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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Black and Orange were on full display when the first Tiger Football Community Night was held at the New Richmond football stadium last Wednesday. So were the colors green and blue and red and yellow.
For an inexperienced team, the New Richmond girls tennis squad couldn't have asked for a better challenge from its opening match. The Tigers opened the season on Saturday, facing a similarly inexperienced Menomonie team on the Tiger home courts. Nearly every match was a prolonged battle, including five sets that were decided by tie-breakers. The Tigers managed to score a 4-3 team victory over the Mustangs. Senior Mattie Kidder and junior Christian Weaver are the only Tigers who return from last season's lineup.
There's a renewed sense of enthusiasm circulating through the New Richmond football program. New coach Keith Badger has quickly instilled a sense of fun and passion within the players and coaching staff. There are currently approximately 50 players out for the team, though the coaches are hoping they can convince more freshmen to join the team. At 26, Badger will be one of the youngest head coaches in the area. He has surrounded himself with a veteran coaching staff that has helped the team make a smooth transition to his coaching style.
Winning the state championship in 2012 one of the greatest moments in Somerset football history. But with one starter returning from the state championship team, there are no guarantees for the 2013 Spartans.
The 2012 St. Croix Central football team featured one of the most successful pass attacks in the state. That doesn't mean the Panthers are committed to pass to that extent in 2013. Central quarterback Carl Moll ranked second in the state in passing yardage in 2012 and Panther receiver Cody Nyhagen tied for the highest pass receiving yardage total. They graduated, as did many of the Panthers' linemen. That means there will be drastic personnel changes this season. Veteran St.
The starting time has been changed for the high school football scrimmage that will be held at St. Croix Central on Friday. The scrimmage will now start at 1 p.m. It had previously had an 11 a.m. start time. The change was made so that anyone involved in the scrimmage could also attend the funeral of former St. Croix Central basketball and football coach Mike Fern. Fern's funeral will be held at St. Bridget's Church in River Falls at 11 a.m. on Friday. Teams scheduled to take part in this scrimmage include St. Croix Central, Osceola, Eau Claire North, Prescott and Bloomer.
In an effort to further develop the area's volleyball program, the Western Wisconsin Volleyball Association is offering sand volleyball training sessions at Freedom Park in New Richmond. Since the season kicked off on June 17, groups of second to 12th-graders have developed their skills and knowledge of the sport. Several camps focusing on varying experience levels run from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and WWVA President Shelley Johnson estimated the season will end around Labor Day.
Plans are proceeding for the induction of the second class into the New Richmond High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be part of New Richmond's 2013 Homecoming weekend on Oct. 4-5. There are 11 former Tiger athletes and coaches who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.
The final weeks before the start of high school sports are a flurry of activity as coaches look to augment their athletes' knowledge and skills before the fall seasons begin. Many of the fall coaches hold their contact days just before the start of their seasons to give their athletes an advanced start on the team's plans for the season.
When the New Richmond Millers open the 2013 Wisconsin Baseball Association state playoffs on Saturday, they will be going into the game as underdogs. That isn't going to cause the Millers to alter their style in the least. The Millers will face the Everest Merchants at noon on Saturday in Coon Valley, which is located near La Crosse. Everest comes out of the Dairyland League, which includes the Wausau-Stevens Point area. The Merchants finished 12-2 in league play. The Millers finished 8-7 in the St. Croix Valley League.