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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It is too bad that New Richmond High School didn't have school on Friday. After the Tiger football team whipped Ellsworth 45-8 in one of the most overpowering performances by the team in this decade, the Tigers deserved the chance to enjoy the adoration of their fans the day after the game. With excellent play from the offense, defense and special teams, the Tigers outplayed Ellsworth in every aspect of the game. The win helped the Tigers get over their difficult loss to Somerset from the previous week and it gives them momentum heading into the final two weeks of the season.
It's become a tradition that the Amery Invitational is run in weather better suited for duck hunting, but the wet weather didn't seem to bother many of the local runners. New Richmond's girls team and St. Croix Central's boys team earned the championships in the 2009 Amery Invitational last Tuesday. New Richmond's girls were the model of pack running perfection in this meet. There were seven Tiger runners who finished between 17:11 and 17:49 and there were several more Tigers not far behind those times. Sophomores Morgan Kelly and Kat Keller were at the front of the Tiger pack.
Becoming a body builder saved Bobbie Jo Fatheree's life. After seeing her weight drop by more than 100 pounds as she battled anorexia and bulimia, Fatheree needed something to get her diet, and her life, under control. What worked in getting her life under control was becoming a body builder. This Saturday, Fatheree will take part in her third body building competition. She will compete in the Northern States Natural Classic Body Building and Figure Competition at Elk River (Minn.) High School. Fatheree, 24, grew up in Somerset, then graduated from Hudson High School in 2003.
The New Richmond varsity volleyball team locked up a share of the Middle Border Conference championship for the first time since 1992 when the Tigers swept three games from Amery last Tuesday. The win raised the Tigers' record to 6-0 in MBC action. They were scheduled to play at Osceola on Tuesday. A win in that match would give the Tigers undisputed ownership of the conference dual meet title. The Tigers will try to complete their championship in the MBC on Saturday, when the conference tournament is played at Baldwin-Woodville High School.
The roles are the exact opposite from the 2008 showdown. Last year, it was Baldwin-Woodville that carried a one-game lead into the showdown with Somerset, with the outright Middle Border Conference championship on the line. Somerset upended the Blackhawks, leaving the two teams in a tie for the 2008 MBC title. This Friday, the Spartans and Blackhawks square off again. This time it is Somerset with a one-game lead in the MBC standings. If the Blackhawks can win on their home field, it would draw the two teams into a tie for the MBC lead.
One of the best performances of the season by the New Richmond girls golf team wasn't quite enough to advance them into the WIAA Division 1 state tournament. The Tiger girls placed sixth in last Wednesday's Eau Claire North sectional tournament. The Tigers were 14 strokes behind tournament champion Eau Claire Memorial. This was an extremely competitive tournament, with the top seven teams finishing within 15 strokes of each other. The Tigers finished the sectional tournament with a team score of 365.
There's a new face along the sidelines at New Richmond High School athletic events. You'll see her at practices and at games, but much of her work is being done long before the Tiger athletes take the courts or the fields. Bridget Holman has been hired to fill the newly created athletic trainer position at the high school. She is working through Westfields Hospital and her position is contracted to the school district through the hospital. Athletic director Casey Eckardt said most schools now have some type of trainer position.
St. Croix Central senior Tia Perry nearly played her way into the WIAA Division 2 state golf tournament. Perry was one of the individuals who qualified for last Wednesday's WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament in Amery.
The New Richmond boys soccer team ended up in fourth place in the final 2009 Middle Border Conference standings. The Tigers finished their MBC season with a 2-0 win at Spooner last Thursday. They suffered a 3-2 overtime loss at Hayward last Tuesday. There weren't high expectations for the Tigers at the start of the season because they'd graduated so much of the starting lineup from last year.
The St. Croix Central football team must win its final two games of the 2009 season after losing to Elk Mound by a 26-14 score last Wednesday. The loss to the Mounders drops the Panthers' record in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference to 1-3. They must win this Friday's game at Colfax and the Oct. 22 home game against Mondovi to get into the playoffs. The Panthers are 3-4 overall. Central had hoped that it could succeed against Elk Mound without its two top running backs, senior Zack Gillis and junior Joe Poulin.