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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The hits just aren’t coming. So the St. Croix Central baseball coaches and players are putting their heads together, trying to find solutions to the team’s lagging offense. The Panthers dropped to 2-2 in Middle Border Conference action last Thursday with a 6-1 loss at Prescott. The good news for the Panthers is that, despite the team’s anemic offense, they ended last week just one game out of first place in the MBC.
When the high school hockey season ended in early March, a new season began for 16 local athletes. Hockey players from New Richmond, River Falls, Hudson, Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville came together to form the U14 Baldwin Blackcats to compete for a USA Tier II national championship. During the high school season, the players were on various local WIAA girls hockey teams, such as Western Wisconsin Stars and St. Croix Valley Fusion. The Hudson players were the only ones that didn’t play in a co-op during the year.
The rain Tuesday may have caused cancellation of most of the area high school events, but it takes more than a little rain to shut down a soccer game. The New Richmond and Somerset girls soccer teams both hosted games in the rain on Tuesday and both came away victorious. New Richmond earned a 6-1 win over Barron while Somerset scored a 2-1 win over Amery.
Most of the high school sports events planned for New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central sports teams on Tuesday have been postponed. The only local sports events that haven't been postponed are the home soccer games planned in New Richmond and Somerset. New Richmond will host Barron at 4:30 p.m. and Somerset will host Amery at the same time. You can check each school's schedule page on the Middle Border Conference for updated postponements and makeup dates. www.middleborderconference.org
A memorial event has been arranged to celebrate the memory of New Richmond native Scott Spoo. Spoo, the valedictorian of the New Richmond Class of 2000, was killed in a pedestrian-vehicle accident as he jogged on Feb. 22. Spoo graduated with a degree in biology from UW-Green Bay. Then he earned a master’s degree in engineering at the University of Minnesota, while working as an engineer at 3M Corporation.
Brie Larkowski of Somerset and the Western Wisconsin Stars girls varsity hockey team will be skating in a national hockey tournament this weekend in Pittsburgh. Larkowski is part of the Wisconsin team that is skating in the America's Showcase in Pittsburgh. Larkowski is one of 15 girls from across the state chosen for this team. Katie Meierotto of Hudson is another of the Wisconsin team skaters. Here is a link to follow the team's action in the tournament: http://www.wisconsinprephockey.net/news_article/show/783637?referral=rss...
The weather of the past two days resulted in an abbreviated schedule of high school sports events for Thursday. The New Richmond tennis team took on one of its main rivals in the Middle Border Conference, hosting Eau Claire Regis. The team result came down to the final match, with Regis getting the 4-3 victory. All of New Richmond's wins came in singles, with Russ Hop, Stuart Pearson and Trent Ziebol earning wins. In other action: -- The St. Croix Central track teams handily swept the team championships in a quad track meet at Prescott.
Relentless might be the best word for the performance of the New Richmond girls soccer team in the Tigers’ first game in the 2017 Middle Border Conference season. The Tigers went to Somerset and earned a 2-0 win over the Spartans last Tuesday in the game that served as the MBC opener for both teams. The win raises the Tigers’ overall record to 3-0 and the Tigers have outscored their opponents 10-0 thus far.
Through three games, no team has gained separation in the MBC baseball race. With four teams at 2-1 and the other four at 1-2, the MBC race is a wide open race after the first two weeks of games. If the first three games are a true indication, the Tigers look to be one of the stronger offensive teams in the race. The Tigers have scored 19 runs in their three MBC games.
When it’s two games into a season, you aren’t usually looking at mustwin games, but last Thursday’s game was in that category for the Somerset Spartans. Somerset had an 0-2 start to the Middle Border Conference season and another loss could have put the Spartans’ hopes of a title run in jeopardy. Behind sharp pitching from sophomore AJ Beasley and an efficient all-around effort, the Spartans made sure that didn’t happen. The Spartans moved to 1-2 in the MBC with a 4-3 win over Osceola.