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 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.
The 0-2 start for the St. Croix Central baseball team in Dunn-St. Croix Conference play is long-forgotten. The Panthers earned their third straight D-SC win on Monday, pulling out a thriller with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Mondovi 8-7. The three wins move the Panthers up to third place in the D-SC large school division. Central got a break to start the bottom of the seventh inning when Anthony Phillips reached on an error. He moved up on a wild pitch and scored the tying run on a single by Alex Adkins.
Playing a challenging pre-season schedule paid early dividends for the New Richmond boys tennis team. The Tigers won their opening Middle Border Conference match, rolling past a short-handed Ellsworth program 6-1 at the NRHS courts. Last Thursday's Tiger home match against Amery was rained out and will be played this Friday. That comes a day after the Tigers host Durand in a conference match.
A three-game losing streak knocked the St. Croix Central softball team off course, but the Panthers appear to have found their way again. The Panthers suffered their third straight loss last Tuesday against Pepin, which appears to be one of the top teams in this part of the state. In last Thursday's rainstorm, the Panthers played host to Glenwood City. The rain made for a sloppy game, but the Panthers showed some willpower, pulling out a 9-8 win. The Panthers got to play under much better conditions on Monday and their play shined as brightly as the sun.