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 dynamic young runners on the New Richmond girls cross country team showed no fear or emotion in winning the Middle Border Conference championship last Thursday. The 2017 MBC meet was run at Prescott and the Tiger girls ran a nearly perfect meet in winning the conference title. All seven Tigers finished among the top 15 finishers in the race, as the Tigers ended with a winning team score of 32 points. St. Croix Central put up an excellent effort, but the Panthers couldn't catch the Tigers. Central finished with 41 points.
Despite finishing in second place in the Middle Border Conference, the St. Croix Central football team was seeded ahead of two conference champions when the seeding was completed for the WIAA Division 4 state football bracket Saturday, Oct. 14. As the second seed, the Panthers will play at home Friday, Oct. 20, hosting Mauston at 7 p.m. Mauston is the seventh seed in the bracket — finishing second in the South Central Conference with a 4-1 record and a 5-4 overall record. Mauston has a talented tailback in Tyler Jirousek, who has rushed for 1,266 yards this season.
Two of the best performances for the Somerset boys soccer team in the second half of the season came against Spooner and Amery. And there's a good chance those would be the first two opponents for the Spartans in the WIAA Division 3 regional playoffs. The Spartans were scheduled to play at home on Tuesday against Spooner. If the Spartans win that game, they would play at Amery on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m.
To get better, you face the best. So, to get ready for the WIAA playoffs, the New Richmond boys soccer took on the best team in western Wisconsin. The Tigers head into the WIAA Division 2 playoffs as the top seed in the section. They will open the WIAA playoffs on Thursday at 7 p.m., hosting eighth seed Tomah. If the Tigers win Thursday, they will play at home again at 1 p.m. on Saturday against the winner of Thursday's game between Onalaska and La Crosse Central.
The tightest pack of teams at the Middle Border Conference cross country meet wasn't a battle for the team or individual championships. The best battle of the day was the battle for fourth place in the boys team competition. Four teams were separated by six points as they battled to finish in the top half of the pack at the 2017 MBC meet, held last Thursday at the Prescott Intermediate School.
With 2017 Middle Border Conference champion Liv Moll leading the way, the St. Croix Central girls put up the best effort they possibly could in pursuing the 2017 MBC team cross country championship. The Panthers fell nine points short of their goal, but were a highly respectable second place team at the 2017 MBC cross country meet, held last Thursday at the Prescott Intermediate School. The Central boys also performed admirably, placing third among the eight teams at the meet.
The battle for the Middle Border Conference football championship was as action packed as anyone could ever ask for. If New Richmond won at Osceola on Friday, it would have left the two teams tied at the top of the MBC standings. And games don't get any closer than this. Osceola scored with 2:42 left, then completed a successful two-point conversion to defeat the Tigers 25-24. With the loss, New Richmond finishes third in the MBC with a 5-2 record.
The Somerset volleyball team was scheduled to open WIAA Division 2 tournament action at home on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The winner of Tuesday's match will be in action again Thursday, Oct. 19.
It was a long climb to the top. The St. Croix Central volleyball team completed its incredible climb to the top of the Middle Border Conference standings when the Panthers clinched the outright MBC championship with a win at Somerset on Oct. 10. The Panthers finished with a 7-0 record in the MBC after defeating Somerset 25-21, 25-9, 25-15. This is the first conference championship in 20 years for the St. Croix Central volleyball program.
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.