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 challenges will continue to elevate for the New Richmond girls tennis team. The Tigers played in their first tournament of the 2006 season on Saturday, when they took fourth place among eight teams at a tournament played in Altoona. With three girls back from last year's starting lineup, most of the girls hadn't experienced a tournament of this length and intensity.
For most student-athletes, the highlight of their summer might include going to a camp or competing in a school-run league. Travelling to Europe to play in the World Youth Friendship Games ranks as a little out of the ordinary. Jordan Van Dyk and Justin Peterson were part of a contingent of United States youth athletes who travelled to Amsterdam in Holland to represent the United States in the 2006 Games. Van Dyk will be a freshman at Somerset this fall and Peterson will be a senior at St.
After a seemingly endless cycle of teams filled with veteran players, the New Richmond girls tennis team is at the other end of that cycle in 2006. The Tigers return three girls with significant varsity experience, making this the youngest New Richmond lineup in many years. The debut of the 2006 Tiger girls tennis team came on Saturday. They played at Osceola in a non-conference match, losing 5-3. The three players returning to the Tiger varsity lineup are Steph Anderson, Molly Heintz and Molly O'Flanagan.
The alumni team of the New Richmond Millers showed that old ballplayers never forget how to hit. The second annual game between the New Richmond Millers and the Miller Alumni team proved to be another exciting event. The Millers were able to prevail 11-9 last year. This year's game was just as close, with the Millers edging their alumni team 9-7. The alumni team ended up outhitting the current Millers, 14-13, in Saturday's game, played at Citizens Field. While the alumni team got hits from eight of its nine starters, the current Millers had five players get all their hits.
It seems that in their mounting loss total, there is one different element that is missing in each loss. In last Wednesday's 3-0 loss to Spring Valley, clutch hitting was the piece that was missing in the Millers' play. The Millers got another superb pitching effort from Tim Brown in this game. Brown threw a six-hitter and all three of the Hawks' runs were unearned. The offense generated enough scoring opportunities where the Millers should have won the game.
Researchers working to battle Parkinson's Disease feel they are close to breakthroughs in the battle against the neurological disease. Connie Plourde of Somerset is trying to raise funds to help along the battle against Parkinson's Disease. Plourde, a retired nurse, is the driving force behind 'Pedal For Parkinson's, a Fund-Raiser for Research.' The 10-mile bike ride or in-line skate for all ages will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 in Afton, Minn. The course will go from Town Square Park in downtown Afton along the Lakeland Bike Trail and back. Registration for the event is $25.
For 11 innings, Friday's WIAA sectional semifinal between New Richmond and Ellsworth was just what you'd expect from two teams that have become intense rivals. Each team kept taking its best shot. Each team built leads, only to see the other come back. Each team had outstanding plays and decisions they'd like back. Both teams scored in the seventh inning to force the game into extra innings.
Tim Brown pitched his heart out for 11 innings for the New Richmond Millers last Wednesday. But the Millers couldn't find a way to win the game in Osceola. Brown threw a three-hitter over 11 innings, but Osceola managed to play evenly with the Millers, eventually winning the game in the 11th inning 6-5. The game started well for the Millers, taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Mike Kammerer led off the inning with a walk. Manager Ryan Stephens called for a hit-and-run and Ryan Telschow delivered. He doubled to the gap, scoring Kammerer from first base.
For the first half of last Tuesday's regional final, the Somerset baseball team had the upper hand on Grantsburg. That situation flipped quickly when Grantsburg rallied for seven runs in the fifth inning, leading the Pirates to a 10-2 win. This advanced the Pirates to Friday's sectional tournament, where they lost to Ashland in the sectional semifinals. The Spartans got a tough pitching effort from senior Brett Schreiner, who held the Pirates to one run in the first four innings. Things fell apart quickly for the Spartans in the fifth inning.