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 more than 30 years.
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The focus for the remainder of the 2019 season is to get ready for 2020 after the New Richmond Millers lost a pair of close games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Those losses ended the Millers’ chances of qualifying for the 2019 Wisconsin baseball playoffs. The Millers lost at Ellsworth on Tuesday and at Menomonie on Wednesday to end their chances of being one of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League teams to advance to the playoffs.
The love of hunting and fishing flashes brilliantly in Sawyer Joachim’s big brown eyes, his ever-present smile and his creative mind. Joachim is a 15-year-old who is going to be a sophomore at New Richmond High School this fall. He’s so involved in hunting that he’s created his own company and a brand of deer feed, which he named Buck Rub Ridge.
The New Richmond baseball and softball programs both have state championships to celebrate in tournaments played over the weekend. There were 32 teams were in the Gopher State Tournament of Champions and the New Richmond U10AA baseball team came away at state champions. New Richmond was the sixth-seeded team in the tournament.
Van Beek Farms and GHR won the championships in the 2019 New Richmond Fun Fest softball tournament, played Friday through Sunday at Hatfield Park in New Richmond. Twenty-five teams competed in this year’s tournament.
The New Richmond Tennis Open continues to be one of the biggest tennis tournaments played in western Wisconsin. This year’s Open was played on Thursday through Sunday as part of the New Richmond Fun Fest activities. This is the 19th year of the tournament.
It’s tournament season in the American Legion baseball world. The New Richmond Junior Legion team hosted its regional tournament this weekend, but was unable to advance to state. The New Richmond seniors and St. Croix Central juniors will be playing in their state qualifiers this upcoming weekend. New Richmond juniors New Richmond was one of six teams that competed in the regional tournament on Friday through Sunday.
Just when the New Richmond Millers’ pitching staff was stretched to its limit, Dante LaDuke supplied exactly what the team needed. On Sunday, LaDuke pitched a complete game in leading the Millers to an 8-6 win at Bay City. The win keeps alive the Millers’ hopes of qualifying for the Wisconsin state playoffs. The Millers have two road games coming up quickly, playing at Ellsworth on Tuesday and at Menomonie on Wednesday.
The growing popularity of pickleball in New Richmond was shown during the second annual “Pickleball In The Park” tournament played at Mary Park on Thursday and Saturday. The New Richmond Pickleball Association, which now has more than 60 members, hosted the tournament. There are four pickleball courts at Mary Park and they saw a great deal of use over the weekend.
Ideal weather conditions greeted the runners for the 2019 Willow River Run on Thursday, a year after torrential storms forced cancellation of the race. Bailey Wilson of New Richmond broke away from the pack at the start and never let up in winning this year’s race. Wilson recorded a winning time of 16:18. Wilson was also the race champion in 2017. Recent Minnehaha Academy graduate Max Gifford finished in second place in 17:40.
New Richmond is the site for the six-team American Legion Juniors regional tournament this weekend. The games are being played at Citizens Field in New Richmond, with one game being played at New Richmond High School. Action begins at 8 a.m. on Friday when River Falls faces Hudson. Black River Falls and Arcadia will play at 10:30 a.m. New Richmond will face Chippewa Falls at 1 p.m. in the final opening round game.