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 Somerset softball team lost in its opening round WIAA Division 2 tournament game last Thursday, but the Spartans did outhit Baldwin-Woodville in the 13-4 loss. The final score isn't indicative of the game. Somerset trailed 7-4 until B-W broke away with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Spartans had been struggling offensively in recent games and they'd scored a total of two runs in their previous losses to B-W this season. So scoring two runs in the top of the first inning gave the team some inspiration.
The New Richmond varsity baseball team scored a win in its WIAA Division 1 tournament opener on Tuesday, holding off Marshfield 2-1. New Richmond will play at Eau Claire Memorial this Friday in the second round of WIAA regionals. That game will be played at Carson Park at 11 a.m. It will be followed by the tournament game between Eau Claire North and River Falls, which starts at 2 p.m. New Richmond athletic director Casey Eckardt said the games are being played early because the Eau Claire Express of the Northwoods League has a 7 p.m.
The focus for the entire season for the New Richmond boys track team has been the 2010 Middle Border Conference meet. After winning the past three conference championships, the Tigers viewed keeping the line of championships alive as a major responsibility. The Tigers kept their string of championships intact, winning the 2010 title in last Tuesday's meet at Ellsworth. The Tigers were expecting a major challenge from Osceola and that's just what they received. New Richmond won the meet with 161 points.
Since the 2009 season ended, expectations were heaped on the New Richmond baseball team and obstacles were thrown in its way. The Tiger players kept the focus on the prize that awaited at the end of the season. With a win in their final Middle Border Conference game last Thursday at Amery, the Tigers earned a share of the 2010 conference championship. The expectations began when last season's all-conference team was announced.
Somerset's 2010 Middle Border Conference girls track championship was a pure team effort. The Spartans scored in all but one event and had multiple placewinners in nine of the 13 individual events. That depth carried the Spartans to a huge point total. They scored 181 points, to finish far ahead of second place Ellsworth, which scored 135.5 points. Osceola was third with 116 points and New Richmond took fourth with 104.5 points. The battle for the girls title was expected to be close between these four teams. None of the other teams could match Somerset's depth.
The St. Croix Central girls locked up sole ownership of the 2010 Dunn-St. Croix Conference championship last Tuesday. The Panthers continued their unbeaten march through the D-SC by beating Glenwood City last Tuesday.
Justice Harvieux will be New Richmond's lone player competing in the WIAA Division 1 sectional tennis tournament in Wausau this Wednesday. Harvieux was the fourth seed in the one singles flight at the Eau Claire North Division 1 subsectional tournament on Monday. Harvieux defeated his opponent from Menomonie 6-0, 6-2 to earn his place in the sectional meet. At the sectional Harvieux will draw the top seed from the opposing subsectional. That will be Wausau East's Brian Miles, who has a 16-2 record. Harvieux goes in with an 11-10 mark this season.
After finishing fourth in the Middle Border Conference dual meet season, the New Richmond boys tennis team was able to move up to take third place in last Tuesday's 2010 MBC tournament. The Tigers weren't champions at any flight. Eau Claire Regis, which ran away with the team title, took six of the seven flight championships. The seventh title went to Durand foreign exchange student Heitor Guelfi, at one singles. Regis won the tournament with 40 points.
The New Richmond track teams advanced everyone they were hoping, with one exception, plus a few surprises, through the Division 1 track regional meet at River Falls on Monday. The Tiger boys have eight individuals and three relays advancing to Thursday's sectional meet at Wausau. New Richmond's girls are advancing three relays and three entries in individual events. The top four finishers advance from regionals to sectionals.
The Somerset girls track team followed up its Middle Border Conference championship with a team victory in the WIAA Division 2 regional meet at Amery on Monday. The Spartans advanced athletes in 14 of the possible 17 events in Monday's meet. The Spartan boys also performed well, advancing individuals in five events. Somerset's girls just keep getting better. They were champions in seven events.