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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Jason Koele didn't lose his love for music. But being diagnosed with hearing loss caused Koele to explore his other educational options. Koele looked into a number of opportunities, but was drawn to another position at St. Croix Central High School. Last week, he was hired to become the new Dean of Students/Athletic Director, replacing Jeremy Kerg who resigned recently.
The whipping raw wind and cold temperatures couldn't prevent some hot sporting events from happening on Thursday afternoon. The New Richmond baseball team started as coldly as the weather, with terrible defensive play putting the Tigers in a 6-0 hole against Hudson. But the Tigers bounced back, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the second inning and four more in the third inning. The Tigers held on for a 13-11 non-conference victory over the Raiders. Jake Weiss led the Tiger offense with three hits and Blake Kretovics smacked a pair of triples.
The success being seen by New Richmond High School athletic teams is a direct result of the dedication of the high school athletes in the weight room. Two of this year’s NRHS seniors have been honored for their relentless work in the weight room and in the Tiger Strength and Conditioning Program. Sophie Thommes and Sam Altena have been honored as All-Americans by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Both athletes were nominated by NRHS physical education instructor Keith Badger.
No team is hitting the ball like the New Richmond Tigers in the 2017 Middle Border Conference baseball race. The Tigers continued to rake the ball last week, reaching double digits in runs in wins over Prescott and Amery. The Tigers won at home against Prescott last Tuesday, 10-4. In last Friday’s game at Amery the Tigers fell behind 4-0 in the first inning. The bats came to the rescue. The Tigers pounded out 19 hits to beat the Warriors, 13-5. The wins raised the Tigers’ conference record to 3-2 heading into this week’s action.
It’s too early to get excited about it. Even so, a 3-0 start by the New Richmond softball team is a pretty solid indication that things are going the right way for the Tigers in Middle Border Conference action. The Tigers improved to 3-0 last week with wins over Osceola and St. Croix Central. The Tigers needed eight innings to pull out an 8-7 win over Osceola last Tuesday. On Friday, the Tigers put away St. Croix Central, 9-0.
Track dual meets have gone the way of 8-track tapes and Oldsmobiles. But when the New Richmond track invitational had to be moved from Thursday to Friday last week because of inclement weather, only Menomonie of the five visiting teams could make it to New Richmond for the rescheduled meet. And nobody on either team seemed to mind.
The expectations are that New Richmond and Eau Claire Regis will have two of the top boys tennis teams in the Middle Border Conference this season. They met in the opening round of conference matches on Thursday and the match lived up to its billing. It was filled with close matches and the team result wasn’t decided until the last match was complete. That final match went the Ramblers’ way, giving Regis a 4-3 victory.
The schedule gets more challenging this week and that’s exactly what the New Richmond girls soccer team wants. The Tigers stand at 5-0 for the season after wins over Amery and Baldwin- Woodville last week. This week, the Tigers will play at state-ranked Osceola on Thursday. On Friday, the Tigers will play at Eau Claire North, where Tigers coach Tracey Boyle played in high school.
If teams are going to catch the Somerset boys golf team in the Middle Border Conference boys golf race, they are going to need to make a move soon. The Spartans took the victory in the second MBC match of the season last Monday at Osceola. After two rounds of tournaments, the Spartans already have a three-point lead in the MBC standings.
The landslide of tough competition continued for the Somerset track team at the annual Border Battle in River Falls last Friday.