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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St. Croix Central graduate Kevin Bloom will be honored for his college football exploits this Friday. North Dakota State University will induct six individuals into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 21. The 47th annual induction class will bring the number of individuals enshrined to 290.
Major improvement by the fifth runners is one of the reasons why the Somerset cross country teams are pushing their way up in the team results in recent meets. That was clearly apparent in last Tuesday’s Rice Lake Invitational. The Somerset boys put together one of their strong performances in years by placing sixth among 29 teams in the meet held at the UW-Barron County campus. The Spartan girls finished in the middle of the pack at the meet.
There's very little that can match the drama of a five-set volleyball match, filled with momentum swings and powerful plays. So, even when the New Richmond volleyball team came away on the losing side of last Friday's five-set match against Osceola, Tiger coach Al Getschel gushed over the play of both teams. "It was a classic battle," Getschel said. "It was a fun match. It was classic how the momentum changes so many times in a match."
Defending corner kicks is becoming problematic for the New Richmond boys soccer team. Thankfully, the Tigers still have the majority of the season in front of them to get this corrected. The Tigers lost at River Falls, 5-3, last Friday. In the game, the Tigers gave up two goals off corner kicks, while scoring all three of their goals off free kicks.
Eight former New Richmond High School athletes and coaches will be inducted into the NRHS Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 22. The new Hall of Fame class will be introduced between the first and second quarter of the 2018 Tiger Homecoming football game on Friday night. A Hall of Fame social that is open to the public will be held at Champs following the completion of the football game.
The first look at the Osceola Chieftains gave the St. Croix Central cross country runners plenty to think about. The Panthers took second place in both halves of the Osceola Invitational on Saturday. The Central boys finished behind Minnehaha Academy in their half of the race, with Osceola in third place. Osceola won the girls half of the meet, with Central close behind them.
There are four Wehausen sisters who play for the St. Croix Central girls golf team. There is no record in the area of four siblings having played on the same team before. Hanna Wehausen is a senior at Central. Her triplet sisters, Emily, Heidi and Jenna, are sophomores. And from the words of the Central golf coaches, they are overjoyed to have all four sisters on the team.
Get ready to "Stuff the Bus" at this Friday's clash between the New Richmond and Somerset football teams. The New Richmond and Somerset food shelves are combining their efforts, hoping to take advantage of the interest in the Tiger-Spartan football game. Friday's game will be the 2018 New Richmond Homecoming football game. The game will be the first time that New Richmond varsity football coach Reggie Larson will coach against his father, long-time Somerset coach Bruce Larson.
Five games in eight days is, unfortunately, just the start for the weary Somerset boys soccer team. You can add three more games to that list this week. Last week started well for the Spartans, with a 6-3 win over the Unity-St. Croix Falls team. But the results faded after that. The Spartans lost to the high-powered Baldwin-Woodville team on Tuesday, 9-0. A tougher setback came on Thursday. The Spartans were knocked off in a Middle Border Conference home game by Cumberland, 3-1.
The jostling for seeding positions in the Division 1 subsectional tournament bracket is on the mind of the New Richmond girls tennis players whenever they face teams like Menomonie, River Falls and Hudson.