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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There was no stopping the New Richmond girls golf team in its quest for the 2013 Middle Border Conference championship. The Tigers completed a perfect MBC season by winning the 2013 conference tournament, played last Thursday at Krooked Kreek Golf Course in Osceola. The Tigers won the conference tournament by shooting 349, which was 20 strokes better than second place Osceola. Somerset took third at 423. New Richmond had the top three individual finishers in the conference tournament and those three girls also took the top three spots in the 2013 All-Middle Border Conference Team.
The first-ever win for the Somerset boys soccer team over New Richmond will be one the Spartans remember forever. Somerset senior Gavin Meader scored his third goal of the game at the 8:27 mark in overtime to give the Spartans a 3-2 win over New Richmond on Monday at the Somerset High School field. The win propels Somerset into the lead in the Middle Border Conference standings. If the Spartans can win their final three MBC games (Oct. 1 vs. Barron, Oct. 8 at Spooner and Oct.
After a dejecting loss to Ellsworth the previous week, the Somerset football team found some needed progress in last Friday’s 44-20 win over New Richmond. For the Tigers, the game left them looking for a more complete effort. The Tiger coaches felt the defense played well in one half and the offense played well in the other, but they want to see that productivity carry over to a full game. The New Richmond-Somerset rivalry has as much passion behind it as ever and that was clear from the intensity seen from the players and coaches.
The overpowering way in which the New Richmond volleyball team attacks its opponents is beginning to impact how its opposition is playing. The case in point is New Richmond’s match against Ellsworth last Thursday. When the two teams met in a Middle Border Conference quad match a few weeks earlier, Ellsworth took one of the three games and gave the Tigers a battle in the other two. This time around, the Tigers set the tone for the match early on and carried it through for a 25-17, 25-10, 25-18 victory. Ellsworth took an 8-4 lead in the opening game of the night.
The 2013 New Richmond High School Athletic Hall of Fame celebration will be held this weekend. The celebration begins on Friday. The Hall of Fame class will be introduced during New Richmond’s Homecoming football game at the New Richmond football stadium on Friday night.
The undefeated season of the New Richmond boys soccer team came to a sudden end on Monday. The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season when they lost in overtime at Somerset, 3-2. This is the first time Somerset has ever defeated the New Richmond boys team. The Tigers now stand at 14-1-2 for the season. The Tigers will now need another team to defeat Somerset for New Richmond to have a chance at a Middle Border Conference championship. New Richmond had the wind at its back for the first half of Monday’s game and that helped the Tigers to dominate control of the ball.
A text message led to Craig Jameson taking fourth place in the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour national championships on Devil’s Lake in North Dakota on Sept. 19-21. Jameson wasn’t scheduled to compete in the national championships after fishing in one event on the tour this summer. Ten days before the national tournament, he received a text message saying there were a few spots available in the 82-boat field.
Getting to compete in one of the biggest national cross country settings in the nation was a treat and a challenge for the New Richmond and Somerset squads on Saturday. The Tigers and Spartans were part of the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota on Saturday. Ten races are run through the course of the day at the Griak meet, including all three levels of collegiate running and four high school races.
The New Richmond girls tennis team finished in second place in the dual meet portion of the Middle Border Conference season. The Tigers finished with a 6-1 MBC dual record after they defeated Amery and Durand last week. The match between New Richmond and Amery ended up being for second place in the conference standings. The Tigers held off a strong challenge from the Warriors to win 4-3. The Tigers finished their MBC dual record last Thursday with a 6-1 win over Durand. Last Tuesday’s match at Amery showed some of the progress the Tigers have made this season.
Bernard’s Northtown of New Richmond and the Dodge brand of vehicles will team up with the New Richmond High School athletic department for a Dodger Booster Club Fundraiser this Friday before the Tiger Homecoming football game. Everyone in the community is invited to test drive 2013 and 2014 Dodge vehicles. For each brief test drive taken during the fundraiser, Dodge will donate $20 to New Richmond High School athletics. To ensure enough time, test drives will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the south parking lot at the New Richmond Middle School.