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 New Richmond girls golf team holds the conference lead as the teams head into the 18-hole Middle Border Conference tournament, which will be played at Frederic this Thursday. While the Tigers will go into the tournament with the lead, they can expect several challengers to try winning the conference tournament on Thursday. The Tigers hold a slim margin over St. Croix Central in the race for the conference team title.
St. Croix Central's volleyball team turned up its intensity in a triangular meet at Ellsworth last Tuesday. The result? A pair of wins for the Panthers, against Luck and Ellsworth. The Panthers started the meet by facing Luck. With a productive net attack and steady passing, the Panthers were able to score a 25-23, 25-20 win over the Cardinals. In the next round the Panthers faced Ellsworth.
Two years ago, Somerset football coach Bruce Larson said he was heckled after he left the field in New Richmond when the Spartans had been beaten by the Tigers 41-9. This year he wanted to make sure he didn't hear anything from the Tiger fans. After a close first quarter, the Spartans turned on their big play ability, stunning the Tigers with 30 points in the second quarter. The Spartans added two more scores in the third quarter to make the final 50-0. Understandably, the two coaches were at the opposite ends of the spectrum.
Two home-course wins over the past week have moved the New Richmond golfers into the lead of the Middle Border Conference girls golf race. On Monday night the Tigers lengthened their MBC lead by winning a quad meet at The Links. The conditions on Monday were challenging to say the least, with blasting wind gusts reaching 35 miles per hour. "To shoot a 190 on The Links was absolutely incredible," said Tiger coach Neal Ziller.
Craig Myer missed the previous game with a shoulder injury. But when it came to what could be the biggest play of the St. Croix Central football season, the Panthers put the responsibility on Myer's shoulders. With less than two minutes left in last Friday's game at Unity, Central's Tyler Cody scored to cut Unity's lead to 19-18. The Panthers then had to decide whether to try tying the game with an extra-point kick, or to go for the win with a two-point conversion attempt. The Panther coaches and players met, deciding to try going for the win.
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 race for the Middle Border Conference girls golf is nearing its midpoint and it has already been a highly competitive battle. St. Croix Central, New Richmond and St. Croix Falls have all staked claims to being strong contenders for the title. That race drew even tighter last Thursday when New Richmond won a four-team match at Bristol Ridge Golf Club in Somerset. St.
The St. Croix Central football team was excited to renew its rivalry with Baldwin-Woodville. Way too excited. Central and Baldwin-Woodville hadn't played each other since 1983. The Panthers had trouble holding back their emotions in the game. That led to numerous mistakes. B-W gladly took advantage of those mistakes, beating the Panthers 19-3. Four interceptions, two lost fumbles and four personal foul penalties. Those St. Croix Central mistakes turned an even game well into the favor of the Blackhawks. "That just killed us big time," St.
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 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.