Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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Consecutive failures of a pistol to discharge saved the life of a New Richmond resident following a confrontation with her son, according to the New Richmond Police Department. He was allegedly set on killing her, because “the only way he could move forward in his life was to end hers,” officers said.
After three years with sub .500 records, the Ellsworth Panthers football team took care of business against the Baldwin-Woodville squad to secure its first winning season in three years Friday, Sept. 22 at King Field. "Our kids played very well on Friday against a very physical Baldwin Woodville squad," said Ellsworth co-coach Rob Heller.
The Ellsworth Panthers volleyball team picked up a pair of Middle Border Conference wins over Amery and Somerset to build momentum heading into a pair of road games this week. The Panthers defeated Amery 3-1, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Amery, after overcoming a tough second set to earn the win.
Although the Prescott Cardinals football team had its chances against a strong Osceola team, the Cardinals weren't able to pull out the win against the No. 2 team in Division 4. "We were a different team this week than we were against New Richmond. We had them on the ropes in the second quarter when we were driving for a touchdown, but we threw a pick-six and the 14-point swing really turned the momentum in Osceola's favor going into the half," said interim head coach Kevin Haglund. "We just couldn't catch back up from there."
After seeing their fortunes take a drastic turn for the better — with an undefeated record through the first four games of the 2017 season — the Prescott Cardinals football team was knocked back to earth in a 49-0 loss to New Richmond on Friday, Sept. 15, in New Richmond. "We came out flat. New Richmond had arguably one of their best games of the season, while we had our worst," head coach Kevin Haglund said. "They were clicking on all cylinders and we were not. It is hard to compete when you come out flat and don't bring the same intensity that the other team does."
The Ellsworth Panthers lost in straight sets to the St. Croix Central Panthers on Thursday, Sept. 14, in Ellsworth in the team's Middle Border Conference opener. "I thought we did some good things in this game, but also struggled in some places we have been pretty solid for most of the season," coach Nicole Vande Berg said. "We really struggled on serve receive. SCC got us stuck in a few rotations we couldn't get out of, mostly because we couldn't pass the first ball." St. Croix Central scored 25-17, 25-16 and 25-19 wins in the match.
The Ellsworth Panthers played a lot of volleyball on Tuesday, Aug. 5 and Thursday, Aug. 7. The team played six games over those two days in a pair of quads. Despite going 4-2 over that two-day span, coach Nicole Vande Berg thought her team was rather flat and could have done better in closing out matches.
The Spring Valley volleyball team split a pair of non-conference games last week, while going 1-3 over the weekend at the Grantsburg tournament. "We have a pretty young team this year, with four sophomores taking on big offensive roles on the team," said coach Geoffrey Snyder. "We are, however, struggling quite a bit with keeping everyone healthy. We had three varsity players that were unable to play in the Grantsburg tournament this weekend. The goal right now is to get everyone healthy by the time conference play starts."
After going 0-9 last season, the Prescott Cardinals are now 4-0 after a 25-12 win over Somerset Friday, Sept. 8, a team the Cardinals have only defeated a handful of times over the last couple decades. "We repped for the wishbone offense, which Somerset runs, all week long," said coach Kevin Haglund. "We knew that offense like the back of our hand by the time we stepped on the field Friday night. I think we stunned them a little bit with how fast and furiously we were playing on defense."
The Ellsworth Panthers volleyball team split a pair of games as part of a home court triangular on Thursday, Aug. 31, knocking off Glenwood City in two sets (25-9, 25-13) and pushing St. Croix Central to a third game before coming up short in the final set (23-25, 25-20, 6-15).