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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Having a well-drained home field was a huge benefit for the St. Croix Central baseball team this week. The Panthers got two extra home games when their opponents' home fields were unplayable due to the recent heavy rains. The Panthers were able to win both of those games. The first of those came last Friday when the Panthers held on for an 8-7 win over Colfax. The second was on Monday, when the Panthers won on the 10-run rule for the first time this season, in a 14-1 win over Glenwood City. The two wins helped the Panthers reach the .500 level in the Dunn-St.
The St. Croix Central softball team badly needed a spark. Lightning may have delivered it on Saturday. The Panthers were a team desperately in need of something that would turn around their fortunes. Six runs in the final two innings in their game on Saturday against Somerset was just what the team needed. Those runs tied the game at 6-6. The game went into extra innings, but lightning strikes soon forced the umpires to call the game as a tie in the eighth inning. The tie put a halt to the Panthers' six-game losing streak.
The Milwaukee Brewers went through a stretch last week where they had a player injured in every game for almost a week straight.
Anyone wanting to gauge how well the Somerset baseball team is playing simply needs to look at the Spartans' games against the top two Middle Border Conference teams last week. The Spartans gave undefeated MBC leader Prescott its toughest game of the season last Tuesday, losing to the Cardinals 2-1. Second place Ellsworth wasn't so fortunate. The Spartans delivered Ellsworth's second loss of the MBC season last Friday, beating the Panthers 5-3. After being weighed down by a bevy of injuries early in the season, the Spartans have hit their stride.
The New Richmond baseball team has been on the verge of something big. On Monday, it finally happened. The Tiger offense went ballistic, scoring at will in Monday's game at Baldwin-Woodville. When the five innings were finally over, the Tigers had planted a 20-0 defeat on the Blackhawks. The previous top scoring game for the Tigers had been last week's 10-9 win over Amery. This was quite a contrast from the Tigers' and Blackhawks' opening game of the season.
The first loss in Middle Border Conference play on Friday showed that the New Richmond boys tennis team is teetering on which direction it will head for the rest of the season. The Tigers won their first three MBC matches of the season against teams that weren't expected to be title contenders (Ellsworth, Altoona and Durand). On Friday the Tigers faced the first of the upper tier MBC opponents and the Tigers didn't rise to the challenge.
Generating more scoring chances is a step in the right direction, although the New Richmond girls soccer team is struggling to turn the progress into wins. The Tigers suffered recent losses to Rice Lake and Spooner, though Tiger coach Steve Tesar said he saw offensive progress from his team in both games. The loss at Spooner showed how close the Tigers can get to an upper level Middle Border Conference team. The Tigers lost at Spooner last Thursday 3-2. "We outshot them.
The hot-and-cold St. Croix Central softball team is stuck in one of its cooler streaks of the season. The Panthers started the season with two wins, before losing the next three games. They just completed another cycle of winning two games, then losing the next three. The third of those losses came Monday, when the Panthers lost at Mondovi 6-4. When the Panthers go into their cold streaks, it seems that bad things befall them at the worst times. In the top of the sixth inning, the Panthers had runners on second and third with no outs, but they couldn't get any of the runners home.
After six months of work, the Somerset Board of Education has completed its employee handbook. The handbook replaces the negotiated contracts that the school district had with the teaching staff and support staff. Before approving the handbook the school board had three items to review that needed to be included in the handbook. The first of the subjects was the health insurance opt-out for employees where both spouses are employed by the school district.
Somerset High School is following the growing trend of selling signage in different strategic areas around the school district in an attempt to raise additional funds. The idea was brought forward by Somerset Director of Programs Bill Roll. The plan is to sell advertising spots on athletic schedules, game programs, along the fence around the football and soccer fields and around the scoreboards in the middle school and high school gyms.