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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Troy Ward has been everywhere hockey can take a person in North America. He’s coached in the National Hockey League and at every level imaginable in professional, college and junior hockey. He’s also coached at the high school and youth levels. This winter, Ward is getting back to his roots, serving as an assistant on the New Richmond boys varsity hockey team.
There is a perception that my life is 100 percent sports. There are times of the year when that certainly feels like it’s the case, like at the end of...
Want to know what it’s like to play soccer in Rio de Janeiro, the site of the 2016 Olympic Games, which begin this week? Ask Somerset native Jon Bucklew. Bucklew was part of a team representing the United States that played three games in Brazil earlier this summer. Bucklew was one of three UW-Superior men’s soccer players to be chosen for the USA D3 Soccer Team’s 2016 Brazil Tour. Sixteen players from colleges all across the country were selected for the team.
The 2016 New Richmond Fun Fest will again feature sports of all varieties for athletes and spectators to enjoy. Here is a rundown on this year’s sports events.
For the past 57 years, except for one when he was being treated for a heart attack, Stan Barr has worked at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships, either as a coach or a meet official. That incredible run has ended. Barr announced that the 2016 WIAA State Championships, held June 3-4 at La Crosse, was the final state meet he will work. Though he said it’s still likely that he will attend future state meets as a spectator.
Eleven-year-old Jaden Gess has battled brain tumors since before his first birthday. When he had to undergo his second major brain surgery last year, he became eligible to have a wish granted by Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. Jaden’s wish was to visit Hawaii. Jaden is also a huge sports fan. So Make-A-Wish packaged his interests together, sending him and his family to Hawaii and to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, which was played on Jan. 31.
Coaching and teaching took Kelly Stephens to places like Saudi Arabia and Thailand. On Feb. 6, it will take Stephens to the Wisconsin Track Coaches Association banquet, where he will be a 2016 inductee into the track coaches’ Hall of Fame. Stephens is a 1971 graduate of New Richmond High School. He then graduated from Winona State University. His teaching career was worldly, to say the least. He twice taught at Dhahran Academy in Saudi Arabia, from 1977-79 and 1982-92. He taught at International School Bangkok in Thailand from 1992-94.
In every successful organization, there are people who work behind the scenes to make sure things get done. In the New Richmond Youth Football Association, one of the people who works tirelessly behind the scenes is Amie Schroeder. Her efforts have now been recognized. Schroeder has been named one of 10 finalists in USA Football’s “Team Mom of the Year” contest.
Somerset's Bryan Witzmann is back in the National Football League. Witzmann announced Tuesday night that he has signed with the New Orleans Saints to be part of the Saints' practice squad. The move comes three weeks after Witzmann was cut by the Houston Texans. Witzmann, an offensive tackle, was a four-year starter at South Dakota State University.
The New Richmond 10U softball team went to its national championship tournament just hoping to have fun. What could be more fun than bringing home a national championship? That’s exactly what they Tiger girls did, winning the national championship in the bronze tier of the North American Fastpitch Association U10 National Tournament, played last Thursday through Sunday at Bloomington, Minn. The Tigers played eight games over the four days.