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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As the Middle Border Conference softball race reaches its midpoint, the New Richmond softball team remains unbeaten at the top of the conference. The Tigers scored a 12-1 win at Baldwin-Woodville, raising their record to 7-0 in the MBC. They hold a two-game lead over second place Somerset, who visits the Tigers for a game at Hatfield Park this Thursday. The Tigers and B-W were locked in a close battle for four innings Monday. The game was started in a pouring rain and Tiger pitcher Nikki Singerhouse uncharacteristically gave up three walks and a run in the first inning.
This week, the only thing that could stop the Somerset softball team was the weather. Whether it's a pitching battle or a slugfest, the Somerset softball team is finding ways to win its games. The Spartans won three straight games last week and were well on their way to a win on Monday against Prescott. That's when Mother Nature stepped in. With lightning strikes in the area, the game was called in the top of the fifth inning with the Spartans leading 14-5. Last Friday the Spartans won a pitchers duel against St. Croix Central, 3-2.
The St. Croix Central baseball team has some ground to make up in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference race. The best way to do that is beat the teams ahead of you and that's exactly what the Panthers did on Monday. Elk Mound had been unbeaten in the large school division of the D-SC until Monday, when Central took down the Mounders 8-2. The Panthers are now 4-3 in conference play and are justifying the confidence that Coach Mike Fern showed in them early in the season. "From where we started, we've improved in all areas," Fern said. "We're hitting the ball well.
One of the teams that most concerned the New Richmond boys tennis team this season was Baldwin-Woodville. So when the two teams met on Thursday on the B-W courts, one of the top spots in the Middle Border Conference was on the line. The Tigers were able to win three of the singles matches and one doubles match to carry a 4-3 win. The Tigers and B-W have two of the most experienced lineups in the conference and that played out in this match.
A 3-0 week has helped the Somerset girls soccer team get its record above the .500 level. The Spartans scored wins over Osceola, Spooner and Baldwin-Woodville during the week. The Spartans continue to play well in the defensive end, giving up one goal in the three games. Last Thursday the Spartans played at Osceola, in a battle for second place in the Middle Border Conference standings. The Spartans managed to notch a 2-0 win, raising their record to 2-1 in conference games. The first half of the game was scoreless and was evenly played.
"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.