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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With nearly double the number of skaters over two seasons ago, there's plenty of reason for optimism in the Western Wisconsin Stars girls hockey program. And with wins in their opening three games, the Stars are showing they're ready to take their game to the next level. The season couldn't have started better for the Stars, by beating one of the long-time powers of the area, the St. Croix Valley Fusion, 2-1 last Wednesday. This was two quality teams waging a spirited battle. The Stars scored both of their goals in the first period.
It's a basketball tale as old as time. Combine quality rebounding and defense and you'll find ways to win games. It's a combination that is working for the Somerset girls basketball team. The Spartans improved to 3-0 for the season last Tuesday when they defeated Ellsworth 55-45 in the Middle Border Conference for both teams. Here's a mind boggling statistic: Somerset pulled down 50 rebounds in the win. You might go a lifetime without seeing a team account for 50 rebounds in one game.
It is more than fitting. After the career he's had, Ryan Larson deserves to be the all-time leading rusher and leading scorer in the St. Croix Central football program. Larson finished his SCC career with 4,421 yards rushing and 71 total touchdowns. Both marks break records that were set by Peter Reineck a quarter-century ago. With his rushing total, Larson has averaged more than 100 yards rushing in every game of his 43-game career.
Jack Peterson is humble as they come. He'll rave about the blocking of his linemen and the decision-making of quarterback Will Piletich, but if you ask him about himself, he'll change the subject faster than he buries a running back trying to sneak through a hole in the Somerset defense. Peterson was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2018 Middle Border Conference football season as the leader of the Spartans. In the past two seasons alone, Peterson has rushed for more than 3,000 yards and accounted for 200 tackles.
The Inhuman Awards are announced following each high school sports season to recognize exceptional efforts by our local high school athletes. This fall, exceptional was an accurate word as we saw major successes in every sport. From state team and individual qualifiers to Middle Border Conference championships, it was a season to remember. Football Most Valuable Offense: (Tie) Ryan Larson and Austin Kopacz, St. Croix Central. Honorable Mention: Jack Peterson, Somerset; Keagen Berg, St. Croix Central.
The New Richmond girls basketball team ran up a much improved River Falls team on Tuesday night and the two teams waged another of their tough battles. The Wildcats were able to defeat the Tigers 53-44, for New Richmond’s first loss of the season after the Tigers started with a pair of victories.
Anyone who has seen a Middle Border Conference golf match the past four years knew that Maggie Veenendall was one of the premier girls golfers in Wisconsin. By placing sixth at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament in October, Veenendall showed the entire state golfing community how well she plays. That has led to Veenendall receiving a combined athletic and academic scholarship to attend the University of Sioux Falls, an NCAA Division 2 program.
The New Richmond and St. Croix Central girls basketball teams are figuring some things out as they start the 2018-19 season, but both teams showed there is reason for optimism when they clashed last Tuesday. New Richmond used a 12-1 start to build an early cushion, but Central kept battling. The Tigers ended up with a 41-36 victory. The win increased New Richmond's season record to 2-0, while this was the season opener for the Panthers.
As Marie Hamlin runs past you, you almost expect to hear the pounding of her heartbeat as she charges by. That's how strongly she runs, how much drive and heart she possesses. There are runners who perform with grace, like a deer moving across a clover field. And there are runners who rely on sheer power. That's where Hamlin fits in. There is never a sign of fatigue or emotion. Her power isn't just physical. It's just as much a tribute to her mental approach to running.
Senior Jackson Haukom returns to the Somerset boys hockey team with 28 career goals. The rest of the Somerset roster opened the 2018-19 season with eight varsity goals to their credit. That's how young the Spartans are this season. The Spartans started their season over the weekend, looking young at times while looking highly competitive at others. The Spartans opened the season Friday with a 6-0 loss against St. Paul Academy. On Saturday the Spartans were competitive to the end in a 5-2 loss against New Ulm.