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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It didn't make them feel warm all over, but it sure helped. Playing in a cold and rainy afternoon in Amery, the St. Croix Central baseball team rallied for nine runs in the final three innings to beat Amery 9-3 last Thursday. "It's a lot warmer when you win," said Central coach Mike Fern. The cold was compounded by the problems of Amery's pitchers. The Amery pitchers gave up 15 walks in the game. Central's hitters only came through with four hits, but they were well timed late in the game. The game was scoreless until Central broke through with five runs in the fifth.
The Somerset and St. Croix Central track teams got one final chance to get a look at all of their team members before they hit the final stretch of large meets this season. That chance came last Friday, when Somerset held a triangular meet with St. Croix Central and Glenwood City as the visiting teams. Somerset was able to record team wins on both sides of the meet. Spartan girls coach Dave Praschak ranked this as one of the best performances of the season by his squad.
A team badly in need of a few breaks produced their own breaks on Monday. The St. Croix Central baseball team pulled out of a Dunn-St. Croix Conference losing streak by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. That was enough to push the Panthers past Mondovi, 8-7. This was a back-and-forth game, especially in the late innings. The game was tied 2-2 heading into the sixth inning. Mondovi scored two runs in the sixth, but the Panthers came back with three runs to take a 5-4 lead into the seventh. In the seventh Mondovi tacked on three runs to lead 7-5.
The St. Croix Central softball team had done extremely well against teams from the small school division of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference...until Monday. Playing at Spring Valley, the Panthers were limited to four hits in a 12-1 loss to the Cardinals. The only Central run of the game was scored in the third inning. Jenna Heinbuch singled, then moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Marie Nelson.
Entering the grounds of the Somerset School District will require a different route, starting this summer. The Somerset Board of Education voted last week to agree with a proposal from the Village of Somerset that will significantly alter the placement of the school driveway. The new school driveway will be located approximately several hundred feet west of the current driveway down County Highway I. This is a joint project between the school district, the Village of Somerset and St. Croix County.
The chance to finally compete outdoors resulted in a strong effort from the New Richmond track teams in a dual meet at Menomonie last Thursday. New Richmond's girls scored a 77-51 win over Menomonie. The Tiger boys scored a decisive 82-55 win over Menomonie. Boys coach Roger Reuvers was beaming after the meet with good reason. The boys had 20 personal bests in the meet and they were well distributed between the older and younger members of the team. Bryan Tschudy had been struggling with shin splints going into the meet, so Reuvers only put him in two events.
St. Croix Central's baseball team was hoping to get a winning streak rolling this week. That can still happen, though it didn't happen Monday. The Panthers ran into one of the top pitchers in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference in Osceola's Ross Benitz on Monday. Benitz held the Panthers to three hits as the Chieftains notched a 5-0 win. Central pitcher Tyler Cody looked like he was up to matching Benitz in Monday's game. Three Central errors changed all that.
The Somerset track teams opened the outdoor meet season against some of the toughest competition they will see during the regular season. Starting the season at Osceola last Thursday, the Spartans were facing Osceola, River Falls and Hudson. The Spartans finished at the bottom of the team standings in both meets, but the coaches felt the teams benefitted from seeing the tough competition this early. "What's not shown is the improvement of many of our athletes," said boys coach Richard Thompson.
For the St. Croix Central softball team, playing Baldwin-Woodville is always a good gauge of the Panthers' ability. The Panthers faced B-W last Tuesday in the annual clash between the bordering schools. Central lost to the Blackhawks 9-3, but there were plenty of signs that the Panthers are a significantly improved team this season. Central coach Brian Daniel used this game to give freshman Britany Butler her first varsity pitching start.
Experience should be a strong suit for the New Richmond boys tennis team this season. That was validated last Thursday when the Tigers dominated play in a match against River Falls. The Tigers won the match 6-1 against a team that has annually been one of their main rivals. Leading the Tigers are seniors Charlie Bohl and Jeff Engel who were state placewinners last year in doubles. This duo is doubly dangerous because they both have significant experience in singles and doubles.