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 Somerset baseball team managed two wins last week, but the shortage of pitching on the young team caused other chances at wins to slip away. Somerset earned a 10-4 Middle Border Conference win over St. Croix Central to start last week. And the Spartans won the second game in their home tournament on Saturday, defeating Spooner 15-10. In between, the Spartans lost three games.
The 2016 season was a transition season for the New Richmond Millers. The city league baseball team worked a number of younger players into the lineup last season. It resulted in the Millers only winning three games in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League. The Millers are hoping the growth pains they endured in 2016 will result in a higher win total in 2017. The Millers start their 2017 season this Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at Bay City.
The roster for the St. Croix Valley Baseball League All-Stars has been set for the Killebrew Root Beer Barnstorming game against the St. Paul Saints on Saturday. Veteran second baseman Jon Will is the representative of the New Richmond Millers for the game. Will is one of the handful of SCVBL players who are 40 or over, yet he ranks among the Millers’ leading hitters every season.
Four varsity sports events were held at New Richmond High School on Tuesday and the Tigers went 2-2 in those events. The wins were posted by the Tiger baseball and girls soccer teams. The girls soccer team roared past Osceola, 10-0. The Tigers put this outcome to rest in a two-minute span early in the first half. They scored four goals in less than two minutes, raising their lead to 5-0.
Darian Blattner has coached nearly every boy at some level in the New Richmond Youth Soccer Association. So when Pete Melloy decided to retire last fall, after being the only varsity boys soccer coach New Richmond has ever had, Blattner gave some thought to filling the vacant head coaching position. The thoughts led to discussions with New Richmond Athletic Director Casey Eckardt, which led to Blattner being approved as the new Tiger boys varsity coach. His approval came at the April New Richmond Board of Education meeting.
St. Croix Central graduates Kayla Pabst and Josh Freyholtz put together strong performances at the 2017 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Track Championships over the weekend at UW-Platteville. Pabst and Freyholtz both compete for UW-Stout. Pabst was one of the standouts in the women's throwing events. Pabst placed second in the women's hammer throw event, with a distance of 169 feet, 10 inches. Pabst was also the fourth place finisher in the discus, with a mark of 139 feet.
There are currently two former Middle Border Conference football offensive linemen on the roster of the Kansas City Chiefs. Somerset graduate Bryan Witzmann spent the 2016 season as the Chiefs' primary backup at offensive tackle and appears to be the favorite for that role again in 2017. Now another former MBC lineman is getting his chance with the Chiefs. Osceola graduate Lincoln Howard is on the Chiefs' roster this weekend for the team's annual three-day rookie minicamp. Howard attended Northern Illinois University.
The New Richmond baseball and boys golf teams kept their hopes of winning a Middle Border Conference title alive with key victories on Thursday. The New Richmond baseball team went to Ellsworth and scored a 6-3 win over the Panthers. The win puts the Tigers one-half game behind Ellsworth at the top of the MBC standings. Senior Grant Riemenschneider pitched six innings to get the victory for the Tigers. Jake Weiss and Jack Bau both drove home two runs in the win.
The 51st annual running of the Stan Barr Relays will be run this Friday at the New Richmond High School track. The meet is named after longtime New Richmond boys track coach and athletic director Stan Barr, who originated the meet. Barr remains an active track official, serving as a starter at the recent New Richmond home dual meet.
April was a perfect month for the New Richmond girls soccer team. And the Tigers are hoping that May can even be better. The Tigers ended April with two impressive wins last Thursday and Friday, raising their season record to 8-0. On Thursday they went to Osceola and defeated one of their main rivals for the Middle Border Conference crown, defeating the Chieftains 4-0. On Friday, the Tigers went to Eau Claire North, which happens to be where Tiger coach Tracey Boyle played high school soccer. The Tigers made Boyle proud, defeating the Huskies 3-2.