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College sports update: Van Dyk headed to New York

Claire Van Dyk of New Richmond is headed to The Big Apple.

After two years of playing volleyball at Bryant College in New Jersey, Van Dyk has transferred Manhattan College in New York.

Van Dyk said she decided to transfer because Manhattan gives her the opportunity to play for a program that could win a conference championship. She has two years of eligibility remaining.

“Claire is a very good all-around player and was one of the top hitters in the (Northeast Conference) last season,” Manhattan coach Mark Jones said in a news release. “With her maturity and experience, she will provide some much-needed help on the outside. She is also an excellent student.”

Van Dyk is a finance major with a math minor.

“I hopefully will stay in New York after college and see what it’s all about,” Van Dyk said.

She said her school is a 15-minute subway ride away from Times Square.

The News is trying to keep tabs on all local athletes competing in college sports. Below is a list of local athletes in fall collegiate sports. If you know of any others, contact News sports editor Dave Newman at

From New Richmond

Cody Taubman Football UW-Eau Claire

A.J. Wallace Football Minnesota-Crookston

Claire Van Dyk Volleyball Manhattan College

Alex Wheeler Golf Lindenwood

Kaycie Anderson Soccer St. Thomas

Bailey Matthys Cross Country UW-Stevens Point

Alex Charbonneau Cross Country St. John’s

Anne Frank Cross Country St. Ben’s

Alyssa Johnson Cross Country St. Scholastica

Maddie Kelly Cross Country UW-Eau Claire

Cailen Giese Volleyball Augsburg

Emily Kukacka Volleyball Bethel

Serena Randolph Volleyball Friends College

Mattie Kidder Tennis Bethel

Keilan Mehls Football UW-Eau Claire

Ethan LaMirande Football UW-Eau Claire

Allan Wollenberg Football Bethel

Connor O’Loughlin Football Itasca

From Somerset

Jeremy Kelly Football North Dakota State

Robbie Flom Football UW-River Falls

Tyler Ledbeter Football UW-River Falls

Isaac Neumann Football UW-River Falls

Rocky Larson Football UW-River Falls

Reggie Larson Football UW-River Falls

Jared Buchanan Football UW-River Falls

Derrek Tarter Football UW-River Falls

Austin Bushinger Football UW-River Falls

Jack Cichy Football UW-Madison

Gaelin Elmore Football Minnesota

Alex Piletich Football St. Scholastica

Colton Brown Football St. Scholastica

Dalton Johnston Football UW-Stout

Sam Swanson Golf Augsburg

From St. Croix Central

Lauden Wood Football Winona State

Austin Edison Football Augsburg

Korey Jacobson Football UW-Eau Claire

Dante Carlson Football UW-Eau Claire

Cody Nyhagen Rugby UW-Eau Claire

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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