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New Richmond's Wheeler, Chelberg, Kidder advancing to state meets

Three New Richmond female athletes have qualified for WIAA state tournaments in two different sports this week.

On Tuesday, New Richmond’s Alex Wheeler and Megan Chelberg qualified for the WIAA State Girls Golf Championships, which will be played next Monday and Tuesday in Madison.

On Thursday, New Richmond’s Maddie Kidder earned a place in the state field for the WIAA Division 1 Girls Tennis State Championships.

Wheeler and Chelberg qualified for state with their outstanding performances in Tuesday’s La Crosse Central Division 1 Sectional Tournament. Wheeler tied for the top score in the tournament, shooting an 82. Chelberg was the final state individual qualifier. She shot an 88, which tied two other girls for the final qualifying position. Chelberg made her par on the first hole to win the playoff.

The New Richmond girls were hoping to advance to the state golf tournament, but that effort fell just short. The top two teams in the sectional qualify for state and the Tigers finished third. Eau Claire North won the sectional title by shooting 359 and River Falls took second by shooting 362. New Richmond finished third among the eight teams by shooting 370.

Chelberg and Wheeler will tee off at 8:08 a.m. and 8:24 a.m. in Monday’s action in the opening round of the state tournament.

Kidder earned her place in the state tennis field by winning her opening match in Thursday’s Eau Claire Memorial Division 1 sectional tournament. Kidder, who took a 19-5 record into the match, defeated Wausau West’s Erin Lammers 7-5, 6-3 to qualify for state. The WIAA state tournament will be played on Oct. 17-19 in Madison.

Dave Newman
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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