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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"Keep Smiling." More than 1,000 people who took part in a series of fund-raisers for Monica (Walz) Jensen on Saturday were given that reminder throughout the day. The people who participated in the 5K walk/run, the golf tournament and the silent auction, plus dozens and dozens of volunteers and well wishers, made Saturday's events a fitting tribute to Jensen. Jensen lost her three-year battle with cancer nine days before the benefits were held.
Dr. Sabina Zimering was one of seven members of her extended family in Poland who survived the Holocaust. That means seven out of more than 50 members of her family were able to survive. All of the others were killed between the years 1939 and 1945 by Adolf Hitler's Nazi Army when Germany invaded Poland. Dr. Zimering spoke Monday at the Somerset Middle School. The seventh and eighth grade students study the Holocaust each year. Teacher Carol Zinter was able to arrange to have Dr. Zimering come to Somerset to speak to the students. Now in her early 80s, Dr.
The Middle Border Conference boys golf season is a short, concentrated season. Within the first weeks of conference matches, it is already apparent that this is going to be one of the closer races in years for the conference title. On Monday all 12 MBC teams played in a conference match at Prescott. This meet took a big step toward shaking out which teams will be the leading contenders this season. Amery won the meet with a score of 162. New Richmond took second at 169. Osceola and Durand tied for third place at 173, followed by Somerset at 174 and St.
The New Richmond softball team continues to set the pace in the Middle Border Conference. The Tigers stand alone in the MBC lead with a 4-0 record, following a 5-1 homefield win against Amery on Monday. The Tigers got all the runs they would need with a four-run rally in the second inning on Monday. Shelley Peterson and Carrie Lepinski started the rally with walks and Paige Spaulding was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With two outs, Jenna Moe and Libby Jensen each delivered two-run singles to bring home the four runs. The fifth Tiger run came in the third inning.
The Somerset soccer team picked up two wins, including their first Middle Border Conference win, in four recent games. On Saturday the Spartans split a pair of games in their home triangular meet. They started the day by beating Superior 3-1. Superior then beat Osceola 3-2. In the final game of the day, Osceola scored a 3-1 win over the Spartans. Last Thursday the Spartans earned their first MBC win of the season by winning at New Richmond 2-1. The Spartans nearly had their first MBC win two days earlier. Amery scored with 18 seconds left in regulation to force the game into overtime.
In its Middle Border Conference opener the New Richmond boys tennis team looked like one of the teams that should be favored in the conference this season. Ellsworth stacked its best players in the singles lineup, but New Richmond was still able to score a 6-1 win in the MBC opening match last Thursday. Kyle Mitchell moved up to one singles with this match and he earned a victory. He had a tough opening set with Willie Lutz, winning in a tie-breaker.
There's no way the Somerset softball team could have seen this one coming. On Monday the Spartans went to Ellsworth, hoping to improve on their 5-1 record. Instead, Ellsworth struck for eight runs in the first inning, from which the Spartans could never recover. Ellsworth rolled to an 11-5 win in the game. The Spartans had scored three runs in the top of the first inning, but the huge Ellsworth rally seemed to stun the Spartans.
Once they finally got into an outdoor meet, the New Richmond track teams took second place in both the boys and girls halves of the meet, when they competed in the Husky Invitational at Eau Claire North last Thursday. New Richmond's boys locked into an excellent battle with Menomonie. The Indians were able to edge the Tigers for the meet title, based largely on a slight edge in the field events. The balance shown by the Tiger boys was something to behold. They placed in every event and they placed in the top five in every event except the shot put. The balance is matched by depth.
The St. Croix Central baseball team reached a crossroads last Friday at Luck. The Panthers blew an early 7-2 lead at Luck and that was all Panther coach Mike Fern could take. Fern had a long, animated talk with the team about the opportunities the team is missing. The Panthers appeared to get the message. They played an excellent team game on Monday, when they pounded Spring Valley 15-7. Monday's game was the offensive outburst the Panthers have been needing. They raked Spring Valley pitchers for 17 hits. Michael Tilton led the charge with four hits, including three doubles.
After winning the Middle Border Conference title in 2006, the New Richmond girls softball team picked up right where it left off. The Tigers started their MBC season on Monday by beating Prescott 11-4. This is the 15th straight win for the Tigers in conference play. There were two postponements last week, so the Tigers were the last of the MBC teams to get their season started. It took the Tigers a few innings to get rolling against Prescott. After scoring once in the first three innings, the Tigers decisively put the game away.