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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Andrea Passe has a collection of world champion belt buckles that would make any professional wrestler envious. Passe is one of the most successful Palomino horse showmen in the United States. She has competed everywhere from Wisconsin to Texas, including most states in between. The Somerset High School senior and her quarterhorse gelding, Presidential Invite, have won three world championships together. Passe has spent most of the past eight years dedicated to showing her horses. She missed last year's Homecoming and her Junior Prom while competing at horse shows.
The New Richmond football team had a great amount to play for on Friday. But not as much as the Amery football team. Hours before the game, the Warriors attended the funeral for their senior captain who died earlier in the week. The Warriors were able to channel that grief into a heartfelt effort, upsetting the Tigers 14-13. The Homecoming game loss has immense consequences for the Tigers. It knocks them out of a share of the Middle Border Conference lead.
Conference champions! The St. Croix Central football team moved to 7-0 for the 2011 season by rolling past its nearest competition in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference last Friday. The Panthers posted their second straight shutout on Friday, beating Boyceville 26-0. The win locks up a share of the 2011 conference title for the Panthers.
Since losing their first game on the Middle Border Conference schedule, the Somerset football team has been fighting its way back, in hopes of winning the 2011 MBC title. If the Spartans win this Friday, that effort will have paid off. Somerset hosts Durand on Friday, with both teams locked at the top of the MBC standings with 4-1 record. The winner of Friday's game will lock up a share of the 2011 title.
The pride and joy of the New Richmond girls tennis program has been the travelling trophy that goes to the winner of the Middle Border Conference tournament each year. This year, the Tigers' favorite trophy will reside in Durand. The Panthers, sparked by the play of a foreign exchange student who captured the one singles title, earned the conference tournament championship. New Richmond, which shared the conference regular season title with Baldwin-Woodville, placed second. The Tigers won the conference trophy each of the past four years. The Tigers were conference champions in two flights.
The bigger they are, the harder they - hit a volleyball. That's what the Somerset volleyball team proved in Baldwin last Thursday. The Spartans ruled the action at the net, leading to a three-game sweep over Baldwin-Woodville. The win moves the Spartans into a tie for the Middle Border Conference lead with the Blackhawks and Ellsworth. All three teams have 4-1 conference records. The Spartans won the match 25-16, 25-17 and 25-22. The Spartans set the tone for the match in the opening minutes, breaking out to a 13-4 lead.
Junior Aaron Daul has the quickness to be a scoring threat any time he touches the ball on a soccer field. Daul was a one-man scoring machine on Friday, as the New Richmond boys soccer team rolled past Somerset 8-0 in the opening round of the Middle Border Conference tournament. The win advanced the Tigers into Tuesday's tournament semifinals against Hayward. The Tigers will be the host team in the final round of the conference tournament this Thursday. Friday's game was the first for the Tigers last week, while Somerset had already played four games during the week.
In its best chance to record a Middle Border Conference win this season, the New Richmond volleyball team rose to the challenge last Thursday. The Tigers faced Amery, with both teams looking for their first conference win. The Tigers played one of their most complete matches while beating Amery in four games. New Richmond won the first game 25-17. Amery came back to capture the second game 25-18. New Richmond then made its charge, winning the next two games 25-17 and 25-23. Tiger coach Bob Fisher said he saw improvement in every aspect of the game during the win.
The focus for the entire day for the Somerset girls golf team at the WIAA regional tournament last Wednesday was to play their way into the sectional tournament. The Spartans suffered through a few rocky holes in the middle of the round, but finished with a flourish to qualify for this Tuesday's WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament at Pheasant Hills Golf Club in Hammond. St. Croix Central wasn't as fortunate at the regional meet.
There have been some wickedly cold and wet conditions for cross country races over the years, but New Richmond coach Beth Kelly said she'd never experienced conditions like those that the Tigers ran in last Thursday. The Tigers competed in the Chippewa Falls Invitational last Thursday, which was held at the Wissota Golf Course, on the shores of Lake Wissota. The weather was windy and cold when the Tigers left home that afternoon, but that was mild compared to what they faced. "It's probably the worst weather I've had at a meet," Kelly said.