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 first Middle Border Conference girls golf match of the season was played at Pheasant Hills Golf Club last Thursday. The New Richmond girls showed again that any team that wants to win the MBC title will have to wrestle it away from the Tigers. The Tigers put together a round of 175 to win Thursday's match, finishing 13 strokes ahead of Osceola. Somerset took third place with a score of 206.
Just two players return to the varsity lineup for the New Richmond girls tennis team this season. Tiger coach Denise Devereux believes that lack of experience will not preclude the Tigers from making a run at another Middle Border Conference championship. Senior Mattie Kidder and junior Christian Weaver are the only returning starters for the Tigers this season and both are being asked to move up flights in the team’s singles lineup.
There's a unique team makeup on the 2013 New Richmond boys soccer squad. With boys from all four grades expected to contribute to the team, the Tigers have a unique mix of skills and experience levels. "I think we have a good team chemistry," said Tiger coach Pete Melloy. "I've been very impressed with our team leadership." The Tigers are coming off a second place finish in the Middle Border Conference. Both of their MBC losses last season came against Amery. Melloy said Amery is the team to beat again, along with Somerset.
In 2012, the Somerset boys soccer team had the most impactful year in the team's brief history. With nearly the entire starting lineup returning, the Spartans are looking to be even more of a force in 2013. The Spartans finished in third place last season with a 12-3-1 record, going 14-7-2 overall.
Black and Orange were on full display when the first Tiger Football Community Night was held at the New Richmond football stadium last Wednesday. So were the colors green and blue and red and yellow. The Community Night was an opportunity for football fans to see the present and future versions of the New Richmond Tigers football team. In addition to the more than 50 high school players, there were nearly 100 fifth and sixth grade players who took part in the event. The Community Night was coordinated by the newly formed Tiger Football Boosters.
The Somerset football team began its 2013 season with another heated battle against Bloomer. New Richmond's football squad began its season with an inspired first half, but the Tigers couldn't finish off a win against River Falls. Somerset's Alex Praschak scored the game-winner in overtime against Bloomer. Somerset led 14-7 at halftime, with Bloomer tying the score with a lengthy drive in the third quarter.
Black and Orange were on full display when the first Tiger Football Community Night was held at the New Richmond football stadium last Wednesday. So were the colors green and blue and red and yellow.
For an inexperienced team, the New Richmond girls tennis squad couldn't have asked for a better challenge from its opening match. The Tigers opened the season on Saturday, facing a similarly inexperienced Menomonie team on the Tiger home courts. Nearly every match was a prolonged battle, including five sets that were decided by tie-breakers. The Tigers managed to score a 4-3 team victory over the Mustangs. Senior Mattie Kidder and junior Christian Weaver are the only Tigers who return from last season's lineup.
There's a renewed sense of enthusiasm circulating through the New Richmond football program. New coach Keith Badger has quickly instilled a sense of fun and passion within the players and coaching staff. There are currently approximately 50 players out for the team, though the coaches are hoping they can convince more freshmen to join the team. At 26, Badger will be one of the youngest head coaches in the area. He has surrounded himself with a veteran coaching staff that has helped the team make a smooth transition to his coaching style.
Winning the state championship in 2012 one of the greatest moments in Somerset football history. But with one starter returning from the state championship team, there are no guarantees for the 2013 Spartans.