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 more than 30 years.
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The ability to win close games, whether they were offensive or defensive battles, is what carried the New Richmond and St. Croix Central baseball teams to victories in the opening round of WIAA Division 2 regional tournament play on Thursday. New Richmond rode the superb pitching of senior Ryan Kling to a 2-0 victory over Somerset. St. Croix Central was carried by the sensational hitting of senior Derek Myer in an 8-6 win over Altoona. New Richmond-Somerset
The Somerset softball team was eliminated from the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament on Monday. Somerset traveled to West Salem, losing in the second round of regionals, 6-0. West Salem has an outstanding team, with Monday's win elevating its record to 22-3. West Salem was the undefeated champion of the Coulee Conference. The loss left Somerset with a final 11-12 record. The Spartans finished 7-7 in the Middle Border Conference this season. Somerset was limited to two hits in the tournament game.
The WIAA regional track meets were held Monday, and New Richmond, St. Croix Central and Somerset all produced an excellent amount of success. St. Croix Central produced a first, winning both team championships at the Division 2 regional meet that was held at Bloomer. Somerset provided some of the best competition at the meet, with the Spartan boys placing second. New Richmond had a strong performance at the Division 1 regional held at Menomonie, with the Tiger girls placing fourth and the boys finishing fifth. Division 1
The final night of Middle Border Conference baseball action saw plenty of good news for the New Richmond and St. Croix Central teams on Monday. New Richmond finished off its fourth straight MBC championship with a 2-0 win at New Richmond's Citizens Field. The Tigers finish the conference season 14-0 and have now won 31 straight MBC games. St. Croix Central locked up second place in the MBC standings, the Panthers' best finish since moving to the conference. Central did this by sweeping a pair of games at Osceola, giving the Panthers a 9-5 MBC record.
The whipping wind was a factor in all of the sports events that took place on Tuesday, including WIAA regional golf and softball. In Division 1 golf, the New Richmond boys missed advancing as a team by two strokes at the Superior regional meet. New Richmond sophomore Owen Covey did advance, finishing as co-medalist at the Superior regional tournament.
The WIAA regional track meets were held Monday and New Richmond, St. Croix Central and Somerset all produced an excellent amount of success.
The final night of Middle Border Conference baseball action saw plenty of good news for the New Richmond and St. Croix Central teams on Monday. New Richmond finished off its fourth straight MBC championship with a 2-0 win at New Richmond’s Citizens Field. The Tigers finish the conference season 14-0 and they have now won 31 straight MBC games.
Here is a listing of the sectional track qualifiers for the three local schools from regional meets that were held on Monday. New Richmond Girls 200 Meters: 4. Emma McVitty 28.48 Girls 800 Meters: 4. Barb Kling 2:27.18 Girls 100 Hurdles: 4. Addie Zinck 16.63 Girls 300 Hurdles: 2. Addie Zinck 48.68
With the WIAA playoffs beginning soon, the local baseball teams are picking up challenging non-conference games to get them “playoff ready.” New Richmond and Somerset took on teams from within their WIAA Division 2 regional playoff bracket, while St. Croix Central faced an undefeated defending state champion. New Richmond
You can see Isaiah Kasay's friendly face this summer any time you enter a grocery store in western Wisconsin in the SpartanNash chain.