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 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.
The Middle Border Conference Track Meet will be run at 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Croix Central, and all three local teams are hoping to make a major impact on that meet. Osceola is the defending champion in both halves of the conference meet. All three local teams had meets early last week as their final competitive preparations for the conference meet. New Richmond The Tigers competed in a meet at Hudson last Monday. The Tigers used it to get ready for what they expect will be a close battle for the MBC titles.
Monday proved to be a momentous night for New Richmond High School sports. The New Richmond girls soccer team locked up its third straight Middle Border Conference championship while the Tiger baseball team showed it can compete, and defeat, the best team in the WIAA Division 2 regional bracket. New Richmond soccer
A three-win day on Saturday was the perfect precursor for what the New Richmond boys tennis team hopes will be a highly successful Middle Border Conference Tournament this Tuesday. The Tigers are the hosts of the 2019 MBC tournament, with action scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Tournament time is rapidly approaching, with races for several Middle Border Conference races. There was a great deal of sports action over the weekend, some of which decided conference races, while seeding for WIAA tournaments is now underway. New Richmond baseball The 5-0 win by the Tigers over Amery on Saturday locked up the 2019 Middle Border Conference championship for the Tigers. The Tigers are 11-0 with three games left. There nearest competitor has four losses.