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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New Richmond seniors Megan Chelberg and Alex Wheeler made a splash in the 2013 WIAA Division 1 Girls State Golf Championships last Monday and Tuesday. Chelberg broke a 13-year-old school record by shooting the best score in the state tournament by a Tiger player. Her score of 168 broke the record that had been held by Ashley Clark since 2001. Chelberg’s score placed her 23rd among the Division 1 golfers in the state meet. Wheeler shot rounds of 86 and 89 to finish at 145, tying for 34th in the state tournament.
New Richmond’s Mattie Kidder didn’t lose to the state champion at the WIAA State Individual Tennis Championships in Madison last Thursday. She did lose to the state champion’s practice partner. Kidder was defeated 6-2, 6-4 by West Bend East freshman Melina Schaetz in the opening round of the Division 1 singles tournament at the state championships last Thursday. Schaetz is West Bend East’s number two singles player.
The tie-breaker was a heart breaker. The St. Croix Central boys cross country team tied Colfax for the best score in the 2013 Dunn-St. Croix Conference cross country championship last Thursday. Which team won the conference title came down to a tie-breaker. The tie-break criteria used was which team’s sixth runner crossed the finish line first.
The offense of the Somerset football team has been making sharp improvements on a weekly basis by getting diversity in its attack. The Spartans won the battle for second place in the Middle Border Conference last Friday, defeating Durand 38-19 in the regular season finale for both teams. Somerset received the second seed in the area Division 4 regional tournament bracket in the seeding meeting that was held on Saturday. The Spartans will open the WIAA tournament action this Friday by hosting Northland Pines at 7 p.m.
After winning the Middle Border Conference championship, the Somerset boys soccer team envisioned similar success in the WIAA Division 3 playoffs. Rice Lake’s boys didn’t allow that to happen. Somerset was upset in the regional championship on its home field last Thursday. Rice Lake completely stymied the Spartan attack, beating Somerset 4-0. The most successful season in Somerset soccer history ends with a 16-4-1 record.
The validation for a season’s worth of hard work came in the final two weeks of the season for the New Richmond football team. The Tigers put together their first winning streak of the season in winning their final two games, to finish the season with a 3-6 record. The Tigers went into the off-season on a memorable note, coming from behind to win at Osceola on Friday, 17-14. The winning points were produced by sophomore kicker Cameron Hausman.
The gift the New Richmond volleyball team was hoping they’d get from the Baldwin-Woodville girls never arrived. The Tigers needed B-W to upset Osceola last Tuesday in the final round of Middle Border Conference play. If B-W pulled off the upset and the Tigers won at Durand, it would have given New Richmond a share of the conference title, along with B-W and Osceola. Instead, Osceola wins the conference championship, with the Tigers finishing second at 6-1 and Baldwin-Woodville in third at 5-2. Tuesday’s win at Durand wasn’t the Tigers’ best performance.
All it takes is five runners for a team to have a major impact in a high school cross country race. The Somerset boys have had a roster of five runners all season, but that did not limit the Spartans. Instead, they improved steadily, producing the best performance of their season in the 2013 Middle Border Conference meet at Durand last Thursday. The Spartan boys were the surprise of the meet, moving up to take second place in their half of the meet.
Improved back row play couldn’t light a fire under a struggling hitting attack for the Somerset volleyball team last Tuesday. The Spartans lost their regular season finale on their home court, falling to Prescott 25-19, 25-12 and 25-14. In the opening game of the night, the Spartans were competitive. The Spartans were able to get blocks on several of Prescott’s hit attempts and the Spartan back row players were able to dig up a number of Prescott’s best shots.
After the first play from scrimmage, the St. Croix Central football team had its chance at a place in the WIAA state football playoffs under control. The Panthers handed the ball to senior Dante Carlson on that opening play and he responded by racing 71 yards down the Panther sideline for a touchdown. The Panthers were never threatened the rest of the night, blasting Elk Mound 41-6. Central is one of five Dunn-St. Croix Conference football teams that qualified for the WIAA playoffs.