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 boys knew they had to give every ounce of energy they had in the 2009 Dunn-St. Croix Conference Cross Country Meet last Thursday. They couldn't have asked for any better inspiration than watching the Panther girls run in the first race of the conference meet. Following the race, half the Panther girls were either crying in pain or were physically ill.
Sophomore Tia Belter put on a late charge to push her way to the girls championship in the 2009 Middle Border Conference Cross Country Meet, run last Thursday at Prescott High School. The Spartan girls had hoped to pull off an upset and win the girls team title at the conference meet too. But with two of their varsity runners out sick and at least one more running ill, the Spartans fell back to fourth place in the final team standings. Belter and junior Monica Emerson were among a pack of runners at the front of the girls race.
If there is a Middle Border Conference volleyball tournament at the end of the 2010 season, don't expect Somerset coach Sarah Praschak to bring her team to it. Praschak was not a fan of the tournament before it started. After losing senior Hayley Lofquist to a severe ankle sprain during the tournament, Praschak is even less a fan of the idea. "If they want to have it again, I will bring my JV. I don't want to put my team in jeopardy," Praschak said. "To me it has no value." The Spartans placed fourth in the tournament after being seeded second.
One of the finest seasons in recent memory by the St. Croix Central volleyball team was completed with a pair of wins in Dunn-St. Croix Conference matches last week. The high-flying Panthers defeated Plum City and Spring Valley, bringing Central's final record in conference matches to 7-2. The Panthers finish in a tie for second place in the conference standings with Elk Mound and Mondovi. Colfax won the conference title with a 9-0 record. The two wins last week are the continuation of a strong second half of the season for the Panthers.
Early season struggles put the St. Croix Central football team in a position where the Panthers had to view their final two regular season games as playoff games. The Panthers won the first of those games, drilling Colfax by a 35-6 score last Friday. This Thursday the Panthers complete their regular season with a home game against Mondovi. If the Panthers beat Mondovi, they will likely be included in the WIAA state football playoff field. If the Panthers lose on Thursday, their season is done. The Panthers won at Colfax largely due to several changes made by the coaching staff.
A natural gas leak was discovered at the Doar, Drill and Skow Law Offices at 103 N. Knowles Avenue in New Richmond on Sunday morning. The southbound lanes of Knowles Avenue at the Willow River Bridge were blocked off for several hours and still were blocked at 10 a.m. The gas leak was discovered by the building owner at 6:15 a.m.
It is too bad that New Richmond High School didn't have school on Friday. After the Tiger football team whipped Ellsworth 45-8 in one of the most overpowering performances by the team in this decade, the Tigers deserved the chance to enjoy the adoration of their fans the day after the game. With excellent play from the offense, defense and special teams, the Tigers outplayed Ellsworth in every aspect of the game. The win helped the Tigers get over their difficult loss to Somerset from the previous week and it gives them momentum heading into the final two weeks of the season.
It's become a tradition that the Amery Invitational is run in weather better suited for duck hunting, but the wet weather didn't seem to bother many of the local runners. New Richmond's girls team and St. Croix Central's boys team earned the championships in the 2009 Amery Invitational last Tuesday. New Richmond's girls were the model of pack running perfection in this meet. There were seven Tiger runners who finished between 17:11 and 17:49 and there were several more Tigers not far behind those times. Sophomores Morgan Kelly and Kat Keller were at the front of the Tiger pack.
Becoming a body builder saved Bobbie Jo Fatheree's life. After seeing her weight drop by more than 100 pounds as she battled anorexia and bulimia, Fatheree needed something to get her diet, and her life, under control. What worked in getting her life under control was becoming a body builder. This Saturday, Fatheree will take part in her third body building competition. She will compete in the Northern States Natural Classic Body Building and Figure Competition at Elk River (Minn.) High School. Fatheree, 24, grew up in Somerset, then graduated from Hudson High School in 2003.
The New Richmond varsity volleyball team locked up a share of the Middle Border Conference championship for the first time since 1992 when the Tigers swept three games from Amery last Tuesday. The win raised the Tigers' record to 6-0 in MBC action. They were scheduled to play at Osceola on Tuesday. A win in that match would give the Tigers undisputed ownership of the conference dual meet title. The Tigers will try to complete their championship in the MBC on Saturday, when the conference tournament is played at Baldwin-Woodville High School.