Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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Although spring and warmer weather might still be a few weeks away, the New Richmond Middle School’s Greenhouse Club is already preparing to once again help the DNR with a planting project in Star Prairie. “Last year, we planted the Dotted Blazing Star (liatris punctata), which is an endangered species to this county and the state,” sixth-grade science teacher Travis Helland said. “The seeds were actually taken from the Stillwater bridge area by the DNR, and we got to separate, sort and plant those seeds. Then we planted them in the spring.
Despite making a late run, the St. Croix Central Panthers boys basketball team fell to the Northwestern Tigers 57-49 in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 boys basketball playoffs on Feb.
The New Richmond Tiger boys basketball team fell to the Ashland Oredockers in Ashland on Feb. 25, in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 boys basketball playoffs by a final score of 57-36. Josh Geigle led the Tigers with 16 points, followed by Noah Berger, who had 10 points. New Richmond started slow in the first quarter, trailing 11-2 at the end of the period.
From the beginning of the season, Somerset Spartan boys hockey coach Dan Gilkerson wanted nothing more than for his team to make it to the WIAA boys hockey sectional final and possibly book its ticket to the state tournament. However, the New Richmond Tigers had other ideas and erased an early 3-1 deficit on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to knock the Spartans out of the running for the state tournament in the section semifinals in New Richmond. “It was disappointing to not meet our goal since we wanted to make it to the section finals,” Gilkerson said.
The Somerset Spartans boys basketball team knocked off the Ellsworth Panthers 78-64 in overtime in front of their home crowd on Saturday, March 1, to claim their third straight WIAA regional championship. “We really showed some grit in the overtime period and down the stretch when we needed to,” Somerset coach Brent Larson said. “In overtime, we did a really good job of creating turnovers and harassing their players so they couldn’t get off easy shots.
After being knocked out of last year’s WIAA Division 2 State Individual Wrestling Tournament, Somerset 182pound wrestler Max Praschak set a goal for himself to place at state this season. By the end of the weekend, Praschak had done just that by claiming third place in the 182-pound weight class. “Max went 0-1 last year and didn’t want that to happen again this year,” Somerset coach Trent Larrieu said.
For the first time in team history, the New Richmond Tigers wrestling team had two wrestlers place at the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament, with Shane Blackman taking sixth place at 126 pounds and Derek Dowd finishing sixth at 138 pounds. “Getting these two wrestlers to place at the state level is a really big step for us as a team,” New Richmond coach Mark Neumann said.
The New Richmond boys hockey team fell one win short of claiming a ticket to the Wisconsin state tournament after being defeated by the Superior Spartans 3-2 in the WIAA sectional finals game on Saturday, March 1, in Amery. “Obviously it is disappointing to lose to Superior again, but I’m not disappointed in our players or the effort they put in during the game,” Tigers coach Adam Swanda said. “We had our chances to tie the game late and I feel like if we had been able to tie the game things might have turned out differently.
Young students rarely get the chance to make a contribution to the community while they are at school, but when Family and Consumer Education teacher Dawn Lane heard of an opportunity for her students to help with a medication disposal program by making information bags, she was all for it. “It really gave us an opportunity to talk about the problem and to explain what that problem is,” Lane said.
Over a week’s time, Susie and John Santer, along with their daughter Billie Jo Germain, saw thousands of people come through the doors of the Philippine Minnesota Medical Association’s medical, dental and surgical mission to Catarman, Northern Samar. “This is my second time and my husband’s third,” Susie Santer said. “The group goes to a different place every time.