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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The New Richmond and St. Croix Central football teams kept their success rolling on Friday night. New Richmond went to Somerset and scored a 34-16 win over Somerset. St. Croix Central locked up a place in the WIAA football playoffs with a 43-8 homefield win against Amery. The New Richmond-Somerset game turned into a battle of conflicting styles. Somerset put together some impressive time-consuming drives. But the Spartans just couldn't prevent the big plays that carried New Richmond to victory.
Looking more like a complete team every week, the St. Croix Central football team thoroughly outplayed the rival from Baldwin-Woodville on Friday. The Panthers gained more than 450 yards of offense and shackled the Blackhawk attack as Central rolled to a 40-7 win at St. Croix Central High School.
Progress is starting to show, but the Somerset boys soccer team wasn't able to turn that progress into wins in any of their three games last week. The Spartans suffered losses to Baldwin-Woodville, Cumberland and Washburn, dropping their season record to 1-10. The week started with last Tuesday's game at Baldwin. The young Spartans got overwhelmed by the improved Blackhawks, losing 5-0. Somerset coach Bill Roll was impressed with the Blackhawks, who tied Amery 2-2 later last week.
With the WIAA girls golf sectional tournaments in the area scheduled for next Wednesday, the local teams are looking to put together some momentum that will carry them to tournament success. The New Richmond, St. Croix Central and Somerset girls played in a pair of Middle Border Conference matches last week. The conference tournament was scheduled to be played this Tuesday. There was also a match scheduled for this Monday, but it was washed away by rain. As of late Monday, a decision hadn't been made on whether that round would be made up.
Unsinkable and unbeatable. Through the first several weeks of the 2017 season, the St. Croix Central volleyball team has been both. The Panthers improved to 20-0 with five victories last week. The most important came on Central's home court last Thursday when they faced Ellsworth in the Middle Border Conference opener for both teams.
Fortified by a large and vocal home crowd, the New Richmond varsity volleyball team stood out in sweeping three games in its Middle Border Conference opener Thursday, Sept. 14. The Tigers took early control in the first two games, winning 25-19 and 25-16. The third game wasn't so smooth, but the Tigers battled back late in the game to earn a 29-27 win in the finale.
Making successful halftime adjustments may be the best ability the New Richmond boys soccer team has developed over the first month of the 2017 season. The Tigers made adjustments at both ends of the field during halftime of their home game Sept. 11 against River Falls. Those adjustments paid off in a major way. The Tigers rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to defeat the Wildcats, 3-2.
Terry Wells has been weightlifting for 30 years, but it wasn't until 2016 that he decided to try competitive lifting. Wells is making up for lost time. In his fourth competition, Wells set a Wisconsin state record by deadlifting 650 pounds. Wells, 47, is a 1988 graduate of New Richmond High School. He started lifting while he was in high school, saying it helped him to add 100 pounds to his frame in the first 10 years that he lifted. He has been a faithful lifter ever since.
While the New Richmond cross country team didn't arrive early enough to learn every nuance of the course where the Middle Border Conference meet will be held, they did learn the most important thing. How to win on it. The New Richmond runners swept the team titles at the Prescott Invitational run last Tuesday. The conference meet will be run at Prescott on Thursday, Oct. 12.
Whenever the New Richmond and Menomonie girls tennis teams clash, it always seems to be a close battle. It was that way again Sept. 11 when the two teams met on the Tigers' home court. With nearly every match being closely contested, the Mustangs were able to defeat the Tigers 5-2 in the nonconference match.