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 2016-17 school year was another success for the New Richmond High School music department. More than 60 students represented the music department at the state competition held May 6 at UW-Eau Claire. These students competed in a total of 23 different events. "This is the most events that made it to state competition in recent years for NRHS," said high school band instructor Matt Mealey.
The New Richmond and Somerset girls soccer teams both advanced through the opening round of WIAA tournaments on Thursday. New Richmond, the top seed in the WIAA Division 2 regional bracket, defeated Menomonie, 7-0. New Richmond will play at home again at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the second round of regional play. The Tigers will host Holmen, the fourth seed. Holmen advanced with a 2-1 overtime win against La Crosse Central on Thursday.
The New Richmond 2017 varsity baseball season came to an end on Tuesday, as did all three local varsity boys golf seasons. The New Richmond baseball season came to an end in the opening round of WIAA Division 1 regional tournament action. The Tigers were defeated by Marshfield, 5-0. New Richmond was the tenth seed in the regional bracket and Marshfield was the seventh seed. New Richmond ends the season with a 14-10 record.
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.