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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As a number seven seed, girls on the St. Croix Central volleyball team knew odds were heavily stacked against them when they faced second seed New Richmond in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 regional playoffs last Tuesday. The Panthers put up a good fight, losing to the Tigers 25-14, 25-10, 25-16. Central coach Laura Lee said her players were satisfied with the fact they gave their best effort in the loss. The Panthers went into the match with a new defensive strategy.
Here are this week's bowling scores from Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond. Monday Afternoon Women’s League at Gibby’s Lanes Cedar Creek Inn 32-17 Rooster’s Roadhouse 28-21 Blue Ribbon Feeds 25-24 Star Prairie Sports Bar 13-36 High Individual Scratch Game: Elizabeth Ziegler 175, Pat Strege 170, Barb Kunz 163 High Individual Scratch Series: Pat Strege 467, Elizabeth Ziegler 460, Barb Kunz 448 Team High Handicap Game: Cedar Creek Inn 632, 619, Rooster’s Roadhouse 625, Blue Ribbon 612 Team High Handicap Series: Cedar Creek Inn 1,840, Rooster’s Roadhouse 1,782, Blue Ribbon 1,723
Ever see a football team score 45 points in a quarter? Fans who attended Friday's playoff game in Somerset did. The Somerset football team scored five touchdowns in its first eight plays from scrimmage to build a 45-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of the game. The Somerset starters were done for the night by the end of the first quarter.
The rematch is on. Osceola edged out New Richmond for the Middle Border Conference volleyball title. The Tigers get another shot at the Chieftains this Saturday in the WIAA Division 2 regional championship match. The regional final will be played at 7 p.m. in Osceola on Saturday. New Richmond qualified for the regional final by beating Baldwin-Woodville in a wild five-game match at the NRHS gym on Thursday. New Richmond won the opening game 25-14. B-W surged back to take the second and third games 25-19, 25-17. The Tigers regrouped in the fourth game, winning 25-17.
The New Richmond boys soccer team will play in its first WIAA sectional championship game on Saturday after rallying from a 2-0 deficit to beat River Falls 3-2 in overtime in Thursday's WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal game. New Richmond will play at 4 p.m. in Saturday in the sectional title game. The Tigers will face the winner of Thursday's game between Marshfield and Pulaski. The winning goal in Thursday's game came from a scramble in front of the net.
High hopes abounded for the New Richmond cross country team heading into last Thursday’s Middle Border Conference meet. Those hopes were justified as the Tigers swept the 2013 MBC varsity and junior varsity team championships. The New Richmond girls won their seventh straight conference championship, continuing one of the strongest traditions in conference history.
New Richmond’s boys soccer team will host River Falls in the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal game this Thursday. New Richmond qualified for the sectional tournament by winning its second regional championship in team history last Thursday with a 4-0 win over La Crosse Central. New Richmond will face River Falls at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in the sectional semifinal. River Falls qualified for the sectional with a 4-1 win over Onalaska. In the other sectional semifinal game on Thursday, Marshfield will host Pulaski.
New Richmond seniors Megan Chelberg and Alex Wheeler made a splash in the 2013 WIAA Division 1 Girls State Golf Championships last Monday and Tuesday. Chelberg broke a 13-year-old school record by shooting the best score in the state tournament by a Tiger player. Her score of 168 broke the record that had been held by Ashley Clark since 2001. Chelberg’s score placed her 23rd among the Division 1 golfers in the state meet. Wheeler shot rounds of 86 and 89 to finish at 145, tying for 34th in the state tournament.
New Richmond’s Mattie Kidder didn’t lose to the state champion at the WIAA State Individual Tennis Championships in Madison last Thursday. She did lose to the state champion’s practice partner. Kidder was defeated 6-2, 6-4 by West Bend East freshman Melina Schaetz in the opening round of the Division 1 singles tournament at the state championships last Thursday. Schaetz is West Bend East’s number two singles player.
The tie-breaker was a heart breaker. The St. Croix Central boys cross country team tied Colfax for the best score in the 2013 Dunn-St. Croix Conference cross country championship last Thursday. Which team won the conference title came down to a tie-breaker. The tie-break criteria used was which team’s sixth runner crossed the finish line first.