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WIAA football playoff set: New Richmond starts on road; Somerset, St. Croix Central at home

Opening pairings of the WIAA state football playoffs have finally been completed.

New Richmond will play at Menomonie at 7 p.m. on Friday in the opening round of Division 2 playoff action.

Somerset and St. Croix Central will both get home games in the first round of Division 4 action. Somerset hosts Unity at 7 p.m. on Friday. St. Croix Central will be visited by Baldwin-Woodville at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

New Richmond (4-3 in Middle Border Conference, 4-5 overall) faces a Menomonie team that tied for the Big Rivers Conference championship. New Richmond coach Jason Eckert played and served as an assistant coach under Menomonie head coach Joe LaBuda. Menomonie is the second seed in the sectional bracket. This game will be played at the Don and Nona Williams Stadium on the UW-Stout campus in Menomonie.

Undefeated St. Croix Central is the number one seed in the sectional bracket. The Panthers will face a test in the opening round, drawing their neighbors, three miles to the east. Baldwin-Woodville finished 4-3 in the Middle Border Conference and 5-4 overall. Central won when these two teams met during the second week of the season, 48-20.

Somerset received the second seed in the Division 4 sectional bracket. The Spartans take an 8-1 record into Friday's game, after winning their fifth straight Middle Border Conference title. Unity comes into Friday's game with a 5-4 overall record, finishing 4-2 in the Large Lakeland Conference.

Dave Newman
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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