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 Somerset girls cross country team ended in a three-way tie for the championship in the 2009 Ellsworth Invitational Cross Country Meet last Tuesday. Somerset tied for the meet lead with Ellsworth and Mondovi, each team ending at 85 points. St. Croix Central nearly created a four-way tie, as the Panthers finished with 86 points. A tie-breaker was used to decide the meet champion and Ellsworth was declared the winner. In the boys meet, Osceola was the meet champion with St.
Every game is now a must win for the St. Croix Central football team after the Panthers missed their chance to get back into the Dunn-St. Croix Conference race last Friday. The Panthers turned the ball over five times at Glenwood City on Friday. That was all the advantage that the Hilltoppers needed, maintaining their undefeated conference season with a 21-7 win over the Panthers. The loss snuffs out any chances of Central winning the conference championship this season. It also leaves their WIAA playoff hopes hanging by a thread.
The one doubles team of Sami Kleiner and Lauren Kvam advanced to the WIAA Division 1 Marshfield Sectional Tournament with their win in the WIAA subsectional tournament in Menomonie on Monday. Kleiner and Kvam were the only Tigers who were able to advance to the sectional meet. They will be facing the top-seeded number one doubles team from the Wausau West subsectional meet. The winner of that match qualifies for the WIAA state championships, while the loser is done for the season. The Tiger duo takes a 19-3 record into the sectional tournament.
The difficult schedule played by the Somerset boys soccer team earned the Spartans a little respect in the WIAA regional tournament seeding process. The Spartans were seeded seventh among the nine times in the regional bracket, despite only having two wins this season. By not being one of the two lowest seeds, the Spartans avoid the tournament play-in game that is scheduled for Saturday. By drawing the seventh seed, the Spartans will play next Tuesday at the number two seed. That would be the combined team from Chippewa Falls McDonell and Eau Claire Regis.
How can you argue the success of a team that goes 48-1 in its conference season? That's what the New Richmond girls tennis team accomplished this season, in winning its third straight Middle Border Conference dual meet championship. The Tigers finished their MBC dual meet season with wins over Unity and Baldwin-Woodville last week. Both matches held individual tests for the Tigers. There was none greater than the one singles match against Unity. New Richmond junior Meghan Frank is in her first season at one singles.
It's an ending New Richmond football players and fans will be remembering for decades. With six seconds left in regulation, New Richmond receiver Justice Harvieux made a leaping catch in the corner of the end zone, grabbing the ball away from a Prescott defender. With the catch Harvieux scored the winning touchdown as New Richmond beat Prescott 27-20 in one of the most thrilling Homecoming game finishes in school history. The win was the second straight where the Tigers scored the winning touchdown in the final minutes of the game.
Fullback Eric Walczak run amok, trampling Ellsworth for 280 yards and four touchdowns in less than a half as the Somerset football team buried Ellsworth by a 48-8 score on Friday. The Spartans are busily working to get ready for this Friday's game, where they are expecting their toughest challenge thus far in the Middle Border Conference schedule. The Spartans play at home on Friday in their Homecoming game, where New Richmond will be the opponent. The Spartans are 3-0 in the MBC, while New Richmond is 2-1 in conference games.
It would have taken a miracle for the New Richmond girls golf team to overtake St. Croix Falls for the 2009 Middle Border Conference championship and the Saints weren't going to let that happen. So the Tigers ended up taking second place at last Thursday's 2009 MBC golf tournament, which placed them second overall in the 2009 MBC golf standings. St. Croix Falls won the conference tournament with a team score of 390.
For the second straight week, the St. Croix Central football team put all the pieces together. A big play offense and a smothering defense resulted in a 28-0 win for the Panthers in their 2009 Homecoming game against Spring Valley last Friday. The big play came via the flashy running of junior halfback Joe Poulin. Poulin broke the game open with an 85-yard breakaway in the second quarter that put the Panthers up by a 14-0 score. On the play the line created a seam for Poulin, who then hurdled a defender to break into the clear.
Two three-game wins last week have kept the New Richmond volleyball team undefeated as they near the midpoint of the Middle Border Conference season. The Tigers swept matches against Durand and Prescott last week to raise their MBC record to 3-0. The Tigers and Somerset started this week sharing the conference lead. Last Tuesday the Tigers played at Durand. Durand had beaten the Tigers in the Hudson quad meet early in the season, so the Tigers felt they had something to prove. They played that way in the first game, scalding Durand with a 25-9 win.