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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With the Middle Border Conference already wrapped up, the New Richmond girls golf team was playing for pride in the 2010 MBC tournament at Pheasant Hills Golf Course on Monday. The Tigers have plenty of reasons to be proud. By winning Monday's tournament, the Tigers have completed an unbeaten conference season. Sweeping the titles through an entire season is a rare feat in MBC golf history. The Tiger varsity players took five of the top seven places in the all-conference honors for the season. Hannah Wheeler, Caitlynn Singerhouse and Alex Wheeler are first team All-MBC players.
The most dramatic win for the Somerset boys soccer team in its two years as a varsity program came last Thursday when the Spartans beat Cumberland 2-1 in overtime. This is Somerset's third win of the season, eclipsing the two wins the Spartans had in their first year of varsity play. Cumberland is a solid program. The Beavers' season includes one-goal losses to Amery and Hayward, two of the upper echelon programs in the Middle Border Conference. Neither team could score in the soggy conditions on the Somerset field until well into the second half. Somerset scored first.
Wins over New Richmond and Ellsworth last week raised the Somerset volleyball team's record to 3-0 in Middle Border Conference matches. The Spartans got a good test when they faced a hard-hitting Ellsworth team last Tuesday. Somerset captured the first game 25-14, but Ellsworth came right back to take the second game 25-18. The third game pivoted on serving. The Spartans were scuffling early in the game, trailing 8-5. Laura Wells was inserted to serve and she rang up several straight points that got the Spartans playing sharply again.
Watching the New Richmond varsity volleyball team play causes you to see the possibilities in the team. And the frustrations. The Tigers dropped to 0-3 in the Middle Border Conference standings with losses to Prescott and Somerset last week. In last Tuesday's match at Prescott the Tigers may have put together their best opening game of the season. Instead of digging a hole for themselves in the early going, the Tigers were the aggressors. They used hard, accurate serves to keep Prescott on its heels. That set up the Tigers for easier passes to handle, which led to better hitting chances.
Because the Eau Claire high schools are so much larger than the other schools in western Wisconsin, they are a natural measuring stick for smaller schools. So you can imagine there was quite a bit of excitement when the New Richmond boys soccer team went to Eau Claire North last Friday and beat the Huskies 3-2 in North's Parents Night game. The Tigers have been playing more established soccer programs like North, St. Paul Academy and Hastings to get prepared for the upcoming WIAA Division 1 tournaments.
The St. Croix Central football airshow took full flight on Friday, to the delight of the Panthers' Homecoming faithful. The Panthers ran their season record to 4-1 by overwhelming Glenwood City 43-14 in the Panthers' 2010 Homecoming game on Friday. In the opening minutes of the game the Panthers looked as if they were going to rout the Hilltoppers. Central drove the length of the field in its first possession, completing the march with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Cress to Cody Nyhagen. After stopping the Toppers on downs, the Panthers forced the first of many turnovers in the game.
The St. Croix Central volleyball team rolled past Glenwood City for its first win in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference this season. But a loss two nights earlier to Elmwood was the win that got away. The Panthers were outstanding in last Thursday's win over Glenwood City. The Panthers swept the games by scores of 25-17, 31-29 and 25-18. The key game for the Panthers was the second one. They've had several close games that they weren't able to finish off this season.
St. Croix Central senior Brett Johnson earned fifth place among 493 runners to lead the performances of the three local teams in the 2010 Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational at the University of Minnesota on Saturday. Johnson took fifth place, but had higher expectations. He led through much of the Maroon race, but was caught by four runners in the final stretch of the race. This was Central's first time running in the Griak race.
Demographic studies done several years ago anticipated large increases in the enrollment in the Somerset School District. After several years with little to no growth, it appeared that enrollment numbers had leveled out in Somerset. That changed this summer. Somerset school enrollment is up 69 kids from enrollment in May. The May enrollment was at 1,580 students. The enrollment supplied for the Somerset Board of Education at its Sept. 20 meeting had the student population at 1,649. Enrollment is up in all three buildings.
The New Richmond football program will be staying in the Middle Border Conference for the 2011 season. What happens to all the New Richmond sports programs after that is up for discussion. The New Richmond football program was targeted for a move to the Big Rivers Conference in 2011 by the WIAA after a request by Rice Lake for relief out of the BRC. The issue was discussed at the WIAA regional meeting in Rice Lake on Monday. After the general meeting, a discussion was held by administrators and athletic directors from the two conferences.