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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The 2018 New Richmond Fun Fest had to deal with a few weather obstacles, but Saturday and Sunday went off without a hitch. The weather washed out the Willow River Run, but left good conditions for the Fun Fest Softball Tournament and the New Richmond Tennis Open. Here are reports on those events. Fun Fest Softball The 2018 Fun Fest tournament saw 30 teams in action over three divisions.
Safety is the paramount point of discussion in high school football. The Somerset football coaches are done talking and have taken action.
The New Richmond Millers can’t afford any more losses. The team’s hopes of reaching the Wisconsin state playoffs were kept alive on Sunday when the Millers used defense and pitching to win at Hudson, 3-0.
The American Legion baseball playoffs are underway around the state. The New Richmond Junior Legion team was knocked out of the playoffs over the weekend, while the New Richmond and St. Croix Central Senior Legion teams will attempt to qualify for state in their qualifying tournaments this weekend.
Michael Stevens of New Richmond is the fourth golfer to score a hole-in-one at the New Richmond Golf Club during the 2018 season. Stevens scored his ace on hole #7 on July 9. He made the shot from 175 yards out, using a 24-degree hybrid club. The last ace at NRGC came a month earlier. Jonathan Milton of New Richmond notched his hole-in-one on June 9. Milton's ace came on hole #12. He used an 8 iron to hit his shot from 158 yards out.
Athletes are always seeking a challenge. A challenge of their ability or their durability, mental or physical. A group of local athletes decided they would attempt to complete the Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin half-triathlon event in Madison on June 10, though none had done a triathlon of this magnitude before. With the support of the group to steady them, all the athletes were able to complete this arduous test of swimming, biking and running.
When Dave Wirth started his attempt to regain his health, all he could do was 30 jumping jacks. Now he’s doing triathlons and 100-mile runs. That was more than 100 pounds ago for Wirth, who was at 325 pounds a decade ago. In 2008, fearful words from two doctors shocked Wirth into action. At the time, he was needing approval from a doctor for a work physical. Being on the road constantly for work caused Wirth’s weight to spiral out of control.
The 2018 Willow River Run in New Richmond had to be cancelled due to the persistent lightning in the area. Many of Thursday's events for New Richmond Fun Fest were cancelled because of the weather concerns. There was a power outage for a short time in downtown New Richmond Thursday evening. The City of New Richmond Facebook page said the power outage was due to a power pole near New Richmond Middle School being struck by lightning.
Tyler LeRoy went through some physical challenges, particularly during the running portion, but he still managed to place ninth overall at the Wisconsin Ironman 70.3 mile event at Madison on June 10. LeRoy, a Somerset native, placed third in his age group. He finished the course in a time of 4:28.53.
The New Richmond Millers are on one of their best streaks of the past decade. The Millers won their third straight St. Croix Valley Baseball League game on Sunday, bashing Plum City, 13-2.