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 outstanding high school tennis careers of New Richmond seniors Sami Kleiner and Lauren Kvam ended with one of their finest efforts. In last Wednesday's WIAA Division 1 sectional meet in Marshfield, Kvam and Kleiner faced one of the top teams in the state. The Tiger girls, who were seeded fourth out of their subsectional, gave the top-ranked duo from Rhinelander a gutty battle, before losing 6-4, 6-4 in the sectional meet. Tiger coach Teresa Kvam was hoping that her top doubles team would get selected as an extra qualifier for the state tournament.
St. Croix Central will be the site for the WIAA Division 3 regional volleyball final. It is the intent of the Central girls to be playing in that regional championship match. The Panthers think reaching the regional final is attainable after they were awarded the third seed in the WIAA regional tournament bracket. The WIAA tournaments start next Tuesday, when the Panthers will host Spring Valley at 7 p.m. Spring Valley drew the sixth seed in the regional bracket. The Panthers end their regular season this Thursday with a match at Spring Valley.
Watch D.O.G.S. will be volunteering to help at Somerset High School activities this school year. Watch D.O.G.S. is a national organization that has been growing rapidly in popularity. D.O.G.S. stands for Dads Of Great Students, but the volunteer organization is open to anyone of either gender. The idea to begin the Watch D.O.G.S. in Somerset came from district resident Jerry Sullivan. The Watch D.O.G.S. idea was introduced a few years ago and has quickly spread to 1,100 schools in 35 states.
The New Richmond varsity volleyball team completed the first perfect conference season in team history by sweeping three games at Osceola on Tuesday night. The Tigers finish the Middle Border Conference season with a 7-0 record. They will play in the Middle Border Conference tournament at Baldwin-Woodville High School on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. This is the first undisputed conference championship won by the Tigers. It is the fourth conference title in team history.
It wasn't trauma, but more like a long, agonizing torture. "Traumatize the Tigers" was Somerset's 2009 Homecoming theme and the Spartan football team carried the theme through Friday's game, beating New Richmond 40-12. The win locks up a place in the WIAA football playoffs for the Spartans. Somerset is now 4-0 in Middle Border Conference play. The loss leaves New Richmond at 2-2 in the MBC. The Tigers must win two of their final three games to earn a berth in the 2009 WIAA playoffs. The Spartans didn't do anything fancy to win Friday's game.
With the Middle Border Conference lead at stake, the New Richmond volleyball team played like a championship team. The Tigers went into Somerset and won a showdown between the final two unbeaten MBC teams last Tuesday. Somerset won the opening game 25-22. The Tigers then won three straight games, by scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-23. The first two games were almost mirror images of each other. In the first game the Tigers were on fire at the start, building up an 11-1 lead.
Rarely has one school dominated the Middle Border Conference girls tennis tournament the way the New Richmond girls did at the 2009 MBC meet in Durand last Tuesday. The Tigers won six of the seven flight championships and garnered second place in the other flight in the 2009 meet. That earned the Tigers 40 of a possible 42 points in the MBC meet. In all three of the doubles flights, the Tigers earned conference championships.
The New Richmond girls golf players went into the WIAA Division 1 regional meet knowing they needed to be one of the top four teams in the meet to qualify for sectionals. The Tigers were seeded fourth, but by only percentage points. Playing on their home course made a huge difference as the Tigers took second place in last Wednesday's regional tournament. Hudson rolled to the regional meet championship, shooting a 371 team score. New Richmond took second place, finishing at 388. River Falls was one stroke behind New Richmond in third place.
Somerset's Shanise McMahon and St. Croix Central's Tia Perry each reached a milestone to cap their golf season. Both girls qualified for the WIAA Division 2 Amery sectional meet with their play in last Wednesday's Pheasant Hills WIAA Division 2 regional meet. McMahon and Perry qualified as individuals for the sectional golf meet.
The Somerset volleyball team suffered its first loss in Middle Border Conference play in 2009 in a battle for the MBC lead against New Richmond last Tuesday. Somerset overcame a large early deficit to win the first game in Tuesday's match 25-22. The Spartans then jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the second game, but it would be the last hurrah for the Spartans. New Richmond charged back to win the second game 25-22. The Spartans didn't have much fight in them in the third game, with New Richmond winning 25-18. The fourth game was the most balanced from beginning to end.