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 wind whipped around Bristol Ridge Golf Course last Tuesday, stirring up the scores in the WIAA Division 2 Girls Golf Sectional Tournament hosted by Somerset. The Spartans played capably under the challenging conditions on their home course, placing sixth among the eight teams competing. The Spartans shot 431 for the day.
Change continues to lead to improvement, so the Somerset volleyball team continues to change. The Spartans played in a tournament in Altoona on Saturday. The Spartan coaches made more changes during the tournament and the girls reacted by playing much better defensively. The first opponent of the tournament was state-ranked Altoona and the Spartans took the brunt of a 25-8, 25-16, 25-8 defeat.
Our area has been blessed with a number of outstanding athletes who have gone on to compete successfully at the collegiate level. We plan to do periodic updates on how these athletes are faring in their college sports. Here is the first update. Claire Van Dyk Van Dyk is one of the leaders of the women’s volleyball team at Bryant University. Van Dyk, a sophomore, set personal records in two straight matches last week.
It’s simple. If the St. Croix Central football team wins against Elk Mound this Friday, the Panthers make the WIAA state playoffs. If the Panthers lose to the winless Mounders, they’ll be spectators for this year’s playoffs. The Panthers have made the playoffs each of the past five years. Last Friday the Panthers were on the losing end of a 42-0 defeat to Glenwood City.
The 2013 Dunn-St. Croix Conference Cross Country Meet will be run at Whitetail Golf Course, near Colfax. The meet will begin at 4:30 p.m., starting with the girls high school race. Next up will be the boys high school race, followed by the middle school race. Whitetail Golf Course is located south of Colfax. St. Croix Central goes into Thursday’s meet with high hopes, especially the Panther boys. “The boys have a goal of winning,” said Central coach Bill Emery. Emery bases that goal on the Panthers’ win in their most recent competition against the other D-SC teams.
Another up-and-down week for the St. Croix Central volleyball team included the resignation of co-coach Julia Foley. Laura Lee will continue to coach the Panthers through the end of the season. The regular season is complete for the Panthers, with the WIAA Division 2 tournaments ahead of them. The seeding for the tournament bracket is scheduled to be done this Wednesday. The Panthers will likely draw one of the bottom seeds in the regional bracket.
Here are this week's scores from the New Richmond bowling leagues at Gibby's Lanes. Monday Afternoon Women’s League at Gibby’s Lanes Rooster’s Roadhouse 25-10 Blue Ribbon Feeds 23-12 Cedar Creek Inn 18-17 Star Prairie Sports Bar 4-31 High Individual Scratch Game: Elizabeth Ziegler 204, 171, Chrissy Fitzgerald 193, Barb Erdmann 171 High Individual Scratch Series: Elizabeth Ziegler 523, Chrissy Fitzgerald 464, Barb Erdmann 456 Team High Handicap Game: Cedar Creek Inn 734, 645, 637, Star Prairie sprots Bar 655 Team High Handicap Series: Cedar Creek Inn 2,016, Star Prairie Sp
Here is the schedule for upcoming varsity sports events for the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central schools. NEW RICHMOND Thursday, Oct. 17 Boys Soccer: Second round of WIAA Division 2 playoffs Cross Country: Middle Border Conference Meet at Durand at 4:15 p.m. Girls Tennis: WIAA state tournament in Madison Friday, Oct. 18 Football: New Richmond at Osceola at 7 p.m. Girls Tennis: WIAA state tournament in Madison Saturday, Oct.19 Girls Tennis: WIAA state tournament in Madison Tuesday, Oct.
New Richmond’s Megan Chelberg and Alex Wheeler posted solid numbers in the opening day of the WIAA Division 1 State Golf Championships on Monday. Chelberg is tied for 15th in the state tournament after shooting an 82 in the opening round of action at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. Wheeler shot an 86 in the opening round of the state tournament, which leaves her tied for 30th. The second round of the tournament is scheduled to be played on Tuesday. &nb
The New Richmond football team sent its seniors out in style, as the Tigers won their final home game of the 2013 season on Friday. The Tigers scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game and maintained the lead the rest of the way to defeat Amery 35-20. New Richmond started the game with one of its best drives of the season, going 78 yards in nine plays. Senior Allan Wollenberg took a swing pass and scooted 23 yards for the initial Tiger touchdown. The next Tiger score came on a 31-yard pass from Davis to Connor O'Loughlin.