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Tigers take lead into MBC tourney

The New Richmond girls golf team holds the conference lead as the teams head into the 18-hole Middle Border Conference tournament, which will be played at Frederic this Thursday.

While the Tigers will go into the tournament with the lead, they can expect several challengers to try winning the conference tournament on Thursday.

The Tigers hold a slim margin over St. Croix Central in the race for the conference team title. That margin got a bit slimmer on Monday, when Central won a home quad while the Tigers were taking second place at a quad meet in Luck.

New Richmond and Central aren't the only teams who have a shot at the MBC tournament championship. Somerset coach Bill Powers said he expects at least four teams to shoot under 400 at the tournament, hoping that his Spartan team can be one of those teams.

In Monday's quad at Luck, New Richmond shot a 200, but that was three strokes behind Amery. Somerset's girls nearly added a whole lot more drama to the conference race, finishing one stroke behind the Tigers.

New Richmond's girls got continued strong play from seniors Andrea Pendergast and Ali Saliny, who both shot a 46.

Tiger coach Neal Ziller said he is hoping the rest of the lineup can find its consistency, so the Tigers can be playing at their peak level in the conference and regional tournaments.

For Somerset, Monday's round was another big step forward. That was led by junior Linzy Hemmer. She was medalist in Monday's round, shooting a school-record score of 43.

The Spartans were playing with four girls due to an illness. So Cora Brunell and Cathy Schmitt stepped up with career-best scores, Brunell shooting a 50 and Schmitt a 53.

The last three rounds for the Spartans have been 196, 201 and 201, giving Powers the faith that his team should be able to match or beat those scores in the remaining events of the season.

St. Croix Central quad

The other MBC quad on Monday was hosted by Central and played at Pheasant Hills, a new links style course north of Hammond.

Central's golfers were able to solidify their hold on second place in the conference, beating third-place St. Croix Falls by four strokes.

Central senior Shannon Perry was the medalist in this quad, shooting a 44. The lack of experience on links courses and the strong wind Monday combined to give many of the girls in the meet difficulties.

"It's a little tougher course," said Central coach Bob Nelson. "We got what we wanted out of it, the four conference points."

Nelson said the Panthers are aiming at locking up second place in the conference tournament, saying that New Richmond will be difficult, but not impossible to catch, for the conference title.

Golf regionals

The WIAA Golf Regional tournaments are scheduled to be played next Wednesday. New Richmond will be playing in the Division 1 regional at Mill Run Golf Club in Eau Claire. Somerset and St. Croix Central will be playing in the Division 2 regional meet at Luck.

Middle Border Conference Quad Meet at Amery

Team Scores: Amery 197, New Richmond 200, Somerset 201, Prescott 273

New Richmond scores

Andrea Pendergast 46, Britty Rogers 52, Ali Saliny 46, Maddi Mayry 56, Cadi O'Connell 60

Somerset scores

Linzy Hemmer 43, Cora Brunell 50, Cathy Schmitt 53, Lizzie Wittstock 55

Middle Border Conference Quad Meet at Hammond

Team Scores: St. Croix Central 198, St. Croix Falls 202, Baldwin-Woodville 211, Ellsworth 233

St. Croix Central scores

Shannon Perry 44, Connie Brummer 51, Allison Fedie 51, Ella Olson 52, Holly Perry 67

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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