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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Two of the best performances for the Somerset boys soccer team in the second half of the season came against Spooner and Amery. And there's a good chance those would be the first two opponents for the Spartans in the WIAA Division 3 regional playoffs. The Spartans were scheduled to play at home on Tuesday against Spooner. If the Spartans win that game, they would play at Amery on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m.
To get better, you face the best. So, to get ready for the WIAA playoffs, the New Richmond boys soccer took on the best team in western Wisconsin. The Tigers head into the WIAA Division 2 playoffs as the top seed in the section. They will open the WIAA playoffs on Thursday at 7 p.m., hosting eighth seed Tomah. If the Tigers win Thursday, they will play at home again at 1 p.m. on Saturday against the winner of Thursday's game between Onalaska and La Crosse Central.
The tightest pack of teams at the Middle Border Conference cross country meet wasn't a battle for the team or individual championships. The best battle of the day was the battle for fourth place in the boys team competition. Four teams were separated by six points as they battled to finish in the top half of the pack at the 2017 MBC meet, held last Thursday at the Prescott Intermediate School.
With 2017 Middle Border Conference champion Liv Moll leading the way, the St. Croix Central girls put up the best effort they possibly could in pursuing the 2017 MBC team cross country championship. The Panthers fell nine points short of their goal, but were a highly respectable second place team at the 2017 MBC cross country meet, held last Thursday at the Prescott Intermediate School. The Central boys also performed admirably, placing third among the eight teams at the meet.
The battle for the Middle Border Conference football championship was as action packed as anyone could ever ask for. If New Richmond won at Osceola on Friday, it would have left the two teams tied at the top of the MBC standings. And games don't get any closer than this. Osceola scored with 2:42 left, then completed a successful two-point conversion to defeat the Tigers 25-24. With the loss, New Richmond finishes third in the MBC with a 5-2 record.
The Somerset volleyball team was scheduled to open WIAA Division 2 tournament action at home on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The winner of Tuesday's match will be in action again Thursday, Oct. 19.
It was a long climb to the top. The St. Croix Central volleyball team completed its incredible climb to the top of the Middle Border Conference standings when the Panthers clinched the outright MBC championship with a win at Somerset on Oct. 10. The Panthers finished with a 7-0 record in the MBC after defeating Somerset 25-21, 25-9, 25-15. This is the first conference championship in 20 years for the St. Croix Central volleyball program.
The New Richmond volleyball team will open action in the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament Thursday. The Tigers drew the 11th seed in the sectional tournament bracket. That earned them a ticket to D.C. Everest High School in Schofield for the opening-round match. D.C. Everest is the sixth seed in the tournament bracket.
The final game of the season showed that the Somerset football team had drastically improved over the final month of the season. Somerset knew its chances of getting into the WIAA playoffs were hanging by a thread, at most, but the Spartans still put in an outstanding effort in their season finale against St. Croix Central. The Spartans scored midway through the third quarter to cut Central's lead to 7-6. Central came back with two late touchdowns to defeat the Spartans 21-6.
The New Richmond boys soccer team has earned the top seed in the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament bracket. The WIAA announced the 2017 boys soccer tournament brackets early Monday. New Richmond and Somerset will both open their tournament schedule at home. New Richmond opens Division 2 tournament action at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Tigers will host Tomah, the eighth seed in the tournament bracket. The game will be played at the New Richmond High School soccer field. The winner of Thursday's game will be back in action on Saturday.