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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Running in the midst of more than 400 other runners can be a little unnerving and the New Richmond and Somerset cross country teams found it to be a challenge when they competed in the Roy Griak Invitational, sponsored by the University of Minnesota last Saturday. The local teams didn't do terribly, but none of the runners broke out of the pack to have great days either. New Richmond's girls placed 16th among 49 teams in the girls high school Maroon race on Saturday.
The "firsts" continue to arrive for the inaugural Somerset varsity boys soccer team. Last week the Spartans scored their first homefield win, when they beat Baldwin-Woodville in overtime on Thursday. That win allowed the Spartans to climb out of the basement in the Middle Border Conference standings for the first time. The Spartans beat B-W 3-2, with Parker LeMire scoring the winning goal in the second overtime of the game. Somerset got the first goal of the game. Anthony Howe used a smart individual effort to get the goal. He got the ball along the right baseline.
Not every opponent is going to have powerful hitters that test your reflexes and play at your pace. That's what the Somerset volleyball team is learning. The Spartans faced two opponents who don't possess the next attack that the Spartans have. So the Spartans had to learn a little patience in their matches against Prescott and Ellsworth last week. The Spartans did manage to take care of both matches in three games. They dispatched Prescott by scores of 25-17, 25-10, 25-21 last Tuesday.
Football is usually the main show during Homecoming Week, but the St. Croix Central volleyball team put on a pretty spectacular show of its own for the 2009 Panther Homecoming Week last week. The Panthers climbed to 3-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference with powerful wins over Elk Mound and Elmwood last week. The win over Elk Mound was definitely a statement win for the Panthers.
The outpouring of caring for Alie Thanig has been incredible. Thanig, the Somerset second-grader who suffers from leukemia, underwent her bone marrow transplant on Monday at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. The donor of the bone marrow was her older sister Kayli. Updates on Alie's condition can be found on her Caring Bridge Web site, www.caringbridge.org/visit/aliethanig . A Sept. 18 benefit at General Sam's in Somerset for the Thanigs was an overwhelming success.
The 35-0 final score might give the indication that the Somerset offense performed at peak efficiency in its shutout win over Prescott last Friday. The Somerset coaches consider the offense a work in progress as the players and coaches learn the new offense that has been installed this season. The win raises the Spartans' record to 2-0 in the Middle Border Conference. They are already alone at the top of the conference. Six teams had 1-1 records and Ellsworth brings up the rear with an 0-2 mark. Ellsworth will be Somerset's opposition this Friday. The game will be played in Ellsworth.
At the start of the season the New Richmond boys soccer team was one of the youngest teams in the Middle Border Conference. A month later, the Tigers are in the thick of the battle for the conference championship. The Tigers continued to hover in second place in the conference after wins over Barron and Somerset last week. Amery suffered its first loss in conference play last week, falling to Hayward.
Even with their two oldest runners dropping out because of problems with Saturday's humid heat, the New Richmond girls cross country team was able to take second place in the Osceola Invitational Cross Country Meet. New Richmond's boys took sixth place in Saturday's meet. Senior Mary Balow and junior Maggie Evans both were forced to drop out of Saturday's race due to the heat. That didn't stop the Tigers from putting on a textbook exhibition of pack running. Sophomore Morgan Kelly led the Tiger girls, placing ninth.
The challenge was clear for the New Richmond girls tennis team in its home quad meet on Saturday. With two Big Rivers Conference opponents and one of the best Division 2 teams in western Wisconsin coming to New Richmond, the Tigers knew they'd have to be at their best. They were too. The Tigers won all three of their matches, beating River Falls, Rice Lake and Altoona during Saturday's tournament. The Tigers opened the tournament with a 5-2 win over Rice Lake. That was followed by a 4-3 win over a tough Altoona squad.
Two outstanding quarters produced the first win of the 2009 season for the New Richmond varsity football team on Friday. The Tigers started fast, jumping to a 14-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the game. After being outplayed in the second and third quarters, the Tigers thrilled their fans with an exciting comeback. The Tigers scored twice in the final six minutes of the game to win at Durand, 28-21. This Friday the Tigers will try to start a winning streak. Friday is New Richmond's Homecoming game.