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 New Richmond football team had everything going its way in the early-season showdown with Baldwin-Woodville. Unfortunately, the Tigers couldn't complete the task. After leading 21-7 at halftime in Baldwin, the Tiger offense went silent in the second half. B-W rallied, scoring twice in the final minutes to beat the Tigers 27-21. B-W's Jake Keefer caught the winning touchdown with 1:17 left in the game. The Tigers got the ball down inside the B-W 30 in the final seconds.
When the St. Croix Central football coaches installed the spread offense, the intent was to create big plays. The Panthers did that and more on Friday, rolling up 60 points in a 60-28 non-conference win over Cameron at Hammond. The point total is the largest for the Panthers since Tony DiSalvo took over as head coach for the Panthers in 1999. The Panthers were able to strike from anywhere on the field when they had the ball on Friday night. Senior halfback Joe Poulin was lethal, scoring on runs of 70 and 64 yards.
St. Croix Central coach Bill Emery was worried that a week of hard workouts leading into last Thursday's New Richmond Invitational would leave the Panthers with little energy for the race. The Panthers may not have been at their most crisp, but there was enough energy left for the Panther boys to earn the meet championship. They narrowly edged out Ellsworth and Amery.
The best news in a difficult week for the Somerset cross country teams was the third place finish by the Spartan girls at last Thursday's New Richmond Invitational. The Spartan girls finished behind New Richmond and Rice Lake. They did manage to finish just ahead of Osceola, Amery, Prescott and Ellsworth. Those are some of the main Middle Border Conference opponents the Spartans are measuring themselves against every meet. Somerset coach Diane Belter said illness and other factors led to a "tough week" for both Spartan teams.
Bit by bit, the New Richmond girls golf team continues to extend its lead in the Middle Border Conference standings. The Tigers moved another step ahead of second place Osceola last Tuesday with a win at The Links in New Richmond. The Tigers finished the round with a score of 180, 19 strokes ahead of Osceola. Amery was third with a score of 212. The 180 score was made without a spectacular round from the Tigers. The beacons for the Tigers in this match were junior Hannah Wheeler and sophomore Leah Bauer. Wheeler led the Tigers by shooting a 43.
The New Richmond boys soccer team found out how good soccer around the Twin Cities area is on Monday. The Tigers played at Hastings on Monday, the first time the two teams had met. Hastings hadn't won a game this season, but the competition level Hastings faces is nothing like the Tigers see. Hastings was able to score a 2-1 win over the Tigers in Monday's game. Hastings plays in the Suburban East Conference against Twin Cities schools like Stillwater, Woodbury, Cretin-Derham Hall, Edina and Wayzata.
The final pre-season match brought the first win of the season for the New Richmond volleyball team. The Tigers are hoping they can use that win as a springboard for their Middle Border Conference schedule, which begins this Thursday. The Tigers will play at home on Thursday against Durand. This will be the first varsity sports event to be played in the new New Richmond High School gym. The first win of the season for the Tigers came against St. Paul Harding, with the Tigers winning 25-20, 25-14. Earlier in the tournament at Coon Rapids, Minn.
The control of the Middle Border Conference tennis crown rests firmly within the grasp of the New Richmond girls team. The Tigers swept three MBC matches over the past week, leaving them alone with the only unbeaten record in conference dual matches. On Monday the Tigers won a 7-0 match at Mondovi, making up a previous rainout. Last Thursday the Tigers withstood a good challenge on the doubles side to beat Osceola 7-0. Last Tuesday the Tigers rolled past Ellsworth 7-0. The biggest challenges of the week came in Thursday's match against Osceola.
They might be considered a young team in terms of varsity experience, but by getting out to an 8-1 start this season, Somerset's volleyball girls are showing plenty of potential. The only loss thus far for the Spartans came on Saturday when they lost to Hudson in the championship match in Hudson's eight-team invitational meet. This year's Spartan schedule was back-loaded with matches so the team could concentrate on practices early in the season. That time has been used well.
Five turnovers and the inability to stop the Rice Lake quarterback on the option squashed any hopes the New Richmond football team had of a 2-0 start to the 2010 season. Rice Lake quarterback Kody Kovinska scored with 4:07 left in the game to give the Warriors a 28-21 win over the Tigers. With the two teams caught in a subplot caused by Rice Lake's request to get out of the Big Rivers Conference for the 2011-12 season, this game seemed to have an extra edginess to it. The Tigers moved the ball successfully early in the game, but the team's offensive production dropped with each quarter.