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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Jack Cichy is healing on schedule and is hoping to make a strong impression on National Football League scouts, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26-28. Cichy is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee that cost him his senior season. The Somerset native and former University of Wisconsin Badgers standout linebacker suffered the injury during a preseason practice in August. He underwent surgery three days later.
It has been a long road with many twists and turns for Gaelin Elmore. He's hoping the journey takes him to the National Football League. Elmore, a 2014 graduate of Somerset High School, declared himself eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. He has signed with an agent, Premier Athlete Advisors, to help him in pursuit of his goal.
Fat tire bikers now have a course in New Richmond, and there's a new event planned to christen the course. The Frozen Gnome Fat Tire Challenge will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13 at a new three-quarter mile groomed trail at Barley John's Brewing Company in New Richmond. The brewery is located at 1280 Madison Ave. The event is presented by the Big Ring Flyers Bicycle Club and Race Team and is open to the public. They will have demo fat bikes available at the event for anyone that wants to come out and give it a try, courtesy of Crank Worx Bike Shop of River Falls.
At 14, Owen Carlson is retiring as the .25 Midget racing world champion. This doesn't mean Carlson is retiring from racing. The Somerset High School freshman is outgrowing the .25 Midget cars and is moving up to Micro Sprint racing.
The Western Wisconsin Stars play in a WIAA section that is loaded with talented teams. The Stars faced another of those teams Friday, Dec. 29 when they hosted the Hayward co-op team at the Somerset Ice Arena. The game hinged on a bad-hop goal that Hayward scored with 16 seconds remaining in the first period. The Stars were the better team for long stretches of the second and third periods, but they could never catch the Hurricanes, losing 2-1. Hayward is the defending sectional champion.
After facing two of the three top-ranked teams in the state earlier in the week, the Western Wisconsin Stars were able to end a frantic week before Christmas by playing the Black River Falls cooperative team on Saturday, Dec. 23. The Stars earned a 4-1 win. The game featured some sharp team play from the Stars, along with two superlative efforts from leading scorer Jade Williams that resulted in a pair of goals.
The 2017 fall season was packed with exceptional efforts from area athletes in every high school sport. Those efforts resulted in numerous honors at the conference, region and state level. The News has been presenting The Inhuman Awards for more than 20 years to recognize outstanding athletic achievements from the athletes at the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central high schools, to further honor noteworthy efforts from our high school athletes. Here are the Inhuman Awards for the fall 2017 season. Football
Gwynn Christensen achieved a great many things in his 92 years. He started as high school standout athlete, then a World War II soldier. That was followed by being a college football starter, high school coach and administrator, college coach, businessman, Shriner and Mason, to name a few. Christensen moved to New Richmond in 1970. He remained here until he died on Nov. 5 at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.
This fall may be the most successful single athletic season experienced in the history of St. Croix Central High School. And around the state, Central's success this fall ranks among the top overall performances by any high school. St. Croix Central has seen its football, girls cross country and boys cross country reach the state championships and the volleyball team reach the sectional championship match. There are only three other schools, all in Division 1, that equalled or exceeded that level of success.
The St. Croix Central football team will attempt to win the third WIAA state championship in program history this Thursday when the Panthers battle Lodi in the Division 4 state title game. The game will be played at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison at 7 p.m. The Panthers carry a 12-1 record into the state title game, while Lodi comes in at 13-0. St. Croix Central is the defending Division 4 state champion after defeating River Valley 49-28 in the 2016 Division 4 state title game. Central won its initial state football championship in 1988.