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 St. Croix Central football team knows the way to Camp Randall Stadium. This was the first step for the Panthers in making their third-straight trip to the WIAA State Championships. Central opened the 2018 season with a 41-14 non-conference win over Durand. Central will be back at home again this Friday, hosting one of their old rivals from the years in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, Elk Mound.
The New Richmond football team starts the 2018 season on the young side. That youth showed in the season opener. The Tigers had some bright spots, but also made some mistakes of inexperience in a 35-7 loss to River Falls at Ramer Field on the UW-River Falls campus. The Tigers will face another opponent from the Big Rivers Conference this Friday, when New Richmond hosts Rice Lake in the Tigers' 2018 home opener. Rice Lake opened the season last Friday with a 46-32 win over Medford.
Sometimes, things don't go according to plan. Such was the case for the Somerset football team in the 2018 season opener at Bloomer last Friday. The Spartans thought they were well prepared for the game. The resulted showed otherwise, with the Spartans suffering a 50-19 defeat. The Somerset coaches looked like they'd been blindsided by J.J. Watt, that's how surprised they were with the team's performance at Bloomer. "Going in, I thought we were ready," said Somerset coach Bruce Larson. "At our scrimmage, I thought we had a pretty good idea what was going on."
The expectations for the New Richmond girls golf team were pretty lofty to start the season. And the Tigers are already exceeding those expectations. On Monday, the Tigers played in a tournament at Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire. Facing many of the teams they'll see in their Division 1 regional tournament, the Tigers won by 57 strokes. And in the process, the Tigers achieved a program first, with two girls scoring in the 70s.
More. That's what the New Richmond boys soccer team wants. In each of the past two autumns, the Tigers reached the WIAA State Championships. Those are the first two state tournament visits in program history. In both instances, the Tigers were beaten in their first game at state. The objective this year is to win a game at state, to get a chance to play in the state championship game.
The Somerset boys soccer team is in a position where it could be drastically improved this season. It seemed everything went wrong for the Spartans in 2017, resulting in a 2-18 final record. Somerset coach Bill Roll said he envisions the 2018 Spartans as a team that could finish with double-digit victories. The Spartans graduated two starters from last year's team. The upside of 2017 was numerous young players got a season of experience and it showed in the team's early-season practices.
Here is the schedule for the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central varsity teams for the week of Aug. 20-26. New Richmond Monday, Aug. 20 Girls Golf: New Richmond at Eau Claire, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 Boys Soccer: New Richmond at D.C. Everest, noon
Want to know the secret to the success of the New Richmond High School golf teams? Start with the youth program held each summer at the New Richmond Golf Club. More than 130 kids took part in the NRGC youth program this summer, culminating in the youth championship tournament on Thursday, July 27. The winners in each of the six youth brackets are pictured here.
Are you having trouble figuring out why you just can't seem to lose weight, even though you are exercising daily? Well, the bad news is, it may be time to start thinking about cutting out that junk food. Here is a short list of junk foods and how long you would have to walk/run to burn off the calories you consumed. Soda — 138 calories, walk for 26 minutes or run for 13 minutes Chocolate bar — 229 calories, walk for 42 minutes or run for 22 minutes Quarter-slice of a pizza — 449 Calories, walk for 1 hour and 23 minutes or run for 43 minutes
It's been a great summer for the Somerset U10 baseball team. The Spartans won the championship in all three tournaments they played in, including the Minnesota U10 state tournament in Rogers, Minn., July 27-29. The Spartans won the state championship game in a tense 1-0 battle. Somerset's first tournament appearance was in Osceola, where the Spartans went undefeated. They they played in a tournament in New Richmond. That tournament championship qualified the Spartans for the U10 state tournament. Somerset went unbeaten through the state tournament.