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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After nearly two decades of utilizing a four-period day, Somerset High School administration has elected to change its scheduling system. The high school will begin using a hybrid schedule based on an eight-period day, with two days of block classes and some classes always offered in a block structure. The changes were driven by the goal of improving the test scores of SHS students on statewide tests. The schedule change at the high school was approved at a special meeting of the Somerset Board of Education on April 23. Thirteen members of the high school staff and administration formed th
Nate Jones delivered just what the New Richmond baseball team desperately needed. Jones dominated from the pitching mound and the plate last Tuesday in carrying the Tiger baseball team to a 4-0 win at Somerset. The win moved the Tigers to the .500 level in the Middle Border Conference standings at 2-2. The Tigers couldn't stay at that level however, losing at home against Ellsworth in another cold, wet game last Thursday, by a 7-3 score. Jones' pitching was a revelation for the Tigers in his four-hit shutout.
The New Richmond track teams hope that running at the State Meet Preview at UW-La Crosse will benefit the Tigers when the WIAA State Track Meet is held at the same site during the first weekend in June. The Tigers competed in the large school division of Saturday's meet on the UW-La Crosse track, facing several strong teams from the La Crosse area.
The New Richmond boys golf team earned its second straight win in Middle Border Conference play, recording the best score in the MBC match played at Clifton Highland Golf Club last Tuesday. The Tigers earned the win because they had the best balance among the eight MBC teams. All five of the Tigers had scores between 40-45 and the four counting scores were between 40-43. Kyle Montgomery and Ben Norman led the Tigers with rounds of 40.
In every game that the New Richmond girls soccer team has scored more than one goal, the Tigers have won. Unfortunately, that was in two of their first 10 games this season. The Tigers earned their second win of the season last Tuesday when they defeated Amery 2-1. The Tigers' other victory, against another of the top teams in the Middle Border Conference, was a 2-1 decision over Superior. The Tigers have demonstrated top quality defense in their first seven Middle Border Conference games. The Tigers have given up one goal in each of those seven games.
The scoring drought in Middle Border Conference games finally ended for the Somerset baseball team last Thursday. The Spartans were limited to one total run in their first four MBC games before their 5-4 win at Amery last Thursday. In their first four games the Spartans had been shut out by Osceola, Ellsworth and New Richmond and they scored once against Prescott. The Spartans made for a tense finish in getting the win at Amery. They were down to their final strike when they scored twice in the seventh inning to take the lead.
Last Tuesday's loss to New Richmond was discouraging for the Somerset softball team. The Spartan senior captains weren't going to let this loss do further damage. Following a pep talk from the captains, the Spartans bounced back with an 8-7 win in 10 innings at Amery last Thursday. Spartan coach Cory Lindenberg said senior captains Carley Seibel and Bethany Starry took charge in the team discussion following last Tuesday's 10-1 loss to New Richmond. "Beth and Carley have been such good leaders. After the game they read the girls the riot act.
Rain shortened a highly promising meet for the St. Croix Central track teams at Colfax last Thursday. The Panthers put together their top lineup for the meet and it was clearly showing. The Panthers were leading in both halves of the meet when rain and wet conditions caused meet officials to call the meet after the running of the 400 meter dash. Central's boys were dominating. They had already piled up 120 points, considerably more than Glenwood City, which was in second place with 57 points.
There has been definite improvement in the play of the Somerset girls soccer team this season. But to become consistent winners, the Spartans need to bring their A-game every game. That wasn't the case when the Spartans played at Barron last Tuesday. Without a top effort, the Spartans ended up suffering a 2-1 loss to the Bears. Somerset coach Erin Wilson was hoping this would be the day the Spartans earned their first Middle Border Conference win. Instead, their record dropped to 0-5-1.