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Tigers trying to catch leaders in MBC golf race

Time is running out for any team to catch St. Croix Falls in the Middle Border Conference girls golf race.

The Saints earned another MBC match win on Monday, shooting a 176 to finish four strokes ahead of New Richmond. The Tigers' second place finish them pulls them up into a second place tie with Osceola in the conference standings.

Monday's win gave St. Croix Falls an eight-point lead in the MBC standings. That's an almost insurmountable lead. The girls were scheduled to play an 18-hole round at Pheasant Hills on Tuesday.

The conference race will be completed on Thursday, when the MBC tournament will be played at Amery.

Medalist on Monday was Osceola freshman Casey Danielson, who shot a 34 on her home course. New Richmond's Jessica Williams was third in the meet with a 38. This extends Williams' school record for best round of nine holes. She continues to break school records on an almost weekly basis.

The Tigers got a huge lift from sophomore Hannah Wheeler on Monday. Wheeler shot her personal best by several strokes, finishing with a 43.

Tiger coach Neal Ziller said Wheeler's improvement came by bringing her backswing to a higher level and being more consistent with her swing.

Caitlynn Singerhouse finished at 49, Leah Bauer at 50 and Rachael Ziller at 54. The 180 on Monday is the Tigers' best nine-hole round of the season.

The Krooked Kreek course provided challenges for many of the golfers. St. Croix Central placed seventh, but only two Panthers were able to shoot under 60. Tia Perry ended the day at 46 and Kelsey McKenna continued her recent improvement by shooting a 55.

Somerset placed eighth among the 10 teams in the meet. The Spartans were led by Sammi Wolff with a 53 and Carley Seibel with a 58.

Hammond meet

The lead for St. Croix Falls was lengthened last Thursday by winning a meet in Hammond.

New Richmond and Osceola have been trading second place finishes in MBC matches recently, with the Chieftains edging the Tigers by one stroke in this meet.

Williams and Singerhouse were steady in leading the Tigers at Hammond. Williams finished the day at 43 and Singerhouse ended the day with a 46.

Somerset's girls were bolstered by a pair of new additions to the varsity. Andrea Passe and Hailey McMahon moved up to the varsity and led the team with rounds of 50 and 55.

McMahon was one of the Spartans' top golfers by the end of the 2008 season as a freshman.

"She is starting to get back into it, hopefully that will carry though for the rest of the season," said Somerset coach Bill Powers.

Playing on their home course helped the Central girls put together one of their best rounds of the conference season. The Panthers had four girls shoot under 60 in the meet.

Freshman Arinn DiSalvo led the Panthers with a 50. McKenna and Perry each shot a 52 and Kelly Forsythe finished at 59.

WIAA tournaments

The golfers begin the WIAA tournament series next Wednesday. New Richmond will host the Division 1 regional tournament at the New Richmond Golf Club. Somerset and St. Croix Central will be playing in the Division 2 golf regional at Pheasant Hills Golf Club in Hammond.

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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