will try to put those advantages to use as the playoffs begin Tuesday with Level 1 contests. "When you have speed you can take more chances and can scheme different on defense," Ingli said. "Even if you make a mistake or are out of position by a few inches, you can make up ground quickly." PC will take on Alma Center Lincoln (4-5) at Fuller-Symes Field in Ellsworth in a Level 1, Division 7 contest.
Ellsworth's Ike Taplin, Prescott's Victoria Simones and Spring Valley's Breanna Colbenson will all be at the WIAA State Cross Country meet next weekend in Wisconsin Rapids as they all qualified in Saturday's sectional meets. Taplin finished seventh in the Division 2 Arcadia Sectional at Schultz Farm. He becomes the first boys runner from Ellsworth in many years to qualify for state. His time was 17:20. The Panthers finished short of their goal of qualifying as a team as they took fourth. Simones finished sixth in the D-2 girls race at Arcadia in a time of 16:21.
Pierce County's two WIAA Football Playoff teams will be traveling in different directions when it comes to this year's postseason. Elmwood will be in the northwest bracket and its Level 1 match-up is at Frederic, the third seed and ranked No. 7 in the state. Plum City meanwhile is in a bracket of teams to its south. The Blue Devils are the No. 1 seed in this bracket and will play Alma Center Lincoln, 4-5 overall, Tuesday at Ellsworth's Fuller-Symes Field. In theory, Plum City and Elmwood could meet for the state championship Nov.
Plum City and Cochrane-Fountain City is the match-up in Friday's WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal at C-FC. Both teams faced each other at the Durand Quadrangular back on Sept. 2. The Pirates won two games to the Blue Devils one. The Pirates are led by their big quick blocked, senior Kelly McCamley, led the team in kills in their 3-0 win over Elmwood in the first round Tuesday. PC is also coming off a 3-0 win at home vs. Independence.
SPRING VALLEY - Citing time commitments Earl Gunderson, who had been Spring Valley High School's head softball coach for the past nine seasons, has decided to step down as head coach before the 2011 season. "We've had a great staff and great and its led to a great nine years," Gunderson said. Gunderson became head coach in 2002 and compiled a 111-63 overall record and 76-47 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. He led Spring Valley to conference titles in 2006 and 2008 and a regional championship in 2008.
PLUM CITY - Thirty-two points by Plum City High School's football team in the second quarter went unanswered by Clayton Thursday as the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils won 46-15 to secure their sixth straight Lakeland South Conference title. Clayton scored first in the first quarter as quarterback Tyler Ketz tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Bergmann. It was the first time all season Plum City was scored on in the first half. But the Bears' lead didn't last long. PC responded with a scoring drive on their next possession, capped off by a two-yard TD run by Ryan Gillman.
The weather will be fine and the sky may be filled with footballs going back and forth between Plum City and Clayton Thursday evening. The No. 5 ranked Blue Devils will host the Bears at Plum City Field with both teams undefeated in Lakeland South Conference play. Plum City is 8-0 and Clayton is 7-1, the Bears' only loss was to No. 3 ranked Clear Lake in Division 6. PC's win streaks are on the line as well, 51 in the regular season and 42 in the league. The Blue Devils maintained their spot in the Division 7 rankings.
Plum City High School's volleyball team was all that survived the first round of the WIAA regional tournaments which took place Tuesday evening. The No. 3 seeded Blue Devils swept No. 6 Independence at home in three games 25-21, 25-10 and 25-14. PC will next face Cochrane-Fountain City in Friday's Division 4 regional tournament semifinals at C-FC with the match beginning at 7 p.m. The Pirates, the No. 2 seed, dispatched No. 7 Elmwood quickly in three games 25-6, 25-12 and 25-10.. Also in the same bracket, Pepin defeated Gilmanton 3-0 and will play at No.
How hard is it to beat a team three times in one season? The Ellsworth High School volleyball team will soon find out Tuesday evening as they host Durand at 7 p.m. at Ellsworth High School in a WIAA Division 2 regional tournament first round match. Ellsworth beat Durand in two close games at the Middle Border Conference quadrangular in early September and last week came-from-behind down 2-0 to beat their Highway 10 rivals 3-2 in Durand. Ellsworth has been off since then while Durand lost 3-1 to Big Rivers champ Eau Claire North. If EHS, a No. 3 seed wins they'll more than likely face No.