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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Ever since 1979, New Richmond Middle School sixth graders have spent several days in May on their annual "Camp Wapo" trip. The sixth grade students stay at Camp Wapo on Lake Wapogasset outside of Amery. This year, 260 students made the trek to Camp Wapo, along with 25 middle school staff members. Through good weather and bad, students have come home with stories of the many activities held at the camp. The camp runs for four days and three nights, usually in mid-May.
The attempt by the New Richmond girls soccer team to become the first girls team in program to reach the WIAA state championships fell one game short. The Tigers were defeated by Pulaski, 2-0, in the WIAA Division 2 sectional championship game at Marshfield. The Tiger girls were hoping to match the success of the New Richmond varsity boys, who reached their first WIAA state tournament last fall. New Richmond's best chance to score came 2:20 into the game, when a shot rolled within inches of the corner of the Pulaski goal.
The New Richmond girls soccer team is headed to the WIAA sectional championship game for the first time in team history. The Tigers made an astounding finish, scoring two goals in the last 12:11 of the game to stun River Falls, 2-1, in the Division 2 sectional semifinal game played at New Richmond on Thursday. Tiger coach Tracey Boyle shuttled reserves in during the second half, trying to find a spark for a Tiger team that couldn't find its energy. Senior Reese Jacobson provided the spark that turned the game around.
The first keep arriving for the New Richmond girls soccer team and the Tigers hope to add several more firsts this week. The Tigers will play in their first-ever WIAA sectional game this Thursday when they host River Falls at 4:30 p.m. in the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal game. The winner of Thursday's game will play in the WIAA sectional championship game, which will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Marshfield. The opponent in the sectional final will be the winner of Thursday's sectional semifinal game between Green Bay Southwest and Pulaski.
The roar that came up from the fans crowded into the stands in the home stretch spoke volumes about Dylan Wachter’s incredible charge to the finish line in the first heat of the Division 1 boys 800 meter run at the WIAA State Track Championships on Saturday. Wachter, the New Richmond junior, ran with a plan to win his heat and that’s exactly what he did. He won the heat, setting a school record with his time of 1:55.66. It’s almost a full second over his previous best, a 1:56.65 that he ran at the 2016 Division 1 sectional meet.
The 2017 WIAA State Track Championships offered the St. Croix Central track team a chance to send off its leading seniors in style, while giving plenty of their younger athletes experience that should benefit them in the future.
Which Middle Border Conference girls track team scored the most points at the 2017 WIAA State Track Meet? That would be the Somerset Spartans, who only had two girls competing at the state meet at UW-La Crosse on Friday and Saturday. The performances of freshman Eve Goldstein and senior Aly Meath earned the Spartans 12 points at state, exceeding the point totals from all of the other MBC girls teams.
The Somerset girls soccer team earned the program’s first WIAA playoff win since 2010 and the Spartans nearly advanced to the WIAA Division 3 sectional tournament. In Saturday’s regional final at Rice Lake, the Spartans scored the quickest goal to start a game in team history, striking 12 seconds into the game. The score was tied 1-1 until Rice Lake scored the go-ahead goal with six minutes remaining, vaulting the Warriors into this week’s sectional tournament.
Golfers from St. Croix Central, New Richmond and Somerset all had hopes of qualifying for the 2017 WIAA state championships, but none were able to advance through last Tuesday’s sectional tournament. St. Croix Central advanced as a team to the Division 2 tournament, which was held last Tuesday at the Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake. The Panthers shot a 366, placing them ninth among the 12 teams that competed at the sectional meet.
Ever since the New Richmond baseball team was elevated to Division 1 for the WIAA baseball tournaments, the team’s stay in the tournaments has been short. That was the case again this year. The Tigers went to Marshfield last Tuesday and were limited to three hits in a 5-0 loss. The playoff loss leaves the Tigers with a 15-12 record for the 2017 season.