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 battle for the Middle Border Conference football lead last Friday was decided because Osceola wouldn't let St. Croix Central into the end zone. In a game between the two top-ranked Division 4 teams in Wisconsin, Osceola won out with a supreme defensive effort, defeating Central 17-0 on the Chieftains' home turf. Osceola has now won 17 straight MBC games.
A large group of area runners competed at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and TC 10 Mile races on Sunday. The marathon course spans from St. Paul to Minneapolis. Veteran marathoner Jeff Johnston was the top local finisher, completing the course in 3:37.28. More than 7,500 runners took part in the marathon and more than 10,000 took part in the 10-mile race. Here is a list of the local runners who completed the race. Area finishers:
Breelyn Karno and Kate Johnson are just over a year removed from their studies at New Richmond High School. In the short time since they've graduated, they both have become deeply involved in medical research. Both spent their summers doing internships at prestigious medical facilities. Karno was an intern with the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center in Boston. Johnson did her internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Through the first half of the season, New Richmond senior linebacker Clayton Van Dyk has had to play with a heavy guard wrapped around his left hand. He is extremely fortunate that his left hand remains intact. In late July, Van Dyk was involved in a farm accident at his family's farm just outside Boardman. Damage was done to the index, middle and ring fingers of that hand. The index and ring fingers were both broken, requiring pins to be inserted to assure that the fingers would heal in their proper alignment.
The competition ran fierce and deep at the 2017 New Richmond Cross Country Invitational, run Saturday at the New Richmond cross country course at Paperjack Elementary School. This was one of the most talented fields of runners in years for the NRI, with all nine teams fielding excellent runners.
The St. Croix Central football team couldn't come up with enough offense in the showdown for the Middle Border Conference lead. Meanwhile, the New Richmond and Somerset football teams both had plenty of offensive in scoring convincing MBC victories. St. Croix Central went to Osceola, with both teams fielding unbeaten 6-0 records and top spots in the state football rankings. It was Osceola that held the upper hand Friday, shutting out St. Croix Central.
Road construction altered the plans for the 2017 Heritage Days race, held Saturday, Sept. 23 in New Richmond. The race usually offers a 5K and five-mile option for runners. But with construction on 140th Avenue this year, race officials were only able to offer a 5K race for runners. Corey Jurowski was this year's race champion, winning the race in 18:31. Melissa Zajec was the top female finisher in a time of 21:33. Here is a listing of the 5K finishers in the 2017 Heritage Days 5K Race. Corey Jurowski 18:31 Riley Moynihan 19.33
At one of the biggest cross country running stages in the Midwest, the St. Croix Central Panthers put together a performance worthy of applause.
Fans of high school cross country will want to attend the New Richmond Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 30. Six of the eight Middle Border Conference teams will be competing, so this will provide an excellent preview for the upcoming MBC meet. Add in strong programs from Hudson, Menomonie and Rice Lake and Saturday's meets will offer some of the best runners in the area. The boys JV race starts the action at 11 a.m., followed by the girls JV race at 11:30. The varsity girls race begins at noon, with the boys varsity race starting at 12:30.
The showdown is on. The St. Croix Central and Osceola football teams clash this Friday on the artificial turf in Osceola with the Middle Border Conference lead on the line.