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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Though the Somerset girls soccer team dominated control of the ball in the first half of Thursday’s game, the Spartans had nothing to show for it. The game was scoreless at halftime, though the Spartans appeared to be in thorough control of the action. In the second half the Spartans were able to make better decisions on when to shoot and when to pass the ball. It resulted in the Spartans scoring twice to win 2-0. The win raises the Spartans’ record in Middle Border Conference games to 3-3-1.
Mike Fern would have bristled at the thought of people making a fuss over him. But more than 100 of his friends and family members showed up last Thursday when the St. Croix Central High School baseball field was forever named “Mike Fern Field” before the Panthers’ game against Mondovi. Fern served as the Panthers’ baseball and basketball coach for more than a decade. He passed away in August 2013, following a 15-year battle against brain cancer. Jody Fern, Mike’s widow, and their three sons: Nate, Jeff and Jared, were in attendance for the dedication.
The weather has won again. For the second straight day, all high school varsity sports events at New Richmond, Somerset and St.
The first win of the season for the New Richmond baseball team was posted last week, but the Tigers continue to struggle at the plate and on the mound. The win came last Tuesday in a Middle Border Conference game against Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers got their best pitching performance of the season from senior Hayden Nelson, who threw the complete game shutout in a 7-0 win over the Blackhawks. The Tigers were hoping they could carry that energy into Thursday’s game at Prescott. It didn’t happen.
Junior Olympics volleyball is rapidly growing in the area. The Western Wisconsin Volleyball Association SMASH featured four teams this season for girls ages 12-16. The SMASH is based out of New Richmond. It just completed its second year of JO volleyball. In its first season, the SMASH fielded three teams. This year there were four teams. WWVA President Shelley Johnson said interest has been so strong that the SMASH could put “six or seven” teams on the court for next year.
Hayward and Amery have traditionally been among the teams vying for the Middle Border Conference girls soccer championship every year. So you can imagine the girls on the Somerset soccer team are flying pretty high after the Spartans scored wins over Hayward and Amery this week. The Spartans beat Hayward 1-0 on Monday, the first win for the Spartans against the Hayward in the five years Erin Wilson-Gehring has coached Somerset.
“Boston Strong” was the theme for the 2014 Boston Marathon and the local runners who competed in this year’s race certainly followed through with strong performances. Following the bombings that marred the 2013 Boston Marathon, security was high for this year’s race. The bombings also brought out the patriotic spirit of the runners and the crowd for Boston’s annual Patriots Day race.
New Richmond girls basketball coach Jeff Kanewischer and Somerset girls basketball coach Kendrick Livers have both announced their resignations. Both coaches cited higher priorities as their reasons for leaving their coaching positions. Kanewischer took over the Tigers for the 2006-07 season and Livers has been coaching the Spartans since the 2009-10 season. Kanewischer’s wife is expecting the couple’s second daughter in two weeks. He said the desire to spend more time with his children was something he could not ignore.
New Richmond and Osceola slugged it out for the Middle Border Conference boys golf championship in 2013 and it looks like that could be the scenario again in the 2014 MBC golf race. The MBC golfers played their first match of the season on Monday at Clifton Highlands Golf Course, with Osceola edging New Richmond by one stroke for the team victory. New Richmond coach Jim Saliny said his team’s goal is to win the conference title, but the Tigers recognize it will be another prolonged battle with Osceola.
There wasn’t much challenge for the New Richmond boys tennis team when the Tigers played their Middle Border Conference opener last Tuesday. The Tigers were tested much more severely when they played in a tournament at La Crosse on Saturday. In their MBC opener, the Tigers hosted Osceola last Tuesday. Osceola is an extremely young and inexperienced team and the Tigers were able to sweep the Chieftains, 7-0. The Tigers won 84 of the 87 games that were played in the match.