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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By placing first or second in all seven flights, the New Richmond girls tennis team easily won the championship in the 2007 Middle Border Conference Girls Tennis Tournament, played last Tuesday in Osceola. The Tigers achieved a rarity in the MBC, getting all seven entries into the finals of their flights. With that outstanding effort, the Tigers easily were the champions of the 2007 tournament. This came on the heels of the Tigers going undefeated through the MBC dual match season. In the finals, the Tigers were able to bring home championships at two flights.
Imagine battling through five volleyball matches in one day and reaching the championship match. Then you find out you lose the tournament title on a tie-breaker. That happened to the New Richmond volleyball team on Saturday when they played in the Amery Invitational. The Tigers played their way into the championship match, where they faced Spring Valley. Instead of playing a best two-of-three title match, the two teams only played two games. When they each took one game, and by an identical two-point margin, a tie-breaker was needed to decide the meet championship.
It was like the Somerset volleyball team had lost its way during losses to Osceola and Prescott. Last week the Spartans found their way back to the win column. The Spartans scored wins over New Richmond and Ellsworth. The wins raise Somerset's record in the Middle Border Conference to 3-2. Thursday's match against New Richmond was a rock-solid showing from both sides. Both coaches have been after their teams to cut loose and hit the ball as hard as possible whenever possible.
The New Richmond cross country girls earned the championship in the 2007 Ellsworth Invitational last Tuesday. The Tiger boys, running without three of their varsity runners, took fourth place in the meet. New Richmond's girls were led by juniors Hannah Utzman and McKenzie Kelly, who ranked third and seventh in the race field. The third and fourth runners for the Tigers in this race were the Zietlow sisters, Tess and Anna. They ran together, stride-for-stride, for much of the race.
Three Somerset High School students spent three weeks this summer teaching at a camp in northern Europe. While their main task at the camp was assisting the teachers, they learned a great deal about themselves through the experience. The trip was arranged by SHS teacher Kathy Murphy. For the past seven years Murphy has made this trip to Latvia to serve as one of the primary teachers in a school where students from all of Europe learn the English language and culture.
The New Richmond girls tennis team has completed an undefeated 2007 Middle Border Conference dual meet season. The Tigers locked up the 2007 MBC dual championship with wins on Thursday and Friday afternoons. On Thursday the Tigers scored a 6-0 win at Amery to lock up the 2007 conference title. On Friday afternoon the Tigers won on their home court, defeating Unity 6-1, to complete the conference schedule unbeaten. Last year the Tigers finished in second place in the conference.
Amery ran away with the 2007 Middle Border Conference girls golf tournament title, finishing 37 strokes ahead of second place New Richmond. The conference tournament was played last Thursday at Bristol Ridge Golf Club outside of Somerset. Amery finished the tournament with a team score of 346. New Richmond shot a 383 and St. Croix Falls finished at 386. The rest of the team scores were St. Croix Central at 451, Ellsworth at 468, Prescott at 484, Somerset at 503 and Luck-Unity at 534.
Combine these two facts: The New Richmond football team played its best defensive game of the season last week, and the Tigers didn't suffer any new injuries during Friday's game at Durand. Those two factors give the Tigers faith that they can produce their first win of the season this Friday when they play at home against Prescott. Prescott has also gone without a win thus far in the 2007 season. Last Friday the Tigers played at Durand and were defeated by a 21-7 score.
After Friday's game between Somerset and Ellsworth, one football team will stand alone as the leader in the Middle Border Conference. Somerset and Ellsworth are both 3-0 in the MBC. The winner of Friday's game will not only be the outright leader in the conference standings, they will also be assured of a place in the 2007 WIAA football playoffs. Ellsworth comes into the game after beating Amery 20-14 last Friday.
For several years the St. Croix Central volleyball program has been trying to get re-established as a force in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. In their two D-SC matches last week, the Panthers may have accomplished that goal. Last Tuesday the Panthers went to Boyceville, which has been a tough place to win for most D-SC teams in this decade. The Panthers won Tuesday's match and they did it decisively, winning in three games. That was followed by a home match on Thursday against Glenwood City. The Panthers had to overcome adversity all through the night.