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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Sweltering heat might have slowed the runners, but it sure wasn't going to stop them in the 2011 St. Croix Central Cross Country Invitational last Thursday. With temperatures topping 90 degrees and heavy humidity, coaches were being cautious with their runners. Several runners were pulled out during the races because coaches feared their athletes were being overcome by the heat. Prescott was the team champion in the boys race with Spring Valley taking the girls meet title.
Somerset's Bristol Ridge Golf Club has been one of the toughest courses for Middle Border Conference golfers to master. That was shown again last Tuesday, when the MBC girls played a nine-hole match on the back nine at Bristol Ridge. New Richmond was able to earn the team victory, by shooting a 184, which is 10-15 strokes higher than most of the Tigers' recent rounds. Osceola took second with a 191 and Somerset was third at 206. St. Croix Central placed fifth with a 213. New Richmond's balanced lineup was the difference in this meet.
After one-third of the regular season, the St. Croix Central football team finally gets to make its homefield debut this Friday. The Panthers are coming off a 36-12 win over Glenwood City in the opening round of Dunn-St. Croix Conference games last Friday. That makes Central 3-0 overall this season. The home opener on Friday will be against Elk Mound, historically one of the Panthers' toughest rivals in the D-SC. Central coach Tony DiSalvo didn't need to remind the Panthers about last year's 33-30 loss to the Mounders.
Medford's boys soccer program is in its first year as a varsity program. If the powers that be were waiting until Medford could be competitive, they certainly waited long enough. The Somerset boys traveled east to play Medford last Monday.
The process of getting to know each other on the volleyball court continues for the St. Croix Central volleyball team. The Panthers have girls on the varsity who played at four different levels last year, ranging from junior high to the varsity. The melding of their skills is an on-going process.
One of the new offerings at Somerset High School this fall is a dance line. Several girls went to SHS Athletic Director Bill Roll last spring with a request to begin a dance line. The high school students were surveyed and it was found that there was sufficient interest to offer a team for the students. There are 10 girls who joined the inaugural team this fall. Their first public performance was at the first Spartan home football game of the season on Aug. 26. The dance line is performing as a club team, meaning there is no school funding involved.
Many football fans will never see a five-overtime game in their lifetime. The fans in Somerset had that rare honor last Friday. Somerset and Bloomer, both ranked among the top five Wisconsin Division 4 teams, battled to a 14-14 tie at the end of regulation. The Spartans and Blackhawks kept battling through overtime after overtime. It wasn't until the second portion of the fifth overtime that Somerset was able to win the game.
When the New Richmond football team went to Rice Lake on Friday, the Tigers thought their biggest worry would by Rice Lake quarterback Cody Novinska. Instead of showcasing their quarterback, Rice Lake decided to play a game of brute force. The Tigers couldn't match the Warriors' strength up front and Rice Lake ground out a 35-13 win over the Tigers. The Tigers are now 0-2 as they begin their Middle Border Conference season. Their MBC schedule begins in one of the toughest venues in the conference. The Tigers will play at Durand on Friday.
The New Richmond cross country teams got a good look at most of the top Division 1 teams in western Wisconsin on Saturday when they ran in the Husky Invitational hosted by Eau Claire North. The Tiger girls placed sixth among 15 teams in the meet while the Tiger boys ranked 11th in their half of the race. The results of the girls race were a bit skewed. Hudson standout Katie Wetzstein and the bike guiding the lead runners moved so far ahead of everyone that the next group of runners lost sight of her.
To St. Croix Central football fans, there is nothing sweeter than beating Baldwin-Woodville. The Panthers have had to wait since 2005 to enjoy the sweetness of that victory. So when the Panthers thoroughly defeated Baldwin-Woodville 48-20 last Friday, it set off quite a celebration among the Panther players. Central hadn't been able to enjoy a win over the Blackhawks since their 15-8 victory in September 2005. "We had a great night," said Central coach Tony DiSalvo.