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 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.
Here are this week's standings from New Richmond area golf and archery leagues. New Richmond Golf Club Tuesday Men’s League Brady’s Brewhouse 229.5 Edward D. Jones 229.5 St.
Here are this week's standings from the softball leagues at New Richmond's Hatfield Park. Sunday Co-Ed Softball League MCC Softball 7-0 Johnson Motors 7-0 Meyer Ranch 6-1 Sidetrack Saloon 6-1 Fast Freddie’s 5-2 Boardman Bypass 4-3 Pete’s Pizza 4-3 Champps Americana 4-3 Friendly Bar 4-3 General Sam’s 3-4 Sam’s Corner Bar 3-4 Bobcat’s 2-5 Not Justa Café 1-5-1 Nick’s Chimney Service 1-5-1 Champs Sports Bar 1-6 Sam’s Bar and Grill 1-6 Cowboy Jack’s 0-7 Tuesday Men’s Upper Softball League Champs/SP Lions 6-2 Gibby’s/Midwest Dental 5-3 Bol’s L
Somerset native Jared Dettmann made his professional baseball debut on Monday, pitching for the Danville (Va.) Braves. Dettmann was the first of four relief pitchers used by the Braves in a 9-2 victory over the Johnson City Cardinals in the Appalachian League game. Dettmann worked 1.2 innings for the Class A Braves, striking out three batters and walking three more. He was charged with one earned run. Dettmann was brought into the game in the third inning. He worked a scoreless third inning.
Al Duerkop's gift in teaching was passing his love of music on to his students. After 23 years of teaching music at the Somerset Elementary School, Duerkop retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year. In all, he's spent 40 years in different aspects of teaching. Though he's retiring from teaching, Duerkop plans to stay busy with his music. He plans to spend the summer rewriting a book that he and elementary art teacher Amy Stevens created on teaching handbells to fourth-graders. The handbell project at the elementary school has grown into a hugely popular annual event.
New Richmond Golf Club Tuesday Men’s League Brady’s Brewhouse 200.5 Johnson Motors 198.5 Edward D. Jones 198.5 St.
Somerset football fans won't have to travel far to see standout tight end Gaelin Elmore play his college ball. Elmore, a top-ranked 2014 prospect, verbally accepted an offer from the University of Minnesota on Sunday after a whirlwind recruiting tour that has lasted much of the spring. Elmore was ranked 22nd nationally by Rival.com among tight end prospects and he was drawing interest from programs all over the nation. He had received full scholarship offers from seven different Big Ten schools.
The third annual New Richmond Baseball Classic youth tournament will be held over the next two weekends. This Friday through Sunday teams in the U10, U12 and U14 teams will be playing in the tournament. Games will be played at Citizens Field, Hatfield Park and the New Richmond High School baseball fields. On June 28-30, teams in the U9, U11 and U 13 divisions will be playing in the tournament.
The climb to the 5-1 level hasn't always been easy for the New Richmond Millers, but the Millers have found ways to win nearly all of their St. Croix Valley League games. That continued on Saturday, when the Millers needed 14 innings to overcome Plum City 2-1.