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 Panthers put together the winning rally in the sixth inning, scoring three times before holding on for a 10-8 win over Prescott in the regional title game last Thursday. With the victory, Central got a home game on Tuesday in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 sectional tournament. The Panthers hosted Bloomer in that game. The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to the sectional championship game, which will be played in Grantsburg on Friday. In Thursday's win, Central's Kelly Harrington started the decisive sixth inning with a single to deep centerfield.
The Spartans advanced to sectionals by defeating Prescott 9-2 in last Wednesday's Division 2 regional championship in Prescott. Somerset was scheduled to face Altoona in the opening round of WIAA sectional play on Tuesday. The entire sectional tournament was to be played in Cumberland. Somerset took charge of Wednesday's regional title game by scoring five runs in the first inning at Prescott. The Spartans used a game-opening walk from Sean Conrad and five ringing singles to score the five runs. Conrad took charge of the game from there.
The Tigers were knocked off in the opening round of Division 1 tournament play last Tuesday, losing on their home field to Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln, 7-3.
Dettmann was notified Wednesday afternoon by Minnesota Twins midwest scout Mark Wilson that Dettmann had been selected by the Twins in the 46th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. Dettmann was drafted the day after his high school baseball career ended. On Tuesday Somerset was beaten in the WIAA Division 2 sectional championship game by Spooner, 9-8.
The Somerset baseball team knocked off the number one team in the state in the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinals on Tuesday, crushing Altoona 17-4 in six innings. The Spartans couldn't knock off the second ranked team in the state in the sectional championship game on Tuesday however. The Spartans waged a great battle with Spooner for the championship of the Cumberland sectional tournament, but Spooner held on for a 9-8 victory. Somerset senior Jared Dettmann was easily the star of the sectional tournament.
The St. Croix Central team withstood its own defensive implosion that gave Prescott six runs in the fourth inning of Thursday's WIAA Division 2 regional softball championships on Thursday. The Panthers came back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game 7-7. The Panthers then put together the winning rally in the sixth inning, scoring three times, before holding on for a 10-8 win over Prescott in the regional title game. With the victory, Central will get a home game next Tuesday in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 sectional tournament.
For the second time in three years, the Somerset baseball team has qualified for the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament. The Spartans advanced to sectionals by defeating Prescott 9-2 during Wednesday's Division 2 regional championship in Prescott. Somerset will face Altoona in the opening round of WIAA sectional play next Tuesday. The entire sectional tournament will be played in Cumberland on Tuesday, June 7. Spooner and Cumberland will play in the opening round of the sectional tournament at 11 a.m. Somerset will face Altoona at 2 p.m. in the other sectional semifinal.
The Somerset baseball and St. Croix Central softball teams advanced to WIAA regional final games with wins on Tuesday, while the New Richmond and St. Croix Central baseball teams saw their seasons come to an end in WIAA tournament action on Tuesday. Somerset baseball Somerset will play at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the WIAA Division 2 regional championship game. Somerset advanced with a 4-3 win in eight innings against Ellsworth on Tuesday. Prescott retained its top seed with an 8-2 win over St.
New Richmond's Justice Harvieux and Jorden Aufderhar have earned a spot in the 2011 WIAA State Boys Division 1 Tennis Tournament. The Tiger boys, playing at one doubles, upset the top seed from the Wausau East subsectional to earn their spot in the state tournament field. That win, in the Marshfield Division 1 Sectional Tournament, came over Wausau East on Thursday. Harvieux and Aufderhar won the opening round at sectionals 6-4, 6-7, 6-2. In the sectional semifinals the Tigers knocked off the other Wausau entry.
If winning is habit forming, the New Richmond boys track team has one very healthy habit that continues to grow. The Tiger boys earned their fifth straight Middle Border Conference championship last Tuesday, putting on quite a show in front of their home crowd at the 2011 MBC meet. The New Richmond boys rolled up 191 points, compared to 129.5 for second place Osceola. Ellsworth was third with 104 points. Osceola took the girls title with 177 points.