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's Jake Bourassa showed he's not completely impervious to being nervous, but he did have the poise to sink a putt on the first playoff hole in the WIAA Division 1 boys golf sectional tournament on Monday. That pressure putt earned Bourassa a spot in the 2009 WIAA State Boys Golf Championships. The state tournament will be played next Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Club in Madison. Bourassa was able to qualify for state as an individual, but the Tigers weren't so fortunate as a team.
New Richmond seniors Jake Wickham and McKenzie Kelly have gone the distance. They will complete their superb high school distance running careers by competing at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse. They will be joined at the state meet by New Richmond's girls 800 and 1,600 meter relay teams, which were both champions in last Friday's WIAA Division 1 Wausau West Sectional Meet. The 800 meter relay team of Carley Brotzler, Mary Balow, Krissy Atterholt and Kat Keller set a school record by running a 1:45.31 time in the sectional meet. The 1,6
The New Richmond boys track team has made a tradition of having its seniors rise to the occasion at the yearly Middle Border Conference track championships. That tradition carried the Tiger boys to their third straight MBC title, winning the 2009 meet by a wide margin last Tuesday at Amery High School.
Playing in the Middle Border Conference tournament is nothing new for the New Richmond boys golf team. The Tigers handled the pressure of the MBC tournament with cool composure. They won last Tuesday's tournament by shooting a 310 score at Wild Ridge Golf Club in Eau Claire. By winning the conference tournament, the Tigers locked up the 2009 conference championship. For the season the Tigers finished with 111 conference points. The best possible point total is 112. Osceola finished second with 105 points.
The New Richmond softball team withstood a huge comeback attempt from Somerset's girls in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 regional tournaments last Thursday. New Richmond led 8-2 after five innings. Somerset then made charges in the sixth and seventh innings, but the Tigers were able to hold on for a 9-7 win. That moved the Tigers into Tuesday's regional semifinal game against Amery.
For the opposing teams, it had to seem like Somerset had Gina Hanzlik, Christina Flandrick, Lauren Westerdahl or Alicia Potting in every event. Those four veterans, along with a host of other outstanding performances, led the Somerset girls track team to the 2009 Middle Border Conference championship last Tuesday. Somerset's girls finished the meet with 174.5 points, well ahead of the 138.5 points for second place Osceola. New Richmond took third place with 108 points and Ellsworth was fourth with 103 points.
Overtimes have been plentiful, but not very enjoyable, for the New Richmond girls soccer team this season. The Tigers played the seventh overtime game of their Middle Border Conference schedule last Tuesday, but this was a finish the Tigers would relish. This time the Tigers were able to bury a shot in the overtime, beating their rivals from Somerset 2-1. To make the week even better for the Tigers, they followed the win over Somerset with another conference win, beating Barron 2-1 last Thursday. The win over Somerset ranks as one of the sweetest for the Tigers this season.
Winning meet championships is nothing new for the Somerset girls track team, but it is ground breaking for the Spartan boys team. Somerset swept the championships in the Colfax Invitational, run last Tuesday at Colfax High School. Somerset's boys finished with 90 points. Cadott was second in a closely packed field, with 76.5 points. The Spartan girls rolled up 156.5 points to score their win.
The New Richmond softball team isn't used to losing. You can imagine the shockwaves that ran through the minds of the Tigers following their 19-1 loss on Monday to Amery. This was the final regular season game for the Tigers. They begin WIAA Division 2 tournament play on Tuesday at 4 p.m., with a home game against Somerset. The winner of Thursday's game will play in the second round of regionals next Tuesday. The Tigers will need to regroup quickly for the tournament season after the crushing loss administered by Amery.
The Dunn-St. Croix Conference softball championship has long been a battle between Pepin, Elmwood and Spring Valley, with few interlopers able to break through that triumvirate at the top of the conference. That has all changed this year. The St. Croix Central softball team has climbed to the top of the D-SC in 2009. The Panthers finished off their D-SC championship with an 11-0 win at Boyceville on Monday.