The Northwestern High School boys cross country team finished in first place at the Hayward Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Hatchery Creek County Park.

The Tigers boys finished with 35 points, followed by Bloomer, 73.

Washburn’s Sam Borchers won the boys race in in 18 minutes, 53.3 seconds. Northwestern’s Koy Nelson (19:54.7) and Bennett Nelson (20:02.9) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Hayward was the girls team title with 57 points. The Tigers were fourth with 87 points.

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser’s Lana Blumer won the girls race in 21:489.7.

Northwestern’s Kennedy Nelson finished sixth in 22:57.1; and Autumn Askim was ninth in 23:13.9.

The Tigers will attempt to win their 11th consecutive conference championship when they host the Heart O’ North Conference championships Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Norwood Golf Course.

The WIAA Division 2 sectional is Oct. 26 at St. Croix Central.

Hayward Invitational

Hatchery Creek County Park

Boys Team Scores

1. Northwestern, 35; 2. Bloomer, 73; 3. Ladysmith, 105; 4. Cameron, 110; 5. Hayward, 134; 6. Shell Lake, 180; 7. Washburn, 183; 8. Barron, 188; 9. Drummond, 196; 10. South Shore, 256.

Top 5

1. Sam Borchers, Washburn, 18:53.3; 2. Marcus Peterson, Barron, 19:03.7; 3. Koy Nelson, N, 19:54.7; 4. Bennett Nelson, N, 20:02.9; 5. Tyler Larson, Cameron, 20:10.4.

Northwesterns' Results

3. Koy Nelson, 19:54.7; 4. Bennett Nelson, 20:02.9; 8. Emmett Johnson, 20:19.8; 9. Jacob Kephart, 20:22.9; 11. Preston Brilla, 20:34.1; 12. Kieran Johnson, 20:38.7; 14. Ian Kalin, 20:43.7.

Girls Team Scores

1. Hayward, 57; 2. Barron, 76; 3. Cameron, 79; 4. Northwestern, 87; 5. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, 109; 6. Bloomer, 168; 7. Cumberland, 172; 8.Ladysmith, 173; 9. Drummond, 243.

Top 5

1. Lana Blumer, CW, 21:49.7; 2. Natalie Poppe, CW, 21:50.5; 3. Fran Peterson, B, 22:05.6; 4. Nel Hanson, H, 22:06.8; 5. Eliana Malnourie, H, 22:21.4.

Northwestern's Results

6. Kennedy Nelson, 22:57.1; 9. Autumn Askim, 23:13.9; 19. Holly Klomhaus, 25:12.1; 26. Emma Mickus, 26:13.9; 27. Alayna Pederson, 26:17.4; 28. Ruby Moore, 26:27.4; 33. Paige Johnson, 27:02.9.

‘C’ team football

The Northwestern “C” team improved to 6-1 with a 19-8 win over Cameron on Monday, Oct. 8.

The Tigers opened the game with 19 unanswered points and didn’t allow a score until the fourth quarter. The Tigers defense held Cameron to negative yardage after the first half.

Cameron had a time of possession advantage of 24:21 to 15:39, but the Tigers outgained the Comets by more than 100 yards.

Tanner Kaufman led the way on the ground with 51 yards on eight carries, Wyatt Dumonson added 47 yards on 10 carries and Bryce Oswskey had 27 yards on five carries.

Quarterback Luke Sedin went 8-of-12 for 103 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Jace Nelson caught the deep ball over two defenders for the touchdown. Nelson finished with two catches for 37 yards.

Dumonson also caught three passes for 22 yards, Trevor Eliason caught two passes for 36 yards and Kellen Traut caught one pass for eight yards.

Defensively, Peyton Kurtz had seven total tackles and a tackle for loss; Cody Routley and Dumonson both had six tackles; and Sedin and Kaufman had a sack.

Sedin also tackled a Comet runner in their own endzone for a safety and on the following possession Evan Moreau picked off a pass and took it for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Kaufman leads the Tigers on the season with 590 rushing yards, averaging 8.3 yards per carry. He has scored nine TDs and also leads the team in tackles with 36 total. Sedin is now 24-for-44 for 336 and four TDs.

The Tigers finish the season at home against Bloomer on Oct. 14.


The Ashland Oredockers swept the Northwestern High School volleyball team 3-0 (25-20, 25-5, 25-20) Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Ashland.

“Ashland is a very solid team,” NHS coach Charlie Hessel said. “They served aggressively and hit hard, and because of their ability to hit, they also mixed in tips and kept us off balance.

“They did make some serving errors, but we were unable to capitalize with runs of our own.”

The Tigers were led by Brynn Erickson, three kills and eight digs; Brynn Hessel, five kills; and Brooke Ogren, 10 digs.

The Tigers (9-19 overall, 4-1 HON), who played at Barron on Thursday, Oct. 10; are at the Cumberland Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12; and host Spooner at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.