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Camps get athletes ready for fall seasons

Four-time WIAA state champion Lindsay Danielson of Osceola instructs a young golfer on the basics of putting during a one-day girls golf clinic held at the New Richmond Golf Club last Tuesday.1 / 3
Individual battles that raised the competition level were highlighted in the New Richmond football contact days.2 / 3
Two days of intense hockey were built into the annual hockey minicamp held at the Somerset Ice Arena. Here New Richmond is shown facing WSFLG during the nine-team event.3 / 3

The final weeks before the start of high school sports are a flurry of activity as coaches look to augment their athletes' knowledge and skills before the fall seasons begin.

Many of the fall coaches hold their contact days just before the start of their seasons to give their athletes an advanced start on the team's plans for the season.

There are also a number of specialized opportunities offered to give the young athletes a first-hand view of what success looks like in their sport. It has become quite common for college athletes to return to the area to pass along their knowledge to younger athletes.

One of those opportunities was a one-day girls golf clinic held at the New Richmond Golf Club last Tuesday. Showcase instructors for the clinic were the Danielson sisters of Osceola, Lindsay and Casey, who were both four-time WIAA state high school champions.

Former standouts were seen in nearly every camp in the area. When the Somerset volleyball camp was held, Megan Plourde left the young girls in awe with her hitting prowess. Plourde is now a professional volleyball player in Europe after completing her career at Colorado State University.

The contact days planned by coaches are also used to create a new culture for each team. That was quite evident during the New Richmond football contact days. New Tiger head coach Keith Badger ran an upbeat camp with a spark and intensity intended to renew the element of fun in football for his players.

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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