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Junior lineman Noah Berger demonstrates proper blocking technique for the fifth and sixth grade players during the practice portion of the football night held last Wednesday.1 / 6
Tiger defensive line coach Brad Malpert (right) teaches the young players how to explode off the line once the ball is snapped in this drill.2 / 6
Linebacker coaches Dave Mehls and Troy Cran put the young players through an agility drill during the youth practice session.3 / 6
The proper technique for catching the ball was taught in offensive and defensive drills.4 / 6
This drill taught the young players to maintain control of the ball when they are knocked off balance and to maintain their footing if possible, instead of allowing themselves to be tackled.5 / 6
Nearly 200 New Richmond High School and fifth and sixth grade players and coaches posed for a group photo during the Tiger Football Community Night held at the New Richmond football field last Wednesday.6 / 6

Black and Orange were on full display when the first Tiger Football Community Night was held at the New Richmond football stadium last Wednesday.

So were the colors green and blue and red and yellow.

The Community Night was an opportunity for football fans to see the present and future versions of the New Richmond Tigers football team. In addition to the more than 50 high school players, there were nearly 100 fifth and sixth grade players who took part in the event. The Community Night was coordinated by the newly formed Tiger Football Boosters.

The event was the idea of Tiger varsity coach Keith Badger, who said a similar event at Park of Cottage Grove, his previous school, was a rousing success. Badger said he hopes the event will grow larger in future years, with more youth and middle school participation.

The evening activities started with a photo session, which included a large group photo of the high school and youth teams together.

The five youth teams were then put through a practice with the high school players and coaches serving as instructors. It was difficult to tell whether the younger or older kids were enjoying this opportunity more.

The evening concluded with scrimmages of the freshman and varsity teams. Many of the younger kids stayed to watch the scrimmages, but more were busily playing a pickup football game in the grassy area along the home bleachers.

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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