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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New Richmond's two doubles team of Luanne Stai and Sami Kleiner ran into an outstanding doubles team at the WIAA Division 1 Girls Tennis Sectional Meet last Wednesday at Wausau West High School. New Richmond's tandem put up a great fight, forcing the match to three sets before losing to the number one seed from Marshfield. The Marshfield duo then won the sectional championship match to advance to the WIAA state championships, which will be held this Thursday through Saturday. Marshfield also won the team sectional championship and will compete at the state team tournament on Oct.
"You can win a lot of games with good defense." St. Croix Central Tony DiSalvo can say that, because his 5-2 Panthers have been making a habit of winning with outstanding defensive performances. The latest of those defensive gems came last Wednesday, when the Panthers won on their home field against Glenwood City 20-6. Glenwood City's touchdown came with 1:38 left in the game.
A tough step for teams developing into winning programs is learning how to win when they are the favorite in a match. That's the test the New Richmond volleyball team faced when it went to Ellsworth last Tuesday. The Panthers are at the bottom of the Middle Border Conference standings, while the Tigers are firmly entrenched in the top half of the MBC standings. It took the Tigers a game to reach their top level of volleyball at Ellsworth.
It's known as the Amery Invitational, but it may as well be called the "pre-conference cross country meet." The Oct. 4 running of the Amery Invitational was the final race for most teams as they gear up for their conference meets. Both the Middle Border Conference and the Dunn-St. Croix Conference will be running their meets this Thursday. The Middle Border Conference Meet will be held in Osceola and the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Meet will be held in Boyceville. New Richmond, Somerset and St.
By getting all seven of its entries into the flight championships, it was a complete team effort that produced the championship for the New Richmond girls in the 2008 Middle Border Conference Girls Tennis Tournament. The Tigers finished the tournament with four flight championships and three second place finishes. They finished the tournament with 36 team points.
Junior Jessica Williams will represent New Richmond at this week's WIAA Division 1 Girls Golf Sectional Tournament in Hayward. Williams was scheduled to play in Tuesday's Hayward sectional meet after shooting the second best individual score in last Thursday's Division 1 regional tournament at Mill Run Golf Club in Eau Claire. New Richmond's girls placed fifth in the regional meet hosted by Eau Claire North. The Tigers shot a 386 score. The top four teams advance to the sectional level.
The New Richmond-Somerset rivalry in volleyball has become pretty special in recent years. You can count on a full gym with noisy fans and that you'll see a highly competitive volleyball battle. That's exactly what happened when New Richmond and Somerset clashed on the Tigers' home court last Thursday. New Richmond was able to score a 25-21, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23 win over the Spartans. With the win the Tigers now have a 3-2 record in Middle Border Conference matches. In the first game of Thursday's match the Tigers had to withstand a strong Somerset start.
The 0-3 start for the Somerset football team is a distant memory. The Spartans are 3-0 since making changes in their lineup. They need one more win to secure a place in the 2008 WIAA state football playoffs. The first chance to lock up that playoff berth comes Thursday when the Spartans play at New Richmond. This game will be a good test for the Spartans. New Richmond is another team that has turned its season around, having won its past two Middle Border Conference games. Somerset coach Bruce Larson isn't taking anything for granted despite the team's recent surge.
Playoff discussion is foreign territory for the New Richmond football team, but the playoffs are a possibility for the 2008 Tigers. The Tigers scored their second straight win last Friday, winning at Prescott by a 14-7 score. At 2-2 in the Middle Border Conference, the Tigers need to win two of their three final games to qualify for the 2008 WIAA state playoffs. The Tigers will face a severe test to their winning streak this Thursday. They will be playing at home, against Somerset.
Hallelujah! The New Richmond football team broke into the win column for the first time in the 2008 season with an impressive 25-22 win over Durand in the Tigers' Homecoming game last Friday. As the final seconds clicked off the clock, hundreds of Tiger fans streamed out onto the field to share in the jubilation of the team's celebration. Durand came into Friday's game wih a 3-1 record, including Middle Border Conference wins over Somerset and Ellsworth. The Panthers were in for a surprise on Friday. The Tigers' effort along both front lines was vastly improved in this game.