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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The debut of the St. Croix Central American Legion baseball program can certainly be deemed a success. Central played at Ellsworth last Thursday in the first games played by the new Central Legion team. Central was able to split the games against the top-quality Ellsworth program. Ellsworth won the first game 17-4, but Central bounced back to take the second game 4-3. St. Croix Central varsity baseball coach Jason Koele is also coaching the Legion team.
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Most track teams think it’s an incredible year when they can have one athlete win a state championship at the WIAA State Track Championships. So, you can imagine the elation among the Somerset Spartans, who had two athletes bring home gold medals for state championship efforts from the 2014 state meet at Veterans Stadium at UW-La Crosse on Friday and Saturday. The success started on Friday, when Somerset senior Aaron Joppru cleared the bar at 14 feet, 9 inches, to win the Division 2 pole vault state championship. The Spartans’ success continued on Saturday, when junior Max Praschak won the
For the fourth time in six years, the Somerset baseball team had qualified for the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament. The Spartans rallied from a 5-0 deficit to defeat Osceola 6-5 last Friday in the Division 2 regional championship game at Somerset’s Larry Forrest Park.
Nick Bradish became the first New Richmond boys tennis singles player to compete in three straight years at the Division 1 level in the WIAA State Tennis Championships last Thursday. Bradish lost in the opening round of the Division 1 state tournament to Nicolet junior Kevin Ballacer 6-4, 6-1. Ballacer came into the match with a 25-3 record. Bradish finishes his senior season with a 24-5 record. Ballacer played two singles for one of the top boys tennis programs in the state, so this was a severe test of Bradish’s tennis skills. The first set was quite a battle. Ballacer built a 5-2 lead.
The win didn’t happen, but the New Richmond girls soccer team put up an excellent battle in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament last Thursday. The Tigers battled old nemesis River Falls, led by former Tigers coach Charles Conley. The Tigers were able control the ball for major parts of the game, but weren’t able to find ways to get the ball past the River Falls goalkeeper, losing 3-0. The Tigers end their season with a 12-9-1 record. River Falls got a quick advantage in the game. The Tigers had controlled the ball in the opening minutes.
The scenario played out much as it did all season for the New Richmond varsity baseball team. The Tigers played well for much of the game in their WIAA Division 1 playoff opener at Eau Claire Memorial last Tuesday. But when things went bad for the Tigers this season, it usually happened in a hurry. That was the case in the fourth inning, when Memorial broke open a 2-2 game by scoring seven earned runs.
The elbow injury to ace pitcher has left the New Richmond Millers adult baseball team relying much more heavily than planned on the team’s younger pitchers. There’s little experience pitching at this level and with that lack of experience, there will be some growing pains. Two pitchers made their first career starts over the weekend for the Millers. With three games in three days, the thin pitching staff was stretched to its maximum.
When senior Kayla Pabst took the awards stand as one of the final activities of the 2014 WIAA State Track Championships, it put a positive finish on an otherwise underwhelming performance by the St. Croix Central track team. Pabst earned a sixth place medal in the Division 2 discus event, one of the final events completed at the state meet, held at Veterans Stadium on the UW-La Crosse campus last Friday and Saturday. Pabst was able to launch the discus 123 feet, 5 inches in her opening throw in the preliminaries. She had some tense moments holding onto sixth.