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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Before you sit down for that big Thanksgiving dinner, burn some calories with the New Richmond Running Club at the 20th annual Thanksgiving Day Run. The low-key fun starts at the First National Community Bank parking lot at 8 a.m. and proceeds along city streets and pathways. The route varies from year to year, but it is always long enough to warrant an extra "guilt-free" piece of pie at Thanksgiving dinner.
The most successful two-year run in St. Croix Central football history didn't end the Panthers had hoped. The Panthers were hoping to bring home their second straight WIAA Division 4 state championship trophy. Instead, they will have to settle for the silver ball after losing to Lodi 17-10 in overtime in the 2017 Division 4 state championship game, played Thursday night at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
It's a big week for St. Croix Central football coach Tony DiSalvo. DiSalvo and his Panther football team will be looking to repeat as WIAA Division 4 state champions when the Panthers face Lodi in this year's state championship game. The Division 4 state title game will be played Thursday at 7 p.m. on Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
Lynzi Knudtson is relying on her passion for softball to carry into her coaching. Knudtson has been hired as the new varsity softball coach in New Richmond. She is the third coach in three years for the Tigers. Roger Stippel served as the varsity coach in 2016, after Emily Dabrowski had been the coach for several seasons. Knudtson served as the junior varsity coach under Stippel last season. She said several of the coaches in the program are returning, including pitching coach Mike Peterson and varsity assistant Caitlynn Singerhouse.
The St. Croix Central football team will attempt to win the third WIAA state championship in program history this Thursday when the Panthers battle Lodi in the Division 4 state title game. The game will be played at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison at 7 p.m. The Panthers carry a 12-1 record into the state title game, while Lodi comes in at 13-0. St. Croix Central is the defending Division 4 state champion after defeating River Valley 49-28 in the 2016 Division 4 state title game. Central won its initial state football championship in 1988.
Amy Kukacka of the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was one of the students honored when the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation announced the top NCPA Student Chapters, Outstanding Student Chapter Members, and the Faculty Liaison of the Year during a ceremony in late October. Kukacka, a 2012 graduate of New Richmond High School, was one of 21 pharmacy students who were honored as NCPA Outstanding Student Chapter Members of the Year after being nominated by their peers and faculty at their respective schools.
The St. Croix Central football team has the chance to earn consecutive WIAA state championships. The Panthers are headed back to the WIAA Division 4 state championship game after defeating Freedom 42-21 in frigid conditions at Jay Stadium in Merrill on Friday night. Central will face Lodi in the state championship game. Lodi won Friday against Martin Luther. The Division 4 state championship game will be played at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
Anya Swanson ended her high school cross-country career on her terms. And she's just fine with that. Swanson qualified for the WIAA Division 2 state championships in each of her first three seasons at Somerset High School, becoming recognized as one of the marquee distance runners in western Wisconsin.
For Somerset High School students, it's an unbeatable option. If the students are up to the task, they can receive up to six credits from the University of Minnesota, along with learning how challenging that college-level courses can be. And they can do it for free. The classes are American History 1307 and 1308, taught by Dennis Potter. Regular history courses are taught at Somerset, like every high school in the country as are advanced placement (AP) courses.
The Middle Border Conference is one of the most successful football conferences in Wisconsin in terms of sustained success in reaching the upper levels of the WIAA playoffs. In each of the past 17 years, the MBC has had a team advance to the state quarterfinals and in 15 of those 17 years, the MBC has been represented in the state semifinals. In eight of those years the MBC has been represented in the state title game. In five of those seasons, the MBC has had a team bring home a gold ball as the state champion.