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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Building toward long-term success as a program and for more comprehensive safety of the players was the subject as more than 25 coaches from all levels of the New Richmond football program met on July 27 at the high school large forum room. It has been decided to have the New Richmond Youth Football Association become part of USA Football’s Heads Up program, which is designed to create a safer experience for football players at all levels.
Brent Larson is one of the most successful basketball coaches in Somerset High School history, but his time leading the Spartan program has ended. Last Thursday, Larson accepted a position as an assistant coach for the UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball team. He submitted his coaching resignation the same day to Somerset Athletic Director John Walsh. Larson ends his six-year run with the Spartans with a 76-61 career record. He led Somerset to a share of the Middle Border Conference championship in the 2013-14 season. The 2013-14 Spartans set a program record with 21 wins in a season.
Abby (Demulling) Christensen has hit the ground running as the new Somerset cross country coach. That’s not a bad thing. Running is something with which Christensen is quite familiar. Christensen was a standout runner at New Richmond High School. Her high school career reached its pinnacle at the 2002 WIAA State Track Championships, where she ended her senior season as part of New Richmond’s state championship 3200 meter relay team. Christensen continued her running career, where she competed in cross country and track at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
With football getting underway this week, the rest of the high school fall sports will begin their seasons during the next two weeks. Here are the announcements for the opening practices for the sports that open their seasons in the next two weeks. Girls golf New Richmond: The first practice for the Tigers will take place at the next Monday New Richmond Golf Club driving range, starting at 7:30 a.m.
Chance Langeness and Mindy Widiker will be new varsity coaches at St. Croix Central this fall. Langeness, a St. Croix Central Middle School teacher, will take over the Panther girls golf program. Widiker, a new teacher at the St. Croix Central Elementary School, will become the Panther varsity volleyball coach. Langeness Langeness joined the SCC teaching staff in 2009. He’s coached several junior high teams and is currently the Panthers’ junior varsity softball coach. “My first coaching job (at Central) was eighth grade girls basketball.
Hard work breeds success. Success brings a winning attitude. That is the philosophy the St. Croix Central coaches are trying to pass on to their athletes. From the work that was done in the Panther weight room this summer, Central’s athletes have embraced the philosophy and are working with a renewed vigor. The Panther athletes completed their summer lifting program last week. The philosophy change began last March, when the Central coaches brought in Bigger Faster Stronger clinician Dennis Moon in to speak to the Panther athletes.
Somerset’s Bryan Witzmann saw his first NFL season end far too quickly. Witzmann was placed on the injured reserve on Sunday after passing through waivers without being claimed. Witzmann is a rookie offensive tackle with the Houston Texans. Witzmann reportedly suffered a right arm/shoulder injury. He was reportedly injured during a collision in practice on July 29. He is an undrafted rookie with the Texans out of South Dakota State University. Reports had Witzmann getting favorable comments from Houston head coach Bill O’Brien for his early work in training camp.
The New Richmond Baseball Club has wrapped up its summer season with several championships and strong numbers in its in-house programs. More than 550 youth from the New Richmond area community compete in two levels of baseball opportunities. One is a developmentally focused in-house league. There are also opportunities in a competitive traveling league. Parent volunteers are relied upon to coach, manage teams, and perform administrative tasks.
The peace of summer will soon be replaced with the popping of shoulder pads. Wisconsin high school football teams can begin their seasons next Monday. Teams are allowed to issue equipment, do testing and complete paperwork on Monday. Football teams can take the field for their first practices next Tuesday. Here are the opening dates for the rest of the fall sports. On Monday, Aug. 11, boys soccer and girls golf can begin their practices. Girls tennis can begin practicing on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Cross country and volleyball can begin their practices on Tuesday, Aug.
A challenging summer for the New Richmond Millers ended on an upturn, with the team winning two of its final three games. The Millers finished their St. Croix Valley League season with a 4-11 record. Two of those wins came last week as they defeated Hager City and Spring Valley. The Millers almost had a perfect week, but they lost at Hudson on Sunday in 11 innings, 3-2. Pitching has been unsettled for the Millers since early in the season, when staff ace Hayden Zimmerman went down with an elbow injury.