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 youth sports associations in New Richmond for soccer, baseball, softball and football are in the process of combining to form the New Richmond Area Youth Sports Association. Soccer, baseball and softball already had well-established programs. Last fall an effort was made to begin an association for football in New Richmond. Members of the Willow River Youth Baseball Association decided to contact those people trying to start a football association, seeing if there was interest in joining forces.
It took a leap of faith.Somerset freshman Megan Plourde had severely sprained her ankle five days before she was supposed to compete at the WIAA State Track Championships. Five days later, she was being presented the gold medal as the state champion in the WIAA Division 2 girls high jump event. And her winning jump of 5-7 tied the WIAA state record. Plourde's ankle was sprained so badly the Sunday before the state meet that she was forced to use crutches.
The New Richmond boys track team reached the awards stand twice at the 2005 WIAA State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse over the weekend. The Tigers made the awards stand with their 400 and 800 meter relays teams. The 400 meter relay team took third place at the state meet and the 800 relay team took fifth place at state. These two relays teams are made up of the same four runners, Chad Aldous, Mike Martinez, Garret Fletch and Bryan Tschudy. The 800 meter relay event at state had a familiar look.
While the Rice Lake softball team is trying to defend its WIAA Division 2 state championship this week, the New Richmond softball team is realizing how closely it competed with the defending state champions. New Richmond took on Rice Lake in the sectional semifinals played at Altoona last Tuesday. Rice Lake scored three times in the fourth inning and those proved to be the only runs in a 3-0 final score.
St. Croix Central knocked out at sectionals Halfway through the Hayward Division 2 WIAA Sectional Golf Tournament, the New Richmond boys team was in a position to qualify for the WIAA State Golf Meet. But on the back nine at the Hayward Golf and Tennis Club, the Tigers couldn't hold onto that position. Only the top two teams from the sectional meet qualify for the WIAA state meet. The Tigers slipped back to fifth on the back nine, finishing five strokes from qualifying for state. With ideal conditions for the tournament, scores were low.
The New Richmond softball team reached the WIAA sectionals for the first time in 10 years by upending top-seeded Altoona 6-3 on Thursday. The Tigers will now face Rice Lake in the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament. That game will be played at 2:30 p.m. next Tuesday in Altoona, the site for the sectional tournament. The winner of that game will advance to the sectional championship, which will be held later Tuesday in Altoona. The victory in the regional championship ended with a dramatic finish.
The St. Croix Central baseball team ends its 2005 season with a 9-10 record after a 7-0 loss to Colfax in the opening round of WIAA Division 3 regionals last Thursday. The Panthers had been the fifth seed in the regional while Colfax was the fourth-seeded team in the regional bracket. Central simply couldn't muster any offense against Colfax in the regional game. The Panthers were held to two hits in the game.
The WIAA Division 3 track sectional couldn't have gone more difficultly for the St. Croix Central squad. The Panthers had several near misses, but they won't have anybody qualifying for state from the boys or girls team after the WIAA sectional meet in Marathon last Thursday. Most of the near misses for the Panthers came from the Kooiman family. Jordan just missed qualifying for state in two events for the boys and Casey narrowly missed in one event for the girls. To qualify for state, athletes have to finish in the top four in their events at the sectional level.
St. Croix Central boys qualify in D3 The New Richmond boys golf team took a horse racing approach to the WIAA Amery Division 2 regional tournament last Tuesday. The Tigers know if they could "win, place or show," meaning they needed to finish in the top three, they would advance to the Hayward Division 2 sectional tournament that was scheduled to be played on Tuesday. The ability the Tigers have shown this season to be successful in 18-hole meets bore out again in the regional.
The St. Croix Central softball team is the champion of the 2005 Dunn-St. Croix Conference large school division. The Panthers locked up the conference championship last Tuesday by beating Elk Mound 3-2. The Panthers and Mounders had battled for the conference lead throughout the season. It was the steady improvement of the Central squad that got the Panthers in position to win the conference title. Elk Mound got an early jump on the Panthers in the conference standings.