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 Somerset baseball team was involved in two close finishes last week, winning one and suffering a heart-breaking loss in the other. The loss came last Thursday at Ellsworth. Somerset rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 6-4 lead. Ellsworth, the undefeated Middle Border Conference leader, then charged back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to topple the Spartans 7-6. The win came last Tuesday.
Even Mother Nature cooperated to help make the first New Richmond Millers Fathers' Day Tournament a success. The adult baseball tournament hosted by New Richmond's city team featured good baseball with good crowds for most of the games. The tournament started Friday night and finished early Sunday evening. The Stillwater Loggers were champions of the tournament, beating the Ellsworth Hubbers 7-0 in Sunday's championship game. New Richmond's team won once in its three games in the tournament. The Millers took over the tournament this year.
Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew and University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema visited New Richmond during the past week. Killebrew, pictured above talking with the Bonde family from Red Wing, made a public appearance at Bernard's Northtown. Killebrew signed autographs for 200 people at the event. Bielema was in town for Monday's Northwest Badger Golf Classic. More than 80 golfers took part in the 14th annual tournament. Pictured in the group below (l-r) are Bob Dawson, Paul Kittel, Ron Carlson, Bielema, Bud Anderson and Diz Kronenberg.
Playing in the rain and mud at Citizens Field didn't seem to bother the New Richmond Millers at all last Friday. In fact, with these results, the Millers might become storm chasers to find more wet fields to play on. The Millers scored a 4-3 win in 10 innings over Bay City last Friday. It took outstanding pitching from Tim Brown and Matt Peterson to carry the Millers to the win. Brown pitched the first eight innings. He was at his top form again, limiting Bay City to three hits. Where Brown ran into problems was occasional wildness from trying to grip the wet ball.
Both New Richmond and Somerset entered last Thursday's baseball showdown with spotless Middle Border Conference records. Somerset's record now looks like someone swatted a large bug on it. New Richmond climbed to 4-0 in the MBC, while delivering Somerset's first setback last Thursday.
One strike away. That's how close the New Richmond baseball team came to finishing off a 4-3 win over Ellsworth Monday night. But that final strike never arrived.
One inning of defensive lapses proved to be the undoing of the New Richmond softball team in the 2006 WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament. New Richmond's sectional semifinal game with Rice Lake was tied 3-3 after the third inning. Rice Lake then took advantage of some indecision on the part of the Tiger defense in the fourth inning to score six runs.
"Fast Enough To Get Here." That was the motto New Richmond senior Chad Aldous and the rest of the Tigers took in their approach to competing in the 2006 WIAA Division 1 State Track Championships at La Crosse last Friday. New Richmond had two boys relays and one girls relay advance to the state track meet, in the first year that New Richmond was competing at the Division 1 level.
When Christina Flandrick's pole shattered, sending her plummeting to the pavement, it marked the end of a difficult experience for the Somerset track teams at the 2006 WIAA State Track Championships over the weekend in La Crosse. The Spartans went into the state meet with a mix of goals. In a few events the Spartans had set their goals quite high, while in other events, they were looking to get experience for what is largely a very young team. The highest hopes for the Spartans were heaped on the shoulders of sophomore Megan Plourde, the defending state champion in the Division 2 high jump.
The New Richmond baseball team got out to a fast start in Middle Border Conference play for the 2006 season. The Tigers faced Grantsburg and Glenwood City in their first MBC games of the 2006 season last week. In each game the Tigers were able to pull out a win. If there was a time when the Tigers were susceptible, it was Thursday at Glenwood City. With six players, four of them starters, competing at state track and state tennis, the Tigers went into the game short-handed.