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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Days after accepting a combined academic and athletic scholarship to play baseball at Winona State University, New Richmond High School senior Blake Kretovics was honored again for his work in the classroom and in the athletic arena. Kretovics was one of 32 Wisconsin High School seniors who were named Thursday as 2018 WIAA Scholar Athletes. Kretovics competes in football, hockey and baseball at NRHS. Kretovics was one of the four Division 1 boys selected for the honor.
The New Richmond and St. Croix Central baseball teams were among the local teams who scored wins in a busy Thursday night of sports action. The New Richmond baseball team went to Hudson and scored an 8-3 win over the Raiders. This was a crucial win for the Tigers because both teams are in the WIAA Division 1 sectional tournament bracket together. New Richmond rode strong pitching from Reece Lucas and Ryan Kling to the win. Lucas worked the first four innings and Kling threw shutout ball in the final three frames. Lucas earned his first varsity win.
New Richmond Friday, April 27 Girls Soccer: Chippewa Falls at New Richmond, 4:30 p.m. Baseball: Somerset at New Richmond at Citizens Field, 5 p.m. Softball: New Richmond at St. Croix Central, 5 p.m. Somerset Friday, April 27
The softball and baseball teams from Somerset and St. Croix Central were finally able to take the field for the first time in the 2018 season on Monday. That's because games were arranged for them at the Woodside artificial turf complex in Mauston. Baldwin-Woodville joined them in the arrangement, so all six teams were able to play two games Monday.
New Richmond Thursday, April 26 Boys and Girls Track: New Richmond hosts varsity/JV meet at 4 p.m. Boys Tennis: New Richmond at New Richmond, 4:15 p.m. Girls Soccer: New Richmond vs. Barron at Cumberland, 4:30 p.m. Baseball: New Richmond at Hudson, 4:30 p.m.
Sam Lofquist continues to see the world while playing hockey. Lofquist spent the 2017-18 season playing for EHC Biel-Bienne in the Swiss National League. The previous season was spent with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. Lofquist, a Somerset native, completed his most recent season two weeks ago when EHC Biel was defeated in the second round of the Swiss National League playoffs.
The Somerset track team was the small fish swimming with some big and talented opponents at the 2018 Border Battle track meet, held indoors last Friday at UW-River Falls. Somerset was the smallest school competing in the annual meet, which is normally held at Hudson High School. The weather forced the meet indoors after it had already been postponed once. Hudson and River Falls led the Wisconsin teams in the meet, but the Minnesota competition was quite fierce, led by White Bear Lake, Anoka, East Ridge and Irondale.
While more than half of the players on the New Richmond boys tennis team are seniors, only three can claim to have a full season of varsity tennis experience. The biggest need for the Tigers is court time, so the chance to play two dual matches Saturday was well worth the trip to La Crosse. The Tigers dropped both matches by 6-1 scores, first against La Crosse Logan, then La Crosse Central. That led into the Tigers' first Middle Border Conference match, which they lost at Eau Claire Regis on Monday, 4-3.
For Jack Cichy and Gaelin Elmore, the waiting game is almost over. Both Somerset natives are hoping to hear their name called during the 2018 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night and ends on Sunday. Cichy and Elmore enter the draft with a few things in common. They are both known as high-character players with excellent leadership qualities. Their willingness to work is unquestioned. But like every other prospective NFL draftee, they have no idea where their football future will take them.
The Middle Border Conference opener for the New Richmond and St. Croix Central baseball teams went very well for the Tigers on Tuesday and not so well for the Panthers. The Tigers scored four runs in the first inning of their home opener and kept on adding runs in defeating Central 13-0 Tuesday. The game was played on New Richmond's JV field because the varsity field still had snow on the warning track. New Richmond got a strong pitching effort from senior Daniel Peterson. Peterson fired the four-hit shutout in the five-inning game.