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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Three New Richmond female athletes have qualified for WIAA state tournaments in two different sports this week. On Tuesday, New Richmond’s Alex Wheeler and Megan Chelberg qualified for the WIAA State Girls Golf Championships, which will be played next Monday and Tuesday in Madison. On Thursday, New Richmond’s Maddie Kidder earned a place in the state field for the WIAA Division 1 Girls Tennis State Championships. Wheeler and Chelberg qualified for state with their outstanding performances in Tuesday’s La Crosse Central Division 1 Sectional Tournament.
Tears were shed and laughs were shared, showing the emotion of the moment, when the second class of the New Richmond High School Athletic Hall of Fame was inducted on Saturday. Eleven new members entered the Hall of Fame, joining the 12 members who were the inaugural Hall of Fame class last year.
If there were any issues for the New Richmond boys soccer team in bouncing back from its first loss of the season, it lasted two minutes. The Tigers kept their flickering hope of winning a Middle Border Conference championship alive with wins over Amery and Barron last week. The Tigers faced Amery last Tuesday, one day after the Tigers had suffered their first loss of the season in overtime at Somerset. When the Tiger starters looked like they were still affected by Monday’s loss in the opening minutes on Tuesday, Coach Pete Melloy took immediate action.
The success seen during the regular season by the New Richmond girls golf team has carried into the post-season. The Tigers hope that it carries them all the way to the WIAA state tournament. The WIAA Division 1 regional tournament was played at the New Richmond Golf Club last Wednesday. New Richmond placed second in that tournament, earning the Tigers a berth in this Tuesday’s WIAA sectional tournament in La Crosse.
What the Somerset football coaches are looking for right now is progress. They saw plenty of it when the Spartans went to Amery and posted a 42-14 win over the Warriors. The win secures the Spartans a place in the 2013 WIAA state playoffs. The Spartans are in a three-way tie for second place in the Middle Border Conference standings, one game behind undefeated Ellsworth. Friday’s game was the second of three straight where the Spartans face teams in the bottom half of the conference.
Bruce Larson will be inducted into the UW-River Falls Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies this weekend. Larson played football for the Falcons from 1983-86. He was a member of three conference winning championship football teams (1984, 1985, 1986). Larson has been the head football coach at Somerset High School since 1999 and has led the Spartans to two WIAA State Championships (2002, 2012) and three runner-up finishes (2004, 2005, 2011). His teams have qualified for the state playoffs 13 times, including the past 11 years in a row.
This week’s New Richmond football game will be “Tackle Cancer Friday” at the New Richmond football field. The Tiger Football Boosters will host the “Coaches Versus Cancer” event at the football game. They will sell “Tackle Cancer” shirts at the game for $10. White and pink ribbons will be sold for $1. You can write the name of a survivor on a pink ribbon, or in memory of a victim of cancer on the white ribbon and tie them to the fence surrounding the field. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life for cancer research.
Senior Emily LaPorte and sophomore Kjrsten Faaren were New Richmond’s only champions in the 2013 Middle Border Conference Tennis Team Tournament last Thursday in New Richmond. New Richmond, which was seeded second at all seven flights in the tournament, took second place overall, finishing seven team points behind Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers took first at one flight, second at four flights and third at two flights. The high point of the day for the Tigers was the play of LaPorte and Faaren at two doubles.
The 2013 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon attracted more than 8,800 runners, including a large contingent of runners from our area. Runners were greeted by hospitable running conditions for the race. There were another 8,500 runners who completed the 10-mile portion of the race. Local runners covered the gamut of experience levels. There were several first-time marathoners.
New Richmond senior Mattie Kidder will represent the Tigers in Thursday’s WIAA Division 1 girls tennis sectional tournament at Eau Claire Memorial. Kidder was the second seed in the one singles bracket in the New Richmond Division 1 subsectional tournament on Monday. She needed to win one match to advance and she did that, defeating Megan Walsh of Rice Lake 6-3, 6-2. Kidder will face the winner of the third seed match from Monday’s Stevens Point subsectional tournament.