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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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.
New Richmond. Amery. Baldwin-Woodville. St. Croix Central. The Somerset football team needs to win its final four games of the season to qualify for the WIAA state playoffs and the four teams listed above are the obstacles in the remaining weeks of the regular season. The Spartans dropped to 0-5 for the season on Friday, Sept. 15 with a 40-20 loss at Ellsworth. Somerset led the game 20-19 at the end of the third quarter, before Ellsworth scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Successfully dealing with some brutal heat and humidity while getting an early chance to see the course where the Middle Border Conference meet will be run made last Tuesday's trip to Prescott worthwhile for the St. Croix Central cross country team. And the results weren't bad either. The Panthers took second place behind New Richmond in both halves of the meet. And Central senior Liv Moll earned the girls championship, winning the race by 15 seconds over her nearest competitor.
"Now starting for the Kansas City Chiefs: Bryan Witzmann." Bryan Witzmann is the toast of Somerset. The former Somerset football standout has continued to climb the ranks, all the way to the top. Starting at left guard, in the 2017 NFL season opener for the Chiefs, was Witzmann. It's been an amazing ride for a player who was lightly recruited out of high school. But there last Thursday, in front of a national audience, was Witzmann. And he earned stellar marks, as the Chiefs knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Twenty years after forming Faith Community Church in New Richmond, Pastor Mike Evans is venturing out on his next adventure. Evans has taken a position with Training Leaders International in Minneapolis. Joshua Maciel has been hired as the new pastor at Faith Community Church.
The New Richmond football team passed for early success, then used power running to pile up the points in a 49-0 win over previously unbeaten Prescott on Friday. The win leaves both teams with 2-1 records in the Middle Border Conference.
The fact the New Richmond girls tennis team went 5-0 last week is a definite highlight. But more importantly, no matter the strength of the opponent, the Tigers were on the attack, sharpening their skills against every opponent. The week started with Middle Border Conference wins against Mondovi on Sept. 5 and Ellsworth on Sept. 7. The Tigers hosted their annual quad meet on Sept. 9, scoring wins over Eau Claire North, Rice Lake and Altoona. In the five total matches, the Tigers lost a total of four individual matches.
The Menomonie Relays put equal pressure on all the runners throughout a team, because they are competing against runners of their own skill levels. The results from this year's Relays, run Sept. 9, showed that St. Croix Central runners are able to compete at every level within the team. The Panther girls placed fourth and Central's boys were ninth in a meet that was comprised mainly of Division 1 teams.
When the New Richmond girls golf team headed to Prescott for a Middle Border Conference match Sept. 6, the Tigers travelled without Maggie Veenendall, the top player in the MBC. The match proved to be an eye-opener for the Tigers. The Tigers dropped to fifth place, the lowest finish for the Tigers in an MBC match in several years. There was an MBC match the following day at Pheasant Hills Golf Course. Veenendall said her injured leg was well enough to play, and the rest of the Tigers rebounded from their weak round, earning a win in the Sept. 7 match.