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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Somerset football coach Bruce Larson has built many strong relationships with his teams through his highly successful run as the Spartans' coach. This season hasn't been successful in the win column, but Larson has recognized the effort delivered by the Spartans throughout the season. And that effort was finally rewarded last Friday. The Spartans went to Amery and thoroughly dominated the Warriors, 36-0, for Somerset's first win of the season after opening with six defeats.
The two losses in Middle Border Conference play left the New Richmond volleyball team frustrated. In their home invitational on Saturday, Sept. 30 the Tigers turned that frustrated energy into improved play. And the improvements led to the Tigers winning three of their four matches to take fourth place in the tournament. The Tigers defeated Cadott, Altoona and Barron to reach the tournament semifinals, where they were defeated by Rice Lake. The Tiger JV team went 4-0 to win the tournament title at their level.
It is unlikely that Somerset standout runner Anya Swanson will be able to run at the Middle Border Conference cross country meet and she may not be able to attempt advancing to her fourth straight WIAA State Cross Country Championship. Swanson attempted to run at the New Richmond Invitational on Saturday, but had to pull out of the race. Somerset coach Abby Christensen said Swanson is dealing with a fracture in her hip growth plate and is now on crutches.
The surprise of the fall season? How about the late season charge of the Somerset girls golf team. The Spartans are going to state, after finishing in second place at the WIAA Division 2 golf sectional played at the Frederic Golf Club on Monday.
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.