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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Gaining 520 yards on the ground shows that the Somerset football team is moving in the right direction. Given that offensive success, the Spartan coaches were expecting more scoring in Somerset's 36-20 win at Prescott last Friday. This is Somerset's second straight win after starting the season with three losses. The Spartans are 2-1 in the Middle Border Conference, leaving them tied for second place behind Baldwin-Woodville. The ground game is the heart of the Somerset attack, and the 520 yards on Friday is one of the biggest rushing totals they've produced in years.
Make more room in the tennis section of the New Richmond High School trophy case. The New Richmond girls tennis team clinched its fifth Middle Border Conference title in the last seven years by beating Unity 5-2 last Thursday. All five titles have been won under the guidance of Coach Teresa Kvam. The match with Unity was a showdown for the conference championship. Neither New Richmond nor Unity had suffered a conference loss heading into Thursday's match. This match was by far the best competition the Tigers have faced in a conference match this season.
For three quarters, the defense carried the St. Croix Central football team during last Friday's Homecoming game against Spring Valley. In the fourth quarter the Panther offense rose to the defense's level. The offense was able to push across two fourth quarter touchdowns, while the defense completed its shutout in a 13-0 win over Spring Valley. Central's record now stands at 3-2 and the Panthers are 2-1 in Dunn-St. Croix Conference play.
The Middle Border Conference girls golf season ended just as it began. The season began with Baldwin-Woodville taking immediate control of the team competition and Osceola's Lindsey Danielson returning in search of her fourth straight MBC individual championship. Both the Blackhawks and Danielson never let go of their lead during the MBC season. Baldwin-Woodville capped its championship season by winning the 2008 MBC tournament at Pheasant Hills Golf Club. The Blackhawks shot a 340 to win the tournament, finishing 12 strokes ahead of second place St.
The New Richmond football team has shown stretches in its first four games where it is capable of being a competitive team. The Tigers hope they can put all the pieces together and earn their first win of the 2008 season during this Friday's Homecoming game against Durand. Last Friday the Tigers played at Baldwin-Woodville, where the Blackhawks have wreaked havoc on each of their opponents thus far.
The platooning experiment with the Somerset football team lasted three games. After falling to 0-3, the first three-game Spartan losing streak in more than seven years, the Somerset coaches decided to scrap the platooning idea. And in their first game with players playing on offense and defense, the Spartans rolled past Osceola last Friday by a 30-12 score. The Spartans are now 1-3 for the season and 1-1 in Middle Border Conference play. With the end of the platoon system, there were seven changes made in the Spartan lineup for the Osceola game.
Soccer programs in western Wisconsin are measured against two programs: Eau Claire and Hudson. On Saturday at Eau Claire Memorial's tournament, the New Richmond boys varsity showed it can measure up against those elite programs quite well. The Tigers opened the tournament with a 2-0 loss to Hudson. They then battled Eau Claire Memorial and were defeated 2-1.
The Tigers continued to dominate all their matches in the Middle Border Conference. Last Tuesday they scored a 7-0 sweep of Ellsworth and they followed that with a 6-1 win over Osceola last Thursday. The Tigers can complete a clean sweep of the Middle Border Conference dual matches this Thursday. The Tigers' final MBC dual is at Unity on Thursday and it should be the Tigers' most challenging conference dual match.
Facing the seven-time defending Middle Border Conference champions brought out the best in the New Richmond volleyball team. Or if not the best, it certainly was a continuation of a stretch of excellent play for the Tigers.
The future became the present for the New Richmond cross country teams at the Osceola Invitational on Saturday. With six veteran runners being held out of the race with a variety of minor injuries, this became a race where the younger Tigers got a chance to show what they could do. The future looks bright indeed. For the Tiger girls, none of the three varsity seniors ran in Saturday's race. With the younger lineup, the Tiger girls were still able to finish second in the large school division of the meet.