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Football practices start next week

New Richmond quarterback Sevin Davis delivers a pass during the Tigers' contact days last week. Looking on is former Tiger coach Jason Eckert, who has become offensive coordinator for the team.

High school football practices get started next Tuesday and the New Richmond High School team isn't going to waste a second taking the field.

The Tigers will hold their first practice at midnight next Tuesday. It kicks off a new era for the program, with Keith Badger taking over as Tiger head coach.

"We're going to start as early as possible," Badger said. "It's exciting to come out and practice under the lights."

Badger said he's hoping the fresh approach will show that the players and coaches are excited about the season and that it might help encourage more students to come out for football.

Here is the information for each of the local teams for their first weeks of football practice.

New Richmond

The Tiger football players are required to attend the mandatory athletic code meeting on Sunday at the high school. They will then report Monday at 9 p.m., when equipment will be issued.

That leads directly into the Tigers' first practice of the season. The practice will be held at midnight at the high school practice field. The football program is renting three, 30-foot portable light towers to provide illumination for the practice.

Badger said the team will practice from roughly 3-8 p.m. each of the following days of the first two weeks.

There will be a special event for Tiger fans of all ages on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the football field at the New Richmond Middle School. That will be Community Football Night for the Tiger program. The event begins with the Tiger players reporting at 4:45 p.m. for photos. At 6 p.m. will be the community photo session, with Tiger football players in grades 1-12 joining collectively for a group photo.

This will be followed by scrimmages including the Tiger youth teams, ninth grade team and varsity team.

New Richmond's yearly football scrimmage day will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, when the team scrimmages at Chippewa Falls.


The Spartan football team begins the season with a mandatory player and parent meeting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the high school. This will be the time to address paperwork and fee payment.

The team goes through a series of scheduled events Monday morning. All players in grades 9-12 will be part of a team meeting from 8-9:30 a.m. That will be followed by equipment checkout. The running test for the players will be held from 10 a.m.-noon.

Practices for the rest of the first week will run from 8-11:15 a.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The Spartans will scrimmage at Rice Lake on Friday, Aug. 16. The team will hold its annual intrasquad scrimmage and team night on Monday, Aug. 19.

St. Croix Central

The Panther football players must attend the athletic code meeting that will be held on Sunday, Aug. 4. The team will meet on Monday to issue equipment from 8-10 a.m.

The Panthers will hold two-a-day practices for the first two weeks. The practices will run from 7:55-10:30 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. those days.

Central will again host a four-team scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 16. Also taking part in the scrimmage are Osceola, Prescott and Bloomer.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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