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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It was the last thing the New Richmond girls golf team expected. After exceeding expectations all season, the Tiger girls saw their hopes of qualifying for the WIAA Division 1 state tournament dashed in the rainy New Richmond Division 1 Sectional Tournament last Tuesday. The weather conditions started poorly and got worse throughout the day of the sectional meet. The players who started early were able to get much of the front nine in before the heavy rains came.
The perfect record of the New Richmond boys soccer team was ended this week as the Tigers hit the toughest stretch of their 2007 schedule. It was a busy week for the Tigers. They suffered their first loss of the season last Tuesday at Amery by a 4-1 score. They then played one of their least inspired efforts of the season, ending in a 1-1 tie at Barron last Thursday. The Tigers bounced back from those games to beat Menomonie 2-0 on Saturday. On Monday the Tigers faced their toughest assignment thus far when they played at Hudson.
St. Croix Central senior Wendy Johnson played one of the best rounds of her life in the WIAA Division 2 Somerset Sectional Girls Golf Tournament last Wednesday at Bristol Ridge Golf Club. Johnson tied for the best score among the girls who qualified for the sectional tournament as individuals by shooting a 52 on the front nine at Bristol Ridge. The tournament was stopped because of the heavy rains on Wednesday. In fact, Johnson was the only girl to complete all 18 holes of the tournament. The siren was sounded as she was coming up the 18th fairway.
During the 2006-07 school year, enrollment in the Somerset schools stabilized, with little growth. That now appears to have been a one-year lull. Over the summer, many new students moved into the Somerset School District. The official count of students is taken on the third Friday in September each year. The 2006-07 enrollment count in Somerset was 1,498 students. This year's third Friday count found that there are now 1,589 students enrolled in the Somerset schools. The growth within the District was seen most in the already crowded Somerset Elementary School.
The Somerset football team never let Ellsworth have a chance in the showdown for the Middle Border Conference lead last Friday. Somerset's physical defense completely disrupted Ellsworth's passing game. Somerset's offense moved like a tank through Ellsworth's defense, as the Spartans marched to a 44-6 victory at Ellsworth. With the win the Spartans have assured themselves a spot in the 2007 WIAA State Football Playoffs.
The New Richmond football team was the better offensive team and the better defensive team in Friday's game with Prescott. That resulted in the Tigers earning their first win of the 2007 season, a 20-7 decision over Prescott. That win keeps the Tigers' slim hopes of reaching the WIAA playoffs alive. To reach the playoffs the Tigers would have to win the rest of their games. That's a big assignment. This Friday the Tigers will be playing at Somerset in the Spartans' Homecoming game.
Golf is a sport where the ability to handle pressure can make or break you. That ability made the New Richmond girls golf team regional champions last Wednesday. Playing in the WIAA Division 1 Hayward Regional meet, New Richmond and Hayward tied for first place. WIAA rules call for tournament titles to be settled in a playoff, with all five players involved in the playoff.
After the car accident this weekend where Courtney Kvam, half of New Richmond's one doubles team, was injured, the Tiger girls tennis team had to compete in the WIAA Division 1 Subsectional Tournament in Eau Claire on Monday. The Tigers performed well in the tennis subsectional, but they were not able to get anyone to advance into Thursday's WIAA Division 1 Sectional Tournament in Wausau. The girls wanted to put on a good performance for Kvam, daughter of Tiger coach Teresa Kvam. Coach Kvam said Monday that Courtney has a small break in the T4 vertebrae in her neck.
St. Croix Central senior Wendy Johnson advanced to the sectional tournament level with her play in the WIAA Division 2 Amery Regional Girls Golf Tournament last Wednesday. Johnson was one of the three individual qualifiers who advanced into Tuesday's Somerset Division 2 Girls Sectional Tournament. Results from the sectional were not available by press time on Tuesday. Amery was the champion of the Division 2 regional tournament last Wednesday, shooting a 370 team score. The three other teams that advanced to the sectional tournament were St.
The New Richmond boys soccer team has a new look, but they continue to get the same results. The Tigers remain unbeaten after winning their three games last week without surrendering a goal. The undefeated Tiger boys will play the next two weeks, and possibly the rest of the season, without leading scorer Brian Figueroa. Figueroa was in a walking boot late last week after it was discovered that he has a broken bone in the top of his right foot. If the broken bone is the only injury, Figueroa is hoping to return before the end of the season.