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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At the WIAA Division 1 golf sectional meet played last Monday at The Ridges Golf Club in Wisconsin Rapids, the New Richmond girls ranked fifth among the eight teams competing in the meet. While the Tigers fell short of qualifying for the state tournament, New Richmond coach Neal Ziller had no qualms with how the Tigers played on the difficult Ridges course. "Shooting 397 on that course was pretty good," Ziller said. "We played better than I expected."
The march goes on. The St. Croix Central volleyball team continued to build toward its goal of a Middle Border Conference championship last week by posting wins against Amery and Osceola.
The New Richmond and St. Croix Central football teams rolled to one-sided victories on Friday night, while Somerset pulled out a dramatic win at Baldwin-Woodville. The New Richmond football team hosted Amery in the Tigers' final regular season home game. The Tigers kept their hopes of a Middle Border Conference title alive by drubbing the Warriors 42-0. The Tigers play at Osceola next Friday. A win at Osceola would earn the Tigers a share of the MBC title. The Tigers had little trouble with Amery. New Richmond led 21-0 at halftime, then doubled the score in the second half.
A berth in the WIAA state playoffs was assured and the hopes for a Middle Border Conference championship were kept alive when the New Richmond football team defeated Ellsworth 35-21 in the Tigers' 2017 Homecoming game. The victory keeps the Tigers' hopes of a Middle Border Conference title alive. The Tigers are 4-1 in the MBC, tied with St. Croix Central in second place, one game behind Osceola. The Tigers will play at Osceola in the final game of the regular season on Friday, Oct. 13.
If there's one asset the New Richmond boys soccer team doesn't have an abundance of this season, it's team speed. Opponents have begun to take advantage of the team's shortage of speed. It became a fact the coaches couldn't ignore anymore when Amery defeated the Tigers 4-2 last Thursday in a game that could decide the Middle Border Conference championship.
The Somerset girls had to be exhausted by the end of action in the New Richmond Volleyball Invitational. In five days, Somerset had played 19 sets of volleyball. They played nine on Saturday, which followed five-set matches in their Middle Border Conference battles with New Richmond and Amery. The Spartans will gladly take five-set matches if they continue to get those results: with wins over the Tigers and Warriors.
Big schools? Bring 'em on. The St. Croix Central cross country team isn't threatened by teams from big schools. The Panthers know that tough competition makes them better. That's why they'll face Division 1 competition in more than half of their meets this season.
Running on their home course at the Paperjack Elementary School brought out the best in the New Richmond cross country runners. Many of the Tigers ran career-best times during Saturday's running of the New Richmond Invitational. And the Tigers needed to be at their best. The competition was fierce in both halves of the race.
While depth remains an issue for the Somerset boys soccer team, the Spartans were competitive in the first half of all their games last week. And the Spartans were facing some quality competition in these games, including contests against Superior and Rice Lake in a tournament on Rice Lake's artificial turf last week.
The surprise of the fall season? How about the late season charge of the Somerset girls golf team. The Spartans are going to state, after finishing in second place at the WIAA Division 2 golf sectional played at the Frederic Golf Club on Monday.