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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The hopes of becoming a repeat state champion didn't end for the St. Croix Central football team until the final play of the overtime in the WIAA Division 4 state championship game played last Thursday night, Nov. 16 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Central and Lodi waged a powerful, physical game which was tied at 10-10 at the end of regulation. Lodi got the ball first in overtime and was able to score. Central wasn't able to match that score, making Lodi the Division 4 state champions, 17-10.
The New Richmond and Somerset teams were both well represented on the 2017 All-Middle Border Conference boys soccer team. New Richmond had four players selected to the All-MBC team, while Somerset placed three on the team. New Richmond finished in third place in the conference, with Somerset ranking eighth.
This fall may be the most successful single athletic season experienced in the history of St. Croix Central High School. And around the state, Central's success this fall ranks among the top overall performances by any high school. St. Croix Central has seen its football, girls cross country and boys cross country reach the state championships and the volleyball team reach the sectional championship match. There are only three other schools, all in Division 1, that equalled or exceeded that level of success.
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.