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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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.
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.