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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"It ain't over til it's over." That legendary baseball saying was in the thoughts of the New Richmond baseball players and fans Friday, when the Tigers saw a 10-1 lead evaporate in the seventh inning of Friday's home game against Somerset.
The bats are producing. Now if the St. Croix Central softball team can get its glovework to come around, the Panthers are in a position where they can be competitive in the Middle Border Conference.
The New Richmond softball team isn't winning every game yet, but they are pushing their opponents to the edge. The Tigers earned their first win of the season last Friday when they pulled out an offensive slugfest, defeating St. Croix Central, 17-16. That was followed by another highly promising performance on Monday. The Tigers lost in the bottom of the seventh inning in a non-conference game at River Falls, 11-10.
As an undrafted free agent, Gaelin Elmore realizes the Cincinnati Bengals don't owe him anything. That is even more motivation for the Somerset High School graduate in his chance to make a National Football League roster. Elmore said it is up to him to grab the attention of the Cincinnati coaching staff so he can earn a spot on the team's 53-man regular season roster. Elmore agreed to a rookie free agent contract with the Bengals hours after the 2018 National Football League Draft was completed on Saturday.
New Richmond Tuesday, May 1 Boys Tennis: New Richmond at Altoona, 4:15 p.m. Boys Golf: New Richmond at Somerset, 4:30 p.m. Girls Soccer: Hayward at New Richmond, 4:30 p.m. Baseball: Osceola at New Richmond, 5 p.m.
A team meeting following last Tuesday's 13-0 loss at New Richmond may have been exactly what the St. Croix Central baseball team needed. The Panthers responded by defeating Osceola 9-8 last Thursday. On Friday the Panthers lost 6-2 against Amery, but it was a competitive game to the end. Central coach Tom Sauve asked the Panthers what they wanted out of the season in the team meeting. The team responded to the discussion, showing more enthusiasm and a much more aggressive approach at the plate.
A work in progress might be the best way to describe the start of the season for the Somerset softball team. The Spartans put up an excellent battle last Thursday in a game at Osceola, losing in eight innings, 4-3. On Friday, the Spartans hosted Prescott and the game got away from Somerset early. The Spartans were never able to get things under control, losing 14-0.
Somerset native Jack Cichy is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs selected Cichy with the 28th pick in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon. Cichy entered the draft after missing the 2017 Wisconsin Badgers season due to a knee injury, which came after a pectoral injury shortened his 2016 season. Put it this way. NFL scouts and coaches love Cichy. But they are leery of his injury history.
Days after accepting a combined academic and athletic scholarship to play baseball at Winona State University, New Richmond High School senior Blake Kretovics was honored again for his work in the classroom and in the athletic arena. Kretovics was one of 32 Wisconsin High School seniors who were named Thursday as 2018 WIAA Scholar Athletes. Kretovics competes in football, hockey and baseball at NRHS. Kretovics was one of the four Division 1 boys selected for the honor.
The New Richmond and St. Croix Central baseball teams were among the local teams who scored wins in a busy Thursday night of sports action. The New Richmond baseball team went to Hudson and scored an 8-3 win over the Raiders. This was a crucial win for the Tigers because both teams are in the WIAA Division 1 sectional tournament bracket together. New Richmond rode strong pitching from Reece Lucas and Ryan Kling to the win. Lucas worked the first four innings and Kling threw shutout ball in the final three frames. Lucas earned his first varsity win.