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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The undefeated St. Croix Central volleyball team has qualified for sectionals. The Panthers ran their season record to 28-0 by defeating Ellsworth in four sets in the regional final at Hammond on Saturday. Central won the opening sets 25-22 and 25-19. Ellsworth took the third set 25-15, but Central bounced back to win the fourth set 25-15. Central will face Rice Lake in the sectional semifinals on Thursday. That match will be played at 7 p.m. at Rice Lake.
The New Richmond boys soccer team has earned a return trip to the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament. The Tigers won the regional championship on their home turf Saturday, defeating Onalaska 3-0. The Tigers will now play in the sectional semifinal game this Thursday. The Tigers will host Holmen at 5 p.m. New Richmond is the top seed in this regional bracket and Holmen is the second seed.
Friday was a momentous day for St. Croix Central athletics, but it brought a bitter end for the New Richmond football team.
"Kids Deserve It." This statement is the keystone to the change in atmosphere the St. Croix Central Middle School staff is looking to make this school year. Built around eight staff promises, The middle school staff is looking to make the building a place where the students are happy and comfortable. Middle school Principal Pete Nusbaum said that everyone on the staff, from the principals to teachers to the cooks and custodians, is looking to follow these promises every day.
Being an extra qualifier for the WIAA state tennis championships is a unique situation. A committee of the top coaches in the state looks at a list of names and asks "Who are the best players who didn't qualify for the state tournament?" When it's asked that way, New Richmond senior Greta Bakke was an obvious choice. Bakke made the second appearance of her career at the WIAA Division 1 state championships last Thursday.
The New Richmond boys soccer and St. Croix Central volleyball teams had successful nights in the WIAA playoffs on Thursday, but the New Richmond volleyball team didn't fare as well.
The chance to be the first Somerset High School golf team to compete at the WIAA state championships will be a distinction forever held by the 2017 Spartan girls team. The Spartans may be the most unlikely team to reach the state tournament, after finishing in seventh place in the Middle Border Conference. The Spartans caught fire at the end of the season, and they ended up being the only team from the MBC to qualify for the state tournament. If you were caught by surprise by the Spartans' late success, you weren't alone.
The dynamic young runners on the New Richmond girls cross country team showed no fear or emotion in winning the Middle Border Conference championship last Thursday. The 2017 MBC meet was run at Prescott and the Tiger girls ran a nearly perfect meet in winning the conference title. All seven Tigers finished among the top 15 finishers in the race, as the Tigers ended with a winning team score of 32 points. St. Croix Central put up an excellent effort, but the Panthers couldn't catch the Tigers. Central finished with 41 points.
Despite finishing in second place in the Middle Border Conference, the St. Croix Central football team was seeded ahead of two conference champions when the seeding was completed for the WIAA Division 4 state football bracket Saturday, Oct. 14. As the second seed, the Panthers will play at home Friday, Oct. 20, hosting Mauston at 7 p.m. Mauston is the seventh seed in the bracket — finishing second in the South Central Conference with a 4-1 record and a 5-4 overall record. Mauston has a talented tailback in Tyler Jirousek, who has rushed for 1,266 yards this season.
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.