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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With the early deadline for the Pierce County Herald print edition this week, the results of Plum City High School's WIAA Division 7, Level 3 football playoff game at De Soto won't be in the print edition on Nov. 10. But fans can get the game story on the Herald's website Saturday evening along with playoff results from around the state. The early deadline for the print edition is due to the Veterans Day holiday on Nov. 11. PCHS will take on De Soto Saturday with the kick-off at 2 p.m. at the Pirate Pit in De Soto.
PLUM CITY -- It was the conference title showdown game that wasn't. 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 over the No. 9 ranked Bears in front of an overflow crowd at PCHS to secure their sixth straight Lakeland South Conference title. The Blue Devils also secured their 52nd straight regular season win and 42nd straight LSC win. Clayton scored first in the first quarter as quarterback Tyler Ketz tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Bergmann.
Prescott High School Head Cross Country Coach Dave Vortherms likes hills. Even if his runners don't he says it's the only way to determine the true champion in the sport of cross country. "We're not running on a flat surfaced track here," Vortherms said. "It isn't so much about speed as it is about endurance, smarts and toughness. That's where the hills separate the runners.
ELLSWORTH - Plum City High School's football team was able to pass for 142 yards despite the stiff winds and beat Alma Center Lincoln 26-6 Tuesday at Fuller-Symes Field. The game was tied at the half 6-6 but PC broke it late in the third quarter when Blue Devil running back Ryan Gillman scored on a seven-yard run. PC put up two more scores in the fourth quarter when Gabe Rodriguez scored on a 27-yard run and Plum City quarterback Alex Gilles connected with receiver Tyler Churchill for a 38-yard scoring pass.
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.