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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For the New Richmond boys tennis duo of Trevor Anderson and Jordan Berget, qualifying for the 2009 Division 1 State Tennis Championships is validation of their tennis and athletic skills. Anderson and Berget qualified for state by winning their opening match in the Stevens Point Division 1 Sectional Tournament last Thursday. They'd qualified for the sectional tournament by winning their only match in the WIAA Wausau West subsectional tournament two days earlier. Anderson and Berget, both seniors, have worked painstakingly to prove themselves as athletes.
There's reason to rejoice in the St. Croix Central track program. The St. Croix Central track teams were able to advance four individual entries to the 2009 WIAA State Track Meet. The 2009 state meet will be held at UW-La Crosse this Friday and Saturday. Advancing to state for the Panthers are senior Derrek Pedersen in the 800 meters, junior Maddie Skaalrud in the 100 meters and sophomore Brett Johnson in a pair of distance races, the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Pedersen will be running at state for the second straight year.
The Amery softball team succeeded New Richmond as the Middle Border Conference champion. Last week, Amery supplanted New Richmond as the WIAA regional tournament champion. Amery knocked off New Richmond 9-4 in the WIAA regional semifinals at Hatfield Park last Tuesday. Amery then knocked off Bloomer, the top seed in the regional, by a 3-1 score in the regional final last Thursday. New Richmond's softball team finishes the 2009 season with a 13-11 record. The Tigers gave Amery a strong battle in Tuesday's regional game.
With a little luck, the Somerset girls track team thinks it can make an impact in the 2009 WIAA State Track and Field Championships. The Spartan girls are taking 10 entries to the 2009 state track meet, which will be run this Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse. That entry total is one of the highest in team history. Somerset's boys will also be in action at state, with three boys competing in individual events in the state meet. Spartan girls Somerset's girls added to their award-winning season by winning the team championship in last Friday's WIAA Division 2 sectional meet in Medford.
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.