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Many area athletes competing in college sports

St. Croix Central grad Trent Smith is shown scoring one of his two touchdowns during last week's 45-14 win over Ripon College. Photo by Bob Mulock

There are a large number of area athletes who are competing at the college level this fall.

That’s especially the case in football, where more than 20 area graduates are competing and competing at a high level.

One example is St. Croix Central graduate Trent Smith, who led UW-La Crosse with 58 yards and two rushing touchdowns in a 45-14 win over Ripon College on Saturday. For the UW-River Falls football team, Somerset graduate Max Praschak has quickly become one of the team’s defensive leaders.

Here’s a list of local athletes competing in college this fall.


New Richmond

Connor O'Loughlin - Friends University in Kansas

Allan Wollenberg - Bethel University

Bailey Germain - UW River Falls

Ben Peterson - UW Eau Claire

Cam Hausman - Minnesota-Duluth

Austin Juhl - UW River Falls

Brandon Powers - UW River Falls

Thomas McKinney - UW River Falls

Sam Altena - Northern State University

Isaac Karpenske - Northwestern University-St. Paul

St. Croix Central

Trent Smith - UW La Crosse

Kyle Larson - UW Eau Claire

Andrew Vanderpoel - Rochester Community College

John Spaeth - Rochester Community College

Trevor Nelson - UW Eau Claire

Cole Refsnider - University of Minnesota-Duluth

Jordan Winegar - Wisconsin Lutheran

Shiloh Goodwin - St. Olaf


Gaelin Elmore - East Carolina University

Max Praschak - UW-River Falls

Jake Sporleder - Crown College

Heaven Hunt - UW-Stout

Austin Groleau - UW-Stout

Logan Peterson - UW-Stout

Rocky Larson, Tyler Ledbeter and Robbie Flom - UW-River Falls assistant coaches

Other sports

New Richmond

Emily Kukacka - Bethel University - volleyball

Mattie Kidder - Bethel University - tennis

Christian Weaver - Bethel University - tennis

Nathan Feiner - Wartburg College - soccer

Tanner Wisemiller - UW-Stout - golf

Hannah Baker - UW-Stout - golf

Bailey Wilson - UW-Eau Claire - cross country

Lexi Brown - UW-Oshkosh - cross country


Stacy Bracht - Viterbo College - golf

If you have additions to this list, please let us know at

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.

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