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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A text message led to Craig Jameson taking fourth place in the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour national championships on Devil’s Lake in North Dakota on Sept. 19-21. Jameson wasn’t scheduled to compete in the national championships after fishing in one event on the tour this summer. Ten days before the national tournament, he received a text message saying there were a few spots available in the 82-boat field.
Getting to compete in one of the biggest national cross country settings in the nation was a treat and a challenge for the New Richmond and Somerset squads on Saturday. The Tigers and Spartans were part of the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota on Saturday. Ten races are run through the course of the day at the Griak meet, including all three levels of collegiate running and four high school races.
The New Richmond girls tennis team finished in second place in the dual meet portion of the Middle Border Conference season. The Tigers finished with a 6-1 MBC dual record after they defeated Amery and Durand last week. The match between New Richmond and Amery ended up being for second place in the conference standings. The Tigers held off a strong challenge from the Warriors to win 4-3. The Tigers finished their MBC dual record last Thursday with a 6-1 win over Durand. Last Tuesday’s match at Amery showed some of the progress the Tigers have made this season.
Bernard’s Northtown of New Richmond and the Dodge brand of vehicles will team up with the New Richmond High School athletic department for a Dodger Booster Club Fundraiser this Friday before the Tiger Homecoming football game. Everyone in the community is invited to test drive 2013 and 2014 Dodge vehicles. For each brief test drive taken during the fundraiser, Dodge will donate $20 to New Richmond High School athletics. To ensure enough time, test drives will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the south parking lot at the New Richmond Middle School.
Strong winds and threatening skies didn’t scare away a group of hearty runners from competing in the 2013 Willow River Run, held as part of New Richmond’s Heritage Days on Saturday. Alex Anderson of New Richmond produced an impressive finish in the 5-mile portion of the race, winning with a margin of more than three minutes. Nick Radle of Hudson won the championship in the 5K race, with 15-year-old Dan Ender of New Richmond placing second. Here is a list of the finishers in both races. 5K Nick Radle 23 Hudson 19.52 Dan Ender 15 New Richmond 20.51 Gabby Lubich 62
It took a bit of a wakeup call to get the Somerset volleyball team rolling, but the Spartans were able to earn their first Middle Border Conference win of the season at Amery last Thursday. The Spartans lost the opening game at Amery 27-25. The Spartans improved drastically in the next two games, winning 25-11 and 25-17. The Spartans weren’t as sharp in the fourth game, but they were able to manage a 25-23 victory. “The best lesson was when we lost the first game,” said Spartan coach Sarah Praschak. “We had to shape up.
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, there is a great deal of opportunity in front of the St. Croix Central football team. The Panthers stand at 2-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. Their three remaining games are against conference opponents Spring Valley, Glenwood City and Elk Mound. With one win, the Panthers would almost be assured of a place in the WIAA playoffs. But with wins in two or three of those games, the Panthers would get a much more favorable opening draw in the WIAA brackets.
The lack of a productive net attack cost the St. Croix Central volleyball team in its Dunn-St. Croix Conference matches against Pepin and Plum City last week. The Panthers lost at home against Pepin last Tuesday 25-11, 25-19 and 27-25.
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