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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If there were any doubts that the New Richmond baseball team could successfully make the transfer from summer ball to playing in the spring, the doubts were answered on Monday. On Monday the Tigers knocked off Ellsworth, which had been ranked in the top 10 teams in the state in the pre-season. And it was a decisive win, with the Tigers prevailing 8-2. It looked like the Tigers might be in trouble when Ellsworth scored twice in the first inning and Tiger pitcher Cody Torkelson walked the first two batters of the second inning. Torkelson worked out of that jam, and then he caught fire.
Competing against Division 1 competition is no longer an ominous threat to the New Richmond track teams. When the Tigers first advanced to the WIAA Division 1 level in 2006, there were fears the Tigers would be overmatched. That has proven to not be the case. Case in point: last Tuesday's Eau Claire North Husky Invitational. The Tiger boys won the championship in this tournament, with the Tiger girls taking third place. Boys coach Roger Reuvers said he wasn't expecting to win the meet.
The Somerset girls got to compete in the initial meet at the new track facility at Park-Cottage Grove in the Twin Cities last Tuesday. The Spartans took second place among the five teams in the inaugural event at the Park track, which is expected to be one of the top high school venues in Minnesota. It was a strong performance for the Spartans, who took first place in five of the events.
The Somerset School District has been chosen as one of 12 districts in the nation to lead a national program on autism. The program is the National Professional Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders Project. In the program, 12 school districts around the nation will work with The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Three states, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Indiana, were chosen for the first year of the this program.
Past practice was followed in the Somerset Board of Education's final decision on 2008 open enrollment applications. But it was a blunt suggestion from a community member that may get the Board to think differently about open enrollment in the future. In the past several years, facing crowded conditions in the schools, the Board restricted the students it allowed into the District through open enrollment. The Board set a policy several years ago to only approve students who are already in the District and are changing buildings, or applicants who already have siblings in the District.
It's not what the other Middle Border Conference teams want to hear, but the New Richmond softball team is starting to roll. The Tigers, two-time defending MBC champions, are now 3-0 after beating Somerset 11-1 at Hatfield Park. New Richmond took care of this game early. The Tigers scored five runs in the first inning, then added four more runs in the second frame against the young Somerset team. The Tigers hit the ball with authority in the game, starting from their first batter. Paige Spaulding led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple to deep rightfield.
After last Thursday's game, you can never question the toughness of the girls on the Somerset soccer team. The Spartans didn't want to delay their season opener any more, so they decided to play last Thursday in nearly white-out conditions. The game was started at the height of the storm, with heavy, wet snow and a whipping wind creating unimaginable conditions. Those conditions didn't stop the Spartans. Playing on their home field, Somerset's girls scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the game.
The depth of how much people cared for Monica Jensen was shown on Saturday, when more than 300 runners and walkers braved some of the worst conditions imaginable to take part in the second annual Monica Jensen Scholarship Run. Jensen, the former New Richmond High School standout athlete, died after battling Melanoma for several years. Saturday's race was held on the one-year anniversary of her death. Through the efforts of all of those who took part, and others who donated funds, more than $10,000 was raised.
New Richmond's girls soccer team finally got to play its 2008 season opener on Tuesday. The Tigers made it a successful debut, beating Osceola 2-1. Senior forward Brianna Richter scored twice in the first period for the Tigers. Osceola scored its goal late in the second half. Richter leads a strong group of returning players for the Tigers. She is one of four returning all-Middle Border Conference players for the Tigers. Lea LeMire, Tasia Kelley and Danica Alvarez are also returning first team all-MBC selections. The Tigers are constructed with a defense-first attitude.
According to Phip LaVenture, Gene L'Allier and other seventh and eighth grade boys at St. Mary's School in 1948, the rowdy reputation of football great Johnny (Blood) McNally isn't completely justified. LaVenture, L'Allier and their teammates should know another side of McNally. McNally volunteered to start a football team at St.