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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While the Middle Border Conference tennis meet began last Tuesday, it might not be until next Tuesday before the tournament champion is decided.
While the youth and smaller roster meant the Somerset track team wouldn’t be a factor for a team championship at the 2017 Middle Border Conference track meet May 16, the Spartans did find ways to be a factor.
The 2017 season will be marked as one where the Somerset girls soccer team became a vastly improved defensive team. Through 15 games this season the Spartans have allowed 22 goals and 12 of those came in two games. Last week the Spartans record their eighth shutout of the season in a 2-0 nonconference win at Washburn. That was followed by a 6-0 loss at New Richmond on Thursday.
In a week where wet weather and graduation obligations made practicing nearly impossible, the Somerset softball team came out smelling like the roses the seniors would be receiving at Friday night’s graduation ceremony. With pitching and defense ruling the game, Somerset and Amery played through six innings of a scoreless tie. In the seventh inning, the Spartans broke out their two biggest hits. Those hits were enough, carrying Somerset to a 3-1 victory over the Amery Warriors.
There wasn’t a wilder finish to a game in the area Monday than the St. Croix Central baseball team’s walk-off win against Amery. In the ninth inning, the Panthers nearly had a triple play pulled off against them. Moments later, Central sophomore Derek Myer bashed a tworun walk-off home run that gave the Panthers a 6-4 win over Amery in the Panthers’ regular season finale.
The Somerset baseball team is hoping that the May 18 game at Prescott leads to good things for the Spartans in the WIAA playoffs.
A fresh start. That’s exactly what the St. Croix Central softball team needs. The Panthers were scheduled to begin WIAA Division 3 regional tournament play on Tuesday. The Panthers drew the ninth seed in the regional bracket, putting them at eighth seed Neillsville-Granton to start the playoffs. The winner of Tuesday’s game will be in action again on Wednesday, playing at top-seeded Bloomer.
The Scott Spoo dedication event was held in St. Paul on May 17, drawing a large crowd despite inclement weather. Spoo, 35, was a New Richmond native who was killed while jogging in a hit-and-run accident in St. Paul in February.
The pitchers struggled but the hitters flourished as the New Richmond Millers played their first home game of the season on Sunday at Citizens Field. Playing through periodic rain and incredibly damp conditions, the Millers managed to outslug the Shoreview Tarheels, 19-18. This was the first time these two teams have met.
Most people know the Nelson brothers, Trevor and Collin, as standout athletes and students at St. Croix Central High School. In becoming the highly respected students they are, they have endured the most unthinkable of all tragedies, losing their mother in a motorcycle accident. Their father was badly injured in the accident, leaving the middle school-aged brothers to help in his lengthy rehabilitation.