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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Somerset's hopes of reaching the WIAA State Baseball Championships ended just the way they ended in 2002. A loss to Baldwin-Woodville in the sectional semifinals ended the Spartans' 2003 season, in the Somerset WIAA Summer Baseball Sectional Tournament last Friday.
Dorthea Swanson died of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) in 1960. Dorthea lived in New Richmond with her husband, Merlin, and their 15 children. Now seven of her children and three grandchildren have been diagnosed with PKD. A golf tournament is being planned by Dorthea's family to help raise funds for the battle against PKD. PKD affects more than 600,000 Americans each year. This disease forms cysts in the kidney.
They've hit bottom and are now on their way back up. That's what the New Richmond Tigers believe and their play last week shows they may be right. The Tigers completed their Middle Border Conference season last Tuesday by beating Glenwood City 9-4. This ends a four-game losing streak in the conference for the Tigers and gives them a final MBC record of 4-4. That was followed by a game last Wednesday against Lakeland Conference champion Grantsburg. The Tigers were facing Brian Johnson, who pitched in the state all-star game in June.
New Richmond, like professionals, are unable to pull out of slump If any team can relate to the current slump of the Minnesota Twins, it's the New Richmond Tiger baseball team. The Tigers continued their swoon last Tuesday, losing at Baldwin-Woodville 14-2. This officially knocked the Tigers out of contention for the Middle Border Conference championship. B-W then locked up the conference title by beating Somerset 4-1 in eight innings last Thursday. The loss at Baldwin-Woodville was another case where the Tigers collapsed early in the game.
Ellsworth kept its hopes of winning a Middle Border Conference title alive while dealing a harsh blow to New Richmond's chances of winning the MBC crown last Tuesday. Ellsworth was at the top of its game, while New Richmond continued its recent struggles. Ellsworth scored a 12-1 win over the Tigers. This moves Ellsworth to 4-3 in the conference standings while the Tigers fall to 3-3. Three New Richmond pitchers gave up 11 hits, but it was defense that was the Tigers' biggest problem.
There were fireworks on and off the field when the New Richmond Millers knocked off the Spring Valley Hawks on the Fourth of July, 11-7. This closes the ranks in the St. Croix Valley League northern division. The Millers are now 3-4 in the SCVL. Spring Valley slides to 5-2 with the loss. The fireworks that were ringing out all around the field had a definite impact, testing each player's patience. "It was hard to concentrate," said Millers manager Ryan Stephens. "There was too much activity.
There's a new Mr. Minnesota Body Building champion and he's from Somerset. Brian Beauvais, a 2000 graduate of Somerset High School, earned the body building championship on June 21 in the NPC Mr./Ms. Minnesota State Bodybuilding and Fitness/Figure Championships. Beauvais worked for two years to get ready for this competition. He competed in the Mr. Minnesota competition in 2001, placing third in the collegiate division and tenth in the open class.
Two nights after being stung by Baldwin-Woodville, the Somerset baseball team did some stinging of its own, scoring 26 runs against Glenwood City. The 26-2 win over the Hilltoppers came last Thursday, two nights after the Spartans had lost to B-W 8-4. In the unsettled Middle Border Conference this season, all five teams can still be a factor in deciding the conference champion. Going into this Tuesday's game between Somerset and New Richmond, the Tigers held the MBC lead by one game over Somerset and B-W.
The Somerset School District couldn't have picked a better time to refinance. The school district refinanced the final 10 years on the bonds remaining from the selling of the bonds for the Somerset High School building in 1994.
Mike Tarman was perfect against Ellsworth. The whole New Richmond baseball team was practically perfect against Baldwin-Woodville. New Richmond moved into the lead in the Middle Border Conference summer baseball season by beating Ellsworth and Baldwin-Woodville last week. In last Tuesday's 10-0 win at Ellsworth, Tarman was unhittable, throwing a perfect game for the Tigers. The Tigers followed that with a huge offensive night against B-W on Thursday. This was a showdown for the conference lead, but Baldwin-Woodville never showed up.