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Tigers win 12-team mbc match

The competition is inching closer, but the New Richmond boys golf team remains unbeaten in the Middle Border Conference.

Facing the full 11-team conference field at Krooked Kreek Golf Course in Osceola last Thursday, the Tigers were able to pull off a win by three strokes.

The Tigers finished with a round of 160, led by 38 scores from Scott Meyer and Trent Bauer. Osceola's players knew their home turf well, shooting a 163 to take second place in the meet.

New Richmond hasn't been beaten in the MBC yet this season.

"If we can be consistent around 160, I don't know if I can complain," said Tiger coach Jim Saliny. He said Bauer and Meyer have been as steady as anyone could ask, shooting almost every round in the 38-40 range.

Another player who has been quite consistent for the Tigers has been number five player Blake Gillen. Saliny said Gillen is a straight-A student who puts a lot of thought into his golf play.

This match presented an extra challenge for the Tigers. Because they haven't been in the MBC for four years, most of the current varsity members haven't played Krooked Kreek in several years.

Somerset and St. Croix Central were among six teams that were battling for third place in this meet. Three teams shot 168, Amery shot 169, Somerset shot 170 and St. Croix Central shot a 171.

Somerset coach Bill Powers said some late putting problems knocked the Spartans out of a chance for third place.

"We are now aiming for a high finish in the conference meet and really focusing ourselves on the region, which is at Somerset, which we could win," Powers said.

Powers said a bright spot is the play of Andy Westerdahl, who broke out of a recent slump. Westerdahl and Adam Henzler tied for the team-best score of 41.

St. Croix Central's boys are in the hunt in every conference meet. In this meet Kyle Reese played well, shooting a 39, but the Panthers needed to come up with a couple more shots to bring their team score down.

The Panthers also played in a four-team conference match at Glenwood City last Monday. They shot a 168 to win the event by eight strokes over Glenwood City and Mondovi. In that match the Panthers had a balanced attack, with Reese shooting a 40, Andy Adams a 41, John Brusewitz a 42 and Mark Sanders and Ben Perry each shooting a 45.

Eleven-team MBC meet in Osceola

Team Scores: New Richmond 160, Osceola 163, Baldwin-Woodville 168, Ellsworth 168, Durand 168, Amery 169, Somerset 170, St. Croix Central 171, Mondovi 179, Glenwood City 183, Prescott 185

New Richmond varsity scores

Scott Meyer 38, Trent Bauer 38, Blake Gillen 41, Josh Calleja 43, Jeremy Leverty 43

Somerset varsity scores

Andy Westerdahl 41, Adam Henzler 41, Andy LeRoy 43, Taylor Germain 45, Jake Rorabeck 49

St. Croix Central varsity scores

Kyle Reese 39, Ben Perry 43, Mark Sanders 44, John Brusewitz 45, Andy Adams 50

Dave Newman
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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