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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New Richmond Tuesday, May 15 Boys Tennis: Middle Border Conference tournament at Baldwin-Woodville, 2 p.m. Boys and Girls Track: Middle Border Conference meet at Osceola, 4 p.m. Baseball: New Richmond at Amery, 4 p.m. (two games) Girls Soccer: Amery at New Richmond, 4:30 p.m.
Baseball Night in New Richmond had a fitting finale on Saturday. In front of a large crowd, the New Richmond and Prescott varsity teams put together a sharply-played display of fundamental baseball. New Richmond got the early lead, then regained the lead late in the game to post a 3-2 win over the Cardinals. With the win, the Tigers advance to 4-0 in the Middle Border Conference standings, giving them a two-game lead over their nearest competitors with three games left in conference play.
Somerset High School was one of 22 schools throughout Wisconsin to receive a Fab Lab Grant on Tuesday, May 1, from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Somerset's grant is for $25,000 and the district has pledged to match the grant.
The Somerset High School forensics team was one of 17 teams from around the state to receive the "Excellence in Speech" award following the 2018 Wisconsin High School Forensics state speech festival. Somerset received this honor by ranking among the top 5 percent medal-earning schools at the festival. Forensics is very strong in the Middle Border Conference. Somerset was one of three MBC schools to be honored with this award, along with Baldwin-Woodville and Ellsworth. Here is a listing of the medal winners for Somerset at the state festival.
Saturday was something to celebrate for the New Richmond baseball and girls soccer programs. Saturday was Baseball Day in New Richmond, with a series of games at Citizens Field culminating with the varsity game between the Tigers and Prescott. This was an outstanding game, fitting for a battle for the Middle Border Conference lead. The Tigers now own sole leadership of the MBC after defeating the Cardinals, 3-2.
The eight-game win streak of the New Richmond varsity baseball team came to an end Thursday in River Falls. The Tigers led 2-0 midway through the game. River Falls then reeled off five runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth inning to earn an 8-3 win. The loss leaves New Richmond with an 8-3 record for the season.
With a new coach and four golfers new to the varsity level, this is uncharted territory for the New Richmond boys golf team. But after the first week of the Middle Border Conference season, the Tigers stand atop the MBC standings. The MBC season opened up last Monday with the Tigers playing on their home course. The Tigers took second place behind Baldwin-Woodville. On Tuesday, the Tigers stepped up, posting a tidy 177 at Somerset's Bristol Ridge Golf Club to win the match.
There were a few events where the Somerset track team could be competitive, but the focus for the Spartans in most events at the Stan Barr New Richmond Relays last Friday was to enjoy the experience of competing against some of the best track athletes in the area. Most of Somerset's points in the 2018 Relays were earned in the field events. Somerset's girls ranked ninth among the 14 teams in the meet and the Spartan boys placed 10th in their half of the meet.
The wins have been piling up, but it wasn't until this weekend's tournament at Wausau that New Richmond girls soccer coach Tracey Boyle was really impressed with the Tigers' play this season. The Tigers improved to 9-1 for the season with wins over Wausau West and Wausau East in a tournament played at Wausau West on Saturday. The opening game was the step toward the next level the Tigers needed. Wausau West gave New Richmond a battle, but a goal late in the second half by Amelia Feuerer gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory.
The condensed nature of this spring's sports season is likely the most difficult for teams that are trying to break out of losing ways. The New Richmond softball team is a clear example. The Tigers are young and struggling to put together wins. Because of the incredible volume of games packed into late April and early May, the Tigers have had two practices in the past two weeks. And that won't change this week, with games Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (double-header) and Friday. The Tigers are 1-9 this season after losing on their home field to Menomonie on Monday, 12-4.