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 juggling continues as New Richmond's boys tennis team searches for a lineup to take through the rest of the season. The Tigers hosted a quad tournament on Saturday against Stillwater, Baldwin-Woodville and Ellsworth. The Tigers were able to beat Ellsworth, while losing matches to Stillwater and B-W. There were more shifts in the lineup for the tournament. Jordan Fredrickson saw his first play at singles, swapping places with Jeff Engel, who saw his first time in doubles. Engel and Charlie Bohl spent most of the season as the top two singles players.
Every baseball team in the area measures itself against Prescott. So when the St. Croix Central baseball team knocked off Prescott last Tuesday, 6-5, you can bet the Panthers were feeling pretty good about themselves. But in the topsy-turvy world of Dunn-St. Croix Conference baseball, that feeling didn't get to last long. The Panthers were knocked off at Osceola last Thursday, 13-9. Central's win over Prescott ranks as one of the biggest games in the conference this year, with the Panthers delivering Prescott's first conference loss.
The competition is inching closer, but the New Richmond boys golf team remains unbeaten in the Middle Border Conference. Facing the full 11-team conference field at Krooked Kreek Golf Course in Osceola last Thursday, the Tigers were able to pull off a win by three strokes. The Tigers finished with a round of 160, led by 38 scores from Scott Meyer and Trent Bauer.
Record setting efforts from Hannah Demulling and Ayla Mitchell led a top quality effort from both New Richmond track teams in the 2003 Ellsworth Invitational last Friday. Demulling sprinted her way into the record book twice, winning the 100 and 200 dashes in record times.
New Richmond softball coach Jim McCullum compared his team to a race horse that started slowly, then starts passing opponents once they get rolling. The Tigers were definitely rolling Monday night, beating Osceola 3-0 behind the five-hit pitching of junior Lynnae Kistner. With the win the Tigers move to 3-3 in Middle Border Conference play. This was Osceola's second loss in conference action this season. It was in the fourth inning where the Tigers scored all three of their runs on Monday. Kistner led off the inning with a walk.
Talk about a full weekend. Be in the hospital delivery room Saturday morning for the birth of your sister's daughter. Then spend Monday afternoon running the Boston Marathon. That's how sisters Beth L'Allier and Shannon Cody spent their weekend of April 19-21. The sisters are all New Richmond High School graduates. Beth still lives in New Richmond, while Shannon now lives in California. Shannon flew in for the start of the weekend, so they could be with their youngest sister, Michele Haasch, when she delivered her third child.
Getting up against tougher competition, the New Richmond boys golf team showed they can compete with some of the best teams in the area. Facing some of the best teams from western Wisconsin, plus a pack of Minnesota schools, the Tigers tied for third place in the Hudson Invitational on Monday. New Richmond junior Scott Meyer was medalist in the tournament, shooting a 77. Trent Bauer was close behind, shooting an 80.
A half a meet is better than no meet. As difficult as it's been to get any track meets in this spring, coaches have to be philosophical on the point. Last Tuesday the St. Croix Central track teams were competing at Ellsworth when the meet was called off midway through the event due to lightning. The meet had been going well for both Central teams when the meet was called off. The Panther girls were winning the meet, while the boys were third among the five teams competing. The Panther girls had won six of the 11 events that were completed in the meet.
Experience is the biggest need for the New Richmond boys tennis team, so playing three matches in a tournament at La Crosse on Saturday was exactly what the Tigers needed. In the tournament the Tigers faced Black River Falls, Menomonie and La Crosse Central. The Tigers opened with a 6-1 win over Black River Falls. They then lost to a much improved Menomonie team 5-2.
The recognition for a strong season came in the way of the all-state first team selections for the New Richmond girls hockey team. Junior goalie Molly Gehr and sophomore Steph Kendrick were among the six first-team all-state members. The Wisconsin High School Girls Hockey Coaches Association All-State Team was announced last week. Gehr has been the Tiger goalie since her freshman season. This season she had an .886 save percentage and recorded two shutouts. Kendrick was the Tigers' leading scorer this season.