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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The tie-breaker was a heart breaker. The St. Croix Central boys cross country team tied Colfax for the best score in the 2013 Dunn-St. Croix Conference cross country championship last Thursday. Which team won the conference title came down to a tie-breaker. The tie-break criteria used was which team’s sixth runner crossed the finish line first.
The offense of the Somerset football team has been making sharp improvements on a weekly basis by getting diversity in its attack. The Spartans won the battle for second place in the Middle Border Conference last Friday, defeating Durand 38-19 in the regular season finale for both teams. Somerset received the second seed in the area Division 4 regional tournament bracket in the seeding meeting that was held on Saturday. The Spartans will open the WIAA tournament action this Friday by hosting Northland Pines at 7 p.m.
After winning the Middle Border Conference championship, the Somerset boys soccer team envisioned similar success in the WIAA Division 3 playoffs. Rice Lake’s boys didn’t allow that to happen. Somerset was upset in the regional championship on its home field last Thursday. Rice Lake completely stymied the Spartan attack, beating Somerset 4-0. The most successful season in Somerset soccer history ends with a 16-4-1 record.
The validation for a season’s worth of hard work came in the final two weeks of the season for the New Richmond football team. The Tigers put together their first winning streak of the season in winning their final two games, to finish the season with a 3-6 record. The Tigers went into the off-season on a memorable note, coming from behind to win at Osceola on Friday, 17-14. The winning points were produced by sophomore kicker Cameron Hausman.
The gift the New Richmond volleyball team was hoping they’d get from the Baldwin-Woodville girls never arrived. The Tigers needed B-W to upset Osceola last Tuesday in the final round of Middle Border Conference play. If B-W pulled off the upset and the Tigers won at Durand, it would have given New Richmond a share of the conference title, along with B-W and Osceola. Instead, Osceola wins the conference championship, with the Tigers finishing second at 6-1 and Baldwin-Woodville in third at 5-2. Tuesday’s win at Durand wasn’t the Tigers’ best performance.
All it takes is five runners for a team to have a major impact in a high school cross country race. The Somerset boys have had a roster of five runners all season, but that did not limit the Spartans. Instead, they improved steadily, producing the best performance of their season in the 2013 Middle Border Conference meet at Durand last Thursday. The Spartan boys were the surprise of the meet, moving up to take second place in their half of the meet.
Improved back row play couldn’t light a fire under a struggling hitting attack for the Somerset volleyball team last Tuesday. The Spartans lost their regular season finale on their home court, falling to Prescott 25-19, 25-12 and 25-14. In the opening game of the night, the Spartans were competitive. The Spartans were able to get blocks on several of Prescott’s hit attempts and the Spartan back row players were able to dig up a number of Prescott’s best shots.
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