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After proposals were sought from the private sector, St. Croix County is no closer to finding a home for soon-to-be-displaced employees at the Health and Human Services building in New Richmond. Because only one lease offer was received, for the old County Market building in New Richmond, County Administrator Patrick Thompson is rethinking the whole thing.
New Richmond's baseball team suffered its first Middle Border Conference loss of the 2013 season last Friday in a back-and-forth battle with Ellsworth. The Tigers bounced back on Monday, improving to 4-1 in the MBC with a 6-2 win over Amery. In between, the Tigers played a double-header in La Crosse on Saturday, taking on an always talented La Crosse Central team. The Tigers were able to win the opening game on Saturday 9-4. Central came back to get the second game 6-5.
The showdown for the Middle Border Conference boys dual meet championship was an arduous battle, with the deciding matches lasting well beyond two hours. With the sun setting, the final matches were decided. Eau Claire Regis was able to score wins in all three of the matches that stretched into third sets, giving the Ramblers a 4-3 win over New Richmond in the match that decided the MBC dual meet title last Tuesday on the Tiger courts. This match pitted two extremely closely skilled teams.
The high hopes the Somerset baseball team had for 2013 haven't carried through, but the Spartans are hoping they can end their season with a flourish. The Spartans earned their first consecutive wins of the season when they defeated Baldwin-Woodville on Monday, 7-2. That followed a 17-7 win over Unity in a tournament at Grantsburg on Saturday. The Spartans are hoping that this two-game win streak is the start of something big.
The lack of offensive success continues to weigh down the New Richmond girls soccer team. The Tigers remain winless this season after losing a 1-0 decision at Hayward on Monday. The Tigers have played well enough in the defensive zone to be competitive in every game. Before Monday's loss in regulation, the Tigers had played four straight overtime games. In their seven games this season, the Tigers have a total of five goals. Coach Steve Tesar said the team didn't play with its usual fire at Hayward. "We came out really flat," he said.
Sweeps against Dunn-St. Croix Conference opponents Spring Valley and Mondovi has helped the St. Croix Central softball team move up to the middle of the pack in the D-SC standings. The Panthers went from the bottom of the conference to the middle of the pack by winning five of six games they played in an incredibly demanding weekend. The Panthers swept a double-header at home on Friday against Mondovi, 3-2 and 10-4. That led into a two-stop road trip in a wintry mix of weather on Saturday. The first stop on the trip was Spring Valley.
The lead in the Middle Border Conference boys golf race grew larger for the New Richmond boys team on Monday when they won an 18-hole MBC tournament played at Clifton Highlands Golf Course near Prescott. The Tigers won the tournament by finishing with a score of 343. Osceola, the Tigers' main pursuer all season, took second place with a 349 score. Somerset had its best round of the conference season, placing third with a 363. It took a major comeback by the Tigers to pull out Monday's win. Osceola led the Tigers by 12 strokes after nine holes.
A fund-raising event to send six Somerset football players and coaches to the WFCA State All-Star Game will be held this Sunday. The Spartan Football All-Star Game Recogntion Fundraiser will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, at General Sam's in Somerset. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. This includes dinner, a viewing of the Spartan 2012 state championship team highlight film and a motivational speech from football coach Bruce Larson.
Getting the chance to participate in a meet that was the same format as the one used for the Middle Border Conference meet was too much for the Somerset Spartans to pass up. The Spartans got in an excellent rehearsal for the MBC meet when they competed in the rescheduled Amery Lions Invitational last Wednesday.
A strong pitching performance from Hayden Zimmerman and timely hitting carried the New Richmond Millers to a 5-4 win over the Spring Valley Hawks in the opening game of 2013 St. Croix Valley League play. The game was played Saturday night under blustery conditions at New Richmond's Citizens Field. The Millers also played at home the previous evening in a non-league game against the Spooner Cardinals.