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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Michael Stevens of New Richmond is the fourth golfer to score a hole-in-one at the New Richmond Golf Club during the 2018 season. Stevens scored his ace on hole #7 on July 9. He made the shot from 175 yards out, using a 24-degree hybrid club. The last ace at NRGC came a month earlier. Jonathan Milton of New Richmond notched his hole-in-one on June 9. Milton's ace came on hole #12. He used an 8 iron to hit his shot from 158 yards out.
Athletes are always seeking a challenge. A challenge of their ability or their durability, mental or physical. A group of local athletes decided they would attempt to complete the Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin half-triathlon event in Madison on June 10, though none had done a triathlon of this magnitude before. With the support of the group to steady them, all the athletes were able to complete this arduous test of swimming, biking and running.
When Dave Wirth started his attempt to regain his health, all he could do was 30 jumping jacks. Now he’s doing triathlons and 100-mile runs. That was more than 100 pounds ago for Wirth, who was at 325 pounds a decade ago. In 2008, fearful words from two doctors shocked Wirth into action. At the time, he was needing approval from a doctor for a work physical. Being on the road constantly for work caused Wirth’s weight to spiral out of control.
The 2018 Willow River Run in New Richmond had to be cancelled due to the persistent lightning in the area. Many of Thursday's events for New Richmond Fun Fest were cancelled because of the weather concerns. There was a power outage for a short time in downtown New Richmond Thursday evening. The City of New Richmond Facebook page said the power outage was due to a power pole near New Richmond Middle School being struck by lightning.
Tyler LeRoy went through some physical challenges, particularly during the running portion, but he still managed to place ninth overall at the Wisconsin Ironman 70.3 mile event at Madison on June 10. LeRoy, a Somerset native, placed third in his age group. He finished the course in a time of 4:28.53.
The New Richmond Millers are on one of their best streaks of the past decade. The Millers won their third straight St. Croix Valley Baseball League game on Sunday, bashing Plum City, 13-2.
Gymnasts from Premier Complex Gymnastics traveled to the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa for the AAU National Gymnastics meet on June 28-30. The top AAU gymnasts from across the nation come together at the end of the season to compete for national titles. Traveling with the team were staff members Kayla Cross, Adrianna Dietrich, Jolene Keppen and Dianne Dietrich. Premier Complex Gymnastics has campuses in New Richmond and Clear Lake.
If you are looking for sports events to compete in, or to be a spectator at, there are many options during the 2018 New Richmond Fun Fest activities. From tennis to softball to distance running, there are several options for those who feel like competing or watching athletes in action. Willow River Run
Want proof the summer is flying by quickly? The American Legion baseball teams are winding up their regular seasons, with their playoffs on the horizon. The New Richmond Junior Legion team begins the playoffs this Friday and the St. Croix Central Senior Legion team and New Richmond Senior teams competing in the state playoffs next week.
The New Richmond High School football season under new varsity coach Reggie Larson will begin on July 11-12 with the New Richmond Football Defensive Camp. Coach Larson has also announced that the team’s contact days will be held from July 16-20, and the team’s new coaching staff has been finalized.