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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Somerset High School students celebrated homecoming last week, Sept. 23-28, with a wide variety of events. (Photos by Dave Newman and Michele Bauer)
After a beastly four-game stretch where they faced Ashland, Amery, New Richmond and Barron, the Somerset boys have bounced back with four straight shutouts in Middle Border Conference soccer play. The shutouts have come against Spooner, Osceola, Hayward and Baldwin-Woodville, with the Spartans outscoring their opponents 30-0 in the four games. In the last two games the Spartans put away Hayward and Baldwin-Woodville by identical 7-0 scores. The Spartans’ recent offensive success has vaulted seniors Jon Bucklew and Gavin Meader to the top of the s
Somerset's mix of big plays and ball control proved too much for the New Richmond on Friday night. The Spartans rushed for 442 yards and passed for 76 more in defeating the Tigers 44-20 in Somerset's Homecoming game. Somerset had incredible balance in its ground attack, with four backs rushing for more than 80 yards. Fullback Max Praschak carried for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Reed Baillargeon, Adam Marty and Bailey White each had between 81-88 yards in the game. Senior halfback Connor O'Loughlin led New Richmond's offense. He scored two touchdowns and caught 10 passes.
The 28th Annual Heritage Days 5-mile and 5K Road Race and kids' trail 3/4 mile will be held this Saturday. Race Location is at the Heritage Center at 1100 Heritage Drive, New Richmond. Race day registration starts at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. for the 5-mile and 5K, with a 9 a.m. start for the kids' trail 3/4 miler! There will be lots of other giveaways from local businesses and Target too! Long-sleeve cotton shirts will be given to all registered entrants.
When the unbeaten New Richmond boys soccer team needed an offensive jolt this week, the Tigers had players who stepped to the forefront to take the lead. On Saturday the Tigers were tied with Superior 1-1 at halftime. Senior Casey Turnipseed was moved to forward and he provided instant results, scoring three straight goals to start the second half as the Tigers dominated the second half, winning 6-1.
For four weeks, the Somerset football team piqued everyone’s hopes. How good can the Spartans be? On Friday, the Spartans were clearly not as good as Ellsworth. The Spartans were outplayed in every facet of the game in losing the battle for the Middle Border Conference lead, 27-8. The loss was the first for the defending state champion Spartans since they were defeated in Week 7 of the 2012 season by Durand, 16-13.
It’s hard to imagine the New Richmond volleyball team playing better than it did in the opening two games of its Middle Border Conference season on Thursday. The Tigers jumped out to double-digit leads early in both of those games against Prescott, winning both games 25-12. In the third game the Tigers’ synchronized play suddenly lost its rhythm and Prescott was able to claw back to win 26-24.
At this stage in its evolution, the New Richmond football team has to play a finesse style. The Tigers do their best to offset the size advantage some opponents have over them. Despite being much smaller along the front lines, the Tigers were nearly able to upend Prescott on Friday, losing to the Cardinals 21-14 at the New Richmond Football Stadium. The loss drops the Tigers to 1-2 in the Middle Border Conference and 1-4 overall.
The concentration was on pack running. But the trophies were a nice bonus. The New Richmond cross country team runs at the Osceola Invitational every year, not competing for team honors but to work on pack running and helping their squad to improve as a group. So finishing in first place in the boys large school division and in second place in the girls large school division was a pleasing bonus for the Tigers.
The inexperienced New Richmond girls tennis team has come an awfully long way since beginning the season with two returning varsity players. The Tigers hoped they’d make the climb all the way to the top of the Middle Border Conference standings. The Baldwin-Woodville girls had the same aspirations, with much more experienced players. When those two teams met last Thursday, Baldwin-Woodville’s experience won out. The Blackhawks defeated the Tigers 5-2 in the showdown between the top two teams in the MBC. Both New Richmond’s wins came in the singles lineup.