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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The New Richmond volleyball team will open action in the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament Thursday. The Tigers drew the 11th seed in the sectional tournament bracket. That earned them a ticket to D.C. Everest High School in Schofield for the opening-round match. D.C. Everest is the sixth seed in the tournament bracket.
The final game of the season showed that the Somerset football team had drastically improved over the final month of the season. Somerset knew its chances of getting into the WIAA playoffs were hanging by a thread, at most, but the Spartans still put in an outstanding effort in their season finale against St. Croix Central. The Spartans scored midway through the third quarter to cut Central's lead to 7-6. Central came back with two late touchdowns to defeat the Spartans 21-6.
The New Richmond boys soccer team has earned the top seed in the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament bracket. The WIAA announced the 2017 boys soccer tournament brackets early Monday. New Richmond and Somerset will both open their tournament schedule at home. New Richmond opens Division 2 tournament action at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Tigers will host Tomah, the eighth seed in the tournament bracket. The game will be played at the New Richmond High School soccer field. The winner of Thursday's game will be back in action on Saturday.
The St. Croix Central football team will open the WIAA playoffs at home next Friday while the New Richmond football team will start its playoff journey on the road. The WIAA state football sectional brackets were completed early Saturday afternoon. St. Croix Central earned the second seed in the Division 4 sectional bracket, while New Richmond was the fifth seed in its Division 3 sectional bracket.
Osceola is the undisputed 2017Middle Border Conference football champion after the Chieftains pulled out a wild win over New Richmond Friday night, 25-24. A New Richmond win on Friday would have caused a three-way tie for the MBC championship. Instead, Osceola finishes at 7-0 in the MBC, with St. Croix Central at 6-1 and Somerset at 5-2. While Osceola beat New Richmond Friday, St. Croix Central was winning at Somerset, 21-7.
Four New Richmond youth soccer teams have qualified to play in state tournaments this weekend. All four state tournaments will be played at Rochester, Minn. Here are tournament details for each of the Tiger teams. U14 Boys: Will play at 11 a.m. Saturday vs. Woodbury and at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against the St. Paul Blackhawks. The top four teams advance to the semi-finals at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with the championship game being played at 3 p.m. Sunday. The team is coached by Catarina Parsons
Getting an early look at the sectional cross-country course turned into a wet and wild experience for the Somerset cross-country team Oct. 3. The Spartans traveled to Hatchery Creek County Park near Hayward and found a course that had areas that were underwater and others that were turned into a mud bog. The Spartans made the best of it. They went to learn the course, which is where the WIAA Division 2 sectional meet will be held Friday, Oct. 20.
A chance to win a share of the 2017 Middle Border Conference championship is there for the taking for the New Richmond football team. All they have to do is beat undefeated Osceola and snap the Chieftains' 18-game MBC winning streak. Okay, nobody said it would be easy. But conference championships aren't supposed to come easy. The Tigers are 5-1 in the MBC and 6-1 overall, after thumping winless Amery 42-0 last Friday.
New Richmond High School senior Greta Bakke was defeated in her opening round match at the 2017 WIAA Division 1 State Tennis Championships on Thursday afternoon. Bakke was appearing at the WIAA Division 1 state meet in singles for the second straight year. Bakke drew Beaver Dam sophomore Morgan Nelson in the opening round of the state tournament. Nelson scored a 6-2, 6-1 win over Bakke. Bakke completes her senior season with a 23-7 record.
A busy week for the New Richmond boys soccer team resulted in four wins and a tie, but it's the game where they tied that the Tigers would have most liked to get a win. The Tigers played at Baldwin-Woodville last Monday, with both teams needing a win to keep their chances for a Middle Border Conference championship alive. Instead, both teams went home wet, cold and unhappy after the game ended in a 2-2 draw.