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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Make it a clean sweep for the New Richmond boys tennis team. The Tigers matched their Middle Border Conference dual meet championship with an MBC team tournament championship. The Tigers were the winners in the team tournament at the New Richmond High School courts last Tuesday. Three of the seven flight championships in the team tournament were taken by Tigers. The Tigers were second in three more of the flights, with one third place finish. All seven flights in the tournament produced positive results for the Tigers.
Somerset had never won a Middle Border Conference girls team championship in any sport until last Tuesday, when the Spartan girls were announced as champions of the 2007 MBC Track Meet. That announcement didn't come until 30 minutes after the meet had been completed. Originally it had been announced that Osceola had won the meet by a half-point over the Spartans. Somerset coach Dave Praschak saw an error in the scoring and a recount was done. This time, the scoring had Somerset winning the meet by a half-point.
The odds were stacked heavily against the New Richmond boys golf team at the 2007 Middle Border Conference tournament last Tuesday. That didn't stop the Tigers. They not only won the conference tournament, but when Amery slid back to fifth place in the tournament, the Tigers were able to capture the overall conference championship for the 2007 season. The Tigers, playing one of the youngest lineups in the tournament, had a slim chance of winning the overall conference championship. They needed several factors to work in their favor. First, they needed to win the conference tournament.
Perfection. Again. The New Richmond softball team completed its second straight undefeated Middle Border Conference season last Tuesday when they beat Baldwin-Woodville 5-0. This gives the Tigers 28 consecutive wins in conference play. The Tigers then moved to the WIAA Division 2 regional tournaments, where they scored a 4-0 win over Ellsworth in the opening round last Thursday. This Tuesday the Tigers were scheduled to play Somerset in the second round of regionals.
Last Tuesday's soccer showdown between New Richmond and Somerset was a battle for second place in the Middle Border Conference final standings. And both teams played with the intensity of a game of this magnitude. In the end, it was New Richmond that was able to do more with its scoring opportunities, carrying the Tigers to a 3-0 win. With the win the Tigers finish in second place in the MBC with a 2-3-1 record. Somerset and Osceola tie for third place with 2-4 records. Junior forward Brianna Richter scored all three of New Richmond's goals in the game.
Add another Dunn-St. Croix Conference championship to the lineage of success for the St. Croix Central girls track team. The line of conference championship trophies was lengthened when the Panthers won the 2007 title last Tuesday on their home track. Led by an outstanding performance from its seniors, Central's girls track team was able to run away with the 2007 title. The Panther girls won with 145 points, compared to the 107 points for second place Mondovi. Central's boys were locked in a much closer battle in their half of the meet.
The New Richmond girls soccer team earned a decisive win in its 2007 home finale on Thursday, topping Osceola 3-0. This is the Tigers' first win in Middle Border Conference games this season. It was the final home game for the Tigers' only senior, forward Steph Anderson. All three of the Tigers' goals came in the first half of the game, with the speed of Brianna Richter being a key ingredient in all three goals. Richter scored the Tigers' first goal of the game. She then assisted on the next two goals, which were scored by Danica Alvarez and Sarah Harrington.
The New Richmond softball team earned its second straight Middle Border Conference championship last week. The Tigers locked up the 2007 MBC title with a 3-1 win at Amery last Tuesday. The Tigers kept on winning, scoring a 6-3 win over Durand on Thursday. With these wins the Tigers stand at 13-0 in the MBC. They were scheduled to play their final conference game on Tuesday against Baldwin-Woodville. With the wins over Amery and Durand, the Tigers have won 27 straight conference games. The win over Amery on Tuesday locked up the conference title for the Tigers.
With 12 days between the final Middle Border Conference dual match and the MBC boys tennis tournament, the New Richmond boys team filled that gap with several challenging opponents. In that span the Tigers played dual matches against Pine City and Menomonie, before hosting a five-team tournament last Saturday. Pine City Last Tuesday the Tigers travelled to Pine City, Minn. and got into an excellent test of tennis skills.
Because the Somerset track teams had been involved in so many meets where they were facing large schools, Coach Dave Praschak decided to enter the Spartan girls team in last Tuesday's Colfax Invitational. Praschak was hoping his team would get an ego boost from competing in this meet. After outscoring the nearest team by 75 points and winning the meet championship, the Spartans' egos should be flying high heading into this week's Middle Border Conference Track Meet. The Spartan girls won championships in 11 events at the meet. The event wins were spread among the running and field events.