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 volleyball team plays its best against its toughest opponents. Last Tuesday the Panthers took on Mondovi, one of the undefeated co-leaders of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. The Lady Buffs barely escaped with their perfect record intact, needing five games to finally fight off the challenge put up by the Panthers. The Panthers didn't look all that sharp in the opening game, losing 25-15. In the second game Panther coach Kerrie Been began replacing players who were struggling. The moves had an immediate effect. The Panthers took charge in the second game, winning 25-18.
Bill Roll has a working knowledge of nearly every high school sport. He's been working to learn the specifics of high school sports administration so he'll be prepared when he takes over as the Somerset athletic director in January. Roll was hired in August to serve as the new Somerset High School athletic director. He'll replace Brad Nemec, who is retiring in January after 23 years in that position. Roll has worked in the administration at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. over the past seven years.
You can tell when it gets to be the "dog days" of the cross country season. The races are literally going to the dogs. The most popular part of last Thursday's Chippewa Falls Invitational at Wissota State Park was the Mascot Race. In this race, mascots in costume, ran in a 100-yard, no rules race. Alex McDonald was chosen to run for St. Croix Central in the Mascot Race. Central coach Bill Emery said the idea was so popular with his team that he's planning on adding it to next year's St.
Increasing enrollment and plunging property values led to funding changes that were announced Monday night at the 2010 Somerset School District annual meeting. The 12 district residents in the audience, all school staff members and school board members, approved an increase in the school district tax levy. This is a preliminary vote. The final vote on the tax levy will cast by the school board members at the board's Oct. 25 meeting. An increase of 3.78 percent was given approval at the annual meeting, raising the levy to $8.354 million.
The New Richmond football team prepped for this Friday's showdown with Somerset by going to Prescott last Friday and recording a 28-0 win over the Cardinals. This Friday New Richmond hosts Somerset in the Tigers' Homecoming game. This game has much more riding on it than Homecoming glory. If the Tigers want to win a Middle Border Conference championship, this is a must-win game.
The only thing that could stop the Somerset offense last Friday was the game clock. Somerset scored on its first nine possessions and the clock ran out during the Spartans' 10th possession.
Winning never gets old for the New Richmond girls tennis team. The Tigers wrapped up their fourth straight Middle Border Conference dual meet championship by sweeping Amery last Friday, 7-0. The conference championship is especially sweet for the Tiger seniors. Chelsea Anderson and Jenny Hudalla have been in the varsity lineup since their freshman year and have been part of all four titles. This is the third full year that Meghan Frank has been in the varsity lineup.
With the Middle Border Conference already wrapped up, the New Richmond girls golf team was playing for pride in the 2010 MBC tournament at Pheasant Hills Golf Course on Monday. The Tigers have plenty of reasons to be proud. By winning Monday's tournament, the Tigers have completed an unbeaten conference season. Sweeping the titles through an entire season is a rare feat in MBC golf history. The Tiger varsity players took five of the top seven places in the all-conference honors for the season. Hannah Wheeler, Caitlynn Singerhouse and Alex Wheeler are first team All-MBC players.
The most dramatic win for the Somerset boys soccer team in its two years as a varsity program came last Thursday when the Spartans beat Cumberland 2-1 in overtime. This is Somerset's third win of the season, eclipsing the two wins the Spartans had in their first year of varsity play. Cumberland is a solid program. The Beavers' season includes one-goal losses to Amery and Hayward, two of the upper echelon programs in the Middle Border Conference. Neither team could score in the soggy conditions on the Somerset field until well into the second half. Somerset scored first.
Wins over New Richmond and Ellsworth last week raised the Somerset volleyball team's record to 3-0 in Middle Border Conference matches. The Spartans got a good test when they faced a hard-hitting Ellsworth team last Tuesday. Somerset captured the first game 25-14, but Ellsworth came right back to take the second game 25-18. The third game pivoted on serving. The Spartans were scuffling early in the game, trailing 8-5. Laura Wells was inserted to serve and she rang up several straight points that got the Spartans playing sharply again.