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 stream of goals being scored by the Somerset boys soccer team has slowed to a trickle. The Spartans dropped their final two games in the Middle Border Conference tournament last week, scoring once in the two games. Since scoring 22 goals in back-to-back games against Spooner at the end of September, the Spartans have scored four goals in their past five games. The Spartans ended the regular season with a 5-15-1 record. They were scheduled to play Tuesday at Ashland in the opening round of WIAA Division 2 playoff action.
The seniors on the St. Croix Central volleyball team enjoyed a memorable Senior Night last Thursday. Playing in their final home match, the Panthers played one of their finest matches of the 2011 season, upsetting Boyceville in four games. The win was the second of the season for the Panthers in Dunn-St. Croix Conference play. They were scheduled to close out their conference schedule this Tuesday with a match at Colfax. What helped make the win over Boyceville more memorable was that it was not an easy win.
New Richmond's Aaron Daul scored with 36 seconds left in regulation to give the Tigers a 2-1 win over the Rhinelander Hodags in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 regional boys soccer tournament on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers will play again on Thursday, against the winner of Tuesday's opening round game between Chippewa Falls and Superior. That will likely be Chippewa Falls, which is the second seeded team in the sectional. New Richmond is the seventh seed. Daul scored the game winner off a feed from Nalin Chadurvedi.
Andrea Passe has a collection of world champion belt buckles that would make any professional wrestler envious. Passe is one of the most successful Palomino horse showmen in the United States. She has competed everywhere from Wisconsin to Texas, including most states in between. The Somerset High School senior and her quarterhorse gelding, Presidential Invite, have won three world championships together. Passe has spent most of the past eight years dedicated to showing her horses. She missed last year's Homecoming and her Junior Prom while competing at horse shows.
The New Richmond football team had a great amount to play for on Friday. But not as much as the Amery football team. Hours before the game, the Warriors attended the funeral for their senior captain who died earlier in the week. The Warriors were able to channel that grief into a heartfelt effort, upsetting the Tigers 14-13. The Homecoming game loss has immense consequences for the Tigers. It knocks them out of a share of the Middle Border Conference lead.
Conference champions! The St. Croix Central football team moved to 7-0 for the 2011 season by rolling past its nearest competition in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference last Friday. The Panthers posted their second straight shutout on Friday, beating Boyceville 26-0. The win locks up a share of the 2011 conference title for the Panthers.
Since losing their first game on the Middle Border Conference schedule, the Somerset football team has been fighting its way back, in hopes of winning the 2011 MBC title. If the Spartans win this Friday, that effort will have paid off. Somerset hosts Durand on Friday, with both teams locked at the top of the MBC standings with 4-1 record. The winner of Friday's game will lock up a share of the 2011 title.
The pride and joy of the New Richmond girls tennis program has been the travelling trophy that goes to the winner of the Middle Border Conference tournament each year. This year, the Tigers' favorite trophy will reside in Durand. The Panthers, sparked by the play of a foreign exchange student who captured the one singles title, earned the conference tournament championship. New Richmond, which shared the conference regular season title with Baldwin-Woodville, placed second. The Tigers won the conference trophy each of the past four years. The Tigers were conference champions in two flights.
The bigger they are, the harder they - hit a volleyball. That's what the Somerset volleyball team proved in Baldwin last Thursday. The Spartans ruled the action at the net, leading to a three-game sweep over Baldwin-Woodville. The win moves the Spartans into a tie for the Middle Border Conference lead with the Blackhawks and Ellsworth. All three teams have 4-1 conference records. The Spartans won the match 25-16, 25-17 and 25-22. The Spartans set the tone for the match in the opening minutes, breaking out to a 13-4 lead.
Junior Aaron Daul has the quickness to be a scoring threat any time he touches the ball on a soccer field. Daul was a one-man scoring machine on Friday, as the New Richmond boys soccer team rolled past Somerset 8-0 in the opening round of the Middle Border Conference tournament. The win advanced the Tigers into Tuesday's tournament semifinals against Hayward. The Tigers will be the host team in the final round of the conference tournament this Thursday. Friday's game was the first for the Tigers last week, while Somerset had already played four games during the week.