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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Unexpected good weather made for fast times at Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday. Kenya’s Elisha Barno won the race for the fourth straight year in 2:10.06. Kellyn Taylor, 31, of Flagstaff, AZ, set an event record in the women’s race with a time of 2:24.28. Anna Langer of Roberts was the top finisher in the marathon among local runners, with a time of 3:29.37. Grandma's Marathon local finishers:
New Richmond senior Blake Kretovics capped his outstanding high school baseball career by receiving all-state honors. Kretovics was one of three Middle Border Conference players named to the 2018 Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-State Team. Kretovics was an honorable mention all-state player.
The first game for the New Richmond American Legion Senior baseball team in the new Three Lakes League was a success. New Richmond won its league opener Saturday morning at Baldwin, 2-0. The league is set up for teams to play double-headers. The first game is the league contest, while the second game is viewed as a non-conference developmental game. Baldwin won the second game Saturday, 5-2.
The Middle Border Conference championship team from New Richmond placed six players on the 2018 All-MBC girls soccer team. Somerset, which placed third in the MBC this spring, placed four girls on the 2018 All-MBC team. That group included senior Anna Rybacki, who was voted as the conference's Most Valuable Player.
The last time we saw Anna Rybacki, she was taking a selfie from the stage of the Somerset High School graduation, as part of her salutatorian speech. Since then, Rybacki has been named Most Valuable Player for the 2018 Middle Border Conference girls soccer season. And her basketball team from last winter won the award from the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association for having the highest team grade point average, a 3.99 team average.
During the second half of the 2017-18 season, the Somerset girls basketball team was one of the most improved teams in the area. That may be a direct correlation to the work the Spartans produce in the classroom.
For the second straight season, the New Richmond girls soccer team had its season end in the WIAA sectional tournament, losing to the team that would represent the section at the state tournament.
The first win finally happened for the New Richmond Millers this weekend. The second win should have happened too. The win came Friday night when the Millers hosted the Metro Knights in a non-league game at Citizens Field. The Millers had their best pitching of season in Friday's game, defeating the Knights, 2-1, in 10 innings.
Winning their third-straight Middle Border Conference championship led the New Richmond baseball team to draw its share of respect when the all-conference voting was completed last week. The Tigers placed six players on the 2018 All-MBC team, including three players on the all-conference first team.
People know Rachel Sauvola for her contagious and boundless energy. So it is no surprise that cancer may have momentarily slowed down the popular New Richmond High School agriculture teacher, but it wasn't going to stop her. Sauvola was diagnosed on June 8, 2017. As in many cases, Sauvola's cancer was found by accident. She had gone to see her doctor because she thought she was having heart issues. "I'm a bit of a stubborn German," Sauvola said. "I chose to load and unload 1,400 pounds of cattle feed at the school farm. That's how I live my life. Just do it."