Monday, April 21, 2014

NREVSD saddened by loss of Joe Middeler

The New Richmond Exempted Village School District lost a popular coach and loyal district supporter April 18 when Joe Middeler was killed in a mowing accident at him home near Moscow.

Joe Middeler
A1970 graduate of New Richmond High School, Mr. Middeler just completed his 15th season as varsity boys swim coach. He started the New Richmond Middle School swim program in the early 1990s and coached at that level before moving up to varsity. He also taught swimming for the New Richmond High School PTO and has been an OHSAA swim official for more than 30 years.

“This is a tragic loss for our district and the NR community,” said NREVSD Supt. Adam Bird.  “Joe was a popular coach and school supporter for decades and will be missed.”

Mr. Middeler, 63, helped develop recent Division I college swimmers Nate Kramer (University of Cincinnati) and Alex Lewis (Cleveland State) and 2014 state qualifier Tyler David. He was inducted into the New Richmond High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and was a substitute teacher at New Richmond for the past 25 years.

“Please keep the Middeler family as well as our NR family in your thoughts and prayers as we all lost a very special person,” said NRHS athletic director Doug Foote.

Mr. Middeler, who earned a BS of Education degree in physical education and health from Xavier University, served in the U.S.  Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War (1971-72) and was a member of the New Richmond American Legion and VFW posts. He was a lifetime member of the Operating Engineers Union.

 Visitation for Mr. Middeler will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at the E. C. Nurre Funeral Home, 177 W. Main Street, Amelia.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24 at St. Peter Church, New Richmond. Burial will be at St. Peter Cemetery in New Richmond. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Richmond Food Pantry.

Mr. Middeler was the husband of Denise Middeler and father of Jennifer Slone (Rodney) and Katie Middeler (Christopher Flaugh) and brother of Judy Middeler, with whom he coached at New Richmond,  Joyce Webb (Mac), and Janet Bishop (Paul).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Boys Track and Field at New Richmond Invitational

Congratulations to the boys track and field team on their 2nd place finish of 16 teams at the New Richmond Invitational. Scoring for the lions were the following: 

4x800 Relay consisting of Charlie Spicker, Zach Fields, Silas O'Dell and Austin Torrens placed 6th 
110 Hurdles - Pierce Burnam 1st and Miles Burnam 2nd 
4x200 Relay consisting of Derik Anderson, Ethan Gundler, Tyler Anderson and Darren Porter placed 6th 
4x100 Relay consisting of Miles Burnam, Pierce Burnam, Derik Anderson and TJ Burbage placing 4th 
400 Dash - Austin Torrens 5th 
800 Run - Austin Torrens 5th 
300 Hurdles - Pierce Burnam 2nd, Miles Burnam 3rd
4x400 Relay consisting of Pierce Burnam, Zach Fields, Austin Torrens and TJ Burbage placed 2nd
Shot Put - Branston Evans 7th 
Discus - Branston Evans 4th
Long Jump - Miles Burmam 7th 
Pole Vault - Erik Anderson 3rd

The team will travel to Finneytown High School next Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22nd and 23rd. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Boys Track and Field at Norwood Invitational

Congratulations to the boys track and field team on their 1st place finish of 14 teams at the Norwood Invitational. Scoring for the lions in their respective events were:
4x800 Relay consisting of Bobby Bingham, Zach Fields, Charlie Spicker and Austin Torrens placed first.
110 Hurdles - Miles Burnam placed first and Pierce Burnam placed second.
1600 Run - Bobby Bingham placed first and Charlie Spicker placed third.
4x100 Relay consisting of Miles Burnam, TJ Burbage, Derik Anderson and Pierce Burnam placed sixth.
400 Dash - Austin Torrens placed seventh.
300 Hurldes - Miles Burnam placed first and Pierce Burnam placed second.
800 Run - Austin Torrens placed fifth.
3200 Run - Bobby Bingham placed fifth.
4x400 Relay consisting of Darren Porter, Zach Fields, Pierce Burnam and Austin Torrens placed second.
High Jump - Ethan Gundler tied for eighth.
Long Jump - Miles Burnam placed seventh.
Discus - Branston Evans placed first.
Shot Put - Branston Evans placed second.

