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 Hudson Invitational proved to be a good learning tool for the New Richmond varsity volleyball team. The Tigers faced three top quality opponents in the tournament. While the Tigers weren't able to win any of their matches, the tournament did help the Tigers to solidify their lineup for the start of the Middle Border Conference season. The MBC season opens this Thursday, when the Tigers will play at Somerset. In the Hudson tournament the Tigers faced Boyceville, Durand and Hudson.
The first dual meet of the season served its purpose in several ways for the Somerset volleyball team. All those purposes added up to the ultimate purpose: a win. The Spartans won their match at Glenwood City in five games: 15-25, 25-16, 25-21, 23-25 and 15-9. The match served the purpose of getting the Spartans some experience at playing under pressure. The most pressure was in the fifth game, when Glenwood City took an early lead. "The girls did stay tough. They should have won the fourth game and they knew it.
The demise of the New Richmond girls tennis team has been greatly exaggerated. Several opponents have already told Tiger players that this is the year they are finally going to knock off New Richmond. If the new lineup of the Tiger tennis team wasn't already motivated enough, the overconfidence of their opponents has inspired the Tigers even more. The Tigers had some shaky moments early in their Middle Border Conference opener last Thursday against Mondovi.
A two-day journey through northern Wisconsin was made by the New Richmond cross country teams last week. They tubed down the Namekagon River, did team-building activities at Telemark Lodge, and visited Copper Falls State Park. Oh yes, and the teams ran in the Ashland Cross Country Invitational. The cross country meet wasn't an after-thought, but it is clear that New Richmond coach Brent Aukema felt that the cross country meet was no more important than the other activities in the two-day journey last Wednesday and Thursday.
The New Richmond volleyball team scored its first victory of the 2004 season last Tuesday, winning one of its three matches in the River Falls Invitational. The Tigers opened the tournament against a fearsome Eau Claire Regis team, losing 25-16, 25-13. That was followed by a 25-22, 25-16 loss to Spring Valley, which is expected to be one of the top teams in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. In the final match of the night the Tigers faced River Falls.
The biggest pessimist toward the chances of the Somerset football team this year may have been Spartan coach Bruce Larson. Larson worried mainly on how his offensive unit would be able to provide blocking lanes for the returning backs. Even Larson could find few flaws in the Spartans' performance at West Salem last Friday. After West Salem scored on the opening drive of the game, the Spartans then dominated the rest of the game, winning 35-14. The Spartans met the challenge immediately after West Salem scored to start the game.
There's a world of opportunity opening up to players on the New Richmond girls tennis team. With three players returning from the 2003 sectional championship lineup, the Tigers need players to step up and fill the rest of the varsity lineup. The first chance for the Tigers to view their 2004 lineup came Saturday, when they made the trip across the state to play in a triangular meet at Whitewater. The results were much better than Tiger coach Teresa Kvam expected, with the New Richmond girls posting 5-2 wins over Whitewater and East Troy. "It'
Somerset's Mike Schachtner was ranked as the number three senior in Wisconsin High School basketball for 2005 by BadgerStatePreps.com. Schachtner has already committed to play his college basketball at UW-Green Bay. The top two players in the state according to the website have also made verbal commitments. Marcus Landry of Milwaukee Vincent is ranked as the number one senior in the state. Last Friday he verbally committed to play for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Practices for fall high school sports can begin for several of the sports next week. Here is a rundown of the opening practice details for the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central varsity teams. New Richmond Football: New coach Joe Hutter will have the team report at 7:30 a.m. next Monday for the issuance of equipment. The Tigers will then hold two-a-day practices from 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. On Friday, Aug.
The New Richmond boys 13 and under soccer team ended up taking fifth place in the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association 2004 Chevy Cup State Tournament. The team is composed of 18 boys from New Richmond, Somerset and Star Prairie and is the only team from Wisconsin that plays league games against teams from the eastern Twin Cities metro area. This weekend the Tigers faced Coon Rapids in their opening game.