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'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.
With the Middle Border Conference championship appearing to be a formality for the New Richmond girls golf team, the Tigers are still hard at work, getting ready for the WIAA playoff season. The 2013 MBC tournament will be played this Thursday at Krooked Kreek Golf Club in Osceola, beginning at 9 a.m. The Tigers have been perfect in the MBC this season, winning all eight events to hold 80 points heading into the tournament. Osceola has finished second in all eight events, carrying 72 points into the tournament.
A number of local fishermen took part in the fifth annual sturgeon fishing contest on Yellow Lake in Burnett County on Saturday Several of the tournament winners were from our area. New Richmond varsity hockey coach Adam Swanda showed he knows a thing or two about fishing. He caught his first sturgeon and it was a whopper. His catch measured in at 52.5 inches and was the tournament winner.