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 Middle Border Conference boys golf teams will be extra busy in leading Monday's area sports schedule. The MBC golfers will be playing two matches on Monday, in an effort to make up for some of the matches that were lost due to the late start of the season. The MBC golfers are scheduled to tee off at the Ellsworth Country Club at 1 p.m. After that round is completed, they will head to Clifton Highlands Golf Club, for a 5 p.m. round hosted by Prescott. There are two other events on the local sports schedule for Monday.
The New Richmond High School forensics team performed admirably at the 2018 Wisconsin High School Forensics state speech festival. The success of the NRHS students was led by four acts earning gold medals and Critic's Choice Awards. Emmy Leeson and Andrew Kilibarda competed in prose reading. They both were gold medalists and both received Critic's Choice Awards.
The scene was etched in the mind of New Richmond soccer fans. After the loss in the WIAA Division 2 sectional championship game to Pulaski last June, Tiger Alli Preece had to be helped by two teammates across the field to the school bus. In the first half, Preece had suffered the second major injury in two years. Fast forward 10 months. Back on defense for the Tigers is Preece, with the senior being one of the tri-captains for the 2018 Tigers.
With exceptional talent to watch, and exquisite weather to bask in, the 2018 Stan Barr New Richmond Relays was an incredible event to behold on Friday afternoon. The talent in the meet was top quality, with state-caliber athletes competing in every event. Fourteen teams took part in the 52nd running of The Relays. The field included six Middle Border Conference teams, five Big Rivers Conference teams, and a powerful team from Anoka, Minn.
There will be the youngest group of runners ever will be taking part in the 2018 Stan Barr Relays on Friday. Paperjack Elementary has started its first Run N Read after-school program. The response from students and staff has been tremendous, with almost 100 students participating and 20 staff members volunteering their time. It is hoped that this will become an annual event.
New Richmond Friday, May 4 Boys Golf: New Richmond at Scott Miller Invitational in Hayward, 1 p.m. Boys and Girls Track: New Richmond hosts Stan Barr Relays, 3:30 p.m. Baseball: New Richmond at Menomonie, 5 p.m. Softball: New Richmond at Grantsburg, 5 p.m.
The 52nd annual running of the Stan Barr Relays will be held on Friday at the New Richmond High School track. With the addition of lights at the high school track, it has allowed for a later start to the Relays this year. The schedule for this year's meet has been pushed back 30 minutes from its traditional time schedule. The track will open for warmups at 3 p.m., with the coaches meeting at 3:30 p.m. Field events will begin at 4 p.m. Opening ceremonies will be held at 4:55 p.m., with the first running events scheduled for 5 p.m.
The event wins have been plentiful for the New Richmond boys track team this season. Now the boys have a new target, and they are hoping to make their presence known this Friday at the 52nd running of the Stan Barr New Richmond Relays. The new goal for the Tiger boys is to make their mark on team history. "These guys are thinking school records. That's the mentality," said New Richmond boys coach Roger Reuvers.
Weather cancellations chopped up the April portion of the schedule for the New Richmond girls soccer team. The start of May will decide whether the Tigers can win the 2018 Middle Border Conference championship. That begins this Tuesday when the Tigers host Hayward. Hayward was the only thing that stood between the Tigers and a perfect regular season last season. Hayward played the Tigers to an 0-0 tie early last May. The Tigers have been looking forward to the chance to correct that result ever since.
The growth is beginning to show. The New Richmond tennis team appeared to be in trouble when the Tigers lost the first set in five of the seven matches in their home Middle Border Conference match last Thursday against Amery. The Tigers were able to climb back, winning two of those matches, along with the two where they led after the first set. That gave the Tigers a 4-3 win and their first MBC victory of the season.