New Richmond Fun Fest sports events draw hundreds of athletes, fans
Hundreds of athletes and fans were involved in a number of sports activities during New Richmond’s annual Fun Fest celebration this weekend.
More than 200 runners took part in the annual Willow River Run on Saturday morning. The annual Fun Fest softball tournament was a huge draw, with 47 teams and many fans filling the stands at Hatfield Park all weekend. The New Richmond Open tennis tournament worked around the rain Saturday afternoon to put on one of the largest tennis tournaments in western Wisconsin.
Here are the results from each of the sports events.
The Fun Fest tournament started on Friday and all three fields were busy until late on Sunday, with games taking place in three divisions. With the three divisions, talent levels were well matched, making for entertaining, close games at all levels. Here are the championship results for each level.
Upper Division-Class C/D
First Place – Ready Randy’s/Vault
Second Place – Team Hard Softball
Third Place – Friendly Bar/Tom Puhl Agency
The Ready Randy’s/Vault team had to battle back through the losers bracket to win this championship after losing to Team Hard on Saturday morning. Ready Randy’s/Vault beat Friendly Bar in the third place game 15-8. Ready Randy’s/Vault then beat Team Hard twice, 24-11 and 19–9, to earn the championship.
Middle Division-Class E
First Place – Exit 88
Second Place – Champs
Third Place – Landscape Professionals
Exit 88 was able to exit the Middle Division championship game with a trophy, defeating Champs 16-10. Champs had a real battle in the third place game, defeating Land Pros 22-21.
Lower Division – Recreational
First Place – Scared Hitless
Second Place – Logghe’s Fossils
Third Place – Roy’s Boys
In the championship game, Scared Hitless defeated Logghe’s Fossils 10-6. The Fossils came alive in the third place game, rolling past Roy’s Boys 17-1.
This was the 14th year for the New Richmond Tennis Open and interest remains just as strong. Because there is now sufficient interest, the tournament was able to offer a division for girls 10-13 years old, with 11 girls competing in that class. The tournament always draws a large number of local players, but it has continued its growth by drawing players from a large range of communities.
Here are the results for each of the tournament brackets.
Boys 10-13 singles
First – Jacob Hulteen
Second – Kyle Clark
Consolation champ – Trent Ziebol
Girls 10-13 singles
First – Mia Bakke
Second – Kayla Dolezal
Consolation champ – Teresa Tenner
Girls 10-13 doubles
First – Mia Bakke/Katey Eickhoff
Second – Margo Gauper/Sydney Hahn
Girls 14-17 singles
First – Hannah Zevenbergen
Second - Sara Lund
Consolation champ – Christian Weaver
Girls 14-17 doubles
First – Hannah Julson/Molly Stewart
Second - Kaitlynn Belisle/Erin Peterson
Consolation Champ – Taylor Stai/Gaby Cruz
First – Lisa Dick/Jacob Hulteen
Second – Sydney Hahn/Bryan Hahn
Consolation champ – Ariana Devereux/Denise Devereux
Women’s 18-39 Singles
First – Mattie Kidder
Second – Tina Mitchell
Women’s 18-30 Doubles
First – Beth Fogarty/Ali Leudtke
Second – Rosie Buckley/Lily Buckley
Consolation champ – Whitney Quast/Lauren Hay
Mixed Doubles 18-39
First – Grant Nelson/Christian Weaver
Second – Justice Harvieux/Mattie Kidder
Consolation champ – Whitney Quast/Tim Quast
Men’s 18-39 Singles
First – Dan Erickson
Second – Paul Mitchell
Consolation champ – Grant Nelson
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Men’s 18-39 Doubles
First – Justice Harvieux/Grant Nelson
Second – Dan Erickson/Mike Covey
Consolation champ – Dustin Reed/Jake Lamirande
Women’s 40+ Singles
First – Teri Heltne
Second – Bianca Lamers
Women’s 40+ Doubles
First – Teresa Kvam/Connie Nelson
Second – Eileen Holland/Eileen Bezat
Consolation champ – Jan Bryan/Teri Heltne
Men’s 40+ Singles
First – Ron Olson
Second - Kevin Weaver
Consolation champ – Rick Shilts
Men’s 40+ Doubles
First – Leigh Carlson/Doug Beck
Second – Mike Montello/Frank Segerstrom
Consolation champ – John Grage/Noel Eggebratten
Mixed Doubles 40+
First – Teresa Kvam/John Grage
Second – Ron Olson/Connie Nelson
Consolation Champ – Jan Bryan/Merle Bryan
Willow River Run
The 35th running of the Willow River Run was run under threatening skies Saturday morning. The rain stayed away. There was heavy humidity, but most runners handled the conditions well.
More than 200 runners took part in the races. The 5K race appeared to be a local high school cross country race, based on the first finishers. The first four finishers in the 5K race were members of the New Richmond High School boys cross country team, led by senior Brennan Roby. The fifth finisher was Somerset High School runner Brandon Mondor.
Derek Johnsrud of River Falls ran an impressive pace to win the 10K portion of Saturday’s race. His winning time was 32 minutes, 34 seconds. Melissa Zajec of New Richmond was the top female finisher, taking third place overall in the 10K race.
Race director Jodi Saliny said having vendors at the race, plus a huge number of kids in the Kids Run, added more excitement to this year’s race.
“It seems like there’s a whole new momentum with the event,” she said.
Saliny said race organizers are already studying suggestions they received to see if any changes or improvements can be made for next year’s race. Saliny said a big reason for the race’s success was the numerous volunteers who stepped up to help the event run smoothly.