New Richmond golfers use team record performance to lock up Middle Border Conference title
There was no question which team stood atop the Middle Border Conference when the 2012 MBC girls golf tournament was completed at the New Richmond Golf Club last Wednesday.
A record-smashing performance by the New Richmond girls locked up the 2012 conference championship for the Tigers. New Richmond's girls finished with a team score of 328, shattering their 18-hole scoring record that had been set early this season at Pheasant Hills Golf Club.
The Tigers shot a 162 on the front nine Wednesday, improving by six strokes on their previous nine-hole round, which was also shot at Pheasant Hills.
New Richmond junior Alex Wheeler also broke the Tiger team 18-hole record during the tournament by shooting a 77. That breaks the record of 78 set by Jessica Williams three years ago. Wheeler now holds all the Tiger individual low score team records.
This is the third straight MBC title captured by the Tigers.
All season long, the Tigers have concentrated on improvement, not on numerical goals. Playing with composure and staying out of troublesome situations have been aspects the team has built into its goals.
"We've been able to teach them things you don't teach a normal team," said Tiger coach Neal Ziller. "They know what they need to do. They handle adversity very well."
Defending WIAA state champion Casey Danielson of Osceola earned medalist honors in the MBC tournament by shooting a 69. The Tigers had the next four top scores. Wheeler finished at 77, Leah Bauer at 82, Megan Chelberg at 83 and Rachel Ziller at 86. Jordan Peterson was the fifth Tiger in this meet, with a 97.
All five Tiger players were able to earn all-conference honors. Wheeler, Bauer and Chelberg were first team All-MBC players, ranking among the top five players in the conference this season. Ziller and Peterson were second team All-MBC players, finishing among the top 10 players this season.
The Tiger coaches said the unsung heroes in this championship season are the seniors who played on the junior varsity team. The coaches said if the Tiger JV was allowed to compete in the varsity conference schedule, it likely would have been the third best varsity team in the MBC. It was the competition and effort from the JV players that helped the varsity girls stay sharp with their skills.
JV seniors who have been in the program for four years include Kim Miller, Caitlynn Dilley, Kristen Jessen and Abbie Vizenor. Mikayla Wickham is in her third year and Jordyn Bonney is in her second year with the team.
The Tigers are now focused on WIAA Division 1 tournament play. The Tigers host the Division 1 regional meet this Wednesday, with the top two teams advancing to the Stevens Point sectional tournament. The Tigers take a season average of 177 into the WIAA tournaments.
The Spartans finished fifth in the MBC tournament last Wednesday, shooting 435. That finish left the Spartans in fourth in the overall MBC season standings.
The Spartans weren't able to get any all-conference players this season. Sophomore Stacy Bracht was the team's top performer in MBC play, finishing 12th overall in conference play.
Bracht led the Spartans in the MBC tournament by shooting a 98. Rachel Briggs was the Spartans' second finisher at 108.
"Stacy has a lot of potential and she really likes to play, that is a key," said Somerset coach Bill Powers. "Rachel played better than she has, which may be a good sign going into the regional on Thursday."
Powers said a goal for the team is to perform well in Thursday's Division 2 regional meet at Osceola on Thursday and qualify for the WIAA sectional meet. The sectional meet will be played at Hayward next Tuesday.
St. Croix Central
The goal for the Panthers is the same as Somerset's, to get to the WIAA sectional meet next week.
The Panthers are coming off a sixth place finish in last Wednesday's conference meet. Senior Arinn DiSalvo led the Panthers by shooting a 99 in the MBC meet. DiSalvo finishes as the Panthers' only all-conference player, making the All-MBC second team this season.
2012 Middle Border Conference Girls Golf
Final team standings: New Richmond 99, Osceola 90, Baldwin-Woodville 76, Somerset 68, St. Croix Central 64, Prescott 58, Ellsworth 42, Amery 32
First Team All-Conference
Casey Danielson, Osceola, Senior
Alex Wheeler, New Richmond, Junior
Leah Bauer, New Richmond, Senior
Heidi Hinz, Baldwin-Woodville, Senior
Megan Chelberg, New Richmond, Junior
Second Team All-Conference
Arinn DiSalvo, St. Croix Central, Senior
Jordan Peterson, New Richmond, Senior
Rachel Ziller, New Richmond, Senior
Aubrey Langer, Ellsworth, Senior
Lindsay Veenendall, Baldwin-Woodville, Sophomore
2012 Middle Border Conference Tournament
Team Scores: New Richmond 328, Osceola 370, Baldwin-Woodville 417, Prescott 427, Somerset 435, St. Croix Central 446, Ellsworth and Amery inc.
New Richmond scores
Alex Wheeler 77, Leah Bauer 82, Megan Chelberg 83, Rachel Ziller 86, Jordan Peterson 97
Stacy Bracht 98, Rachel Briggs 108, Cassie Peterson 112, Sam Swanson 117, Meghan Wolner 121
St. Croix Central scores
Arinn DiSalvo 99, Janelle Olson 112, Rebecca Isnardi 116, Katlyn Delander 119, Kelly Wengelski 122