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The winning margin for the Middle Border Conference golf championship ended up being one stroke. The New Richmond boys golf team earned the 2013 MBC championship on Monday, but not before some tense moments in the final conference golf match of the season. The Tigers finished tied for third in Monday's golf match. If they'd have had one more stroke on their scorecard, the Tigers would have tied Osceola for the conference team title. Osceola won Monday's match at Ellsworth with a score of 159.
After competing right down to the final point for the Middle Border Conference dual championship, the New Richmond boys tennis team had high hopes for the 2013 MBC team tournament. The team tournament didn't play out as well as the Tigers had hoped. They finished third in the team competition, behind Eau Claire Regis and Altoona. Jack Hop was the only Tiger to win a conference tournament championship. Hop won the three singles title, the second straight year he's earned a conference championship. The Tigers produced three second place finishes.
While there's been rain everywhere this spring, the New Richmond girls soccer team is entangled in a drought. The Tiger girls were held scoreless in their four games last week as they remain winless for the 2013 season. The Tigers have scored five goals in their 10 games. Opponents aren't blowing out the Tigers. They lost Middle Border Conference games last week to Somerset and Amery, both by 2-0 scores. On Friday the Tigers faced Big Rivers Conference leader River Falls.
The New Richmond track teams knew the competition would be stiff when they hosted the Division 1 regional track meet on Monday and they were right. Despite the Tigers posting numerous personal best times and distances in the meet, the Tigers were able to get just six events to Thursday's sectional meet in Rice Lake. All six of the New Richmond events that qualified for the sectional meet came from the girls team.
The St. Croix Central softball team had been hitting the ball with authority in recent games, but the Panthers couldn't string together any hits in their WIAA Division 2 tournament game at Osceola last Thursday. The Panthers were limited to five hits and no runs as their season came to an end with an 8-0 loss to the Chieftains. This actually won't be the end of the Panther season. Because the Panthers lost so many games to the wintry weather conditions this spring, Coach Mindy Rudiger is trying to add games this week to give the girls more of a season.
Somerset's Jared Dettmann and Dakota Belter are key parts of the Century College pitching staff that has carried the Wood Ducks to the Junior College World Series. Century College earned its place in the JUCO World Series by winning the NJCAA Region XIII Tournament over the weekend. The World Series will be played on May 25-29 in Tyler, Texas. Century College was ranked third in the May 8 junior college national rankings. Century defeated St. Cloud Tech 5-1 in the Region XIII championship game on Sunday at St.
The New Richmond softball team was just starting to reach its potential when the Tigers ran out of season. The Tigers finished the Middle Border Conference schedule last Tuesday with an impressive performance, sweeping a pair of games in Somerset. The post-season began and ended for the Tigers with a game at Altoona last Thursday. The Tigers, seeded fifth in the Division 2 regional tournament bracket, lost to the fourth-seeded Rails 8-4. The Tigers were determined to put up a fight against Altoona and they showed right away they meant it.
The blur that was the Somerset softball season came to an end last Thursday in the opening round of WIAA Division 2 regional tournament action. The Spartans put up a good fight before falling to Ellsworth 7-2 in their tournament game. The Spartans finish the season with a 2-13 record. The horrific spring weather threw a wrench into the Spartans' schedule. They didn't play their first outdoor game until April 29. In the next 18 days, the Spartans squeezed in 14 games.
The fact that the St. Croix Central teams competed, and competed quite well, in the 2013 Dunn-St. Croix Conference track meet showed a great deal of courage. The Central student body was informed that morning of the death of two fellow students. Despite the emotional weight of the day, the Central boys were able to place second and the girls third in the meet the Panthers hosted last Tuesday. The Panther boys put up a healthy battle, but just didn't have the horses to catch Elk Mound, which won with 156 points.
Golfers in western Wisconsin are having a significant impact on the lives of orphans in Africa. Troy and Heather Boe of New Richmond have formed a non-profit foundation called "Be Their Hope" with a goal of making the lives of orphans and young mothers better in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The main fundraiser for the new foundation is an annual "Golf For Congo" event in June at the New Richmond Golf Course.