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 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.
For the second straight season, the Somerset boys golf team narrowly missed qualifying for the WIAA state championships. The Spartans shot a 340 at the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament at Cumberland last Tuesday to take fourth place. The top two teams advanced to the state tournament. Ellsworth was the surprise second place finisher, shooting a 338 to qualify for state.
The St. Croix Central and Amery baseball teams both finished with .500 records in their respective conferences, so it was fair to expect a close battle when they met in the opening round of WIAA Division 2 regional tournament action last Tuesday. The game was as close as anticipated. In fact, an extra inning was needed before Amery could claw past the Panthers, 4-3. The Panthers finish the season with a 6-11 record. They finished 6-6 in Dunn-St. Croix Conference games. Junior Brett Eckman got the pitching start for the Panthers.
The pressure of the WIAA playoffs got to the Somerset girls soccer team last Thursday. The Spartans were hoping to defeat Osceola after tying and losing to the Chieftains in their two Middle Border Conference games this season. But in the WIAA Division 3 opener at Somerset High School last Thursday, the Spartans struggled to get their offense working in a 3-1 loss to the Chieftains. Osceola advanced to Saturday’s regional championship, where the Chieftains lost to Ashland 6-0. Somerset coach Erin Wilson-Gehring clearly was at a loss for why the Spartans struggled against Osceola.
The hopes to reach the WIAA State Baseball Tournament held by the Somerset baseball team were dashed in Tuesday's Division 2 sectional championship game. After winning in the sectional semifinal Tuesday morning by a 2-0 score over Hayward, the Spartans were defeated 10-6 by Viroqua in the sectional title game Tuesday afternoon. The tournament was played at Cinder City Park in Altoona. Somerset scored three times in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead.
Somerset junior Max Praschak became the second Spartan to win a 2014 state track championship, and the second member of his family to win a state hurdle championship, when he won the Division 2 110 meter high hurdle championship at the 2014 WIAA State Track Championships in La Crosse on Saturday. The state meet was delayed by more than four hours when a rain front moved through the La Crosse area just after the meet started at 11 a.m. The meet was restarted at 4:30 p.m. Praschak won the 110 hurdle championship in 14.71 seconds. He edged out Matthew Peter of St.
Somerset's Aaron Joppru has been setting the standard for high school pole vaulters in Wisconsin all season. Joppru continued that on Friday, winning the Division 2 state pole vault championship in the opening day of the 2014 WIAA State Track Championships at Veterans Stadium in La Crosse on Friday. Joppru won the state championship when he was the only Division 2 vaulter to clear the bar at the 14-foot, 9-inch mark.
The largest number of entries in a sectional tournament in years for the St. Croix Central track team produced excellent results. The Panthers are advancing to this weekend’s WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse in seven events. This is the largest number of qualifiers the Panthers have taken to state in several years. There were 20 Central entries competing in Friday’s Division 2 sectional track meet in Bloomer. The state entries are well distributed through the Panther program, with four girls events and three boys events advancing.
Judy Weiss has been coaching girls track since 1974.