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 fates couldn't have been more different for the Somerset track teams at the 2003 WIAA Division 2 Colby Track Sectional Meet last Thursday. Somerset's girls had three individual events and one relay qualify for sectionals and the relay and two of the individuals qualified for the 2003 WIAA State Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse. For the Spartan boys, it was a day of near misses.
A preliminary budget for the 2003-04 school year has been set for the Somerset schools, but the possibilities are changing daily. Rumors are flowing fast and furious out of the state capitol and school districts around the state are reacting to each, planning for every possibility.
Megan Heinbuch will get a chance to defend her state track championship and she will be part of a St. Croix Central girls relay that will also be competing at the 2003 WIAA State Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse. Heinbuch is the defending state champion in the girls Division 3 400 meter dash. Only this year, because of the growth in the Central school district, the track team is competing in Division 2 this year. St. Croix Central's girls 1600 meter relay team will also be competing at state.
The St. Croix Central baseball team made a splash in the opening round of WIAA regionals last week. Playing in a steady rain, the Panthers made a splash with every step they took on their home field in Hammond last Thursday. But the Panthers also sent a message with their all-around play, topping Durand 8-4. Central was the third seed in the regional and Durand was seeded sixth.
Two conference champions. Two second place finishes. Two third place finishes. Getting six of your seven entries to place in the top three of the 2003 Middle Border Conference Tennis Tournament counts as a strong showing for the New Richmond boys tennis team. Playing on their home courts last Tuesday, the Tigers earned one conference championship that was highly anticipated and one that was completely unexpected. The anticipated conference championship came from juniors Charlie Bohl and Jeff Engel at one doubles.
Somerset teacher Katy Irlbeck says she has seen her last day of below zero temperatures. Ironic, coming from the elementary teacher who has taught a unit for many years on the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. That included having her third grade students do their own version of an Iditarod race, with several students towing around another on a sled.
The message came across loud and clear to the New Richmond boys golf team. A finish in the middle of the pack at the Scott Miller Invitational on May 9-10 showed that the Tiger golfers don't have anything guaranteed for the upcoming post-season. Last week the Tigers again played like a hungry team. The Tigers finished second in last Tuesday's Rice Lake Invitational, topping such strong area opponents as River Falls and Hudson. The Tigers then played in a Middle Border Conference quad meet at Osceola last Friday.
For six of the seven innings between the Somerset and St. Croix Central softball teams, St. Croix Croix was probably the better team. But that one inning where Somerset was the better team was enough to turn the game in Somerset's favor. The Spartans scored all six of their runs during the sixth inning, leading Somerset to a 6-5 win at Hammond last Friday. For most of the game the Central girls were shutting down Somerset at every opportunity.
New Richmond can boast that it has two national powerlifting champions. Jim Miller and Shawn Cain, both of New Richmond, both won championships at the 2003 Masters Powerlifting National Championships. This year's championships were held on May 2-4 at Baton Rouge, La. Keith Belisle of Roberts and Todd Dierks of Hudson also competed in the national championships, with Belisle taking fifth in his weight class. Cain won his national championship, but he won't be able to compete for another year.
The roller coaster season of the St. Croix Central baseball team continues to have high highs and low lows. The Panthers added another high to the season last Tuesday, beating Prescott 2-1. At that time Prescott only had two losses in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Central had delivered them both. Prescott got a third loss on Monday, when the Cards and Osceola split a double-header, leaving both teams tied atop the conference standings. Central's week plummeted downhill sharply after the win over Prescott. Last Thursday the Panthers jumped to a 5-0 lead over Colfax.