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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With a 7-0 win at Mondovi, the New Richmond girls tennis team has gone undefeated in the dual meet portion of the Middle Border Conference schedule. This match proved a good warmup for the Tigers, who play in the MBC tournament on Tuesday at Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers are expecting to be the top seed in all four of the singles flights and the top two doubles flights, with the expectation of drawing the second seed in the third doubles flight. Tiger coach Denise Devereux has set a high goal for the conference tournament, but one she and the team feels is attainable.
In the "Stuff the Bus" competition, everybody wins.
The 2018 Homecoming weekend was packed with memorable moments at New Richmond High School. From the thrilling football game Friday night, where the Tigers edged Somerset, 42-40, to the Athletic Hall of Fame inductions on Saturday, it was a weekend filled with emotional moments. Friday's football game drew the largest crowd in years for a Tiger game, estimated to have topped 2,500 people in attendance. Here are some scenes from the weekend at NRHS.
Years from now, when football fans who attended Friday’s epic between New Richmond and Somerset, they will include it among the most entertaining games they ever saw. The Tigers and Spartans fiercely, with the game not decided until the final play. When New Richmond’s Nick Andersen sacked Somerset quarterback Will Piletich on the final play, it secured a 42-40 victory for the Tigers over the Spartans.
It is now a four-game season for the New Richmond football team. If the Tigers can win three of those four games, they can assure themselves a spot in the WIAA playoffs.
There was a rare trifecta accomplished by the St. Croix Central football team on Friday that shows how well the Panthers are currently playing. The Panthers improved to 5-0 for the season and 3-0 in the Middle Border Conference with a 56-14 win at Baldwin-Woodville. The trifecta was performed by halfback Keagen Berg, quarterback Austin Kopacz and fullback Ryan Larson. All three rushed for more than 100 yards in the victory.
Put all the pomp aside about the Larsons coaching against each other in this Friday's titanic football clash between Somerset and New Richmond. Somerset coach Bruce Larson has genuine concerns heading into this Friday's game at New Richmond.
The Middle Border Conference is loaded with talented volleyball teams and that was reflected in the close matches that were played all around the MBC on Thursday. The marquee match was in Hammond, where defending MBC champion St. Croix Central took on Ellsworth, another of the teams expected to be a title contender. This went five sets, with Central winning the final set, 17-15.
All this season, the New Richmond and Somerset football varsity head coaches have lived under the same roof. To say the teams will be prepared for each other this Friday in New Richmond's Homecoming game is a grand understatement. Reggie Larson, the new varsity coach at New Richmond, is the son of long-time Somerset coach Bruce Larson. Reggie was living at home this summer while looking for a job. When he was hired at New Richmond to be the football coach and high school physical education teacher, it was just easiest for him to continue living at his parents' home.
St. Croix Central graduate Kevin Bloom will be honored for his college football exploits this Friday. North Dakota State University will induct six individuals into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 21. The 47th annual induction class will bring the number of individuals enshrined to 290.