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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All three of the New Richmond boys tennis team's matches against the other top Middle Border Conference contenders have finished in 4-3 scores, but the Tigers came out on the losing end of all three. Last week the Tigers faced the two leaders in the MBC standings, Baldwin-Woodville and Eau Claire Regis. Both meets ended in 4-3 losses for the Tigers, just as the Tigers' match against Amery had ended the previous week. The match against Regis may have been the Tigers' best overall team performance thus far.
The red-hot New Richmond softball squad continues to rise up the Middle Border Conference standings. The Tigers are 7-1 in their past eight MBC games after conference wins over Prescott and Somerset last week. The win over Prescott was a rare slugging battle, with the Tigers pounding out a 14-9 win. Pitching and defense were the overriding factors against Somerset on Thursday, when the Tigers earned a 4-1 win. These wins move the Tigers into a tie for third place in the MBC standings with an 8-3 record.
Victories last week at the Amery Invitational and its own invitational have the St. Croix Central boys track team thinking they are in good position to repeat as Dunn-St. Croix Conference champions. The 2012 D-SC track meet will be run next Tuesday at Boyceville, beginning at 3:30 p.m. "The goal for the boys is to win it again," said Central co-coach Amanda Webb. "I think we have a really good shot at it." The prospects aren't quite so clear cut for the Panther girls. Webb said there are several teams who go into the D-SC meet quite evenly matched in the battle for the girls title.
The competitive fire hasn't gone out for the winless Somerset girls soccer team. The Spartans find ways to be competitive in nearly every game, but they haven't found a way to come out on the winning end yet. Last Tuesday's game against Middle Border Conference leader Hayward is a prime example. The Spartans put up an excellent fight for much of the game.
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.