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 St. Croix Central football team has already locked up a place in the 2008 WIAA State Football Playoff that begin next Tuesday. That doesn't mean the Panthers don't have anything to play for when they host Elk Mound in the regular season finale for both teams this Thursday. Central and Elk Mound are tied for second place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference standings. So the winner of Thursday's game will be the outright holder of second place in the final conference standings. The Panthers are coming off a 36-0 win over Boyceville that guaranteed them a place in the state playoffs.
The New Richmond volleyball team was one of two teams that were upset in the opening round of the Middle Border Conference Volleyball Tournament at Baldwin-Woodville High School on Saturday. That difficult start put the Tigers in a tough position and they ended up taking sixth place among the eight teams in the tournament. New Richmond was seeded fourth in the tournament, but the Tigers were beaten by Somerset in the opening round of the tournament, 25-17, 17-25, 15-6.
Last winter the Somerset School District was selected to be part of a national project on autism. Somerset's involvement in the autism project recently got underway. Two people from the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and one consultant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) spent several days meeting with Somerset school staff members. Darren Kern, Director of Pupil Services for the School District, is leading the project.
The first goal of the season for the Somerset football team has been accomplished. The Spartans locked up a place in the 2008 WIAA state football playoffs with their 44-22 win in New Richmond last Thursday. There are several more goals within reach for the Spartans, including a Middle Border Conference championship. The Spartans will need to win their final two regular season games to achieve that goal. The first of those games comes this Friday, when the Spartans face Amery. That will be followed by a game against MBC leader Baldwin-Woodville on Thursday, Oct. 23.
Wins in the final two games of the season will put the New Richmond football team into the 2008 WIAA state football playoffs. The first of those games comes this Friday, when the Tigers play at Ellsworth. Ellsworth is winless this season. The Panthers have an excellent quarterback in Josh Miska, who set a Middle Border Conference passing record against the Tigers last season.
New Richmond's two doubles team of Luanne Stai and Sami Kleiner ran into an outstanding doubles team at the WIAA Division 1 Girls Tennis Sectional Meet last Wednesday at Wausau West High School. New Richmond's tandem put up a great fight, forcing the match to three sets before losing to the number one seed from Marshfield. The Marshfield duo then won the sectional championship match to advance to the WIAA state championships, which will be held this Thursday through Saturday. Marshfield also won the team sectional championship and will compete at the state team tournament on Oct.
"You can win a lot of games with good defense." St. Croix Central Tony DiSalvo can say that, because his 5-2 Panthers have been making a habit of winning with outstanding defensive performances. The latest of those defensive gems came last Wednesday, when the Panthers won on their home field against Glenwood City 20-6. Glenwood City's touchdown came with 1:38 left in the game.
A tough step for teams developing into winning programs is learning how to win when they are the favorite in a match. That's the test the New Richmond volleyball team faced when it went to Ellsworth last Tuesday. The Panthers are at the bottom of the Middle Border Conference standings, while the Tigers are firmly entrenched in the top half of the MBC standings. It took the Tigers a game to reach their top level of volleyball at Ellsworth.
It's known as the Amery Invitational, but it may as well be called the "pre-conference cross country meet." The Oct. 4 running of the Amery Invitational was the final race for most teams as they gear up for their conference meets. Both the Middle Border Conference and the Dunn-St. Croix Conference will be running their meets this Thursday. The Middle Border Conference Meet will be held in Osceola and the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Meet will be held in Boyceville. New Richmond, Somerset and St.
By getting all seven of its entries into the flight championships, it was a complete team effort that produced the championship for the New Richmond girls in the 2008 Middle Border Conference Girls Tennis Tournament. The Tigers finished the tournament with four flight championships and three second place finishes. They finished the tournament with 36 team points.