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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New Richmond Thursday, April 26 Boys and Girls Track: New Richmond hosts varsity/JV meet at 4 p.m. Boys Tennis: New Richmond at New Richmond, 4:15 p.m. Girls Soccer: New Richmond vs. Barron at Cumberland, 4:30 p.m. Baseball: New Richmond at Hudson, 4:30 p.m.
Sam Lofquist continues to see the world while playing hockey. Lofquist spent the 2017-18 season playing for EHC Biel-Bienne in the Swiss National League. The previous season was spent with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. Lofquist, a Somerset native, completed his most recent season two weeks ago when EHC Biel was defeated in the second round of the Swiss National League playoffs.
The Somerset track team was the small fish swimming with some big and talented opponents at the 2018 Border Battle track meet, held indoors last Friday at UW-River Falls. Somerset was the smallest school competing in the annual meet, which is normally held at Hudson High School. The weather forced the meet indoors after it had already been postponed once. Hudson and River Falls led the Wisconsin teams in the meet, but the Minnesota competition was quite fierce, led by White Bear Lake, Anoka, East Ridge and Irondale.
While more than half of the players on the New Richmond boys tennis team are seniors, only three can claim to have a full season of varsity tennis experience. The biggest need for the Tigers is court time, so the chance to play two dual matches Saturday was well worth the trip to La Crosse. The Tigers dropped both matches by 6-1 scores, first against La Crosse Logan, then La Crosse Central. That led into the Tigers' first Middle Border Conference match, which they lost at Eau Claire Regis on Monday, 4-3.
For Jack Cichy and Gaelin Elmore, the waiting game is almost over. Both Somerset natives are hoping to hear their name called during the 2018 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night and ends on Sunday. Cichy and Elmore enter the draft with a few things in common. They are both known as high-character players with excellent leadership qualities. Their willingness to work is unquestioned. But like every other prospective NFL draftee, they have no idea where their football future will take them.
The Middle Border Conference opener for the New Richmond and St. Croix Central baseball teams went very well for the Tigers on Tuesday and not so well for the Panthers. The Tigers scored four runs in the first inning of their home opener and kept on adding runs in defeating Central 13-0 Tuesday. The game was played on New Richmond's JV field because the varsity field still had snow on the warning track. New Richmond got a strong pitching effort from senior Daniel Peterson. Peterson fired the four-hit shutout in the five-inning game.
A newly built Middle Border Conference website will be easier to use and more informative for fans and coaches in the conference. The new conference website is at middleborderconference.com. This replaces the old website, which was at middleborderconference.org.
The New Richmond girls soccer team had something to prove on Monday, after a disappointing 3-0 loss to River Falls on Saturday. The Tigers proved a whole lot Monday, erupting for nine goals in defeating Somerset 9-3 in the Middle Border Conference opener for both teams. While New Richmond saw a big turn toward the positive, this game was a step back for the Spartans. Somerset had played one of its best games at Rice Lake on Saturday, finishing in a scoreless tie.
Somerset native Tony Martin looked dominant in winning his match in the UFC Fight Night 128 event at Atlantic City on Saturday. Martin won a unanimous decision in the 170-pound bout against Keita Nakamura, with all three judges scoring Martin with a 30-27 victory. This was Martin's first fight since a loss last September. He has now won four of his last five UFC bouts, giving him a 13-4 career record.
With the weather finally making cooperating, spring sports are kicking off for area high schools this week. Here is a schedule of the high school sports for New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central that are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Monday Baseball: St. Croix Central, Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville playing each other at Woodside Complex in Mauston. Softball: St. Croix Central, Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville playing each other at Woodside Complex in Mauston. Boys Tennis: New Richmond at Eau Claire Regis at 4:15 p.m.