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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Heading into Tuesday’s regular season finale against Barron, the New Richmond Tigers boys soccer team was looking to go undefeated in the Middle Border Conference and the season. But the Tigers got caught looking past Barron before heading into the playoffs and it hurt them in the end. “We laid an egg even though we outshot Barron 22-7,” said Tigers coach Pete Melloy. “We are better than that and hopefully it will be a wakeup call to the guys. At least we lost now and not in the playoffs.
Even though the Somerset Spartans boys soccer team lost two of its final three games of the regular season, coach Bill Roll feels his team performed well against some tough competition. “We played two of the best teams in our sectional this last week and I feel like we performed relatively well against those two teams,” Roll said. “We just need to stop going into these games against teams we know are good thinking we are going to lose.
Although the New Richmond Tigers girls golf team was only able to advance one player past the sub-sectional tournament, the team was able to earn enough points to hold onto fourth place out of nine teams in this year’s Division 1 sectional meet. “Overall, we had a good season,” said New Richmond coach Denise Devereux. “It was nice to get fourth as sectionals. It was a nice showing all around by the girls.” The sectional meet was held at D.C. Everest in Weston on Thursday, Oct.
The St. Croix Central Panthers volleyball team faced two Dunn-St. Croix conference teams in Elk Mound and Elmwood last week and came away with a 1-1 record at the end of Homecoming week. The Panthers fell on the road to Elk Mound on Tuesday before defeating Elmwood in three sets on their home court. “I thought we played two strong sets against Elk Mound and hung with them for most of the match,” said Central coach Mindy Widiker.
The New Richmond Tigers volleyball team split its two games last week, picking up a win over Amery on the road on Tuesday, Oct. 7 before being swept by Osceola at home on Thursday, Oct. 9. “Amery went as we thought it would go and we beat them in three,” said Tigers coach Missi Whittington. “Osceola, on the other hand didn’t go as planned, of course.” In their win against Amery, New Richmond was able to sweep the matches 25-15, 25-10, 25-16 for the victory. “At Amery, Loni Bauer had an amazing night hitting and Sarena Shilts was the libero of the year.
Even though the Somerset volleyball team lost its only match of the week to Baldwin-Woodville on Tuesday, Oct. 7, coach Sarah Praschak liked what she saw in the game. “We started on fire, but then we fell flat,” Praschak said. “Baldwin got the momentum and we couldn’t get it back, even though we were running a good offense.” Somerset kept things close in all three games, but was unable to string together enough points to pull out a win. “We need to focus on getting points in crunch time and when it comes down to winning and losing a game,” Praschak said.
With a large crowd of community members and area residents assembled for the Grace Place Grand Opening, Grace Place Shelter Manager Lori Scheder wasted no time cutting the big red ribbon strung in front of the building to officially open the new facility in New Richmond. “I just have to say first that you did it, this community did it,” said Duana Bremer, Salvation Army social services director for St. Croix, Polk and Burnett counties. “This grand opening is about more than just the structure and the building.
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The St. Croix Central Panthers volleyball team lost both of its games last week when it faced Boyceville on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and Colfax on Thursday, Oct. 2. The Panthers were outmatched against a good Colfax team, losing straight sets, 25-16, 25-10 and 25-14. “We did not perform up to our potential on Thursday,” said St. Croix Central coach Mindy Widiker.
Last week, the Somerset boys and girls cross country teams competed at St. Croix Falls on Thursday, Oct. 2, with the girls taking fourth at the meet and the boys placing four runners in the top 20 spots. “The meet went well for us and the elements really tested our team since it was something we have run in much this year,” said Somerset cross country coach Abby Christensen.