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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It would have taken a perfect day for the St. Croix Central boys track team to upend Osceola for the Middle Border Conference track team title at last Tuesday's MBC meet. And the Panthers nearly pulled it off. When the scores were announced, Central had rolled up 141 points, but it wasn't quite enough to match the 144 points Osceola amassed to win the 2018 team title. The results were the same in the girls meet, with Osceola winning the team title and Central taking second place.
The competition for the New Richmond Millers on Friday was Hudson, but it was also the Minnesota Twins-Milwaukee Brewers game. With several players deciding to attend the Twins-Brewers opener instead of playing against Hudson, the Millers didn't have a full lineup Friday. And it played into the Millers losing their 2018 home opener, 7-1. That was the Millers' opening game of the 2018 St. Croix Valley Baseball League season. The Millers will play another SCVBL game this Wednesday, hosting Elmwood at 7:30 p.m. at Citizens Field.
The approach taken by the New Richmond track teams was completely different at the 2018 Middle Border Conference meet last Tuesday. The New Richmond boys have a highly-talented group of seniors who accounted for nearly all of the team's points at the MBC meet. The Tiger girls have one senior, so they relied on team balance and contributions from every competitor.
The season didn't go as the St. Croix Central softball team had hoped. But a run in the WIAA playoffs could salvage the season for the Panthers. The Panthers open WIAA Division 3 regional play at 5 p.m. Tuesday, playing at Mondovi. The Panthers are the 10th seed in the regional bracket, and Mondovi is the seventh seed. The winner of Tuesday's game will play at second-seeded Altoona this Wednesday.
The season started with the New Richmond boys golf team returning one varsity player, and he has less than two years of golf experience. From that, along with a new coach, the Tigers were able to construct a team that became the early leader in the Middle Border Conference. And the Tigers only got better, winning the final four MBC rounds, including last Wednesday's MBC tournament, to lock up the 2018 conference championship.
May has turned into "may not" for the Somerset baseball team. After starting the month with promising wins against Amery and Turtle Lake-Clayton, the Spartans have fallen on hard times. The Spartans have dropped six-straight games since then, including four games last week. The Spartans complete their regular season schedule this week with a home game against New Richmond on Tuesday. New Richmond has already locked up the MBC title, but the Spartans could prevent New Richmond from completing a perfect MBC season.
Over the past two weeks, it was clear to see that the New Richmond varsity softball had found its game. After starting 1-11, the Tigers won two of their final four regular season games, and they played highly competitive ball against two of the Middle Border Conference's best teams in the two losses in that time.
Success is becoming a tradition for the New Richmond baseball team. The Tigers locked up their third-straight Middle Border Conference championship with an 8-3 win at St. Croix Central last Thursday. The Tigers will attempt to complete a perfect MBC season when they play at Somerset this Tuesday. The regular season finale for the Tigers comes on Thursday, when they host Superior in a double-header.
Monday was an incredibly busy day of local sports, with regional track and tennis meets, plus several other important contests. All three area squads performed well at the regional track level. New Richmond advanced seven individuals and three relay teams through the Superior Division 1 regional meet on Monday. The Tigers will compete at the D.C. Everest Division 1 sectional meet on Thursday.
New Richmond Monday, May 21 Boys Tennis: WIAA Eau Claire Memorial Division 1 subsectional meet, 9 a.m. Boys and Girls Track: WIAA Superior Division 1 regional meet, 3:30 p.m. Baseball: New Richmond at Prescott, 5 p.m. Somerset Monday, May 21