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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New Richmond’s Megan Chelberg and Alex Wheeler posted solid numbers in the opening day of the WIAA Division 1 State Golf Championships on Monday. Chelberg is tied for 15th in the state tournament after shooting an 82 in the opening round of action at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. Wheeler shot an 86 in the opening round of the state tournament, which leaves her tied for 30th. The second round of the tournament is scheduled to be played on Tuesday. &nb
The New Richmond football team sent its seniors out in style, as the Tigers won their final home game of the 2013 season on Friday. The Tigers scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game and maintained the lead the rest of the way to defeat Amery 35-20. New Richmond started the game with one of its best drives of the season, going 78 yards in nine plays. Senior Allan Wollenberg took a swing pass and scooted 23 yards for the initial Tiger touchdown. The next Tiger score came on a 31-yard pass from Davis to Connor O'Loughlin.
Bruce and Pam Emerson were more than a married couple. They were a team. Their lives revolved around sports, whether it was competing on their own or following the athletic careers of their kids and the kids Bruce coached. When Bruce died suddenly on Feb. 5, it left his family and friends in shock. He was 61, but you’d have never known it.
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.