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Thursday's Results: SCC runners sweep home XC invitational; NR soccer plays wild game

St. Croix Central senior Marie Hamlin and New Richmond sophomore Barb Kling battled for the lead early in Thursday's St. Croix Central Invitational girls race, but Hamlin pulled away to earn her first career varsity cross country championship. Kling finished second in the race.1 / 2
St. Croix Central brings back a large group of veterans on its boys cross country team, including Josh Burgess and Riley Hackbarth.2 / 2

There were a number of outstanding runners at the 2018 St. Croix Central Cross Country Invitational.

But the runner who had everyone talking at the end of the meet was St. Croix Central senior Marie Hamlin.

Hamlin and New Richmond’s Barb Kling dueled for the top spot early in the girls race. But Hamlin soon pulled away and earned her first varsity cross country meet championship. She won the girls meet in 19:21. Kling finished in second place among the 100 runners in the girls race in 20:48.

Central won the team championship in both halves of the meet. Central’s first five runners in the girls race all finished among the top 10 overall runners, giving the Panthers the team championship with 28 points. New Richmond was second in the team results with 57 points.

St. Croix Central’s boys won the team title, but not without getting an excellent battle from New Richmond and Durand. Central won the boys meet with 72, following closely by New Richmond at 78 and Durand at 79.

Hamlin was part of an awesome performance by the Panther girls. Sophomore Mya Kizer captured third place, with senior Kourtney Labeause in fifth. The top five was rounded out with senior Claire Moll and sophomore Sydney Carlson crossing the finish line together in 21:21 to place ninth and tenth.

New Richmond put together a pretty formidable performance too, led by Kling in second place and sophomore Willa Rogers in sixth place. Senior Amanda Johnson had one of the best races of her career as the Tigers’ third runner, placing 11th. Sophomore Sophia Ballard was 17t, with junior Erika Emerson as the Tigers’ fifth runner.

The St. Croix Central boys were able to win the meet despite not having any of the top four finishers in the race. Sophomore Jakob Eggen was Central’s top finisher, taking fifth in 17:57. Junior Erik Collins was eighth in 18:19, senior Riley Hackbarth 17th in 19:05, senior Jacob Murtha 19th in 19:11 and sophomore Cougar Holder was 23rd to round out Central’s scoring runners.

New Richmond was led by senior Max Fore and sophomore Tyler Harris. Fore placed fourth overall in 17:46. Harris ranked ninth in 18:23.

The Somerset runners put in solid performances in both races on Thursday, posting seventh place finishes in each race. The Somerset girls were led by freshman Erin Huerta in 13th. Their pack of junior runners again worked together, with Kristin Vensland 37th, Brycen Chladek 39th and Liv Hoff 41st. Freshman Anna Bartig was the Spartans’ fifth runner.

Ben Schmitt was the top finisher for the Somerset boys, placing 12th in 18:17. He was followed by Zach Maitrejean in 20th, Thor Sanders in 24th, Tyler Hantsberger in 38th and Alex DeGeest in 52nd.

New Richmond soccer

The New Richmond and Amery boys waged an incredible back-and-forth battle, with neither team able to claim victory. Both teams had their chances with the lead, but the game at the New Richmond High School soccer field ended in a 5-5 draw.

This was the non-conference game between the two Middle Border Conference powers. The conference battle between the two teams will take place at Amery on Sept. 27.

Amery’s Galen Coy scored the first two goals of the game. The Tigers quickly countered, with AJ Johnson scoring twice and Caleb Armstrong once to take a 3-2 lead. Amery tied the game just before halftime.

Johnson and Coy are two of the top players in the area and this game showcased their talents. Johnson scored again early in the second half off an assist from Phillip Neblich to put the Tigers in front 4-3, but Amery again matched that goal. Amery scored with less than five minutes remaining to take the 5-4 lead.

Johnson had one more big play left, scoring with less than two minutes left to tie the game at 5-5.

New Richmond girls tennis

The Tigers improved to 3-0 in the Middle Border Conference this fall with a 6-1 win over Amery on Thursday. The Tigers swept the singles matches on their home court. The only win Amery could achieve came at three doubles.

Somerset soccer

The Somerset boys soccer team rolled to a 5-0 win at Spooner on Thursday night. Erik Osorio scored twice for the Spartans, with Logan Giossi, Aaron Shartin-Folkert and Nathan Dirkes each netting one goal.

St. Croix Central volleyball

The St. Croix Central varsity volleyball team swept a home-court match Thursday night against Spring Valley, winning 3-0.

Somerset volleyball

The Somerset volleyball team played in a quad meet in Cadott, losing all three matches it played. The Spartans lost to Superior 25-14, 25-11; to Cadott 19-25, 25-17, 25-11, and to Bloomer 25-16, 25-13.

Somerset-Osceola football

Because of a threatening weather forecast, the starting time for Friday’s varsity football game between Somerset and Osceola has been moved up to 6 p.m.

More results from Thursday will be posted as they are received.

Dave Newman

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 more than 30 years.

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