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 Millers have been one of the hottest teams in the St. Croix Valley League over the past three weeks. They hope to continue that success in an important stretch of games over the next 10 days. New Richmond will host Osceola at 7:30 p.m. this Friday in their annual New Richmond Fun Fest clash. On Sunday the Millers play at Prescott at 1 p.m. The Millers are on the road again next Wednesday, in another meeting with River Falls. Three days later the Millers host Hudson. If the Millers can continue at their current level of play, they should be tough in all the upcoming games.
Rain washed out Monday's American Legion baseball schedule, including the Senior Legion game between New Richmond and Somerset and the Junior Legion clash between New Richmond and Hudson. The Senior Legion game was supposed to be made up this Wednesday, but rain again washed out those plans. A new date for the game has not yet been set.
Summer school flourishes in Somerset like few school districts in the area. There are two reasons for that. The summer school has become extremely popular with students because of the wide variety of classes offered.
While the New Richmond varsity softball team didn't have a stellar season, Dani Lagerstrom remained a feared and respected opponent. The respect garnered by the Tiger senior was shown last week, when she was named to the first team on the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-State Team. Lagerstrom was the only player from the Middle Border Conference to receive all-state recognition. Western Wisconsin received little love in the all-state voting.
The American Legion baseball season is in full swing. The weather has cooperated, so teams were able to get full schedules of games in this week. New Richmond Senior The New Richmond senior team seems to be hitting its stride. On Monday they spanked Prescott for a 10-1 win. Jake Zajkowski joined the team on Monday and will pitch for the rest of the season. He and Josh Leavens give New Richmond a formidable pair of starting pitchers at the top of the rotation. Zajkowski threw Monday's game, allowing four hits and one run in six innings of work.
Gregg Eldred has been hired to be athletic director for the Somerset School District after Brad Nemec retires in January. Local sports fans may remember Eldred as the wrestling coach who led Boyceville to a state championship in 1996. Eldred has had a well-travelled educational journey that includes being a coach, teacher and administrator. He said he hope the journey stops here. "Hopefully, this will be the end of my resume," Eldred said. Eldred's journey started with his graduation from UW-River Falls in 1983.
Tyler Hecht is an incredibly driven 17-year-old. For three years Hecht has been competing in triathlons and he has the goal of making a career of being a triathlete. Hecht, who will be a senior at Somerset High School this fall, has already completed sprint and Olympic-level triathlons. Once he turns 18, he plans to compete in a half-Ironman Triathlon. He then hopes to build himself up where he can compete in a full Ironman triathlon. When he was younger, Hecht competed on a swim team and raced bicycles.
The slow start to the season is a distant memory for the New Richmond Millers. They have climbed back into contention in the St. Croix Valley League. They reached the 3-3 mark in SCVL play with a 3-0 win over the St. Croix Falls River Bandits last Wednesday. Hayden Zimmerman continued his strong moundwork by throwing the eight-hit shutout against St. Croix Falls. Zimmerman struck out 16 Bandits during the game. Zimmerman pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the second and third innings.
The preliminary budget for the 2010-11 school year was passed without any discussion by the Somerset Board of Education at its June 21 meeting. In a discussion with District Administrator Randy Rosburg following the meeting, he said the board has good intentions with its next budget. The preliminary budget that was passed included a tax levy that would increase from $8.049 million to $8.097 million, an increase of six-tenths of a percent.
Failure to get approval to build near a small wetland on the Somerset School District property has put the construction of the new school district administrative building behind a month. Approval from the Department of Natural Resources was finally received last Friday, so construction started this week. Somerset District Administrator Randy Rosburg said the project architects from Cedar Corp. failed to contact the DNR about a small lowland at the edge of the project.