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 St. Croix Central boys golf team was able to advance to sectionals, while New Richmond and Somerset advanced individuals to the WIAA sectional tournaments that will be played next Tuesday. Meanwhile, in softball, the New Richmond and St. Croix Central softball teams saw their seasons come to an end in the opening round of WIAA regional tournament action.
Every local high school sports varsity team will be in action this Monday and Tuesday, with many of the sports teams seeing action multiple times early this week. Here is a rundown by school, the events for each day. New Richmond - Monday Tennis: New Richmond competes at the Eau Claire Division 1 subsectional, beginning at 9 a.m. Track: New Richmond competes at the Superior Division 1 regional meet, beginning at 4 p.m.
New Richmond High School seniors Grant Riemenschneider and Michael Skoyen have competed at the Wisconsin FBLA State Leadership Conference each of the past two years and they've been placewinners both times. Riemschneider and Skoyen were fifth place finishers this year, in the global business division. That's where they also competed a year ago, when they were seventh place finishers. New Richmond FBLA adviser Shelly Huber explained the state procedure:
St. Croix Central graduates Kayla Pabst and Josh Freyholtz have qualified to compete at the NCAA Division 3 track national championships. Pabst and Freyholtz compete for the UW-Stout track teams. Pabst qualified for the national championships in the hammer throw. Freyholtz qualified in the pole vault. The national championships will be held at Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio on May 25-27. They will be part of a six-athlete contingent from UW-Stout competing at the meet. Here is the UW-Stout news release on the meet.
The New Richmond baseball team is now one game away from a share of the Middle Border Conference championship. The Tigers swept a double-header from St. Croix Central on Thursday at New Richmond's Citizens Field, giving the Tigers 10 straight wins in MBC play. The Tigers will complete their conference schedule next Monday with a game at Somerset.
The New Richmond girls soccer team has played with a season-long goal. There is a banner hanging in the New Richmond High School gym for every NRHS athletic team. The banner for girls soccer does not list any conference championship teams. A win for the Tigers this Friday would change that.
It has been more than a month since the New Richmond baseball team has lost a Middle Border Conference game. That hot streak, including eight MBC wins in a row, has lifted the Tigers into a tie for the MBC lead with Ellsworth. Both teams began this week with 9-2 MBC records.
One was seemingly born to compete in the throwing events. The other didn’t have track on her radar until a football coach saw her sheer strength while she was playing basketball.
Somerset’s golf team carried a lead into the finale of the Middle Border Conference race, but the New Richmond golfers earned a win Friday, May 12 that made the race tighter heading into its final days. New Richmond played its best round of the season in shooting a 169, winning the meet by 14 strokes. St. Croix Central and Amery tied for second at 183, while Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville tied for fourth at 190.
The progress made by the New Richmond softball team this season is beginning to pay dividends. The Tigers earned one of their most impressive wins of the season last Friday when they took down Prescott, 4-3. Prescott is one of the three teams at the top of the Middle Border Conference standings, along with Baldwin-Woodville and Ellsworth, and the Tigers are trying to push their way up to that level.