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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Some of the top Middle Border Conference softball teams are edging past the Somerset girls early this season, but the Spartans are hoping that changes in the second round of MBC games. The Spartans lost at Baldwin-Woodville 3-2 on Monday. The Spartans didn't score until the seventh inning when Roxanne Ring ripped a two-run triple, but the Spartans weren't able to bring Ring home with the tying run.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control passed a statewide football-only conference realignment proposal and supported a raise in ticket prices for Sectional and State Tournaments at its April meeting today.
The nicest weather conditions of the spring thus far on Tuesday helped a wide variety of varsity sports get in some much needed action. This story will cover the track, softball, boys golf and boys tennis action from Tuesday, with a separate story covering the baseball action. MBC Golf
A thunderous hitting performance from Jack Bau led the New Richmond baseball team to a 13-1 win on Tuesday night over Amery at New Richmond’s Citizens Field. While the Tigers were improving to 2-0 in the Middle Border Conference on Tuesday, the Somerset and St. Croix Central squads came away with losses. New Richmond baseball
The three local baseball varsity squads had good days last Tuesday, with New Richmond, St. Croix Central and Somerset all posting wins in Middle Border Conference action. New Richmond went to Baldwin-Woodville and bludgeoned the Blackhawks, 15-2, St. Croix Central broke open their game with Ellsworth by scoring eight runs in the sixth inning to win 11-3 and Somerset played a solid all-around game to defeat Osceola 8-3. New Richmond
The Somerset track athletes concentrated on individual events in last Tuesday's meet at Baldwin-Woodville, producing excellent results. The Spartans boys earned the meet championship and the Spartan girls took fifth place. Somerset coach Brandon Berrey said the coaches wanted to get the team reps in open events. The only relay Somerset ran was the girls 400-meter relay, because the girls wanted to work on their handoffs.
The New Richmond girls soccer team proved to be too taxing for the Somerset girls on Monday. The Tigers scored four goals in each half while preventing the Spartans from getting near their goal for much of the game in an 8-0 Tiger victory in Middle Border Conference action. This is the only time the Tigers and Spartans will meet this season.
The top senior student-athletes in the Middle Border Conference were honored last Wednesday at the annual Scholar Athlete Banquet put on by the conference at the St. Croix Central High School auditorium. The banquet honored the top male and female senior scholar-athlete from each of the eight MBC schools. The Keynote Speaker for the banquet was Ellsworth High School graduate Mark Helmer. These students were honored at this year’s banquet:
All three area baseball teams got to play at the Woodside Sports Complex in Mauston over the weekend and in terms of getting up to speed early in the season, it was a great opportunity. Somerset came out of the weekend with a 2-1 record while New Richmond and St. Croix Central both went 1-2 in their games. But for the local coaches, it was more about the game experience in getting their teams ready for the Middle Border Conference season. New Richmond lost two close games before the bats broke out in a big way against the tournament's host team on Saturday.
There was little suspense in Monday's girls soccer game at New Richmond. The Tigers were coming into the game hungry after starting the season with difficult games against Hudson, Onalaska and Holmen. The suspense was lessened further when Osceola showed up missing a half dozen veteran players. If there was any suspense left, the Tigers took care of it by scoring five goals in the first 10 minutes and 10 seconds of the game.