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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Jeff Johnston is seeing the USA, one step at a time. Johnston has set a mind-boggling goal of trying to run a marathon in every state. He is well on his way. He has completed 44 of the states and plans on finishing the 50-state goal by the end of 2008. Johnston came up with the idea of running a marathon in every state in November 2002. At that point, he'd already run marathons in four states. He eliminated 11 states in 2003 and has been whittling away at the list each year since then.
It was fitting that New Richmond's final game as a WIAA summer baseball team was played in the state tournament. The Tigers were playing in the WIAA State Summer Baseball Championships for their ninth time in 30 years as a summer program. In last Wednesday's state tournament quarterfinal, the Tigers were beaten by the defending state champion, Marquette University School, by a 9-3 score. New Richmond has been a prolific success as a summer program. The Tigers first became a summer program in 1982. All those years were spent under one coach, John Ball.
One of the finest driving ranges at any golf course in the state will soon be opening at the New Richmond Golf Club. The grand opening for the new 10-acre driving range is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 7. The driving range will be a golfer's dream. It has five target greens, ranging in distance from 40 yards to 275 yards away. This will offer opportunities for golfers of all skill levels. There is also an 8,000-square-foot putting green and a 4,000-square-foot chipping green. "A person can work on every aspect of their game," said NRGC General Manager Ross Johnson.
The New Richmond baseball team dominated the summer baseball scene in this area all season. It was no surprise that the Tigers continued that trend last Friday by overpowering Grantsburg and Unity to win the WIAA sectional baseball championship. The Tigers earned the sectional championship by pounding Grantsburg 13-1 in the championship game. In Friday's semifinals, the Tigers took care of Unity 6-0, while Grantsburg ended Baldwin-Woodville's season by a 7-2 score. New Richmond will play in the WIAA Summer State Baseball Tournament at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point.
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.
There was no fun in Fun Fest for the New Richmond Millers. New Richmond faced Osceola on Friday night in the annual meeting between the two teams as part of New Richmond's Fun Fest celebration. This year's game had more riding on it than any of the recent years. New Richmond and Osceola were tied for the lead in the St. Croix Valley League Northern Division heading into the game. The Millers fell behind 3-0 in the first three innings and kept facing an uphill battle.
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.
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.
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.
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.