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 end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs are rapidly approaching for the area American Legion baseball teams. New Richmond Senior The New Richmond Senior Legion team will start its playoffs next Thursday, July 22, in a tournament at Menomonie. The game schedule has not yet been decided for the double-elimination tournament. The Post 80 Senior Team is coming off three losses in recent days. Post 80 lost to Menomonie 8-2 on Monday. That followed a pair of losses against Stillwater on Saturday. Monday's game was a gem until the final inning.
Tanner Anderson has been tearing up the motocross competition across the Midwest and now he has a chance to compete on a national level. Anderson, of Star Prairie, will be competing in the 2010 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at the legendary Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The event will be held from Aug. 2-7. Anderson is scheduled to compete in two races a day during the national meet. Racers compete at qualifying tournaments all across the nation to reach the national championships.
If Dennis Tiziani isn't the biggest name in Wisconsin golf, then his son-in-law, Steve Stricker, is. Tiziani is the owner of a new golf cart business that opened in New Richmond in late May. Tiziani is a legend in Wisconsin golf. He coached the University of Wisconsin Badgers for 26 years. He was an accomplished player. He owns Cherokee Country Club outside of Madison. He now serves as Stricker's coach and has helped coach a number of other PGA players. Tiziani also owns golf cart franchises in Madison and Stevens Point. Recently he sold a similar business in Shakopee, Minn.
Emily Howlett's passion for hockey hits you like a tooth-rattling body check. She wants the New Richmond girls hockey team to improve this winter and she'll do everything within her power to get that accomplished. Howlett was approved as the varsity coach for the Tiger girls hockey team last week. This will be the fifth straight season that the girls hockey team has had a new head coach. Howlett just completed her first year as a teacher at the New Richmond Middle School. Howlett isn't exactly new to the Tiger program.
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.