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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Three Big Rivers Conference teams have fallen victim to the New Richmond softball team this season after the Tigers struck early and maintained their leads against a pair of BRC teams over the weekend. The Tigers went to Hudson on Friday and scored six runs in the top of the first inning. The Tigers didn’t score again, but fiery pitching from Sydney Kannel and incredible defense made those early runs stand up, with the Tigers winning 6-2. Menomonie was the second BRC victim of the weekend. The Tigers hosted the Mustangs on Saturday.
Basketball coaching is something of a tradition in the Schradle family. Ryan Schradle was approved as the varsity girls basketball coach at Monday’s New Richmond Board of Education meeting. Schradle succeeds Jeff Kanewischer, who served as the Tiger varsity coach the past eight years. Schradle has been one of Kanewischer’s assistant coaches the past four years. Schradle is a 1997 graduate of Turtle Lake High School. He’s been involved in basketball coaching for 15 years before finally getting his first chance to be a varsity coach. “It’s a long time coming,” Schradle said.
New Richmond’s one doubles team of Vitaliy Gutsal and Connor Earley provided the deciding three-set victory as the Tiger boys tennis team won a tight 4-3 battle against Menomonie last Thursday on the NRHS courts. The match was tied 3-3, with the one doubles match the only one going to a third set. New Richmond won the opening set 6-4, but Menomonie came back for a 6-3 win in the second set. The third set was tied at 3-3, before the Tigers made a late charge to win 6-4. Tiger coach Mike Montello said it was the first set that was the key to this victory.
There was a nostalgic sense surrounding Somerset’s 6-2 win over Baldwin-Woodville last Tuesday. Because the baseball field at Larry Forrest Park in Somerset was rain soaked and deemed unplayable, the game was moved to Citizens Field in New Richmond. This was the home field for Somerset coach John Ball throughout the 31 years that he coached the New Richmond varsity baseball team, winning more than 500 games in that tenure. The Spartans gave their coach something to feel nostalgic about too.
When you watch the New Richmond varsity baseball team, you can see the potential the team possesses. But the Tigers have struggled to consistently turn that potential into positive results. That happened again last week. The Tigers started the week with a 6-4 win over Amery where the team showed all the elements of being successful. Things went south on the Tigers in a hurry after that. The Tigers went to Durand last Thursday, facing a Panther team that had one Middle Border Conference win to its credit at the time.
A season’s worth of pent up offense spilled out when the St. Croix Central softball team took on Spring Valley on Friday. The Panthers bashed out a season’s worth of offense on Friday: 34 hits and 26 runs. They needed every one too. The game was tied after seven innings.
Rain washed away Middle Border Conference boys golf matches the past two Mondays, and with them, it severely cut down New Richmond’s chances of catching Osceola in the race for the conference title. Heading into Tuesday’s MBC tournament, it appears that the two rainouts won’t be made up and no extra scoring will be added to Tuesday’s tournament to compensate for the lost meets. The two lost meets severely hurt the Tigers’ chances of catching Osceola.
A bulging elbow is causing the New Richmond Millers a great deal of discomfort. Millers ace Hayden Zimmerman is currently sidelined with a bad elbow on his valued pitching arm. With Zimmerman unavailable, the Millers are in a search for new team members who can step in and provide pitching help. Manager Ryan Stephens had to take the mound on Sunday when the Millers played a St. Croix Valley League game against the Prescott Pirates.
The speed possessed by the Rice Lake girls soccer team has caused problems for the Somerset squad when the two teams have met in past seasons. That was the case again when they met in the opening game of Somerset’s annual quad tournament on Saturday. Somerset limited the Warriors to one goal in the first half, but the Spartans couldn’t maintain Rice Lake’s pace in the second half. The Warriors pulled away for a 7-0 victory. The Spartans were much more competitive in the second round of the tournament. They faced Bayfield, which edged the Spartans 2-1.
Memorial Day activities in New Richmond get started on Saturday with the third annual Veterans Memorial Run. The event, sponsored by VFW Post 10818, consists of a 10-mile run, 5K-walk/run, and Kids Run (1/2 mile for those under 12 years of age). All runs will begin and end at New Richmond’s Community Commons (former Middle School). The 10-mile run will start at 7:45 a.m., the 5K at 8 a.m., and Kids Run at 9 a.m., with race day registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. The 10-mile course is challenging and with numerous hills and is a good test for runners planning a marathon later in the year.