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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The Somerset girls soccer team set a team record for goals, but it still wasn't enough to beat Osceola last Friday. The Spartan girls scored a team record five goals, but Osceola was able to score twice in the final 10 minutes to complete a 6-5 win. Osceola scored 90 seconds into the game. That was just the start of a wild offense night. The Spartans came back with four goals in less than 12 minutes. Katelyn Kippes tied the game at the 4:50 mark. Holly Germain put the Spartans ahead 2-1 when she scored with a header off a corner kick.
Open up the NRHS trophy case, the Tiger boys tennis team has another addition to make. The Tiger boys locked up the 2007 Middle Border Conference dual meet championship last Thursday by beating Eau Claire Regis by a 5-2 score. This stops a two-year hold that Regis had on the conference championship. New Richmond was the conference title winner in 2004.
The New Richmond softball team stands on the verge of winning its second straight Middle Border Conference championship. The Tigers clinched a share of the 2007 MBC title on Monday with an 11-1 win over Ellsworth at Hatfield Park. The Tigers are now 11-0 in conference play with three games remaining. Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville were tied for second place heading into Monday's action, both teams holding three losses. Monday's win was typical of the way the Tigers have built up their 12-1 overall record this season.
The New Richmond track teams knew they'd have tough competition in their hopes of winning the titles in the 2007 New Richmond Relays, which were held last Friday. This was the 41st running of the boys' relays and the 32nd year of the girls relays. Both battles for team titles proved to be two-team races among the 13 teams competing this year. River Falls was able to edge the New Richmond girls by one-half point for the girls championship.
Both Somerset track teams finished among the top three teams in their halves of the 2007 Amery Lions Track Invitational, held last Tuesday in Amery. Somerset's girls took second place among the 15 teams in the meet. The Spartan boys nearly matched that finish, placing third in this year's meet. Somerset's girls The Spartan girls finished one-half point ahead of Amery for second place in the meet. MBC rival Ellsworth won the meet. This was a meet where the Spartan girls took a step toward being healthier.
The Somerset baseball team was overdue for a big game and it arrived last Tuesday at Glenwood City. The Spartans pounded the ball all over the Glenwood City park, ringing up 18 hits to match their 18-run total. The final was 18-4, with the game ended after five innings on the 10-run rule. Three runs in the first inning got the Spartans rolling and they scored in each of the five innings. In the second and third innings they scored twice each inning, building a 7-0 lead. The only rocky stretch for the Spartans was the bottom of the third, when the Hilltoppers scored their four runs.
The New Richmond boys and girls track teams swept the championships at the 2007 Ellsworth Invitational last Friday in one of the most impressive combined performances in New Richmond track history. Coaches Roger Reuvers and Judy Weiss, who combined have more than 40 years experience coaching the Tigers, struggled to think of a time when both teams displayed this much firepower at one time. "It was the most unbelievable meet," Reuvers said.
There is a three-way tie at the top of the Middle Border Conference boys golf race as the teams make the turn into the May portion of the schedule. New Richmond and Amery tied for the top spot in a three-team MBC meet last Friday at Amery. With the tie, New Richmond and Amery each earn three points, giving them 35 team points in the conference standings. Durand also has 35 team points, meaning there's a three-way logjam at the top of the standings. Following them is a group battling for fourth place among the 12 teams in the MBC.
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.