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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After the first play from scrimmage, the St. Croix Central football team had its chance at a place in the WIAA state football playoffs under control. The Panthers handed the ball to senior Dante Carlson on that opening play and he responded by racing 71 yards down the Panther sideline for a touchdown. The Panthers were never threatened the rest of the night, blasting Elk Mound 41-6. Central is one of five Dunn-St. Croix Conference football teams that qualified for the WIAA playoffs.
The tumultuous season of St. Croix Central volleyball reached one of its highest points in the Panthers’ Dunn-St. Croix Conference finale last Tuesday. The Panthers went to Elmwood and were in charge from the outset, defeating the Raiders 25-12, 25-20, 25-18 in the match. The win is the second of the D-SC season for the Panthers and leaves them in eighth place in the 10-team conference final standings. Central coach Laura Lee recognized right away that the Panthers were playing well, so she kept the same girls on the court for most of the match.
Here are the bowling scores for the week reported from action at Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond. Monday Afternoon Women’s League at Gibby’s Lanes Rooster’s Roadhouse 25-17 Blue Ribbon Feeds 25-17 Cedar Creek Inn 25-17 Star Prairie Sports Bar 9-33 High Individual Scratch Game: Elizabeth Ziegler 227, Mary Bentley 189, Delta Johnston 176 High Individual Scratch Series: Elizabeth Ziegler 524, Delta Johnston 471, Pat Strege 467 Team High Handicap Game: Star Prairie Sports Bar 648, 625, Cedar Creek Inn 631, 626 Team High Handicap Series: Star Prairie Sports Bar 1,880, Cedar Creek
The Somerset football team has earned the second seed, and a first round home game, in the WIAA Division 4 regional playoff tournament bracket. Somerset will open the playoffs at home at 7 p.m. next Friday, facing Northland Pines. Northland Pines is the seventh seed in the Division 4 region. St. Croix Central qualified for the WIAA playoffs Friday night, but the Panthers face a stiff test in the opening round of the Division 4 bracket.
The New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central football teams all end the 2013 regular season with wins on Friday night. New Richmond played its first game on Osceola's new artificial turf. The Tigers trailed 14-7 at halftime, but came back to win 17-14 on a late field goal. Somerset went down 12-0 in the first quarter to Durand. Somerset ruled the rest of the game, using a diverse offensive attack to beat Durand 38-19. With the win, Somerset had hopes of getting a share of the Middle Border Conference title, but Ellsworth beat Prescott in overtime to lock up the MBC title. St.
The New Richmond cross country teams achieved a rare sweep at the Middle Border Conference Cross Country Championships in Durand on Thursday. The Tigers won all four team titles in the tournament. The Tiger boys and girls won the varsity and the junior varsity titles in the meet. New Richmond's boys were led by junior Jack Utzman, who was the boys' meet champion. Senior Maddie Kelly led New Richmond's girls, placing second overall. The New Richmond boys soccer team won the WIAA Division 2 regional championship on Thursday with a homefield 4-0 win over La Crosse Central.
The New Richmond volleyball team has received the second seed in the WIAA Division 2 tournament bracket. The Tigers will open regional tournament play at 7 p.m. next Tuesday. The Tigers will host seventh-seeded St. Croix Central in that match. Somerset received the sixth seed in the regional bracket. The Spartans will play at Baldwin-Woodville in Tuesday's opening round action. Baldwin-Woodville is the third seed.
The numbers tell the story. Alex Wheeler and Megan Chelberg have given the New Richmond girls golf team its best 1-2 tandem in team history this season. Fittingly, the two seniors are closing out their careers at the WIAA Division 1 State Girls Golf Championships this Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. Last year, Wheeler became the first Tiger girl to play in three WIAA state golf tournaments.
Mattie Kidder has earned a second chance. Kidder qualified for the Division 1 WIAA State Individual Tennis Championships by taking fourth place in the one singles flight of the Eau Claire Memorial sectional tournament last Thursday. Last year Kidder and Kaycie Anderson advanced to the state tournament as the Tigers’ top doubles team. Kidder and Anderson scored one victory at state last year, against Sheboygan North. Kidder and Anderson were beaten in the second round by a team from Green Bay Southwest that would go on to finish second in the state tournament. Tiger coach D
There was an emotional celebration when the Somerset boys soccer team locked up its first Middle Border Conference championship with its 6-0 win at Osceola last Thursday. To know why this title meant so much for the Spartans, you have to look at the team’s history. Two years ago, the Spartans finished 5-16-1. The year before, the Spartans were outscored 57-8 for the season.