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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All three local track teams qualified athletes for the 2017 WIAA State Track Meet during sectional track meets that were held on Thursday.
A phone call took all the drama out of the New Richmond girls soccer team winning its first conference championship. But in the three games following the phone call, the Tigers went out and proved they deserved to be called champions. The Tigers took on their two main rivals for the top seed in the WIAA Division 2 tournament bracket over the weekend and they beat them both. The seeding meeting is scheduled for Wednesday and New Richmond coach Tracey Boyle said she expects the unbeaten Tigers to receive the top seed.
The New Richmond baseball team locked up undisputed rights to the Middle Border Conference baseball championship in an incredibly busy Monday of sports action. The New Richmond softball and girls soccer teams also posted wins on Monday, as did the St. Croix Central baseball team. All of the area track teams were in action at WIAA regional meets, as was the New Richmond boys tennis team.
Teamwork. That’s been the mantra of the St. Croix Central track team all season and it brought unprecedented success to the Panthers at the 2017 Middle Border Conference Track Championships. The St. Croix Central girls won the first-ever MBC team championship for St. Croix Central in any sport when they ran away from the pack to win the title last Tuesday. The Panthers won the meet with 147 points, which was 29.5 points more than second place Osceola.
The battle for the Middle Border Conference golf championship couldn’t have lasted any longer. The team championship wasn’t decided until the last shot by the final player on the course. And the suspense wasn’t over until the scores were tallied. When the final numbers were done, Somerset, by the margin of one stroke, won the 2017 overall MBC championship over New Richmond, giving Somerset its second straight MBC golf title, the second in program history.
Champions again. The New Richmond baseball team swept a double-header from St. Croix Central on Thursday, may 18. On Friday, the Tigers found out that Amery had taken one of its games with Ellsworth. The Ellsworth loss gave the Tigers a share of the 2017 Middle Border Conference championship. The Tigers were scheduledtofaceSomerset on Monday, with a New Richmond win giving the Tigers the championship for the second season in a row. The Tigers shared the 2016 MBC title with Prescott and Prescott.
The final margin was 1.5 points. That’s how close the New Richmond boys track team came to winning the 2017 Middle Border Conference championship last Tuesday. For the second straight year, Osceola narrowly defeated New Richmond in the race for the MBC boys track team title. This year Osceola defeated the Tigers by 1.5 points. In 2016, the winning margin was five points. Osceola scored 159 points to win this year’s meet, compared to 157.5 for the Tigers.
For three years, the Bauer sisters, Loni and Lorin, have played side-by-side in the New Richmond softball outfield. That’s just the beginning for the sisters. They have their lifetimes planned, and they plan on being sideby- side the whole way. Loni, a senior, starts in right field for the Tigers. Lorin, a junior, is the Tiger center fielder. Together, they make the Tiger outfield a defensive strength for the team. The Bauer sisters are inseparable on the field and they’re just as close off the field.
The New Richmond softball team essentially played a pair of doubleheaders in their most recent games. Last Thursday and Friday the Tigers faced the hard-hitting team from Ellsworth. The Tigers lost to the Panthers 8-1 on Thursday in the final home game for Tiger seniors Loni Bauer and Erin Peterson. The Tigers played a much better game Friday at Ellsworth, except for one inning. Ellsworth scored all three of its runs on Tiger errors, two scoring in the sixth inning to decide a 3-1 win over Ellsworth.
While the Middle Border Conference tennis meet began last Tuesday, it might not be until next Tuesday before the tournament champion is decided.