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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With the Middle Border Conference lead at stake, the New Richmond volleyball team played like a championship team. The Tigers went into Somerset and won a showdown between the final two unbeaten MBC teams last Tuesday. Somerset won the opening game 25-22. The Tigers then won three straight games, by scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-23. The first two games were almost mirror images of each other. In the first game the Tigers were on fire at the start, building up an 11-1 lead.
Rarely has one school dominated the Middle Border Conference girls tennis tournament the way the New Richmond girls did at the 2009 MBC meet in Durand last Tuesday. The Tigers won six of the seven flight championships and garnered second place in the other flight in the 2009 meet. That earned the Tigers 40 of a possible 42 points in the MBC meet. In all three of the doubles flights, the Tigers earned conference championships.
The New Richmond girls golf players went into the WIAA Division 1 regional meet knowing they needed to be one of the top four teams in the meet to qualify for sectionals. The Tigers were seeded fourth, but by only percentage points. Playing on their home course made a huge difference as the Tigers took second place in last Wednesday's regional tournament. Hudson rolled to the regional meet championship, shooting a 371 team score. New Richmond took second place, finishing at 388. River Falls was one stroke behind New Richmond in third place.
Somerset's Shanise McMahon and St. Croix Central's Tia Perry each reached a milestone to cap their golf season. Both girls qualified for the WIAA Division 2 Amery sectional meet with their play in last Wednesday's Pheasant Hills WIAA Division 2 regional meet. McMahon and Perry qualified as individuals for the sectional golf meet.
The Somerset volleyball team suffered its first loss in Middle Border Conference play in 2009 in a battle for the MBC lead against New Richmond last Tuesday. Somerset overcame a large early deficit to win the first game in Tuesday's match 25-22. The Spartans then jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the second game, but it would be the last hurrah for the Spartans. New Richmond charged back to win the second game 25-22. The Spartans didn't have much fight in them in the third game, with New Richmond winning 25-18. The fourth game was the most balanced from beginning to end.
The Somerset girls cross country team ended in a three-way tie for the championship in the 2009 Ellsworth Invitational Cross Country Meet last Tuesday. Somerset tied for the meet lead with Ellsworth and Mondovi, each team ending at 85 points. St. Croix Central nearly created a four-way tie, as the Panthers finished with 86 points. A tie-breaker was used to decide the meet champion and Ellsworth was declared the winner. In the boys meet, Osceola was the meet champion with St.
Every game is now a must win for the St. Croix Central football team after the Panthers missed their chance to get back into the Dunn-St. Croix Conference race last Friday. The Panthers turned the ball over five times at Glenwood City on Friday. That was all the advantage that the Hilltoppers needed, maintaining their undefeated conference season with a 21-7 win over the Panthers. The loss snuffs out any chances of Central winning the conference championship this season. It also leaves their WIAA playoff hopes hanging by a thread.
The one doubles team of Sami Kleiner and Lauren Kvam advanced to the WIAA Division 1 Marshfield Sectional Tournament with their win in the WIAA subsectional tournament in Menomonie on Monday. Kleiner and Kvam were the only Tigers who were able to advance to the sectional meet. They will be facing the top-seeded number one doubles team from the Wausau West subsectional meet. The winner of that match qualifies for the WIAA state championships, while the loser is done for the season. The Tiger duo takes a 19-3 record into the sectional tournament.
The difficult schedule played by the Somerset boys soccer team earned the Spartans a little respect in the WIAA regional tournament seeding process. The Spartans were seeded seventh among the nine times in the regional bracket, despite only having two wins this season. By not being one of the two lowest seeds, the Spartans avoid the tournament play-in game that is scheduled for Saturday. By drawing the seventh seed, the Spartans will play next Tuesday at the number two seed. That would be the combined team from Chippewa Falls McDonell and Eau Claire Regis.
How can you argue the success of a team that goes 48-1 in its conference season? That's what the New Richmond girls tennis team accomplished this season, in winning its third straight Middle Border Conference dual meet championship. The Tigers finished their MBC dual meet season with wins over Unity and Baldwin-Woodville last week. Both matches held individual tests for the Tigers. There was none greater than the one singles match against Unity. New Richmond junior Meghan Frank is in her first season at one singles.