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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Most of the Big Rivers Conference teams were present when the New Richmond teams competed in the Husky Invitational at Eau Claire North last Tuesday. The Tiger boys had an excellent meet, while the Tiger girls struggled to be competitive with the majority of the Division 1 schools they will face in the WIAA regional meet. New Richmond’s boys were able to place in most of the running events, led again by their crew of distance runners. The only Tiger win was earned by Brennan Roby, who was the champion in the 3,200 meters. Roby and Hudson’s Reid Schwechler ran together for much of the race.
With the varsity and junior varsity both earning wins, it was an enjoyable bus trip home for the Somerset softball teams from Amery last Tuesday. The Spartan varsity defeated Amery 6-3 for Somerset’s first win of the 2014 season. The win came because the Spartans were able to put together all the necessary ingredients, with solid hitting, pitching and defense. The hitting was led by Megan Starry and Ally Wittstock.
With 26 games on the 2014 schedule, the New Richmond Millers adult baseball team will be relying heavily on its pitching staff. Millers ace right-hander Hayden Zimmerman may be the best pitcher in the St. Croix Valley League. But after that, there are question marks on who will step up to be the starting pitchers for the team. Coleman Roskam, Josh Leavens and Sean Conrad are the leading contenders for the pitching roles on the team.
Area high school golfers got their chance to see plenty of competition during tournaments that were played over the past week. The New Richmond and Somerset golf teams got to see some of the finest competition Minnesota can offer when they played in a tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Course in Stillwater last Tuesday. The five top-ranked Minnesota high school teams played in the tournament. The Wisconsin teams finished at the back of the pack, but their scores were in line with their recent scores. Wayzata won the tournament, shooting an eye-popping 295 score.
Prescott and Ellsworth are undefeated at the top of the Middle Border Conference baseball standings. Somerset’s only MBC losses are to the co-leaders and the Spartans were clearly competitive in those losses. The second of those losses came last Friday, when Prescott scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to break a 6-6 tie. The 9-6 final was the biggest challenge that the 9-0 Prescott team has received so far this season. It took a hearty comeback from the Spartans to give them a chance to win the game. Somerset scored twice in the first inning.
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.