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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Threes weighed heavily in the success of the New Richmond boys tennis team at the Eau Claire Memorial Division 1 sectional tournament last Thursday. New Richmond senior Nick Bradish earned his third trip to the WIAA state tennis championships with his third place finish in the one singles bracket at the sectional tournament. The three other Tiger entries at the sectional tournament (two singles, three singles and three doubles) all finished in third place in their brackets.
New Richmond’s golfers knew they needed to pull off an upset to advance out of the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament they hosted last Wednesday at the New Richmond Golf Club. There was clearly frustration among the Tigers when they fell three strokes short of the goal. The top four teams advanced from the regional meet to this Tuesday’s WIAA sectional tournament in Eau Claire. The Tigers finished fifth at the regional tournament, three strokes behind Eau Claire North. The Tigers did manage to get two individuals into the sectional tournament.
For the New Richmond girls softball team, Thursday marked the end of an era. The Tigers knew they were underdogs in the WIAA Division 2 regional final game, facing one of the top pitchers in the state in Baldwin-Woodville’s Abby Klopp. The Tigers hoped for a better showing in their finale, losing to the Blackhawks 11-0. The game ended the high school careers of a group of seniors who have spent most of their high school careers playing at the varsity level. “It was definitely tough for them,” Tiger coach Emily Dabrowski said of seeing the anguish her team went through following the game.
For the third time in the past four years, New Richmond will face River Falls in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 girls soccer tournament. New Richmond is the seventh seed in the tournament bracket and River Falls is the second seed. The game will be played at 5 p.m. on Thursday at River Falls High School. The winner of Thursday’s game will play again on Saturday, facing the winner of Thursday’s game between third seed Onalaska and sixth seed Menomonie.
Playing on their home course proved to be beneficial for the Somerset golfers in the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament at Bristol Ridge Golf Club in Somerset last Wednesday. Somerset took third place in the tournament, earning them a spot in this Tuesday’s Division 2 sectional tournament in Cumberland. Osceola was the winner in the regional tournament, finishing with a round of 330. Four teams were locked in a taut battle for the three remaining spots as sectional qualifiers. Altoona took second place at the regional with a 344 score and Somerset was third at 346.
The Prescott baseball team owes the Somerset boys a huge “thank you!” The Somerset baseball team rallied from a six-run deficit to upend Ellsworth 11-9 last Tuesday.
The “what ifs” and “near misses” continue to wear on the unpredictable New Richmond baseball team. The Tigers played three games within a 24-hour span on Friday and Saturday and weren’t able to come away with wins in any of the three. The final Middle Border Conference game of the season was played at Somerset on Friday, with the Tigers suffering a 3-1 setback. The loss leaves the Tigers in fourth place in the final MBC standings with a 7-7 record. On Saturday morning, the Tigers played their final home games of the season, hosting Marshfield in a double-header.
The Somerset girls soccer team has earned a home game to start the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament this Thursday. The Spartans earned the fourth seed in the regional bracket. They will host Osceola, the fifth seed, at 4 p.m. The two teams split the games they played this season. The winner of Thursday’s game will play in the regional final on Saturday, at top-seeded Ashland. The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the sectional semifinals, which will be played on Thursday, June 12. The Spartans split their games last week.
One of the new additions to the summer sports offerings is an American Legion baseball team at St. Croix Central. The St. Croix Central Post 432 Panthers team will be coached by Central varsity baseball coach Jason Koele. Most of the players who made up Central’s varsity team this spring will compete for the Legion team this summer. The first Central Legion games are tentatively scheduled for June 12, when the Panthers are slated to play a double-header at Ellsworth. The Panthers will be competing as a Junior Legion team, so everyone on the roster must be born by Jan.
A rainout against St. Croix Falls on Saturday may have been the best thing that happened to the New Richmond Millers last week. The Millers were limited to two hits and no runs in their two games last week. Millers manager Ryan Stephens said the team is just trying to maintain some stability until reinforcements arrive from the high school and college ranks. It's understandable if the Millers are down a bit after they got blasted by Menomonie 21-0 on Friday. The loss drops the Millers to 2-2 in the St. Croix Valley League.