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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Anyone wanting to know how well the Somerset soccer team can play defensively needed to witness the Spartans' game against Amery last Thursday. The high-scoring Amery squad was held to one goal in the first half and that came on a penalty kick. The Spartans tried to maintain that defensive energy into the second half. They had one 15-minute stretch where the energy waned, and Amery scored five times in that stretch to defeat the Spartans 6-0. The win left Amery with a 12-0-4 record this season, while Somerset stands at 8-9.
While the 2018 season is nearing its end, the young Somerset volleyball team is still working toward long-term solutions. The Spartans hope they've found those solutions. They will end their regular season this Tuesday with a Middle Border Conference match against Baldwin-Woodville, with the match serving as Somerset's Senior Night event.
With a win Tuesday, the St. Croix Central volleyball team will win its second straight Middle Border Conference title. The Panthers play at Prescott on Tuesday. A win there would give the Panthers a 6-1 MBC final record. They would share the title with either Ellsworth or Osceola. Those two teams both have 5-1 records and will face each other on Tuesday. The Panthers were unbeaten in the MBC season in 2017.
It was the seniors' time to shine and that's exactly what they did in the Senior Night match for the New Richmond volleyball team last Tuesday. Led by seniors Lauren Smith, Mykenzie Patten and Amelia Feuerer, the Tigers swept three sets from Somerset to earn their first Middle Border Conference match of the season. The Tigers won on scores of 25-16, 25-12 and 25-16.
There's a pattern developing with the results for the Somerset cross country teams that they hope will carry into this Thursday's Middle Border Conference meet. The Spartans have shown the ability this season to finish in the top half of teams competing in meets. That was continued last Tuesday at the Amery Invitational. Somerset's boys placed third among 15 teams at the Amery meet, while the Spartan girls were fourth among the 12 teams competing in the meet.
The New Richmond girls golf team is tied for fifth place after the first day of the WIAA Division 1 Girls Golf State Championships. In the opening round on Monday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, the Tigers shot a team score of 352. Kettle Moraine leads the state tournament with a 318 team score. The Tigers are tied with Waunakee and Kaukauna heading into Tuesday’s final round of the tournament.
There had to be points during her career where Maggie Veenendall had to wonder what it took to reach the WIAA girls golf state championships. In her freshman, sophomore and junior years, she shot in the 80s at the sectional tournament, but fell just short of reaching the state tournament each time.
The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon drew a number of local runners on Sunday. There were 7,157 runners who completed the race course from Minneapolis to St. Paul. Elisha Barno of Santa Fe, NM was the overall champion in 2:11.58. Here is a list of the local runners who completed the marathon, followed by a list of the area runners who Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Area Finishers:
The New Richmond football team locked up a spot in the WIAA playoffs on Friday night. The Somerset football team barely locked up a win. The St. Croix Central football team locked up the scoreboard operator after rolling up 42 points in the first half on Friday. New Richmond
With a win at Amery this Friday, the New Richmond football team can lock up a place in the WIAA state playoffs. The Tigers are riding a three-game win streak after putting together an incredible 95-yard drive that produced a 27-22 win in the final minute of last Friday’s game at Ellsworth.