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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You can see Isaiah Kasay's friendly face this summer any time you enter a grocery store in western Wisconsin in the SpartanNash chain.
When the New Richmond and Somerset baseball teams met Thursday, it was clear the upcoming WIAA playoff game between these rivals was more on the minds of the opposing coaches than the current game. Both coaches used the game to get pitchers some needed innings. The teams traded the lead early in the game, but New Richmond took off in the late innings to build up a 13-5 win.
The New Richmond soccer girls are unbeaten champions in the Middle Border Conference after winning at Spooner, 11-1, on Monday. This is the third straight conference championship won by the Tigers. The Tigers are successes because of their unselfish play, so it was fitting that's how they capped the conference title. In the win at Spooner, 10 different Tigers netted goals. Kacie Malone scored twice and Maya Greenquist, Hannah Jensen, Zoe Christensen, Shelby Pahnke, Jhette Gabriel, Lauren Graham, Katie Moeller, Amelia Feuerer and Delaney Brown each scored one goal Spooner.
The New Richmond boys golf team is the 2019 champion of the Middle Border Conference, but the season title came with much more drama than expected at the end of the season. The MBC golf tournament was played at Krooked Kreek Golf Course in Wednesday. New Richmond took third place in the tournament. That gave the Tigers 70 team points for the season. St. Croix Central, which placed second at the tournament, finished second in the final team standings with 67 points.
The 2019 Somerset softball team lives to play another day, but the St. Croix Central softball team has seen its season come to an end in the opening round of the WIAA regional tournaments on Thursday. New Richmond’s softball team won a non-conference game against River Falls on Thursday. The Tigers start WIAA Division 1 tournament play next Tuesday.
The challenge for the 2019 Middle Border Conference track meet was to see if any team could catch Osceola.
A night after River Falls received the top seed and New Richmond was seeded second in the WIAA Division 2 regional bracket, the two teams squared off on Monday. It was the kind of battle you'd expect from two conference leaders. And it was New Richmond that came out on top, winning 11-9 at the NRHS varsity field. It was the third time all season that River Falls had been defeated.
The individual hitting star in Monday's softball games? That would be New Richmond junior catcher Lexy Kupczak. Kupczak hit three homers as the Tigers earned a 13-2 win at St. Croix Central. Kupczak finished 4-for-4 at the plate, including her three solo homers. Tiger coach Lynzi Pechacek said Kupczak's been in a bit of a slump recently. She said Kupczak suddenly looked more confident Monday and it showed in each of her at-bats.
New Richmond senior Trent Ziebol finished the 2019 season as the top boys tennis singles player in the Middle Border Conference. Ziebol won the No. 1 singles flight championship at the 2019 MBC tournament, played Tuesday at the New Richmond High School tennis courts. The Tigers finished in fourth place in the team results at Tuesday’s tournament, which put them into fourth place in the 2019 final overall standings.
This week just keeps getting better for the New Richmond varsity baseball team. On Sunday the Tigers received the second seed in the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament bracket. The Tigers followed that up by defeating River Falls, the only team seeded ahead of them in the regional, on Monday, 11-9.