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 Tigers had to wonder if they were playoff-ready when they stumbled to a 5-2 loss in their final Lakeland Conference game of the season last Tuesday. In the Tigers' final regular season game last Friday, they erased any doubts. They went to Amery and defeated the Amery Legion team by a 7-3 score. The Tigers were scheduled to begin WIAA summer baseball tournaments this Tuesday in a home game against Augusta. The Tigers are the top seed in the sectional bracket, while Augusta was seeded eighth in the bracket.
The only season the New Richmond baseball team played in the Lakeland Conference resulted in a conference championship. Last Monday the Tigers scored a 16-3 win at Unity, locking up the undisputed Lakeland Conference championship. This win makes the Tigers 10-0 in Lakeland Conference summer baseball action. The following night the Tigers won at Webster 15-0. They were scheduled to play their final Lakeland Conference game this Tuesday against Grantsburg. The Tigers finish their regular season this Friday. They will be playing at 6 p.m.
The New Richmond Millers and Osceola Braves are tied for the lead in the Northern Division of the St. Croix Valley League. The two teams will square off this Friday to renew their annual New Richmond Fun Fest showdown. Friday's annual Fun Fest game will begin at 7:30 p.m.
New Richmond High School athletes are strengthening themselves to the core. Every Monday through Thursday morning this summer, Tiger athletes are meeting to push themselves through a challenging program that is intended to improve their overall body strength. The Tiger athletes have wholeheartedly committed to the program. The turnout has remained strong throughout the summer. On average, more than 70 boys and 65-70 girls are at the NRHS gym each morning to take part in the program.
There are 4-Hers in St. Croix County and all around the country who are learning the basic skills of archery and shooting a gun through the 4-H Shooting Sports program. The St. Croix County program is part of the national 4-H Shooting Sports Foundation. Teaching the safe and correct techniques in archery and rifle shooting is the main focus of the 4-H Shooting Sports program. The St. Croix County program was revived in the past two years by instructors Dan Frye, Allan Anderson, Dave Smith and Brent Ackley.
The New Richmond Millers moved into the lead of the St. Croix Valley League Northern Division on Friday night. By Sunday night, they had given the lead away again. The Millers took the lead in the Northern Division on Friday by beating Spring Valley 10-4. They dropped out of the lead on Sunday, when they lost at Menomonie 8-7 in 10 innings. Friday's game got off to an odd start when the umpire failed to show up for the game. Miller manager Ryan Stephens called all over the area trying to bring in another ump, but his efforts were fruitless.
The New Richmond baseball team keeps on winning, so much so that the Tigers have already locked up a share of the Lakeland Conference title. The Tigers completed a pair of wins against Frederic last Thursday, raising the team's record to 9-0 in the Lakeland Conference. When Baldwin-Woodville knocked off Grantsburg by a 7-1 score on Thursday, it assured the Tigers of a share of the Lakeland title. New Richmond clubbed the ball all over Citizens Field against Frederic on Thursday.
The New Richmond baseball team keeps on winning, so much so that the Tigers have already locked up a share of the Lakeland Conference title. The Tigers completed a pair of wins against Frederic on Thursday, raising the team's record to 9-0 in the Lakeland Conference. When Baldwin-Woodville knocked off Grantsburg by a 7-1 score on Thursday, it assured the Tigers of a share of the Lakeland title. New Richmond clubbed the ball all over Citizens Field against Frederic on Thursday.
The Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival was the backdrop for the New Richmond Millers playing in the annual adult baseball tournament in Ellsworth. The Millers played in two close games, which resulted in them taking third place in the tournament. In the opening round of the tournament the Millers drew a bye. That put them into the tournament semifinals on Saturday night against Menomonie. The Millers fell behind 7-1, then came back to take a brief 8-7 lead.
The New Richmond baseball team has risen to the top of the Lakeland Conference. The Tigers scored three Lakeland wins last week, all on shutouts, to climb to 7-0 in the conference standings. The most important win of the week came last Tuesday at Grantsburg. New Richmond and Grantsburg entered the game with perfect conference records. This was everything you'd expect in a showdown for the conference lead. There was superlative pitching, timely hitting and sharp play from both teams.