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 Millers proved they belonged in the Wisconsin Amateur Baseball state playoffs with their performance against the top-seeded La Crosse A's on Saturday. The intense game wasn't decided until the final pitch, with La Crosse hanging on for a 6-5 victory. La Crosse then defeated Grantsburg on Sunday to advance to the final level of the state tournament, which will be played this weekend in Haugen. The Millers qualified for the state tournament with a 9-7 record.
When Steve Greene says he's been target shooting his whole life, he's not kidding. Greene began shooting trap as a kid and was shooting competitively by the time he was 8 years old. After nearly 40 years of competitive shooting, most of them shooting sporting clays, Greene has been honored as one of the top shooters in Wisconsin. Greene of New Richmond, was inducted into the Wisconsin Sporting Clays Association Hall of Fame on Aug. 1. Greene has the second highest lifetime point total in sporting clays in Wisconsin association history.
Schools all over the state were affected by late changes in the state budget approval process. Somerset's schools took a huge hit because of these changes. The changes in the state funding cost the Somerset School District about $550,000 in state aids that had been expected to be received. The school officials knew that cuts were coming. They had been told to anticipate cuts in the 3 percent range. There was shock when they found out that the district's state aids were cut by 6.8 percent.
Baseball was booming in New Richmond this summer, with more than 600 kids involved in youth baseball around the city. A total of 601 kids took part in New Richmond youth baseball this year. That's up from 550 last year and 527 in 2007. T-Ball is offered for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children. There were 202 kids who took part in the program this year. Coach Pitch is offered for children in first and second grades.
It's been a long road back to the Wisconsin baseball playoffs for the New Richmond Millers. Finally, the eight-year wait is over. The Millers found out on Tuesday night they made the 2009 state baseball tournament field. The Millers will open the state tournament against La Crosse in the Ellsworth regional tournament bracket. After finishing the St.
The New Richmond Millers have made the Wisconsin Baseball Association state tournament. It was announced Tuesday night that the Millers have been placed in the Ellsworth regional tournament. The Millers' first game will be played on Saturday, Aug. 8. They will face the La Crosse Athletics at 3 p.m. that day. The game will be held at Ellsworth's Bob Young Field. If the Millers win two games in the Ellsworth regional tournament, they would qualify for the state tournament. This year's state tournament will be played in Haugen on Aug.
Summer school in Somerset Public Schools continues to be enormously popular. Summer school concludes this week. There have been 875 students taking hours of class this summer, one of the largest totals of students in many years. That is up from 803 last summer. Brad and Sandy Nemec coordinate summer school in Somerset each year.
The final training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs at UW-River Falls begins on July 31. The Chiefs have called UW-River Falls their training camp home since 1991 and will return to western Wisconsin for the 19th consecutive year in 2009. For fans who have always intended to visit the Chiefs' camp, this will be your final opportunity to see the National Football League team. The Chiefs have announced that they will be shifting their training camp to Missouri Western State University. There is a very slight chance at the Missouri Western site won't be ready for next summer's camp.
The New Millers put on two excellent showings last week. Unfortunately, neither of them was in their St. Croix Valley League game against Osceola. By losing to Osceola 11-1 last Saturday, the Millers must win one of their two final league games this weekend to have a chance to qualify for the state baseball tournaments. Neither game will be an easy task. The Millers play at home at 7:30 p.m. on Friday against Prescott, which has already won the Southern Division of the SCVL. The Millers complete their SCVL on Saturday, when they play at River Falls in a 1 p.m. start.
A joint plan between the WIAA and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association that would do away with conferences for high school football is expected to be unveiled this week. The proposal would do away with all conferences for football only in Wisconsin high school sports. It would be replaced with a structure similar to the system used for the WIAA state football playoffs. In place of conferences, the state would be divided into seven 64-school divisions, based upon enrollment.