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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Once the New Richmond volleyball team got its game under control, it was able to control last week's Middle Border Conference match against Amery. Amery won the opening set 27-25 after the Tigers had a lead slip away. In the middle of the second set the Tigers began to gain their composure on an emotional Senior Night. From there the Tigers rolled to a victory with wins of 25-22, 25-16 and 27-25.
The objective was to scout the course where the WIAA Division 2 sectional meet will be run. Bringing home promising team finishes was an added bonus for the St. Croix Central cross country teams at last Tuesday's Hayward Invitational. The Panther boys and girls were among the top teams in the field of 22 teams at the meet held at Hatchery Creek County Park, where the sectional meet will be run on Friday, Oct. 20.
Senior Night and Homecoming week added to the emotion for the St. Croix Central volleyball team last Tuesday. And there was already heaps of emotion as the Panthers were aiming to lock up a share of the Middle Border Conference championship for the very first time.
The Somerset defense found a way to win the game on Friday. With Somerset's offense bogged down in the muck and rain at Baldwin-Woodville on Friday, Oct. 6 the Somerset defense came up with the game-winning touchdown as the Spartans pulled out an emotional 8-7 win over the Blackhawks.
New Richmond senior Greta Bakke will open play at noon on Thursday in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 state individual tennis championships at Nielsen Stadium in Madison. Bakke will be playing in her second straight WIAA state championship tournament. She was named on Friday as an extra qualifier for this year's state tournament.
The 2017 season for the St. Croix Central girls golf team came to an end at the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament held at the Frederic Golf Club. Reaching the sectional level was the meet the Panthers set for themselves at the beginning of the season. The Panthers finished in sixth place among eight teams at the sectional meet with a team score of 413.
At the WIAA Division 1 golf sectional meet played last Monday at The Ridges Golf Club in Wisconsin Rapids, the New Richmond girls ranked fifth among the eight teams competing in the meet. While the Tigers fell short of qualifying for the state tournament, New Richmond coach Neal Ziller had no qualms with how the Tigers played on the difficult Ridges course. "Shooting 397 on that course was pretty good," Ziller said. "We played better than I expected."
The march goes on. The St. Croix Central volleyball team continued to build toward its goal of a Middle Border Conference championship last week by posting wins against Amery and Osceola.
The New Richmond and St. Croix Central football teams rolled to one-sided victories on Friday night, while Somerset pulled out a dramatic win at Baldwin-Woodville. The New Richmond football team hosted Amery in the Tigers' final regular season home game. The Tigers kept their hopes of a Middle Border Conference title alive by drubbing the Warriors 42-0. The Tigers play at Osceola next Friday. A win at Osceola would earn the Tigers a share of the MBC title. The Tigers had little trouble with Amery. New Richmond led 21-0 at halftime, then doubled the score in the second half.
A berth in the WIAA state playoffs was assured and the hopes for a Middle Border Conference championship were kept alive when the New Richmond football team defeated Ellsworth 35-21 in the Tigers' 2017 Homecoming game. The victory keeps the Tigers' hopes of a Middle Border Conference title alive. The Tigers are 4-1 in the MBC, tied with St. Croix Central in second place, one game behind Osceola. The Tigers will play at Osceola in the final game of the regular season on Friday, Oct. 13.