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.
- Member for
- 5 years 6 months
The Kelly cousins, Drew and Reed, got a rare hockey opportunity by playing in the CCM National Invitational Tournament last week. The tournament features some of the top high school hockey players in the nation. Even more rare was the fact that the Kellys got to play against each other in the tournament. Drew Kelly, a Somerset High School senior, played on the Wisconsin Senior team.
Somerset’s Tyler Lueck and Durand’s Hunter Black locked up in an old-fashioned pitching duel last Friday. Lueck was just a bit better, which was enough to carry the Spartans to a 2-0 victory in Durand. The win raises the Spartans to 4-2 in the Middle Border Conference, keeping them in third place in the MBC standings. Lueck, the long, tall right-hander, held Durand to three hits while striking out 11.
The St. Croix Central softball team was hoping Monday would be the day the Panthers earned their first victory of the season. That hope got shut down when the Panthers couldn’t take advantage of their scoring opportunities at Glenwood City. The Panthers had nine hits, but couldn’t generate any runs in an 8-0 loss to the Hilltoppers. The Panthers lost to Glenwood City 11-10 when they met earlier this season in the first round of Dunn-St. Croix Conference play.
If any Middle Border Conference boys golf team is hoping to overtake Osceola for the conference title, they’ll have to step up to match the blistering pace the Chieftains have set in the early matches. Osceola recorded a pair of victories in MBC matches last Wednesday and Thursday. New Richmond was second in both matches, but the Tigers are suddenly being challenged for the second spot in the MBC race by rapidly improving Somerset and Ellsworth teams.
With a 10-day span between meets, the New Richmond track teams were ready to run when they competed in the Rice Lake Invitational last Friday. The Tigers ran up against some top-quality opposition at Rice Lake. Nearly all of the teams the Tigers will face in the Division 1 regional meet were competing at Rice Lake.
Somerset native Bryan Witzmann is anxiously awaiting to see if he’ll be selected in this week’s 2014 National Football League Draft. Witzmann, who completed his senior season at South Dakota State University last fall, was one of the most successful players in the history of the Jackrabbits’ program. He started more games than any player in program history, spending four seasons as the starting left tackle.
Through a winless 2013 season and losses in the first five games of the 2014 season, the St. Croix Central baseball team never lost confidence that the wins would come. The wins finally arrived, with the Panthers tallying their first two wins of the 2014 season five days apart. The first win came last Thursday, as the Panthers had to battle back from substantial deficits twice to defeat Elmwood 14-8. There was no such drama on Monday.
Pitcher Hayden Zimmerman was at mid-season form as the New Richmond Millers won their St. Croix Valley League adult baseball opener on Sunday. Zimmerman fired a two-hitter to carry the Millers to a 2-0 win over Plum City at Citizens Field. The Millers play another SCVL game this Sunday when they host Bay City. Two early runs put the Millers in front on Sunday and that would be all the help Zimmerman needed. Zimmerman struck out 13 Plum City batters.
The Larry Zirgibel Invitational at Boyceville is one of the most anticipated track meets in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference season. It certainly is viewed as one of the most important meets of the St. Croix Central season. The Panthers have risen to the occasion each year of the “Larry Z” Invitational. The boys have won the championship in all three years of the meet and the Panther girls earned their second title in the three years of the meet, when it was held last Thursday. Central’s girls won by 54 points over second place Elk Mound in the eight-team meet.
The bats of the New Richmond softball team are beginning to ring out. After struggling with their hitting in the early stages of the season, the Tigers are beginning to drive the ball with more authority. That showed in a pair of wins last week, which raised the Tigers’ record in the Middle Border Conference to 3-2. The Tigers’ overall record now stands at 5-3. The Tigers fought off a challenge from Ellsworth last Tuesday, rallying for four runs in the sixth inning to notch a 6-2 homefield win. The Tigers were back at home on Friday against Osceola.