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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A benefit has been announced to help former St. Croix Central baseball and basketball Coach Mike Fern, who is battling brain cancer. The benefit will be held on Sunday, July 14, at St. Croix Central High School. The benefit will be held from 1-7 p.m., with activities planned for family members of all ages.
Somerset football fans won't have to travel far to see standout tight end Gaelin Elmore play his college ball. Elmore, a top-ranked 2014 prospect, verbally accepted an offer from the University of Minnesota on Sunday after a whirlwind recruiting tour that has lasted much of the spring. Elmore was ranked 22nd nationally by Rival.com among tight end prospects and he was drawing interest from programs all over the nation. He had received full scholarship offers from seven different Big Ten schools.
The New Richmond girls basketball team was one of the final area squads to open its season, but the Tigers showed they put their practice time to good use. In Tuesday's Tiger season opener, New Richmond scalded Ellsworth 48-14. Ellsworth wasn't able to reach double figures in scoring until there was 6:29 left in the game. New Richmond used a fierce defense to shut down Ellsworth. The Tigers' fine outside shooting was more than sufficient to control this game. Junior Sydney Kannel led New Richmond with 15 points. Senior Kaycie Anderson and sophomore Hannah Simpson each scored nine points.
For seven years, boys hockey has been a conference sport in the Middle Border Conference. And for seven years, the New Richmond boys have reigned supreme in the MBC. The Tigers locked up their seventh consecutive MBC title last Thursday by defeating Baldwin-Woodville, 6-3. The game was tied 2-2 heading into the third period. The Tigers acted decisively to finish off the win, scoring four straight goals during the third period. The Tigers went ahead 3-2 when Dom Peterson scored three minutes into the third period.