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 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.
Very little has come easy for the New Richmond Millers this season. So it shouldn't be surprising that the Millers need to win one of their final two games of the season to earn a place in the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. The Millers play at Osceola at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday. The final regular season game for the Millers will be this Saturday, when they play at home against Hudson at 7:30 p.m. That the season's playoff fate comes down to the final week isn't a surprise for the Millers.
A benefit has been announced to help former St. Croix Central baseball and basketball Coach Mike Fern, who is battling brain cancer. The benefit will be held on Sunday, July 14, at St. Croix Central High School. The benefit will be held from 1-7 p.m., with activities planned for family members of all ages.
When the New Richmond Millers host the 2013 St. Croix Valley League All-Star Game this Friday, several Millers will be part of the action. Pitchers Hayden Zimmerman and Sean Conrad, second baseman Jon Will and catcher Grant Nelson have been selected as members of the North All-Star Team. The All-Star Game will be played at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at New Richmond's Citizens Field. It is the first time since 2006 that the Millers have hosted the SCVL all-stars.
The weather tried its best to make a mess of the New Richmond Baseball Club Youth Tournament this weekend, but adjustments were made and the tournament went on successfully. New Richmond had three teams place among the top three teams in their age divisions of the tournament. The New Richmond U14 team earned the championship in its eight-team bracket. The New Richmond U12 team took second place in its nine-team bracket. The New Richmond Black U10 team placed third among the 13 teams in its bracket.
The annual football scrimmages between Somerset and St. Croix Central took on an additional element this year when a third team, St. Croix Falls, was added to the mix. The teams used their five contact days early in the summer to get an early look at the 2013 versions of their teams. The two scrimmage days on Tuesday and Thursday became a high-intensity instructional session, with the coaching staffs working with players from all three teams.