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.
- Member for
- 4 years 10 months
There was an emotional celebration when the Somerset boys soccer team locked up its first Middle Border Conference championship with its 6-0 win at Osceola last Thursday. To know why this title meant so much for the Spartans, you have to look at the team’s history. Two years ago, the Spartans finished 5-16-1. The year before, the Spartans were outscored 57-8 for the season.
In many ways, this has been the most successful regular season in the history of the New Richmond boys soccer program. The Tigers want to be able to say that about their post-season as well. The post-season began this Tuesday when the Tigers hosted Holmen in the opening round of Division 2 regional tournament play. New Richmond is the top seed in the regional tournament bracket. The winner of Tuesday’s game will play again this Thursday, facing the winner of Tuesday’s game between fourth seed La Crosse Central and fifth seed Tomah.
The offense run by the New Richmond football team this season is designed to produce big plays. It did just that on Friday. All five of New Richmond’s touchdowns were from 20 yards out or further as the Tigers earned their second Middle Border Conference win of the season, defeating Amery 35-20. This was Senior Night for the Tigers and they played inspired ball from the opening play of the game. New Richmond received the ball first and the Tigers promptly marched 68 yards in nine plays in the opening drive.
The Middle Border Conference cross country meet will be run this Thursday. Look for lots of orange and black toward the front of the pack. Both New Richmond cross country teams have goals of winning conference championships. The conference meet will be run at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Durand. The girls race starts at 4:15 p.m. with the boys race beginning at 5 p.m. The Tigers are coming off a strong effort at last Tuesday’s Amery Invitational.
This time, the New Richmond volleyball team was prepared for the pressure of a fifth game. When Baldwin-Woodville surged back to push the Tigers to a fifth game last Tuesday, the Tigers were ready. The Tigers took quick and complete control to win the fifth game 15-4. In the process, the Tigers game B-W its first Middle Border Conference loss of the season. It also kept the Tigers’ hopes alive of winning a share of the MBC title.
The Somerset football team has a chance to avenge its only loss of the 2012 season, while keeping its Middle Border Conference championship hopes alive, when the Spartans host Durand this Friday. The Spartans enter Friday’s game with a 5-1 record and a 7-1 overall mark. Durand is also 5-1 in the MBC. The Spartans were winners last Friday, but defensive concerns arose in the Spartans 54-26 win at Baldwin-Woodville.
For the Somerset boys, it’s all about the team. The Spartan girls are looking for individual improvement. That’s the plan for this Thursday’s Middle Border Conference Cross Country Meet, which will be held at Durand. Somerset cross country coach Julie Mocadlo has high hopes for her boys team, hoping to see the Spartans finish in the top half of the field. “If they ran their best, they have a chance to finish in the top three,” Mocadlo said. That’s pretty heady respect for her team, considering there are just five boys on the team.
The wind whipped around Bristol Ridge Golf Course last Tuesday, stirring up the scores in the WIAA Division 2 Girls Golf Sectional Tournament hosted by Somerset. The Spartans played capably under the challenging conditions on their home course, placing sixth among the eight teams competing. The Spartans shot 431 for the day.
Change continues to lead to improvement, so the Somerset volleyball team continues to change. The Spartans played in a tournament in Altoona on Saturday. The Spartan coaches made more changes during the tournament and the girls reacted by playing much better defensively. The first opponent of the tournament was state-ranked Altoona and the Spartans took the brunt of a 25-8, 25-16, 25-8 defeat.
Our area has been blessed with a number of outstanding athletes who have gone on to compete successfully at the collegiate level. We plan to do periodic updates on how these athletes are faring in their college sports. Here is the first update. Claire Van Dyk Van Dyk is one of the leaders of the women’s volleyball team at Bryant University. Van Dyk, a sophomore, set personal records in two straight matches last week.