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 young Somerset boys soccer team got even younger last week. The Spartans dropped to 1-7 with losses last week against Amery and Barron. Amery defeated the Spartans 10-0 on Sept. 5 and Barron won on Somerset's field Sept. 7, 5-1. The loss at Amery was the fifth time the Spartans have been shutout this season. Somerset coach Bill Roll came away from the game impressed with the Warriors. "They're good. They're the best team in the conference," Roll said.
Abbie Bohatta couldn't pass up the chance to return to the Somerset School District. After leaving Somerset for one school year, Bohatta was hired as the new director of pupil services for the Somerset School District. She replaces Shannon Donnelly, who was hired as Somerset's high school principal.
The St. Croix Central used power football to build up a 21-0 lead against New Richmond on Friday. New Richmond went to a total passing attack in the fourth quarter and nearly clawed all the way back. The Tigers scored twice, but Central held the line from their, winning 21-14. With the win, Central improves to 2-0 in the Middle Border Conference, while New Richmond drops to 1-1.
The Million Calorie Burn blazed past its goal. Between the efforts of New Richmond citizens and New Richmond High School athletes, more than 3 million calories were burned in New Richmond over the week of Aug. 20-26.
The New Richmond cross country teams swept the championships in their first ever running in the St. Croix Central Invitational Thursday, Aug. 31. And in the process, the Tigers worked on individual and team strategies that will help them be more successful later in the season.
If it's a challenging schedule the St. Croix Central volleyball team was looking for this pre-season, it has been that and more. The Panthers played in a pair of triangulars last week and they continue to be unbeaten for the season. They defeated Altoona and Barron last Tuesday, before topping Ellsworth and Glenwood City last Thursday. This comes after the Panthers defeated all three opponents they faced in their home quad meet that started the season, along with winning a triangular at Chetek.
One aspect of volleyball that is completely controllable is serving. The Somerset volleyball team used serving to build an early advantage in each set in last Monday's home debut against Boyceville. The Spartans maintained control in all three sets, scoring a 25-20, 25-17, 25-16 win over the Bulldogs.
The good news is the St. Croix Central cross country teams put together second and third place finishes in their 11-team home invitational. The unfortunate news is that Central senior Liv Moll was unable to complete the race. Even without Moll, the Central girls were able to take second place among a field of strong teams. The Central boys also faced a quality group of opponents and took third place.
The effects of the team-wide illness were still evident when the New Richmond football team returned to the field on Friday, Sept. 1. The Tigers built a 25-6 lead, but the effects of the illness began to show as the Tigers tired in the second half, seeing their lead fade to 25-20 in the fourth quarter against Baldwin-Woodville. But in the final seven minutes of the game the Tigers found a new level of strength. In that span they scored three touchdowns to put away the Blackhawks, 47-20. The game was the Middle Border Conference opener for both teams.
"Self-inflicted" was the term Somerset football coach Bruce Larson continually used in describing the Spartans' 43-20 loss to Osceola in the opening round of the Middle Border Conference schedule Friday, Sept. 1.