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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A large group of local runners took part in the 2013 Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday. The race course took the runners from Two Harbors, Minn., to Duluth. A total of 5,613 runners completed this year’s 26.2-mile race. A number of local runners turned in personal-best times in the race under cool conditions along Lake Superior.
Keith Badger's passion for football is unmistakable. Badger was approved Monday night at the New Richmond Board of Education meeting as the new varsity coach for the New Richmond football program. At 26, Badger will be one of the youngest head coaches in the area. He said he's been preparing to become a head coach since he was in college.
The New Richmond junior American Legion team picked up a badly needed win last Thursday. New Richmond took charge from the start in defeating Durand 8-1. The win came two nights after the junior Legion team had been swept in a double-header by St. Croix Falls, 4-3 and 7-5. The losses to St. Croix Falls drop the junior Legion team to 1-5 in league play. Hunter Charland pitched shutout ball in working the first six innings of Thursday's win over Durand. Jacob Hilby pitched the final inning.
The lead the New Richmond Millers built up in the St. Croix Valley League was washed away with a pair of league losses last week. The Millers lost at Ellsworth last Wednesday 5-3 and at Hager City on Saturday, 6-0. The two other games scheduled last week, Friday against Blaine and Sunday against St. Croix Falls, were casualties of the heavy rains that bombarded the area over the weekend. The Millers got three innings into the game against Blaine at Citizens Field on Friday before the rain sent everyone running for cover.
While there have been promising signs, the Somerset American Legion baseball team is very much a work in progress this summer. Somerset fields one of the least experienced teams in the Junior Legion league in western Wisconsin. Last week Somerset faced two of the more veteran teams in the league, with predictable results. Somerset dropped a double-header at Barron last Tuesday and a game against Spring Valley last Thursday.
Here are this week's standings from New Richmond area golf and archery leagues. New Richmond Golf Club Tuesday Men’s League Brady’s Brewhouse 229.5 Edward D. Jones 229.5 St.
Here are this week's standings from the softball leagues at New Richmond's Hatfield Park. Sunday Co-Ed Softball League MCC Softball 7-0 Johnson Motors 7-0 Meyer Ranch 6-1 Sidetrack Saloon 6-1 Fast Freddie’s 5-2 Boardman Bypass 4-3 Pete’s Pizza 4-3 Champps Americana 4-3 Friendly Bar 4-3 General Sam’s 3-4 Sam’s Corner Bar 3-4 Bobcat’s 2-5 Not Justa Café 1-5-1 Nick’s Chimney Service 1-5-1 Champs Sports Bar 1-6 Sam’s Bar and Grill 1-6 Cowboy Jack’s 0-7 Tuesday Men’s Upper Softball League Champs/SP Lions 6-2 Gibby’s/Midwest Dental 5-3 Bol’s L
Somerset native Jared Dettmann made his professional baseball debut on Monday, pitching for the Danville (Va.) Braves. Dettmann was the first of four relief pitchers used by the Braves in a 9-2 victory over the Johnson City Cardinals in the Appalachian League game. Dettmann worked 1.2 innings for the Class A Braves, striking out three batters and walking three more. He was charged with one earned run. Dettmann was brought into the game in the third inning. He worked a scoreless third inning.
Al Duerkop's gift in teaching was passing his love of music on to his students. After 23 years of teaching music at the Somerset Elementary School, Duerkop retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year. In all, he's spent 40 years in different aspects of teaching. Though he's retiring from teaching, Duerkop plans to stay busy with his music. He plans to spend the summer rewriting a book that he and elementary art teacher Amy Stevens created on teaching handbells to fourth-graders. The handbell project at the elementary school has grown into a hugely popular annual event.
New Richmond Golf Club Tuesday Men’s League Brady’s Brewhouse 200.5 Johnson Motors 198.5 Edward D. Jones 198.5 St.