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 New Richmond varsity baseball team has won nine conference championships since 1996. Since 2004, the New Richmond varsity softball team has earned four conference titles. Is there a common factor in their success? One thing most of the players from those teams share is they got their start by playing T-Ball and Coach Pitch through the New Richmond Baseball Club. Rick Jirik is president of the NRBC and is a member of the varsity baseball coaching staff.
For the pool player, the cue is an extension of his or her body. With the proper cue, there is a much higher likelihood that pool players can make the shots they are attempting. Enter Chad Norberg. Five years ago he began Norberg Custom Cues, where he hand crafts pool cues. Norberg has been playing pool nearly all his life. So he knows what the subject. He was part of the local team from Champs that won a state championship last winter. Champs is owned by Norberg's mom and stepdad, Linda and George Soifakis. His interest in pool led him to become a collector of cues.
The North team won a thrilling 22-20 battle over the South in the 2010 WFCA All-Star Football Game at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh on Saturday. The North squad was coached by Somerset coach Bruce Larson. Somerset was represented on the team by quarterback Rocky Larson, center Rob Wendt and defensive back Luke Buerkley. Somerset assistant coaches John Rivard and Jeremy Kerg were also part of the coaching staff. The North team was highly motivated for the game and rode that enthusiasm to a 14-0 first half lead.
The American Legion baseball teams are in the playoffs. The New Richmond and Somerset Senior Legion teams will be playing their tournaments this week. New Richmond's Senior team will play in their regional tournament starting on Thursday. The Somerset Senior Legion team starts their tournament this Wednesday. New Richmond Senior The New Richmond Senior team will face Spooner at 1 p.m. on Thursday in the regional tournament in Menomonie.
One of the largest contingents in the 2010 Wisconsin Football Coaches Large School All-Star Game will be the group of players, coaches and managers from Somerset. The WFCA Large School All-Star Game will be played at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Titan Stadium on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus. The Small School All-Star Game will be played at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Leading the Somerset crew at the All-Star Game is North head coach Bruce Larson and assistant coach Jeremy Kerg. Playing on the North squad from Somerset will be quarterback Rocky Larson and center Rob Wendt.
The hopes of returning to the WBCA State Baseball Playoffs for the New Richmond Millers took three direct hits last week. The Millers must now win four of their final five games of the season to qualify for this year's state baseball playoffs. That five game stretch begins this Wednesday when the Millers play at home against River Falls at 7:30 p.m. The Millers play at the same time on Saturday, when they host Hudson. The final three games of the St. Croix Valley League season for the Millers are at Hager City on July 23, at St.
The end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs are rapidly approaching for the area American Legion baseball teams. New Richmond Senior The New Richmond Senior Legion team will start its playoffs next Thursday, July 22, in a tournament at Menomonie. The game schedule has not yet been decided for the double-elimination tournament. The Post 80 Senior Team is coming off three losses in recent days. Post 80 lost to Menomonie 8-2 on Monday. That followed a pair of losses against Stillwater on Saturday. Monday's game was a gem until the final inning.
Tanner Anderson has been tearing up the motocross competition across the Midwest and now he has a chance to compete on a national level. Anderson, of Star Prairie, will be competing in the 2010 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at the legendary Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The event will be held from Aug. 2-7. Anderson is scheduled to compete in two races a day during the national meet. Racers compete at qualifying tournaments all across the nation to reach the national championships.
If Dennis Tiziani isn't the biggest name in Wisconsin golf, then his son-in-law, Steve Stricker, is. Tiziani is the owner of a new golf cart business that opened in New Richmond in late May. Tiziani is a legend in Wisconsin golf. He coached the University of Wisconsin Badgers for 26 years. He was an accomplished player. He owns Cherokee Country Club outside of Madison. He now serves as Stricker's coach and has helped coach a number of other PGA players. Tiziani also owns golf cart franchises in Madison and Stevens Point. Recently he sold a similar business in Shakopee, Minn.
Emily Howlett's passion for hockey hits you like a tooth-rattling body check. She wants the New Richmond girls hockey team to improve this winter and she'll do everything within her power to get that accomplished. Howlett was approved as the varsity coach for the Tiger girls hockey team last week. This will be the fifth straight season that the girls hockey team has had a new head coach. Howlett just completed her first year as a teacher at the New Richmond Middle School. Howlett isn't exactly new to the Tiger program.