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.
Summit Brewing will release its newest specialty brew, Belgian Style Abbey Ale, during the week of July 23. The new beer is the brainchild of New Richmond native Nate Siats. At 26, Siats already has four years of experience working as a brewer at Summit Brewing in St. Paul. Anyone wanting to sample Siats' new brew will have the chance on Thursday, July 26. Summit Brewing is holding several release parties to introduce the limited production beer. One of those parties will be held at the Old Saloon in New Richmond, from 6-9 p.m.
How many athletes get the chance to compete in the Olympics? Alpine skier Meghan Erickson is working toward that dream. Erickson is hoping to be part of the United States team that skis in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The Paralympics are held at the site of the Olympics, two weeks after the completion of the Olympics. Erickson, a sophomore at Somerset High School, has been competing nationally in alpine skiing since she was 10 years old. Now 16, Erickson just completed her 2011-12 season by skiing in the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Speed Nationals as a member of the U.S.
The football world is abuzz because the Wisconsin Badgers were able to reel in quarterback Danny O'Brien, who is currently at the University of Maryland. If you want to know about O'Brien, there isn't a better source than 1990 St. Croix Central graduate Todd Willert. Willert was O'Brien's coach at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, N.C. Willert has been the head coach at East Forsyth since 2004. Willert helped O'Brien to make the decision to join the Badgers.
For a few weeks in 1921 and 1922, Ted Odenwald stood at the top of the baseball world. Odenwald, a Hudson native, pitched in the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians in 1921 and 1922. He even got to be part of the customary trip to the White House with the Indians, who were World Series champions in the 1920 season. Odenwald's story starts in Hudson. He was signed by Cleveland while he was still in high school, signing originally for $3,500. It was during his junior season in 1917 that Odenwald began pitching. He quickly became a sensation.
The St. Croix Central baseball team is keeping the heat on Dunn-St. Croix Conference leader Elk Mound. The Panthers scored wins over Plum City and Boyceville to raise their D-SC record to 3-1. Elk Mound delivered the Panthers' only loss of the conference schedule. The Mounders sit atop the Large School Division of the D-SC with a 4-0 record. It took a little persistence from the Panthers to get their 5-3 win over Plum City on Monday. The Panthers didn't show much energy at the plate in the early innings.
Bluebirds are making a flourishing return to the Wisconsin countryside due to the efforts of organizations that have dotted the landscape with bluebird houses. Star Prairie Fish and Game has been working to improve the bluebird population in the area. Recently, six members took a day and constructed 50 bluebird houses. Those bluebird houses were donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. On Monday, several members of the SPFG teamed with Tom Kerr, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service district manager, in placing 15 of those houses along waterfowl protections areas in the Star Prairie area.
For seven years, boys hockey has been a conference sport in the Middle Border Conference. And for seven years, the New Richmond boys have reigned supreme in the MBC. The Tigers locked up their seventh consecutive MBC title last Thursday by defeating Baldwin-Woodville, 6-3. The game was tied 2-2 heading into the third period. The Tigers acted decisively to finish off the win, scoring four straight goals during the third period. The Tigers went ahead 3-2 when Dom Peterson scored three minutes into the third period.