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New Richmond Fun Fest sports events draw hundreds of athletes, fans

Runner Rick Nelson gets high fives from his grandchildren as he nears the finish of the 10K Willow River Run on Saturday morning. 1 / 7
Dave Potter is shown delivering a pitch for the Champs softball team during Fun Fest tournament action on Saturday. 2 / 7
Mia Bakke of New Richmond was one of the girls who took part in the new 10-13 age group that was part of the New Richmond Tennis Open.3 / 7
UW-Stout tennis coach Paul Mitchell, who lives in New Richmond, is shown competing in the New Richmond Tennis Open this weekend. 4 / 7
The Kids Race gave many little runners their first chance to compete in front of a crowd.5 / 7
Brian Peterson delivers a pitch for the Ready Randy's/Vault team that won the championship in the top division of the Fun Fest softball tournament.6 / 7
Joey Gaspord of the Ready Randy’s/Vault softball team fires to first base in an attempt to turn a double play during action in the Fun Fest softball tournament on Saturday.7 / 7

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.

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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