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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John Elkin, a former New Richmond High School player and assistant coach, was hired as the NRHS boys basketball varsity coach on Monday. Elkin was offered the position Monday. After he agreed to take the position, his name was submitted to the New Richmond Board of Education at the board's meeting Monday night and the board approved his hiring. Because Elkin is not a member of the school teaching staff, he is being hired to a one-year contract. Elkin was assistant head coach for the Tiger boys for eight years when Al Waschke served as the team's head coach.
The New Richmond boys 800 meter relay team took team togetherness to the extreme at the 2003 WIAA State Track and Field Championships. Before Saturday's state championship race, all four of the Tiger runners were physically ill.
The step up to Division 2 was steep, but the St. Croix Central track girls showed they could compete with the state's best in the 2003 WIAA State Track and Field Championships this weekend at UW-La Crosse. Last year Central's Megan Heinbuch was the state champion in the Division 3 400 meter dash. This year Heinbuch was right with the top 400 runners in Division 2. She was the fourth seeded runner following Friday's preliminaries and she held that spot in Saturday's finals, taking fourth place with a time of 59.5 seconds. Central's 1600 meter relay team also advanced to state.
The fates couldn't have been more different for the Somerset track teams at the 2003 WIAA Division 2 Colby Track Sectional Meet last Thursday. Somerset's girls had three individual events and one relay qualify for sectionals and the relay and two of the individuals qualified for the 2003 WIAA State Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse. For the Spartan boys, it was a day of near misses.
Megan Heinbuch will get a chance to defend her state track championship and she will be part of a St. Croix Central girls relay that will also be competing at the 2003 WIAA State Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse. Heinbuch is the defending state champion in the girls Division 3 400 meter dash. Only this year, because of the growth in the Central school district, the track team is competing in Division 2 this year. St. Croix Central's girls 1600 meter relay team will also be competing at state.
A preliminary budget for the 2003-04 school year has been set for the Somerset schools, but the possibilities are changing daily. Rumors are flowing fast and furious out of the state capitol and school districts around the state are reacting to each, planning for every possibility.
Somerset teacher Katy Irlbeck says she has seen her last day of below zero temperatures. Ironic, coming from the elementary teacher who has taught a unit for many years on the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. That included having her third grade students do their own version of an Iditarod race, with several students towing around another on a sled.
Two conference champions. Two second place finishes. Two third place finishes. Getting six of your seven entries to place in the top three of the 2003 Middle Border Conference Tennis Tournament counts as a strong showing for the New Richmond boys tennis team. Playing on their home courts last Tuesday, the Tigers earned one conference championship that was highly anticipated and one that was completely unexpected. The anticipated conference championship came from juniors Charlie Bohl and Jeff Engel at one doubles.
The St. Croix Central baseball team made a splash in the opening round of WIAA regionals last week. Playing in a steady rain, the Panthers made a splash with every step they took on their home field in Hammond last Thursday. But the Panthers also sent a message with their all-around play, topping Durand 8-4. Central was the third seed in the regional and Durand was seeded sixth.
For six of the seven innings between the Somerset and St. Croix Central softball teams, St. Croix Croix was probably the better team. But that one inning where Somerset was the better team was enough to turn the game in Somerset's favor. The Spartans scored all six of their runs during the sixth inning, leading Somerset to a 6-5 win at Hammond last Friday. For most of the game the Central girls were shutting down Somerset at every opportunity.