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 New Richmond Millers won’t be making the state playoffs this season, but that doesn’t mean they can ruin some other team’s chances to get to the playoffs. The Millers nearly did that on Saturday. Getting some of their best pitching of the year, the Millers nearly knocked off Hudson, losing 2-1. The loss drops the Millers to 1-7 in the St. Croix Valley Baseball League.
Humble and loveable. Sweet and mild. That’s how Katheryn Holter might be described, until you put her in starting blocks at a track meet. It’s like wrapping a cape around Supergirl’s shoulders. That’s when the true personality comes out. “I’ve never had a kid who is the competitor she is, that has the internal drive she has,” said St. Croix Central track coach Ben Lamb, who began his coaching career in 1998.
The Inhuman Awards have been presented by the sports department of The News for more than 20 years to recognize noteworthy performances from each season. There were plenty of performances worthy of honors this spring. With several local teams winning Middle Border Conference championships and others showing marked improvement, there were numerous options for most of these honors. So here are the Inhuman Awards for the 2017 spring season. Baseball
Sports is about winning and losing. But the American Legion baseball season, like many of the athletic activities being conducted over the summer, is just as much about athlete development. Each of the area Legion coaches, in assessing their weeks, talked more about individual progress from players than the final results of their games. Here is a recap of their weeks. New Richmond Junior
The New Richmond and Somerset girls soccer teams ranked among the top teams in the Middle Border Conference in 2017. That success was reflected in the All-MBC voting, where New Richmond had seven players honored and Somerset had five players draw honors. The top honor in the conference went to New Richmond senior forward Lexi Brown. She was named as the Middle Border Conference Most Valuable Player.
The New Richmond Black U12 softball team had qualified for a pair of national tournaments. Seven of the girls on this team will be playing at the national level for the third straight season. The Tigers qualified for their first national tournament at a tournament May 20-21. This tournament was played in wet, cold weather, but the Tigers showed their strength. They opened with an 8-4 win over Apple Valley-Fusion Blue. The Tigers trailed 4-1, but came back to get the win.
For the third straight year, the New Richmond 10U softball team has qualified for its national tournament. The New Richmond girls won all six of their games to win a weekend tournament June 3-4, qualifying for this year’s national tournament. New Richmond coach Brian Blietz said the team “won this tournament by amazing pitching, great defense and very aggressive base running. We also had our returning players from last year step up with the leadership role and gave us energy.”
One opponent dropped the New Richmond Millers on Saturday, but it didn’t matter because another was already on its way to New Richmond’s Citizens Field. Millers manager Ryan Stephens was informed early Saturday afternoon that the opponent for that night’s game, the St. Paul Hopps, was cancelling because it didn’t have enough players available. But before cancelling for the night, Stephens received a call from the Metro Knights manager, saying his team was on the way.
Kayla Gaulke of New Richmond topped the list of area runners who completed Grandma's Marathon in Duluth on Saturday. Gaulke, 29, covered the course in 3:20:35. Here is a list of the local runners who completed Grandma's Marathon, followed by a list of local runners who competed in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Area finishers:
Former Stillwater High School boys hockey coach Phil Housley has been named the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. The Sabres made the announced early Thursday afternoon. Housley coached the Stillwater boys hockey team for nine years, before taking an assistant coaching position with the Nashville Predators of the NHL in 2013. Housley was a high school standout at South St. Paul High School before a long career in the NHL, mainly with the Sabres. Here is the Sabres' announcement: