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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There's a new face along the sidelines at New Richmond High School athletic events. You'll see her at practices and at games, but much of her work is being done long before the Tiger athletes take the courts or the fields. Bridget Holman has been hired to fill the newly created athletic trainer position at the high school. She is working through Westfields Hospital and her position is contracted to the school district through the hospital. Athletic director Casey Eckardt said most schools now have some type of trainer position.
St. Croix Central senior Tia Perry nearly played her way into the WIAA Division 2 state golf tournament. Perry was one of the individuals who qualified for last Wednesday's WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament in Amery.
The New Richmond boys soccer team ended up in fourth place in the final 2009 Middle Border Conference standings. The Tigers finished their MBC season with a 2-0 win at Spooner last Thursday. They suffered a 3-2 overtime loss at Hayward last Tuesday. There weren't high expectations for the Tigers at the start of the season because they'd graduated so much of the starting lineup from last year.
The St. Croix Central football team must win its final two games of the 2009 season after losing to Elk Mound by a 26-14 score last Wednesday. The loss to the Mounders drops the Panthers' record in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference to 1-3. They must win this Friday's game at Colfax and the Oct. 22 home game against Mondovi to get into the playoffs. The Panthers are 3-4 overall. Central had hoped that it could succeed against Elk Mound without its two top running backs, senior Zack Gillis and junior Joe Poulin.
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.