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 regional finals were the final stop for the Somerset volleyball team in the WIAA Division 2 tournament. After wins over Barron and Durand in the opening two rounds of the playoffs, the Spartans faced Rice Lake in the Division 2 regional final on Saturday. The Spartans put up another excellent battle, but couldn't upend the top seed, losing to Rice Lake in four games. "It was by far the best playing I've seen from the girls all year long," Somerset coach Sarah Praschak said of Saturday's performance.
The New Richmond volleyball girls could walk off the courts with their heads held high as their season ended last Tuesday. The Tigers gave one of their best efforts of the season against Middle Border Conference champion Osceola in the opening round of WIAA Division 2 regional tournament action. Osceola had to fight to earn the win, by scores of 25-9, 25-18 and 25-12. As the Tigers look back on the final month of the season, they will want to remember the second game at Osceola.
The Somerset football team didn't want to see its two most precious streaks end. The streak of three Middle Border Conference championships, and the streak of never losing a home conference game are both still alive after the Spartans pulled out a 33-31 thriller over Baldwin-Woodville last Friday. B-W came into the game with a perfect 7-0 record. The Spartans' win throws the MBC lead into a three-way tie involving Somerset, Baldwin-Woodville and New Richmond. The Spartans need to win Thursday to make sure they maintain their share of the MBC title. They don't have an easy task either.
The New Richmond girls cross country runners will say they didn't have their best day at the 2010 Middle Border Conference meet last Thursday. The rest of the runners in the conference are likely to argue that point. The Tiger girls earned their fourth straight MBC championship, edging Somerset by 10 points to win the 2010 title. New Richmond's girls were able to win the championship despite not having a runner in the top eight finishers in the race.
The defense of the New Richmond football team is starting to get recognized around the state for its stinginess. The Tiger defense posted its fourth shutout in a row last Friday, as the Tigers rolled to a 41-0 win at Amery. With Somerset's victory over Baldwin-Woodville, the Tigers are in a three-way tie with those two teams for the lead of the Middle Border Conference. The Tigers need a win this Thursday to lock up a share of the 2010 MBC championship.
Joshua Lee of Star Prairie has quite a fish story to tell. And it's going to get bigger. Lee has qualified to fish in the Junior Bassmaster World Championship Fishing Tournament in Louisiana at the end of the month. Lee, a freshman at Somerset High School, qualified for the world tournament by winning state and divisional contests over the summer. Lee fishes in tournaments with his dad, Troy. They will travel together to the world tournament, which will be held Oct.
It's a loss that burns and it's an ache that isn't going to go away quickly. The St. Croix Central boys cross country team thought it had a good chance of winning its third straight Dunn-St. Croix Conference championships at the 2010 D-SC meet in Boyceville last Thursday. They thought wrong. The Panthers were upset by Colfax and Glenwood City, finishing four points out of first place. "We got schooled," Central coach Bill Emery said. "We didn't see Colfax coming." St.
Tia Belter, Monica Emerson and Sara Henry all placed among the top seven runners in the 2010 Middle Border Conference Cross Country Meet on Thursday, helping the Spartan girls place second in the meet behind New Richmond. All three of the Spartan girls earned first team all-conference honors with their performance. Despite having three of the top seven runners, the Spartans couldn't catch the New Richmond girls.
St. Croix Central's football team needs a win against Boyceville on Thursday to assure the Panthers a spot in the WIAA 2010 State Football Playoffs. The Panthers currently stand at 3-2 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference standings after a 43-20 loss at Mondovi last Thursday. At 4-2 the Panthers would be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. At 3-3 the Panthers would likely get in, but nothing is guaranteed. That's why Panther coach Tony DiSalvo is emphatic that the team be ready for Thursday's game.
Somerset's hopes of a Middle Border Conference volleyball championship were shot down by the rapid fire hits delivered by the Osceola Chieftains last Tuesday. Both teams went into Tuesday's match in Somerset with 6-0 records. While these were all tightly contested games, Osceola swept the three games by scores of 25-23, 25-19 and 25-23. The match was played in front of one of the largest volleyball crowds ever for a Somerset match. The Spartans put up a diverse attack, using several different hitters to get their points. Osceola relies heavily on seniors Paige Garriga and Lisa Rydeen.