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 challenging schedule the Somerset track team has faced all season has exposed them to a great deal of talented opposition, but hasn’t left much room for success on the team level. That changed last Monday when the Spartans competed at the fiveteam Glenwood City Invitational. The Somerset girls came away with their first team victory of the season while the Spartan boys ranked third in the team rankings.
Excellent pitching carried the New Richmond baseball and softball teams to Middle Border Conference wins on Tuesday. The New Richmond softball team rode a three-hit pitching performance from senior Erin Peterson to a 9-1 victory at Amery. The Tigers took charge late in the game, scoring three runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh. Senior Loni Bauer had one of the best hitting nights of her career, finishing with four hits.
The Somerset High School music department will have a large number of musicians competing at the Wisconsin School Music Association state level in the upcoming weeks.
Emma Wothe’s success as a powerlifter is the product of the overriding bond that she has for her team and teammates. TheNewRichmondHIgh School senior earned state and national powerlifting championships while helping the New Richmond girls squad win its first national team championship. Wothe followed her older brother, Ben, into powerlifting and in three years she progressed from a novice to a national champion. She learned quickly, placing 12th at state and qualifying for nationals as a sophomore, in her first year of the sport.
More than 200 students from four local high schools got a jump on the job market last Thursday. The students attended a hiring fair at St. Croix Central High School, where 41 businesses were represented. Students from New Richmond, St. Croix Central, Hudson and River Falls high schools attended the event.
Jason Koele didn't lose his love for music. But being diagnosed with hearing loss caused Koele to explore his other educational options. Koele looked into a number of opportunities, but was drawn to another position at St. Croix Central High School. Last week, he was hired to become the new Dean of Students/Athletic Director, replacing Jeremy Kerg who resigned recently.
The whipping raw wind and cold temperatures couldn't prevent some hot sporting events from happening on Thursday afternoon. The New Richmond baseball team started as coldly as the weather, with terrible defensive play putting the Tigers in a 6-0 hole against Hudson. But the Tigers bounced back, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the second inning and four more in the third inning. The Tigers held on for a 13-11 non-conference victory over the Raiders. Jake Weiss led the Tiger offense with three hits and Blake Kretovics smacked a pair of triples.
The success being seen by New Richmond High School athletic teams is a direct result of the dedication of the high school athletes in the weight room. Two of this year’s NRHS seniors have been honored for their relentless work in the weight room and in the Tiger Strength and Conditioning Program. Sophie Thommes and Sam Altena have been honored as All-Americans by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Both athletes were nominated by NRHS physical education instructor Keith Badger.
No team is hitting the ball like the New Richmond Tigers in the 2017 Middle Border Conference baseball race. The Tigers continued to rake the ball last week, reaching double digits in runs in wins over Prescott and Amery. The Tigers won at home against Prescott last Tuesday, 10-4. In last Friday’s game at Amery the Tigers fell behind 4-0 in the first inning. The bats came to the rescue. The Tigers pounded out 19 hits to beat the Warriors, 13-5. The wins raised the Tigers’ conference record to 3-2 heading into this week’s action.
It’s too early to get excited about it. Even so, a 3-0 start by the New Richmond softball team is a pretty solid indication that things are going the right way for the Tigers in Middle Border Conference action. The Tigers improved to 3-0 last week with wins over Osceola and St. Croix Central. The Tigers needed eight innings to pull out an 8-7 win over Osceola last Tuesday. On Friday, the Tigers put away St. Croix Central, 9-0.