Please visit for more results from this invitational. The team will host the New Richmond Invitational Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15th and 16th.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Boys Track and Field at New Richmond Relays

Congratulations to the boys track and field team on their 2nd place finish at the New Richmond Relays. Relay teams placing in the top three were: Shuttle Hurdles placed 1st consisting of Miles Burnam, Jacob Branson, Brandon Plank and Pierce Burnam. 1600 Medley placed 3rd consisting of Austin Torrens, Ryan Brunk, Darren Porter and TJ Burbage. 4x400 Relay placed 2nd consisting of Pierce Burnam, TJ Burbage, Miles Burnam and Austin Torrens. 4x800 Relay placed 1st consisting of Bobby Bingham, Zach Fields, Charlie Spicker and Austin Torrens. 4x100 Relay placed 3rd consisting of Miles Burnam, Darren Porter, TJ Burbage and Pierce Burnam. Long Jump placed 1st with Zach Fields and Miles Burnam. Pole Vault placed 1st with Tyler Anderson and Derik Anderson. Discus placed 3rd with Branston Evans and Brian Lewis. Shot Put placed 2nd with Branston Evans and Jacob Hurst. The team travels to the Norwood Invitational this Friday.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Boys Track and Field 1st Place finish at Coaches Classic

Congratulations to the boys track and field team on their 1st place finish of 26 teams at the Coaches Classic. Scoring for the Lions were :
Malik Davis with 8th in the 100 Dash.
Austin Torrens with 5th and TJ Burbage 8th in the 400 Dash. 
Austin Torrens with 3rd in the 800 Run.
Bobby Bingham with 3rd in the 1600 Run. 
Miles Burnam with 1st and Pierce Burnam with 3rd in the 110 Hurdles.
Pierce Burnam in 1st and Miles Burnam in 2nd in the 300 Hurdles. 
The 4x100 Relay consisting of TJ Burbage, Miles Burnam, Pierce Burnam and Malik Davis finished 4th. 
The 4x400 Relay consisting of Pierce Burnam, TJ Burbage, Zach Fields and Austin Torrens finished 3rd. 
The 4x800 Relay consisting of Bobby Bingham, Zach Fields, Charlie Spicker and Silas O'Dell finished 4th. 
Derek Anderson with 3rd in the Pole Vault.
Branston Evans with 7th in the Shot and 3rd in the Discus.

The team will compete again on Tuesday, April 8th at the NRHS Relays. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Reds Showcase tickets now on sale at NRHS

The New Richmond High School baseball team is again invited to play in the Cincinnati Reds Future High School Showcase this season. Tickets are on sale now in the athletic office at NRHS. The $5 ticket includes the following:

New Richmond will play Bethel in the Cincinnati Reds High
School Showcase at 7 p.m. April 7 at the University of
 * A ticket to watch the two-time defending SBAAC champions NR Lions take on league rival Bethel at the University of Cincinnati's Johnny Bench Field on April 7th at 7:00 p.m..

* A voucher for a 2014 Cincinnati Reds game this year.

* A coupon for a free cheese coney from Skyline Chili.

* A buy one get one free coupon for a day of fun at Coney Island (Rides and pool)

Last year, New Richmond High School sold more tickets than any of the other 32 Greater Cincinnati schools hosting a Reds Showcase game.

“This is a tremendous venue for those who have not watched a game there,” said Lions baseball coach Brian Benzinger. “There’s approximately $40 worth of savings with each ticket purchased.  Even if you don't go to the high school game, it is still a bargain.”

In addition, NRHS graduate and former Cincinnati Red Todd Benzinger will throw out the first pitch at the University of Cincinnati.

Please e-mail NRHS Varsity Baseball Coach Brian Benzinger at with any questions.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

NR to host SBAAC Youth/Middle School football clinic

Thomas More College head football coach James Hilvert and former Bengals placekicker Doug Pelfrey head the list of speakers at the Southern Buckeye Conference youth/middle school football clinic for all area coaches April 5 at New Richmond Elementary School.

Other speakers include SBAAC head coaches Josh Stratton of New Richmond, Evan Dreyer of Western Brown and Chris Majors of Norwood, assistant coaches Patrick Burke from Covington Catholic, Mike Davis from Scott County High School along with New Richmond assistants Josh Wade, Ben Osborne and Pat Fagan. Other speakers include Adam Szabo, Owner of Speed Applications, and Robert Wooten, New Richmond High School football team chaplain and Fellowship of Christian Athletics sponsor.

“Our hope is to help the feeder system coaches in the pursuit of better instruction and organization,” said Stratton. “Good high school coaches do everything they can to learn from college coaches and it is our hope that the area’s youth coaches will do anything and everything to learn from us.”

Cost is $15 for pre-registration and $20 at the door with lunch provided.  Pre-Registration ends Wednesday April 3. Same day registration begins at 7:50 a.m. April 5 with the clinic starting at 8:20 a.m. in the school’s gym/cafeteria area. 

“This is a great opportunity for our youth/MS coaches to better their instruction to elevate the level of play within our league and promote the greatest sport in the world,” said Stratton, who went 9-1 in his first year at New Richmond in 2013. 

Download SBAAC Clinic registration form:
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Clinic sponsor is Lowe’s Sporting Goods.