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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There’s another familial connection that Somerset has with this year’s St. Paul Winter Carnival court. Johanna Smith, a 2010 Somerset High School graduate, is this year’s Princess of the North Wind in the Winter Carnival court. She and her father, Rennie, have a rare connection through their involvement in the Winter Carnival. Rennie is one of the St. Paul Vulcans this year. He was also part of the Winter Carnival court in 2002, when he was Prince of the West Wind.
When Jason Bradshaw and his family decided that he would take the King Boreas role for 2017, they decided they wanted to start having a nonprofit partner for the Winter Carnival each year. Bradshaw’s wife, Brea, thought that a children’s book about the Winter Carnival would serve a great purpose in teaching children about the event. And funds raised through the sale of the book would go to their choice as this year’s nonprofit partner, FamilyMeans, which is based in Stillwater.
King Boreas, who reigns over the St. Paul Winter Carnival, is extending his kingdom this year. The 2017 King Boreas, Jason Bradshaw, lives in Somerset. Bradshaw's wife, Brea (Belisle), is a Somerset native. They were married in 2007 and have three children attending the Somerset schools, Annika, Ford and Marta.
The Somerset boys golf team placed fifth and the New Richmond boys placed sixth in the annual Western Wisconsin Open tournament that was played Friday and Saturday.
The success achieved by the New Richmond powerlifting team at the state level was carried on to the next level when the Tigers competed at the 2017 USA Powerlifting High School National Championships in Scranton, Penn., last week.
After last Tuesday’s meet, the New Richmond track team began a two-week span between meets. This is traditionally when the Tiger lineup really begins to take definition. There were a number of strong performances by the Tigers in last Tuesday’s indoor meet at UW-River Falls, where the Tigers were competing against five other Middle Border Conference teams. The Tiger boys won the meet by 34 points over second-place Osceola, while the Tiger girls finished in second place, 4.5 points behind Ellsworth.
Baseball action started in the Middle Border Conference on Thursday, along with a number of the other local teams competing. Here is a rundown of Thursday's action. New Richmond baseball: The Tigers fell victim to a five-run fourth inning in losing to Osceola. The Tigers tried to come back later in the game but fell short, losing 11-6. Osceola outhit the Tigers 12-9.
Former Somerset football standout Gaelin Elmore is scheduled to make a recruiting trip to the University of Arizona on Friday. Elmore has played three years collegiately as a defensive end at the University of Minnesota. Because he was already graduated, he is no longer bound to play for the Gophers. Elmore has given indications that he will not be returning to the University of Minnesota.
With no seniors on the roster, the St. Croix Central softball team is looking at a two-year timeframe to rebuild the program to success. The Panthers were competitive in their first two games of the 2017 season, losing 12-5 at Plum City and 12-9 at Glenwood City last week.
For the first few weeks of the season, the New Richmond varsity softball team will be in a state of flux as new coach Roger Stippel sorts through the team’s players. The Tigers opened their season last Thursday, losing a 4-3 decision at Menomonie in eight innings. The Tigers resume their schedule this Thursday with a home game against River Falls. They play another non-conference game next Tuesday, playing at Carson Park when they face Eau Claire Memorial.