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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Somerset High School advanced a large number of students to the 2017 Wisconsin High School State Forensics Association state competition on April 21-22 in Madison. Somerset had a number of students earn perfect scores of 25 at the state contest, which earned their Critic's Choice Awards. Included in that group are Nikki Quaderer, Cade Colbeth, Blake Merritt, Salem Rondeau, Connor Darrow, Kayla Huerta and Jaden Skwarek Schwartz.
Perfect scores by Ellie Wacker and David Postma topped the performances by New Richmond students at the 2017 Wisconsin High School State Forensics Association state competition on April 21-22 in Madison. With their perfect 25 scores, Wacker and Postma earned state gold medals and Critic's Choice Awards. Wacker competed in farrago and Postma competes in solo acting. Students who received scores of 23 and 24 are silver medalists at the state contest. Earning silver medals for New Richmond this year were Aaron Tenner, Teresa Tenner, Hannah Meisner and Emmy Leeson.
There was success all around for the St. Croix Central forensics team, which competed at the state level on April 22 at UW-Madison. Four of the St. Croix Central students competing at state earned gold medals by achieving perfect scores at the state meet. The other four Central students who competed at state were bronze medal recipients.
After the numerous standout individual and relay performances by the New Richmond track teams in the 2017 Stan Barr Relays last Friday, the Tigers should be counting the minutes until next Tuesday’s MiddleBorderConference track championships. The Tigers will host the 2017 MBC Championships. This should further excite theTigers,becausethey’ve performed extremely well in their two previous home meets this season. The conference meet will begin with field events at 3:45 p.m. next Tuesday. Running events start at 4:30 p.m.
Next Tuesday's Middle Border Conference boys tennnis championships has been shifted to New Richmond. The change was announced Friday morning. The tournament was originally scheduled to be played at Osceola. The decision to move the tournament was made because of the condition of the Osceola courts. Altoona, Amery, Baldwin-Woodville, Eau Claire Regis, Ellsworth, New Richmond and Osceola will play in the tournament. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m.
The New Richmond softball and boys tennis team notched Middle Border Conference wins on Thursday. The Tigers softball team went to St. Croix Central Thursday and scored a 9-2. The top of the batting order did most of the damage for the Tigers, with Lorin Bauer going 4-5 at the plate and Jade Williams going 3-4. They each scored three runs.
The SKATE program honors strong academic work by students who skate in the New Richmond Youth Hockey Association. This winter, 100 Tiger skaters were honored in the annual SKATE banquet, which was held March 31 at the New Richmond High School commons. Here is a listing of students who were honored, by team. High school: Stuart Pearson, Chris Lubow, Ben Karno, Jake Erickson, Blake Kretovics, Brady Werner, Connor Iverson, Zach Cunningham, Nick Johnson, Max Davis, Eric Langer, Mikah Kier and Jens Christensen.
St. Croix Central senior Trevor Nelson was one of 15 players statewide selected to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-State Team. The announcement of the all-state team was made Thursday morning. Nelson was the leading scorer for the Panthers this season and was a First Team All-Middle Border Conference selection. A week ago, the entire St. Croix Central boys basketball team was honored as the WBCA Academic Division 3 All-State Team. The Panthers earned this honor by finishing the season with a team-wide 3.77 grade point average.
The hitting was the star feature for the first month of the 2017 baseball season for the New Richmond Tigers. But it takes pitching to win championships and that’s what the Tigers got in their two Middle Border Conference games last week. With wins over Osceola and Ellsworth last week, the Tigers moved into a tie with Ellsworth at the top of the MBC standings, with 6-2 records.
There was a whole lot of pent up anger when the New Richmond girls soccer team took the field on Saturday in a tournament at Wausau East High School. Went the dust had settled, the Tigers had outscored their opponents 10-0 and ended the day with two wins, running their season record to 10-0-1.