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 future of golf in New Richmond is in good hands. Each Thursday morning this summer, more than 180 kids gather at the New Richmond Golf Club to get instruction on all of the basic skills in golf. Last year the New Richmond Golf Club completed construction of the Joe Swanda Learning Center, one of the largest and most complete teaching facilities for golf in the Twin Cities area. With this large facility, NRGC management opened the summer program to any youth ages 8-14 who is interested in learning correct golf skills. NRGC PGA professionals Scott Cole and Ross Johnson lead the program.
The New Richmond American Legion baseball team is now 10-1 in St. Croix League play after winning three games last week. The Legion team got an important win in their hopes of getting a league title when they defeated Baldwin last Tuesday, by an 8-4 score. New Richmond then travelled to Amery on Thursday, scoring a sweep over the Amery Legion team. New Richmond's boys travelled to Unity for a scheduled double-header on Friday, but action was stopped in the first inning of the first game due to rain.
Tom LeMay has resigned after coaching the Somerset girls soccer team in its first three years as a varsity program. The Spartans experienced steady progress under LeMay's coaching. This year the Spartans finished in second place in the Middle Border Conference and Somerset advanced to the WIAA Division 3 sectional tournament for the first time in team history. "Tom was the founding father of girls soccer in our school," said Somerset Athletic Director Brad Nemec. "He had a great personality with the kids.
The New Richmond American Legion baseball team now has a 7-1 record in St. Croix Valley Legion action after sweeping a pair of games over St. Croix Falls last Thursday. On Saturday the Legion faced two schools that have remained as WIAA Summer Baseball varsity programs. The NR Legion played in a tournament in Arcadia, where the opponents were WIAA teams from Whitehall and Arcadia. Sweep over SCF New Richmond earned the sweep with wins of 4-2 and 4-3 over St. Croix Falls. Michael Jansen pitched the opening game, allowing two runs on six hits.
It was "gut check" weekend for the New Richmond Millers. The Millers faced games on Friday against Plum City and on Sunday against River Falls.
St. Croix Central's trip to the 2008 WIAA State Baseball Championships was kept brief by Marathon last Wednesday. Central and Marathon squared off in the first of the two Division 3 state semifinal games. Central had many baserunners, especially early in the game, that it couldn't capitalize on. Marathon had chances that it did put to use, scoring six runs in the fifth and sixth innings, to beat Central 7-2. The loss leaves the Panthers with an 18-6 final record for the 2008 season. This was the first trip to state in baseball in school history for St.
St. Croix Central's senior boys have been playing ball together for nearly their entire lives. The final achievement of this stalwart group of seniors will be representing St. Croix Central in the WIAA Division 3 Spring Baseball State Championships this Wednesday and Thursday in Appleton. Central's 2008 baseball team won the school's first conference baseball championship in 32 years.
In many parts of the country American Legion baseball is as much a part of summer as green grass and sunshine. That has not been the case in much of western Wisconsin. It's begun creeping into the area in recent years, and this year New Richmond is fielding its first American Legion baseball team. New Richmond's Legion team played its first games last Friday. They took the field against Cumberland, in a double-header at New Richmond's historic Citizens Field. It was a victorious start for the New Richmond boys.
The New Richmond Millers are trying to make some headway in trying to climb up the St. Croix Valley League standings. The Millers took a step forward when they defeated St. Croix Falls by a 9-5 count last Wednesday. But that step forward was neutralized when the Millers lost at Hudson on Sunday in a 7-2 setback. St. Croix Falls is a new addition to the SCVL and the Millers were able to pick up their second SCVL win against the new guys. Millers manager Mike Stephens elected to have this be the game where Logan Peterson received his first start for the Millers.
Three times in the past four years, the New Richmond softball team has advanced to the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament. And each time, their run at the sectional tournament was ended by Rice Lake. Rice Lake defeated New Richmond in last Thursday's sectional semifinals in one of most dramatic finishes the Tigers have experienced in their highly successful careers. New Richmond trailed 4-3 entering the seventh inning. The Tigers then scored twice in the top of the seventh to take a 5-4 lead.