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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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.
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.