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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A couple holes where the Ellsworth girls took big scores was just enough to cause the Panthers to drop to fourth place in the Middle Border Conference girls golf match played at The Links in New Richmond last Thursday, Aug. 31.
Runners of all ages are going to make an impact for the New Richmond cross country teams this fall. The New Richmond girls had five freshmen in the varsity lineup in the season-opening meet on Saturday, Aug. 26 in Eau Claire and that young group did extremely well. The Tiger boys had at least one runner from all four classes competing in the varsity lineup on Saturday and the Tiger boys also gave a solid performance.
There are five number two runners on the St. Croix Central girls cross country team. That's a sign of the competitiveness and the hunger within the Panthers after they reached the WIAA state championships for the first time in 2016. The Panthers reached the WIAA Division 2 state championships, where they placed 14th in their maiden voyage to the state meet course in Wisconsin Rapids. With many of those girls back, plus reinforcements, the Panthers are serious threats to earn a return trip to the state meet.
A 2013 Somerset High School graduate and Somerset native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the premier naval air installation in the Pacific Northwest region. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Bucklew is an aviation machinist's mate serving with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10. A Navy aviation machinist's mate is responsible for taking care of all engines on the P-3C Orion.
F ootball is a sport that gets into your blood. For many who play football, they wanted to keep playing, whether their careers ended in high school or college.
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.