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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Memorial Day activities in New Richmond get started on Saturday with the third annual Veterans Memorial Run. The event, sponsored by VFW Post 10818, consists of a 10-mile run, 5K-walk/run, and Kids Run (1/2 mile for those under 12 years of age). All runs will begin and end at New Richmond’s Community Commons (former Middle School). The 10-mile run will start at 7:45 a.m., the 5K at 8 a.m., and Kids Run at 9 a.m., with race day registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. The 10-mile course is challenging and with numerous hills and is a good test for runners planning a marathon later in the year.
When New Richmond’s home track meet on April 29 was postponed due to wet weather, it took away a valued piece of the team’s plans this season. That meet was intended to be an experimental meet, where the coaches tried athletes in new events and in different combinations in hopes of putting together the strongest lineup for the Middle Border Conference meet and the WIAA tournament series. The Tigers were able to get some of that work back when they jumped at the chance to participate in a rescheduled Hudson True Team Meet on May 12.
Everyone from the Somerset track teams left happy from last Tuesday’s Colfax Invitational. The Spartan boys were happy to add another meet championship to their string of successes this season. Somerset’s girls may have been even happier. The Spartans were fifth among the 15 teams in the meet and they showed that they have bright prospects for future seasons. Sophomore Sam Flandrick led the Spartan girls. She produced a pair of wins, in the 100 hurdles and the long jump. She also took third place in the 300 hurdles. The sprints continue to show drastic improvement.
Freshman catcher Abbie Rivard burned Amery’s outfielders for two inside-the-park homers in leading the Somerset softball team to a 7-2 win over Amery last Tuesday. This produced Somerset’s first winning streak of the season, coming on the heels of the Spartans’ 15-1 win over St. Croix Central. Rivard’s first homer produced the initial run of the game in the second inning. She hit a laser beyond the reach of the Amery centerfielder to the deepest part of Somerset’s field at Larry Forrest Park. Her second bomb completed a four-run Spartan rally in the third inning.
New Richmond's boys tennis team won two flight championships and placed among the top three entries in six of the seven flights to tie for second place at the 2014 Middle Border Conference Tournament played on Tuesday at Baldwin-Woodville. New Richmond senior Nick Bradish won the one singles championship. He avenged a loss in last year's fnals by beating Eau Claire Regis' Hunter Cameron 6-2, 7-6 in the one singles finals. New Richmond junior Jack Hop took the two singles championship in the tournament.
A three-way battle between New Richmond, Osceola and Somerset for the the Middle Border Conference boys track championship was won by the New Richmond on Tuesday at Osceola High School. The Tigers used their strengths to roll up 165 points. Osceola finished second with 142 points and Somerset was third with 109.5 points. The distance races were a huge source of points for the Tigers. The Tigers took the top three spots in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races, with junior Jack Utzman winning both races.
Tuesday was an incredible day for the St. Croix Central track teams as the Panthers swept the championships in the 2014 Dunn-St. Croix Conference track meet, held in Mondovi. Central's girls pulled away from the pack, winning with 139 points, compared to 118.5 for second place Colfax. The Panther boys were in a battle right to the end of the meet. Central's boys scored 128 points, with Mondovi getting 117 points and Glenwood City 100 points. The Panthers didn't generate many event wins, but they won their championships with outstanding depth.
The New Richmond boys golf team won the 2014 Middle Border Conference tournament on Tuesday, but the Tigers fell two points short of winning the overall MBC season championship. New Richmond continued its improved play by winning the tournament at Somerset's Bristol Ridge Golf Club, finishing with a score of 330. That was one stroke ahead of Osceola and five strokes ahead of third place Somerset.
The 48th annual Stan Barr Relays brought an incredible number of top track athletes to the New Richmond High School track last Friday. The gray skies and chilly winds gradually subsided, illuminating a number of entertaining events throughout the meet. The talent in the meet was supplemented by the addition of two strong programs, from Superior and Anoka, Minn. The Anoka girls were able to win the meet title in an ongoing battle with River Falls. Anoka finished with 105 points while the Wildcats scored 102 points. Nobody could contend with Hudson in the boys half of the meet.
With its third straight game of scoring at least five goals, the New Richmond girls soccer team continues to climb toward the top of the Middle Border Conference standings. How the Tigers fare in the upcoming days will determine if they can get all the way to the top of the MBC standings. The Tigers are now 7-1-1 in MBC games after putting together a relentless effort that beat Osceola on Monday, 6-0. The Tigers face their two main opponents for the MBC title in the upcoming days. The Tigers host MBC leader Baldwin-Woodville (8-1) this Thursday.