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 New Richmond and Somerset food shelves are combining their efforts, hoping to take advantage of the interest in the upcoming New Richmond-Somerset football game. The 2018 New Richmond Homecoming football game will be played on Friday, Sept. 21, against Somerset. The game will be the first time that New Richmond varsity football coach Reggie Larson will coach against his father, long-time Somerset coach Bruce Larson.
Three area golfers had something to celebrate at the New Richmond Golf Club in August. Three golfers sank holes-in-one at NRGC in August. The most recent of those came on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Jack Cullen of River Falls used a gap wedge club to sink his ace on the 105-yard 17th hole. Mark Gallagher of Maplewood struck a hole-in-one on Friday, Aug. 24. His ace came on hole #7, using a 5-hybrid to cover the 165 yards. The first ace of the month was made by Doug Wakefield of Hudson on Aug. 8. His also came on hole #17, using a 9-iron to cover the 150 yards.
The 2017 season-opening tournament at Wausau couldn't have gone any worse for the New Richmond boys soccer team. So, to come home from the 2018 tournament in Wausau healthy, and with a win to boot, the Tigers are viewing last Tuesday's trip to Wausau as a major success.
Call it passion, spirit, enthusiasm or fire. It's an attribute coaches love to see in their team. The Somerset volleyball team may be one of the youngest squads in the Middle Border Conference this season, but opponents will be challenged to match the fire the Spartans bring into every match. The Spartans start the season under new varsity coach Dennis Potter, who takes over for Sarah Praschak, who retired after a quarter-century in the program. Only two Spartans return who have significant varsity experience: seniors Brit Buchanan and Georgia Hammer.
Graduation and an injury have caused changes in the St. Croix Central volleyball team, but the main goal for the 2018 season remains the same. The Panthers won the first Middle Border Conference championship in 2017. Ending up at the top of the conference is the plan for 2018.
Both Somerset cross country teams are in a position to be more of a factor in the Middle Border Conference than they have been in several seasons. Each of the Somerset teams appears to have four runners who can compete in the upper half of many races this season. The next step for the Spartans is to find fifth runners who can move up in the pack and make the teams more competitive.
"You get better by playing tougher opponents." That's a coaching philosophy that has grown in popularity. Count New Richmond girls tennis coach Denise Devereux among those who has fully jumped on board with that idea. On Friday and Saturday, the Tigers played at the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational. They went 1-3 in their four matches, while facing some of the best competition in the northern half of the state.
The freshman class carried the New Richmond girls to the 2017 Middle Border Conference team cross country championship. The Tigers are hoping those runners can be equally superb in another talent-laden field of teams in the MBC. The Tiger boys also hold hopes of challenging for an MBC title. The Tigers graduated MBC individual champion Dylan Wachter and will have to find a way to top an Osceola team that won the conference meet, then went on to capture the WIAA Division 2 sectional title.
A gas leak at the junction of North Arch Avenue and East Hughes Street Wednesday morning has blocked access to both those streets, causing residents to be evacuated. The City of New Richmond was contacted at approximately 8:30 a.m., with the New Richmond Fire Department responding. The gas leak is located a block away from the city fire hall.
Fun or wins. Coach Al Getschel put those two options to the New Richmond volleyball team on what the Tigers wanted to prioritize this season. The Tigers resoundingly replied with "Winning." That clearly was the answer Getschel was hoping for. With eight varsity players returning to the lineup, the Tigers are aiming to make a substantial step upward in the Middle Border Conference standings this season. "We're playing to out W's on the board," Getschel said. "The emphasis is a lot of getting after it in practice."