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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Very little has come easy for the New Richmond Millers this season. So it shouldn't be surprising that the Millers need to win one of their final two games of the season to earn a place in the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. The Millers play at Osceola at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday. The final regular season game for the Millers will be this Saturday, when they play at home against Hudson at 7:30 p.m. That the season's playoff fate comes down to the final week isn't a surprise for the Millers.
A benefit has been announced to help former St. Croix Central baseball and basketball Coach Mike Fern, who is battling brain cancer. The benefit will be held on Sunday, July 14, at St. Croix Central High School. The benefit will be held from 1-7 p.m., with activities planned for family members of all ages.
When the New Richmond Millers host the 2013 St. Croix Valley League All-Star Game this Friday, several Millers will be part of the action. Pitchers Hayden Zimmerman and Sean Conrad, second baseman Jon Will and catcher Grant Nelson have been selected as members of the North All-Star Team. The All-Star Game will be played at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at New Richmond's Citizens Field. It is the first time since 2006 that the Millers have hosted the SCVL all-stars.
The weather tried its best to make a mess of the New Richmond Baseball Club Youth Tournament this weekend, but adjustments were made and the tournament went on successfully. New Richmond had three teams place among the top three teams in their age divisions of the tournament. The New Richmond U14 team earned the championship in its eight-team bracket. The New Richmond U12 team took second place in its nine-team bracket. The New Richmond Black U10 team placed third among the 13 teams in its bracket.
The annual football scrimmages between Somerset and St. Croix Central took on an additional element this year when a third team, St. Croix Falls, was added to the mix. The teams used their five contact days early in the summer to get an early look at the 2013 versions of their teams. The two scrimmage days on Tuesday and Thursday became a high-intensity instructional session, with the coaching staffs working with players from all three teams.
A large group of local runners took part in the 2013 Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday. The race course took the runners from Two Harbors, Minn., to Duluth. A total of 5,613 runners completed this year’s 26.2-mile race. A number of local runners turned in personal-best times in the race under cool conditions along Lake Superior.
Keith Badger's passion for football is unmistakable. Badger was approved Monday night at the New Richmond Board of Education meeting as the new varsity coach for the New Richmond football program. At 26, Badger will be one of the youngest head coaches in the area. He said he's been preparing to become a head coach since he was in college.
The New Richmond junior American Legion team picked up a badly needed win last Thursday. New Richmond took charge from the start in defeating Durand 8-1. The win came two nights after the junior Legion team had been swept in a double-header by St. Croix Falls, 4-3 and 7-5. The losses to St. Croix Falls drop the junior Legion team to 1-5 in league play. Hunter Charland pitched shutout ball in working the first six innings of Thursday's win over Durand. Jacob Hilby pitched the final inning.
The lead the New Richmond Millers built up in the St. Croix Valley League was washed away with a pair of league losses last week. The Millers lost at Ellsworth last Wednesday 5-3 and at Hager City on Saturday, 6-0. The two other games scheduled last week, Friday against Blaine and Sunday against St. Croix Falls, were casualties of the heavy rains that bombarded the area over the weekend. The Millers got three innings into the game against Blaine at Citizens Field on Friday before the rain sent everyone running for cover.
While there have been promising signs, the Somerset American Legion baseball team is very much a work in progress this summer. Somerset fields one of the least experienced teams in the Junior Legion league in western Wisconsin. Last week Somerset faced two of the more veteran teams in the league, with predictable results. Somerset dropped a double-header at Barron last Tuesday and a game against Spring Valley last Thursday.