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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For the first time in school history, both St. Croix Central cross country teams have qualified for the WIAA state championships. The Panthers produced this unprecedented level of success on Friday, Oct. 27 at the Hayward Division 2 sectional meet. Central's girls advanced for the second straight year, this year as sectional champions. The Panther boys reached state with their second place finish at the sectional meet.
The New Richmond boys soccer team will host Holmen at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26 in the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal game. The winner of Thursday's game will play in the sectional championship game. Since the WIAA went to four divisions for boys soccer in 2013, this is the fourth time in those five years where the Tigers have advanced to the sectional level. Last year was the first time the Tigers broke through and reached the state tournament, and they are looking to make that as much a tradition as reaching the sectional level has become.
The Somerset and Osceola volleyball teams played last Tuesday's WIAA Division 2 regional tournament match knowing that their seasons were at stake. And they played like it. The passion shown by both teams resulted in a number of tremendous saves and long points. But Osceola was able to come up with more kills, and with it the victory in four sets over the Spartans. That moved Osceola into Thursday's round of regional play against top-seeded St. Croix Central.
Bees and bikes? Never thought they'd go together? At a business called "Beez Kneez" in Minneapolis, bikes are used to extract honey from the honeycombs. Tim Alsdurf of New Richmond began raising bees at his home on the outskirts of the city three years ago. He's also a member of the Big Ring Flyers bike racing team. So this fall he decided that his two interests could be combined. He spent more than four hours on a recent day riding a stationary bike at Beez Kneez.
The undefeated St. Croix Central volleyball team has qualified for sectionals. The Panthers ran their season record to 28-0 by defeating Ellsworth in four sets in the regional final at Hammond on Saturday. Central won the opening sets 25-22 and 25-19. Ellsworth took the third set 25-15, but Central bounced back to win the fourth set 25-15. Central will face Rice Lake in the sectional semifinals on Thursday. That match will be played at 7 p.m. at Rice Lake.
The New Richmond boys soccer team has earned a return trip to the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament. The Tigers won the regional championship on their home turf Saturday, defeating Onalaska 3-0. The Tigers will now play in the sectional semifinal game this Thursday. The Tigers will host Holmen at 5 p.m. New Richmond is the top seed in this regional bracket and Holmen is the second seed.
Friday was a momentous day for St. Croix Central athletics, but it brought a bitter end for the New Richmond football team.
"Kids Deserve It." This statement is the keystone to the change in atmosphere the St. Croix Central Middle School staff is looking to make this school year. Built around eight staff promises, The middle school staff is looking to make the building a place where the students are happy and comfortable. Middle school Principal Pete Nusbaum said that everyone on the staff, from the principals to teachers to the cooks and custodians, is looking to follow these promises every day.
Being an extra qualifier for the WIAA state tennis championships is a unique situation. A committee of the top coaches in the state looks at a list of names and asks "Who are the best players who didn't qualify for the state tournament?" When it's asked that way, New Richmond senior Greta Bakke was an obvious choice. Bakke made the second appearance of her career at the WIAA Division 1 state championships last Thursday.
The New Richmond boys soccer and St. Croix Central volleyball teams had successful nights in the WIAA playoffs on Thursday, but the New Richmond volleyball team didn't fare as well.