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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If there's any perception that St. Croix Central is still a small school, the Panther track coaches are working to erase that perception. The Panthers competed at the Stan Barr New Richmond Relays last Friday. It was the first time the Panthers had attended The Relays in nearly a decade. It now looks like the SCC coaches want the Panthers to be a fixture at that meet.
The season-opening double-header loss by the New Richmond baseball team to Eau Claire North seems ages ago. Since then, the Tigers have been machine-like in wearing down their opponents. That carried into Saturday's game against Eau Claire Memorial. The Tigers scored an 8-5 victory for their seventh straight win since the opening losses. The win against Memorial came on the heels of victories against Menomonie, Ellsworth and Osceola, making last week a very good week for the Tigers.
What a difference a week makes. St. Croix Central's baseball team went into last week scuffling with a 1-4 record. After going 5-0 through their busy schedule last week, the Panthers are new brimming with confidence. Central's week started with wins over Osceola and Somerset. On Friday, the Panthers beat their old nemesis from the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, Elk Mound. The Panthers went to a tournament in Luck on Saturday and registered wins against Luck-Frederic and Bruce.
New Richmond Tuesday, May 8 Boys Tennis: New Richmond at Baldwin-Woodville, 4:15 p.m. Boys Golf: MBC match at Amery Golf Club, 4:30 p.m. Girls Soccer: New Richmond at Osceola, 5 p.m. Baseball: New Richmond at Baldwin-Woodville, 5 p.m.
The Middle Border Conference boys golf teams will be extra busy in leading Monday's area sports schedule. The MBC golfers will be playing two matches on Monday, in an effort to make up for some of the matches that were lost due to the late start of the season. The MBC golfers are scheduled to tee off at the Ellsworth Country Club at 1 p.m. After that round is completed, they will head to Clifton Highlands Golf Club, for a 5 p.m. round hosted by Prescott. There are two other events on the local sports schedule for Monday.
The New Richmond High School forensics team performed admirably at the 2018 Wisconsin High School Forensics state speech festival. The success of the NRHS students was led by four acts earning gold medals and Critic's Choice Awards. Emmy Leeson and Andrew Kilibarda competed in prose reading. They both were gold medalists and both received Critic's Choice Awards.
The scene was etched in the mind of New Richmond soccer fans. After the loss in the WIAA Division 2 sectional championship game to Pulaski last June, Tiger Alli Preece had to be helped by two teammates across the field to the school bus. In the first half, Preece had suffered the second major injury in two years. Fast forward 10 months. Back on defense for the Tigers is Preece, with the senior being one of the tri-captains for the 2018 Tigers.
With exceptional talent to watch, and exquisite weather to bask in, the 2018 Stan Barr New Richmond Relays was an incredible event to behold on Friday afternoon. The talent in the meet was top quality, with state-caliber athletes competing in every event. Fourteen teams took part in the 52nd running of The Relays. The field included six Middle Border Conference teams, five Big Rivers Conference teams, and a powerful team from Anoka, Minn.
There will be the youngest group of runners ever will be taking part in the 2018 Stan Barr Relays on Friday. Paperjack Elementary has started its first Run N Read after-school program. The response from students and staff has been tremendous, with almost 100 students participating and 20 staff members volunteering their time. It is hoped that this will become an annual event.
New Richmond Friday, May 4 Boys Golf: New Richmond at Scott Miller Invitational in Hayward, 1 p.m. Boys and Girls Track: New Richmond hosts Stan Barr Relays, 3:30 p.m. Baseball: New Richmond at Menomonie, 5 p.m. Softball: New Richmond at Grantsburg, 5 p.m.