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 outstanding seasons of the New Richmond and Somerset girls soccer teams paid dividends in the All-Middle Border Conference balloting. New Richmond, the 2019 MBC champion, had seven players named to the all-conference team. Somerset, which placed third this season, had six players named to the team. New Richmond
The Wisconsin High School Track Coaches Association started a meet this year specifically designed to be a state meet for freshmen. The meet was held Saturday, June 8, with more than 600 athletes competing, including two from New Richmond. The two New Richmond athletes performed extremely well. Kennan Stowers won a championship and Alex Jarchow had two second place finishes among his performances.
The theme was similar at American Legion ballparks around the area this week. “The 2020 season starts now.” New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central all got their Legion seasons underway this week. New Richmond had games for its Senior and Junior teams, while Somerset and Central got their Junior teams into action.
The progress made by the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central softball teams this season was reflected in the All-Middle Border Conference voting. New Richmond placed two girls on the All-MBC team, with Somerset and Central both placing three girls on this year’s team. Here are the details on each team’s honors.
The auditions are over. The New Richmond Millers spent the first weeks of the season deciding who can play and where they can contribute. Wednesday’s game against the East Bethel Bandits was the final night of auditions for the Millers. And the Millers showed they have plenty of options, winning decisively 11-3 at New Richmond’s Citizens Field.
Randy Jordan is returning to coaching with one goal in mind: to win a state championship. Jordan has been named as the new boys' basketball coach at St. Croix Central. He brings a wealth of coaching success at the high school and college level. Jordan retired from coaching in 2016 at Stillwater High School. He had a 114-80 coaching record at Stillwater, in what he thought was the end of his 35-year coaching career.
American Legion baseball for 2019 will begin this week. New Richmond and St. Croix Central will field Junior Legion and Senior Legion teams this summer, while Somerset will field a Junior Legion team.
The River Falls Fighting Fish are defending champions of the St. Croix Valley Baseball League. On Friday, the New Richmond Millers nearly tackled the Fish. The Millers battled to the final out, losing 4-3. The Millers are now 1-3 in the SCVBL, but all three losses have come in close decisions against teams that were state playoff qualifiers last season.
It is a life's journey rarely taken, but Ben Schmitt believes it is his calling. Schmitt, a Somerset High School senior, has decided to attend the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, Minn., where he will study philosophy. That could lead to four years of further schooling where he would study theology. The reactions Schmitt received to his decision have been wide-ranging. "The friends I've known since kindergarten weren't surprised. It's a new experience for most people. There have been lots and lots of questions," Schmitt said.
Golf fans: Remember the names Owen Covey and Matt Mueller. Covey and Mueller are local sophomores who left their marks on the WIAA State Boys Golf Championships on Monday and Tuesday. Covey, of New Richmond, shot 164 in the 36-hole tournament, finishing 20 over par, which tied for 64th among the 104 players in the Division 1 tournament.