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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Getting into the Dunn-St. Croix Conference schedule was just what the St. Croix Central football team needed. After opening the season with two error-filled non-conference losses, the Panthers played much more crisply in their Dunn-St. Croix opener on Friday. The Panthers went to Colfax and took early control against the previously unbeaten Vikings, winning 28-14.
One of the scariest scenes many cross country runners and coaches every experienced at a race was when numerous runners needed to be hospitalized because of the intense heat experienced at the Boyceville Invitational on Aug. 29. Four Panther girls needed to be treated at a hospital emergency room following that meet because of heat exhaustion. The entire team went to the hospital to support their teammates and to make sure if any of the other Panthers needed treatment, they had immediate access. A total of 23 girls needed medical treatment following that meet.
The annual New Richmond Cross Country Invitational will be run this Thursday. The four races will all start at the New Richmond High School junior varsity baseball field. All four races will be five kilometers in distance. The course opens at 3:15 p.m. The schedule for races is: girls junior varsity at 4:15 p.m.; boys junior varsity at 4:45 p.m.; girls varsity at 5:15 p.m. and boys varsity at 5:45 p.m. Schools scheduled to compete in the meet are Amery, Baldwin-Woodville, Durand, Eau Claire North, Ellsworth, Elmwood, New Richmond, North St.
The tournament title that eluded Jason Zahradka is finally his. Zahradka, the 12-time winner of the New Richmond Golf Club men's championship, has never been able to win the 2013 NRGC Labor Day Invitational. Until this year, that is. Zahradka won four of the first 10 holes to beat Justin Burleson in the Labor Day tournament championship match. In the senior division of the tournament, Gary Huber defeated Dan Wubbels in the championship match.
The fourth annual youth triathlon sponsored by the New Richmond Tiger Sharks Swim Team will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21. The youth triathlon will provide an opportunity for area youth ages 5-16 to build health and self-esteem in a fun and unique sporting event. The triathlon includes the tradition events of swimming, biking and running, with appropriate distances for the various age groups. Kids can participate in age brackets of 5-6 years old, 7-9 years old, 10-12 years old and 13-16 years old.
Even as the courses get more challenging, the New Richmond girls golf team continues to find ways to win Middle Border Conference matches. The Tigers won their fifth straight MBC match last Thursday, despite being frustrated with their lack of success at the Hammond Golf Club. The Tigers won with a 193 team score, finishing nine strokes ahead of second place Osceola. New Richmond's girls were also winners in a match played the previous day at The Links at the New Richmond Golf Club. That day the Tigers won by shooting 177, which was 11 strokes better than Osceola.
It seems like every week over the past month, the New Richmond girls tennis team has been meeting up with one or more teams from the Big Rivers Conference. The Tigers showed again that they compete on even footing with the BRC squads during a quad meet in Menomonie on Saturday. The Tigers scored a 5-2 win over Chippewa Falls before losing by 4-3 scores to Menomonie and Hudson.
Improved passing and setting fueled the sharpest performance of the St. Croix Central volleyball team during a triangular tournament at Ellsworth last Thursday. The improvements helped the Panthers win both of their matches in the tournament, against Glenwood City and Ellsworth. The key behind the success on Thursday was the decision by coaches Julia Foley and Laura Lee to try a 6-2 attack, with Haylee Hawke and Marissa Hill both setting.
The first win for the New Richmond football team under head coach Keith Badger certainly was a memorable one. The Tigers rallied from behind twice in the second half to defeat Baldwin-Woodville 22-18 at the New Richmond football stadium on Friday. New Richmond from a 12-0 halftime deficit to overcome the Blackhawks. The Tigers had no offensive success in the first half, but that changed dramatically in the second half. The Tigers' first possession of the half resulted in a 74-yard drive, with Connor O'Loughlin scoring on a 4-yard run.
Scheduling difficult non-conference opponents is done in the hopes the competition level will raise the team’s skill level. That’s what the New Richmond football team is hoping after opening the season against Big Rivers Conference teams from River Falls and Rice Lake. The Tigers went to Rice Lake last Friday knowing they were facing a potential buzzsaw in a highly talented Warrior team. Their scouting reports proved correctly. Rice Lake matched the superlatives, rolling past the Tigers 41-0.