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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Somerset's Bryan Witzmann is back in the National Football League. Witzmann announced Tuesday night that he has signed with the New Orleans Saints to be part of the Saints' practice squad. The move comes three weeks after Witzmann was cut by the Houston Texans. Witzmann, an offensive tackle, was a four-year starter at South Dakota State University.
The New Richmond 10U softball team went to its national championship tournament just hoping to have fun. What could be more fun than bringing home a national championship? That’s exactly what they Tiger girls did, winning the national championship in the bronze tier of the North American Fastpitch Association U10 National Tournament, played last Thursday through Sunday at Bloomington, Minn. The Tigers played eight games over the four days.
Finding new and interesting ways to motivate high school athletes is an ongoing challenge for teachers and coaches. When New Richmond teachers Keith Badger and Josh Fiege attended a five-day educational workshop put on by the U.S. Marines, it led to a new opportunity for NRHS athletes. Last Thursday, a group of Marines put more than 200 NRHS athletes through a Combat Fitness Test, designed to simulate some of the physically challenging tests the Marines are put through on a daily basis.
The WIAA Board of Control gave its final approval Tuesday to the conference realignment that will move St. Croix Central to the Middle Border Conference and Durand to the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. The move becomes effective for the 2015-16 school year. This was one of several actions the Board of Control took during its monthly meeting on Tuesday. The Board of Control voted to grant final approval of an Executive Staff recommendation to suspend membership dues and fees for two years.
There are thousands of varsity football coaches across the nation. But there’s only one Bruce Larson. That’s how Somerset football fans feel about Larson, the Spartans’ varsity football coach. There are people across the country who have come to feel the same way. That led to Larson being notified on Friday that he is the 2015 recipient of the Don Shula NFL National High School Coach of the Year award. Larson will be honored at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, Feb. 1. Attending the Super Bowl will just be part of Larson’s itinerary for Super Bowl weekend.
Somerset High School football coach Bruce Larson has led the Spartans to three state championships and six appearances in WIAA state football championships. For his coaching excellence, Larson has been selected as the National Football League's Don Shula National High School Coach of the Year. Larson was contacted by the NFL Friday night of the honor. By being named as the national coach of the year, Larson and his wife, Kelly, will attend the 2015 Super Bowl on Feb.
The first things you notice are the ponytail and the eye makeup. But it doesn’t take long watching Taylor Willert officiate a hockey game to see that she’s fully capable of handling the pressures of officiating a high school hockey game. Willert is new to the area, after being hired as a social studies teacher at New Richmond High School. She quickly picked up a full schedule of hockey games at all levels to officiate. She’s already worked several local boys and girls varsity games this season. Willert, 23, has already built a substantial officiating resume.
Every year, college students receive endless suggestions for landing a job post-graduation — and skipping finals isn’t one of them. But that’s exactly what Nolan Swinghamer did during his last semester at UW-Stevens Point to nab his first outdoor videography gig, and he’s been working his dream job since. “My professors were hunters, so they told me to go for it,” Swinghamer said.
Who knows what runs through the bodies of athletes who achieve incredible accomplishments. Ice in their veins? A will of iron? A mind impermeable to pain? You can include Stephanie Hoff of Somerset among those who have completed one of the most torturous, physically demanding athletic events that can be found in the United States. Hoff ran the Western States Endurance Run on June 28-29, completing the demanding 100-mile course through mountains and desert in California in 26 hours, 42 minutes and 3 seconds. Western States is considered the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race.
Somerset native Brock Montpetit has completed his college hockey career and quickly made the jump to professional hockey.Montpetit played his first pro hockey game on Sunday for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. The Tigers are the top farm team of the New York Islanders. Montpetit signed a 10-game contract which he hopes will lead to the Islanders signing him to a two-way contract for next season. Montpetit wore jersey number 72 for his pro debut.