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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Unless you are a state champion, every high school volleyball team ends their season with a loss. That the New Richmond volleyball team ended the season with an upbeat performance can give the Tigers a more palatable view as they try to put this season in their rear view mirrors. The Tigers, who were seeded sixth, lost to third seed Hayward in the opening round of WIAA Division 2 regional tournament play last Tuesday. In the opening game the Tigers struggled badly, losing 25-11. Early in the second game, the Tigers began rolling.
There's a colorful new addition to the field shows performed by the Somerset High School marching band this fall. A color guard has been added to perform with the Spartan marching band. There has not been a color guard element in the marching band for more than a decade. The color guard idea was brought forth by second year middle school music teacher Dawn Tunison. She brings extensive experience on the subject. "I was a long-time member of Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps, and had marched in their competitive winter guards, as I played trumpet with the group in the summer.
Pack running has won the New Richmond cross country girls a pack of Middle Border Conference championships. The Tiger girls made pack running an artform as they locked up their fifth straight MBC championship in the 2011 conference races, held last Thursday in Amery. New Richmond's boys also put together an uplifting effort at the conference meet, taking fourth place despite missing their top runner with an injury. Tiger coach Beth Kelly said the string of conference girls championships shows the level of effort the athletes put into their sport. "The kids' commitment and dedication is yea
The drive for perfection fueled the St. Croix Central football team during the past month. The St. Croix Central football team completed its first perfect regular season since 1988 with a 20-7 win over Spring Valley on Thursday. The Panthers finish the regular season as undisputed Dunn-St. Croix Conference champions. Spring Valley would have earned a share of the conference title with a win over the Panthers. Senior Korey Jacobson scored all three Panther touchdowns on Thursday. His first touchdown was on a 69-yard dash down the Central sideline on the second play of the second quarter.
The assignment was pretty clear for the Somerset football team. Show that you are playoff ready. The Spartans took care of that assignment, and did a whole lot more, in bludgeoning Osceola 60-7 in their regular season finale last Friday. With the win the Spartans are undisputed champions of the Middle Border Conference, their fifth straight MBC title. Friday's game at Osceola showed the offensive firepower the Spartans have been seeking.
The St. Croix Central boys ran with a great sense of purpose in trying to win the 2011 Dunn-St. Croix Conference Cross Country Meet, which the Panthers hosted last Thursday. The only problem was the Colfax boys ran just as intently to win the conference title. The Panther boys earned a hard-fought second place in this year's D-SC meet. The Panther girls also put together one of their best races of the season to finish fourth in the meet. Central coach Bill Emery said the boys were downhearted over not winning the title, but they understood that they ran well and Colfax met their challenge.
Last season, the New Richmond boys soccer team upset Chippewa Falls in the WIAA Division 1 playoffs. The Tigers put up another strong effort against Chippewa Falls when they met in the second round of this year's playoffs, but this time the Tigers couldn't pull off the upset. Chippewa Falls defeated the Tigers 2-1 in last Thursday's regional championship game. Chippewa Falls is scheduled to host Wausau West at 7 p.m.
Sophomore Alex Wheeler produced the best single round ever scored by a New Richmond girls golf player at the WIAA State Golf Championships when she shot a 79 in the second round of the state meet last week. Wheeler finished tied for 29th in the Division 1 state tournament, which was played last Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. She finished with a score of 171 for her two-day total. Seventy-eight girls played in the Division 1 state tournament. Wheeler started the tournament by shooting a 92 on the opening day of the tournament.
Somerset seniors Tia Belter and Jake Wishard earned all-conference honors during the 2011 Middle Border Conference Cross Country Meet, held last Thursday in Amery. The Somerset boys placed sixth in the conference meet while the girls team finished eighth. The sixth place finish for the boys was a definite highlight, according to Somerset coach Diane Belter. "That's the best I've seen them race as a group in quite a while," Belter said. "They all ran this course like they liked it." Wishard led the Spartans, placing eighth to earn second team all-conference laurels.
After their standout performance in a recent win over Boyceville, the St. Croix Central volleyball team was hoping to string together two wins at the end of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference season. The Panthers couldn't find the magic they had against Boyceville when they played at Colfax last Thursday. The Panthers gave a spirited battle in the first game at Colfax, but lost 28-26. That loss seemed to take the edge off the Panthers' desire.