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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Former Stillwater High School boys hockey coach Phil Housley has been named the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. The Sabres made the announced early Thursday afternoon. Housley coached the Stillwater boys hockey team for nine years, before taking an assistant coaching position with the Nashville Predators of the NHL in 2013. Housley was a high school standout at South St. Paul High School before a long career in the NHL, mainly with the Sabres. Here is the Sabres' announcement:
Most people know the Nelson brothers, Trevor and Collin, as standout athletes and students at St. Croix Central High School. In becoming the highly respected students they are, they have endured the most unthinkable of all tragedies, losing their mother in a motorcycle accident. Their father was badly injured in the accident, leaving the middle school-aged brothers to help in his lengthy rehabilitation.
A fire did severe damage to an apartment building in Somerset Friday afternoon. The Somerset Fire Department was called to a fire at 308 Willow Street in Somerset just before 2 p.m. This is the site of an apartment building. The fire appeared to start in an upper corner apartment, where flames could still be seen inside the apartment. Smoke was billowing from under the awnings all around the upper level of the apartment. The New Richmond and St. Joseph fire departments were called to supply mutual aid in battling the blaze.
The destruction of the old New Richmond Middle School has now progressed into the original portion of the building. Eckert Wrecking of Rhinelander has made its way into the original portion of the structure this week. The process appears to be made difficult by the number of cables strung between the floors of the building. The demolition is currently being approached from the east side, where the gym attached to the old school.
King Boreas, who reigns over the St. Paul Winter Carnival, is extending his kingdom this year. The 2017 King Boreas, Jason Bradshaw, lives in Somerset. Bradshaw's wife, Brea (Belisle), is a Somerset native. They were married in 2007 and have three children attending the Somerset schools, Annika, Ford and Marta.
The success achieved by the New Richmond powerlifting team at the state level was carried on to the next level when the Tigers competed at the 2017 USA Powerlifting High School National Championships in Scranton, Penn., last week.
St. Croix Central’s athletic program was the second most successful in the Middle Border Conference during the 2015-16 school year. But that success took a toll on Central athletic director Jeremy Kerg. Kerg’s resignation was accepted at Central’s March Board of Education meeting.
Students learn quickly in studying under Jim Saliny, whether it is in his orchestra classes or on his golf teams. Working under Saliny means there will be expectations. There will be fiery prodding as he works to draw the best out of his students. And there will be quick and warm forgiveness for the students who show a heartfelt effort in their challenges.
The winter season of 2016-17 is now complete. And with its completion, the announcement of the Inhuman Awards, recognizing some of the top performances from the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central teams, has now been completed. These awards are done to recognize success at a local level. Not every athlete gets all-state or all-conference recognition, but there are efforts that deserve to be noticed. So we present to you, the 2016-17 winter Inhuman Awards. Boys Basketball Most Valuable: Trevor Nelson, St. Croix Central.
Our area will be well represented, with eight wrestlers competing at this weekend’s 2017 WWF Kids Folkstyle State Tournament at the Alliant Center in Madison. St. Croix Central will have four wrestlers competing at the state championships, with New Richmond having three wrestlers qualify and Somerset getting one wrestler to state. New Richmond Representing New Richmond at the state tournament will be Tyler Dennis, Hunter Schutte and Walker Cordie.