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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Unlike previous encounters with Somerset, the Ellsworth High School football team kept the game interesting for four quarters. But the end result was still the same as the Spartans won 22-6 Friday at Fuller-Symes Field. After losing to Prescott the week before, Somerset switched its quarterbacks to Tyler Ledbeter and he led helped them to cut down on the numerous turnovers which had plagued the Spartans the previous three weeks although SHS still had two fumbles and two interceptions. But they also scored first on a 33-yard run by Gabe Flandrick in the first quarter.
Somerset's loss to Prescott last weekend opens many possibilities for the Ellsworth and Prescott football teams in the Middle Border Conference. Those possibilities will be explored further tonight as the Panthers host the Spartans and Prescott is at New Richmond. Undefeated Prescott handed the Spartans (2-1, 0-1) its first conference home field loss since it joined the league in 2002 and its first win over Somerset in 10 years. The Cardinals took advantage of some unexpected Spartan generosity as Somerset fumbled six times.
MINNEAPOLIS - What has Prescott's Jake Filkins most impressed about new University of Minnesota Head Football Coach Jerry Kill is his meticulous attention to detail. "He watches everything, it's amazing,' Filkins, who is beginning his sophomore year of eligibility as a long-snapper for the Golden Gopher football team. "He's intense and makes us be accountable for our mistakes and how we perform. But that's good because it's made me a better snapper.
Both Elmwood and Plum City continued to string together wins in non-conference action. Both Pierce County squads had two big non-conference dual wins last week. The start to Elmwood's 2011 prep volleyball season got a big boost with a 3-2 non-conference win at Ellsworth Tuesday. The Raiders won Game 1 by a 25-23 but Ellsworth took the next two games 25-16 and 25-17.
Ellsworth's Aubrey Langer finds herself in the top 10 of individual golfers in the Middle Border Conference. Langer boosted herself into ninth place at the midway point of the conference season after finishing tied for fourth place in last Tuesday's MBC meet held at Somerset's Bristol Ridge Golf Course. Langer shot a 47 and now has 17 points scored so far in league action. First place is held by New Richmond sophomore Alex Wheeler with 41 points, a single point ahead of defending champ junior Casey Danielson of Osceola.
ELMWOOD - The volleyball program at Elmwood High School has a lost quite a bit when it came to matches over the past few seasons. The Raiders haven't won as many as four Dunn-St. Croix Conference matches since 2007 and haven't won at least five since 2002. The past couple of seasons have been particularly tough as low numbers kept EHS from subbing much into games. Whatever effort the players put in, and it was considerable, often times fell short to sheer fatigue. But there's one thing the program never lost during this time. "We never lost our competitive spirit.
HAMMOND - The Spring Valley girls' and Prescott boys' prep cross country teams won their respective meets at Thursday's St. Croix Central Invitational. Led by the 4000-meter race winner Breanna Colbenson, SV had a the low team score of 51 to finish first in the 14-school event. Colbenson's winning time was 15:37.58 and she was followed by Prescott's Victoria Simones with a time of 17:01.87. Valley's Emma Gaustad finished 9th, Sophie Koch 11th, Riley Bowman 14th and Elizabeth Anderson finished 23rd.
PLUM CITY - Team chemistry was big factor in turning around a Plum City High School volleyball team from a 3-24 squad in 2009 to 20-22 team in 2010. The Blue Devils competed for the Dunn-St.
At 3-5 after its first competition, Ellsworth High School's volleyball team won't match the red hot beginning to its season a year ago. Last fall the Panther were a near perfect 14-1 but finished 2-5 in its final seven matches and below .500 in the Middle Border Conference, They also lost in the first round of the playoffs to a Durand squad they had beaten twice in the regular season. New head coach Tanya Powers hopes the ending to the Panthers' 2011 season will be much stronger than the beginning and feels playing in the SPRAWL Invitational against some of the state's top volleyball program
The 2011 season for the Ellsworth High School girls' tennis team got underway last week. While the Panthers took a 7-0 Middle Border Conference dual meet loss to Mondovi, new head Coach Dylan Greske said there were a number of close games and matches to make for a decent effort in the team's first competition. "Despite the scores, there were a lot of good things happening," Greske said. "For our first match we were happy with what we saw. Now that we have our first match out of the way and have the feel for what the competition will be like, we have a better idea of what we need to work on.