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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By scoring the first 10 points on Friday, Mauston didn’t scare the St. Croix Central football team. But it did make the Panthers mad. And you don’t want to mess with a bunch of angry Panthers. Central responded by scoring 41 straight points, on the way to a 48-26 win in the opening round of WIAA Division 4 playoff action on Friday.
The biggest enemy for the New Richmond football team at the end of the season was injuries. In both of their losses at the end of the 2017 season, the Tigers battled right to the end, only to see their efforts fall just short. That was the case Friday, Oct. 20 when they lost 17-14 to West Salem in the opening round of WIAA Division 3 playoff action. The week before, the Tigers lost in a battle for the Middle Border Conference title to Osceola, 25-24. The playoff loss to West Salem ends the Tigers’ season with a 6-3 record.
The New Richmond cross country teams had a pair of runners advance through the WIAA Division 1 sectional meet to keep at the 2017 state championships. New Richmond's Dylan Wachter and Kayla Harris will be running at the 2017 WIAA Division 1 state championships this Saturday at The Ridges Golf Course at Wisconsin Rapids. Wachter and Harris both qualified as individuals at the Division 1 sectional meet run at Menomonie on Saturday afternoon.
The habit of starting the second half slowly by the Somerset soccer team proved to be costly in their WIAA Division 3 regional tournament opener against Spooner last Tuesday. The Spartans led 1-0 at halftime of their homefield playoff game. But the lethargic play by the Spartans to start the second half gave an opening for the winless Spooner team to exploit. And the Rails did just that, scoring three times in the second half to defeat Somerset, 3-1. The loss ends Somerset’s season with a 2-19-1 record.
The St. Croix Central volleyball team is one win away from the WIAA state tournament. The Panthers advanced to Saturday's sectional championship match with a 3-1 win at Rice Lake Thursday night. The Panthers will play at Merrill at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the sectional title match. Central and Merrill were the top seeds in their respective regional brackets. Central and Rice Lake waged an excellent battle on Thursday. Central won the opening set 25-21, but Rice Lake came right back to take the second set, 25-21.
Sometimes, you just run up against a better team. That's why you won't see any of the New Richmond volleyball coaches and players shedding a tear about the Tigers' loss in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament last Thursday.
For the first time since the New Richmond cross country team moved to Division 1, the Tiger boys and girls will both be represented at the WIAA state championships. New Richmond senior Dylan Wachter and freshman Kayla Harris both qualified for the 2017 WIAA Division 1 state championships with their eighth place finishes at the Division 1 sectional meet run at Menomonie on Saturday, Oct. 21. It will be the first chance for both of them to compete at the state cross country meet.
This was an incredible weekend for St. Croix Central athletics and the Panther volleyball team capped that success on Saturday night by playing its way into the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament.
A middle of the pack finish for some teams might not bring a sense of accomplishment. But you could see the surprise in the face of the Somerset boys when team standings were read off at the WIAA Division 2 sectional meet at Hayward last Friday. Five teams were listed off before "Somerset" was announced. Three of those teams below the Spartans were Middle Border Conference opponents and two were teams that beat Somerset at the recent conference meet.
The biggest enemy for the New Richmond football team at the end of the season was injuries. In both of their losses at the end of the 2017 season, the Tigers battled right to the end, only to see their efforts fall just short. That was the case Friday, Oct. 20 when they lost 17-14 to West Salem in the opening round of WIAA Division 3 playoff action. The week before, the Tigers lost in a battle for the Middle Border Conference title to Osceola, 25-24. The playoff loss to West Salem ends the Tigers' season with a 6-3 record.