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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The New Richmond baseball team earned its third straight Middle Border Conference championship on Thursday. With an 8-3 win at St. Croix Central, the Tigers have locked up sole possession of the 2018 MBC title. The Tigers are now 6-0 in the MBC. They host Baldwin-Woodville at 5 p.m. on Friday in an attempt to complete a perfect MBC season.
The balanced talent in the New Richmond boys tennis lineup carried the Tigers to a second place overall finish in the Middle Border Conference standings and a second place result at the 2018 MBC tournament, which was completed Wednesday at Baldwin-Woodville High School. The Tigers finished tied for second place in the dual meet portion of the season with Baldwin-Woodville and Amery. Eau Claire Regis won the regular season and the conference tournament titles.
After a demoralizing loss to Osceola last Tuesday, the Somerset baseball team played a sharper, smarter game when they played at Ellsworth last Friday. Friday's game went down to the final inning, with Ellsworth winning 3-1. The performance at Ellsworth was what the Spartans needed heading into the final week of the regular season. The Spartans are scheduled to play at home on Tuesday against Baldwin-Woodville. That's followed by a double-header at Prescott on Thursday. The regular season ends with a home non-conference game against St. Croix Falls on Friday.
Playing the same time on back-to-back days is rare and can be awkward. Or in the case of the Somerset girls soccer team, it can be successful, then even more successful. The Spartans faced Osceola last Thursday and Friday. Thursday's game was the non-conference game, played on Osceola's artificial turf. The speed of the artificial turf threw off Somerset's offensive timing by just a touch, but the reliable Spartan defense did everything that was needed to preserve a 1-0 victory.
The season long success of the New Richmond boys golf team carried into the 2018 Middle Border Conference tournament on Wednesday. The Tigers shot a 346 to win the 2018 MBC tournament by 10 strokes ahead of Amery at the New Richmond Golf Club. With 76 points for the season, the Tigers easily were able to lock down the team championship. Amery ranked second in the team standings with 65 points, followed by St. Croix Central with 55 and Baldwin-Woodville with 53.
Middle Border Conference championships were decided Tuesday in track and girls soccer, and Wednesday, MBC titles will be determined in boys golf and boys tennis. The New Richmond girls soccer team locked up the MBC championship with a homefield 10-0 win against Amery on Tuesday. The Tigers went unbeaten through the 2018 MBC season. This was an emotional Parents Night for the Tigers. At halftime, the Tigers released 13 balloons in honor of teammate Megan Bennig, who last October. Bennig wore jersey #13 with the Tigers.
There won't be much drama at the 2018 Middle Border Conference boys golf tournament, which will be played Wednesday at the New Richmond Golf Club. The New Richmond boys team won two MBC matches on Friday and another on Monday to build an almost insurmountable lead heading into Wednesday's conference tournament. New Richmond junior Blake Peterson is also in excellent position to earn conference Player of the Year honors, taking an eight-point lead into Wednesday's tournament.
One of the biggest unseen tasks for track coaches is setting lineups for every meet. The Somerset track coaches used last Tuesday's St. Croix Central Invitational to collect the final bits of data used in setting their lineup for this Tuesday's Middle Border Conference meet.
Senior Day couldn't have gone any better for the New Richmond girls soccer team. Both of the seniors on the roster scored goals and the Tigers were incredibly sharp in putting away La Crosse Logan on Saturday, 10-0. The win is the tenth straight for the Tigers this season.
The New Richmond softball team needed something good to happen. That goodness came last Friday. The Tigers shook off an eight-game losing streak to win at Osceola, 12-7. This was the Tigers' second win of the season and both have come in Middle Border Conference games. To be successful, the Tigers are looking for a group effort in creating success. That happened in Friday's win. It starts with pitching. Freshman Leah DeYoung worked the first four innings in the circle. Senior Madeline Hatch worked the final three innings and saved DeYoung's victory.