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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Junior Jessica Williams will represent New Richmond at this week's WIAA Division 1 Girls Golf Sectional Tournament in Hayward. Williams was scheduled to play in Tuesday's Hayward sectional meet after shooting the second best individual score in last Thursday's Division 1 regional tournament at Mill Run Golf Club in Eau Claire. New Richmond's girls placed fifth in the regional meet hosted by Eau Claire North. The Tigers shot a 386 score. The top four teams advance to the sectional level.
The New Richmond-Somerset rivalry in volleyball has become pretty special in recent years. You can count on a full gym with noisy fans and that you'll see a highly competitive volleyball battle. That's exactly what happened when New Richmond and Somerset clashed on the Tigers' home court last Thursday. New Richmond was able to score a 25-21, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23 win over the Spartans. With the win the Tigers now have a 3-2 record in Middle Border Conference matches. In the first game of Thursday's match the Tigers had to withstand a strong Somerset start.
The 0-3 start for the Somerset football team is a distant memory. The Spartans are 3-0 since making changes in their lineup. They need one more win to secure a place in the 2008 WIAA state football playoffs. The first chance to lock up that playoff berth comes Thursday when the Spartans play at New Richmond. This game will be a good test for the Spartans. New Richmond is another team that has turned its season around, having won its past two Middle Border Conference games. Somerset coach Bruce Larson isn't taking anything for granted despite the team's recent surge.
Playoff discussion is foreign territory for the New Richmond football team, but the playoffs are a possibility for the 2008 Tigers. The Tigers scored their second straight win last Friday, winning at Prescott by a 14-7 score. At 2-2 in the Middle Border Conference, the Tigers need to win two of their three final games to qualify for the 2008 WIAA state playoffs. The Tigers will face a severe test to their winning streak this Thursday. They will be playing at home, against Somerset.
Hallelujah! The New Richmond football team broke into the win column for the first time in the 2008 season with an impressive 25-22 win over Durand in the Tigers' Homecoming game last Friday. As the final seconds clicked off the clock, hundreds of Tiger fans streamed out onto the field to share in the jubilation of the team's celebration. Durand came into Friday's game wih a 3-1 record, including Middle Border Conference wins over Somerset and Ellsworth. The Panthers were in for a surprise on Friday. The Tigers' effort along both front lines was vastly improved in this game.
Gaining 520 yards on the ground shows that the Somerset football team is moving in the right direction. Given that offensive success, the Spartan coaches were expecting more scoring in Somerset's 36-20 win at Prescott last Friday. This is Somerset's second straight win after starting the season with three losses. The Spartans are 2-1 in the Middle Border Conference, leaving them tied for second place behind Baldwin-Woodville. The ground game is the heart of the Somerset attack, and the 520 yards on Friday is one of the biggest rushing totals they've produced in years.
Make more room in the tennis section of the New Richmond High School trophy case. The New Richmond girls tennis team clinched its fifth Middle Border Conference title in the last seven years by beating Unity 5-2 last Thursday. All five titles have been won under the guidance of Coach Teresa Kvam. The match with Unity was a showdown for the conference championship. Neither New Richmond nor Unity had suffered a conference loss heading into Thursday's match. This match was by far the best competition the Tigers have faced in a conference match this season.
For three quarters, the defense carried the St. Croix Central football team during last Friday's Homecoming game against Spring Valley. In the fourth quarter the Panther offense rose to the defense's level. The offense was able to push across two fourth quarter touchdowns, while the defense completed its shutout in a 13-0 win over Spring Valley. Central's record now stands at 3-2 and the Panthers are 2-1 in Dunn-St. Croix Conference play.
The Middle Border Conference girls golf season ended just as it began. The season began with Baldwin-Woodville taking immediate control of the team competition and Osceola's Lindsey Danielson returning in search of her fourth straight MBC individual championship. Both the Blackhawks and Danielson never let go of their lead during the MBC season. Baldwin-Woodville capped its championship season by winning the 2008 MBC tournament at Pheasant Hills Golf Club. The Blackhawks shot a 340 to win the tournament, finishing 12 strokes ahead of second place St.
The New Richmond football team has shown stretches in its first four games where it is capable of being a competitive team. The Tigers hope they can put all the pieces together and earn their first win of the 2008 season during this Friday's Homecoming game against Durand. Last Friday the Tigers played at Baldwin-Woodville, where the Blackhawks have wreaked havoc on each of their opponents thus far.