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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Winning the state championship in 2012 one of the greatest moments in Somerset football history. But with one starter returning from the state championship team, there are no guarantees for the 2013 Spartans.
The 2012 St. Croix Central football team featured one of the most successful pass attacks in the state. That doesn't mean the Panthers are committed to pass to that extent in 2013. Central quarterback Carl Moll ranked second in the state in passing yardage in 2012 and Panther receiver Cody Nyhagen tied for the highest pass receiving yardage total. They graduated, as did many of the Panthers' linemen. That means there will be drastic personnel changes this season. Veteran St.
The starting time has been changed for the high school football scrimmage that will be held at St. Croix Central on Friday. The scrimmage will now start at 1 p.m. It had previously had an 11 a.m. start time. The change was made so that anyone involved in the scrimmage could also attend the funeral of former St. Croix Central basketball and football coach Mike Fern. Fern's funeral will be held at St. Bridget's Church in River Falls at 11 a.m. on Friday. Teams scheduled to take part in this scrimmage include St. Croix Central, Osceola, Eau Claire North, Prescott and Bloomer.
In an effort to further develop the area's volleyball program, the Western Wisconsin Volleyball Association is offering sand volleyball training sessions at Freedom Park in New Richmond. Since the season kicked off on June 17, groups of second to 12th-graders have developed their skills and knowledge of the sport. Several camps focusing on varying experience levels run from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and WWVA President Shelley Johnson estimated the season will end around Labor Day.
Plans are proceeding for the induction of the second class into the New Richmond High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be part of New Richmond's 2013 Homecoming weekend on Oct. 4-5. There are 11 former Tiger athletes and coaches who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.
The final weeks before the start of high school sports are a flurry of activity as coaches look to augment their athletes' knowledge and skills before the fall seasons begin. Many of the fall coaches hold their contact days just before the start of their seasons to give their athletes an advanced start on the team's plans for the season.
When the New Richmond Millers open the 2013 Wisconsin Baseball Association state playoffs on Saturday, they will be going into the game as underdogs. That isn't going to cause the Millers to alter their style in the least. The Millers will face the Everest Merchants at noon on Saturday in Coon Valley, which is located near La Crosse. Everest comes out of the Dairyland League, which includes the Wausau-Stevens Point area. The Merchants finished 12-2 in league play. The Millers finished 8-7 in the St. Croix Valley League.
Here are this week's standings from the softball leagues at New Richmond's Hatfield Park. Sunday Co-Ed Softball Upper Division League Johnson Motors 5-0 Sidetrack Saloon 3-2 MCC Softball 3-2 Pete’s Pizza 2-2 Champps Americana 2-3 Fast Freddie’s 2-3 Meyer Ranch 1-3 Boardman Bypass 1-4 Sunday Co-Ed Softball Lower Division League Friendly Bar 5-0 Bobcat’s 4-1 General Sam’s 3-1 Not Justa Café 3-1 Cowboy Jack’s 2-3 Nick’s Chimney Service 2-3 Sam’s Bar and Grill 1-3 Sam’s 1-4 Champs Sports Bar 0-5 Tuesday Men’s Upper Softball League Gibby’s/Midwest Dental 9-4
Nobody plays more golf at the New Richmond Golf Club than Rod Ring. And nobody has experienced the level of success that Ring has seen there either. Last month, Ring became the first golfer to score a hole-in-one on all four par-3 holes on the NRGC course. He completed this rare feat by using a 7-iron to score an ace on the 139-yard 17th hole. Ring got a late start playing golf, taking up the sport when he was 25. Now it's rare to find him away from a golf course.
The New Richmond U12 girls softball team went 3-3 in the national tournament played in Eagan, Minn. over the weekend. Eighty-eight U12 teams played in the A and B divisions.