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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May has turned into "may not" for the Somerset baseball team. After starting the month with promising wins against Amery and Turtle Lake-Clayton, the Spartans have fallen on hard times. The Spartans have dropped six-straight games since then, including four games last week. The Spartans complete their regular season schedule this week with a home game against New Richmond on Tuesday. New Richmond has already locked up the MBC title, but the Spartans could prevent New Richmond from completing a perfect MBC season.
Over the past two weeks, it was clear to see that the New Richmond varsity softball had found its game. After starting 1-11, the Tigers won two of their final four regular season games, and they played highly competitive ball against two of the Middle Border Conference's best teams in the two losses in that time.
Success is becoming a tradition for the New Richmond baseball team. The Tigers locked up their third-straight Middle Border Conference championship with an 8-3 win at St. Croix Central last Thursday. The Tigers will attempt to complete a perfect MBC season when they play at Somerset this Tuesday. The regular season finale for the Tigers comes on Thursday, when they host Superior in a double-header.
Monday was an incredibly busy day of local sports, with regional track and tennis meets, plus several other important contests. All three area squads performed well at the regional track level. New Richmond advanced seven individuals and three relay teams through the Superior Division 1 regional meet on Monday. The Tigers will compete at the D.C. Everest Division 1 sectional meet on Thursday.
New Richmond Monday, May 21 Boys Tennis: WIAA Eau Claire Memorial Division 1 subsectional meet, 9 a.m. Boys and Girls Track: WIAA Superior Division 1 regional meet, 3:30 p.m. Baseball: New Richmond at Prescott, 5 p.m. Somerset Monday, May 21
The first game of the season was the chance for the New Richmond Millers to mix in a few young players and a few veteran additions to a returning roster that could be an interesting mixture this season. The Millers, New Richmond's adult baseball team, played a non-league game Saturday at Blaine, Minn. The Millers ended up losing, 6-2, but this was a game played more for discovery than a win or loss.
The New Richmond baseball team earned its third straight Middle Border Conference championship on Thursday. With an 8-3 win at St. Croix Central, the Tigers have locked up sole possession of the 2018 MBC title. The Tigers are now 6-0 in the MBC. They host Baldwin-Woodville at 5 p.m. on Friday in an attempt to complete a perfect MBC season.
The balanced talent in the New Richmond boys tennis lineup carried the Tigers to a second place overall finish in the Middle Border Conference standings and a second place result at the 2018 MBC tournament, which was completed Wednesday at Baldwin-Woodville High School. The Tigers finished tied for second place in the dual meet portion of the season with Baldwin-Woodville and Amery. Eau Claire Regis won the regular season and the conference tournament titles.
After a demoralizing loss to Osceola last Tuesday, the Somerset baseball team played a sharper, smarter game when they played at Ellsworth last Friday. Friday's game went down to the final inning, with Ellsworth winning 3-1. The performance at Ellsworth was what the Spartans needed heading into the final week of the regular season. The Spartans are scheduled to play at home on Tuesday against Baldwin-Woodville. That's followed by a double-header at Prescott on Thursday. The regular season ends with a home non-conference game against St. Croix Falls on Friday.
Playing the same time on back-to-back days is rare and can be awkward. Or in the case of the Somerset girls soccer team, it can be successful, then even more successful. The Spartans faced Osceola last Thursday and Friday. Thursday's game was the non-conference game, played on Osceola's artificial turf. The speed of the artificial turf threw off Somerset's offensive timing by just a touch, but the reliable Spartan defense did everything that was needed to preserve a 1-0 victory.