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 streak is over! The New Richmond football team put together a hearty fourth quarter to knock off Baldwin-Woodville Thursday, 13-10. This ends New Richmond's football losing streak at 17 games. The win is also the first for the Tigers under head coach Joe Hutter, who took over the team at the start of the 2004 season. The Tigers got the winning score in the game with 4:32 left on the clock. Sophomore quarterback Hayden Zimmerman had gone back to pass, looking for tight end Griffin Jameson on a crossing pattern. Jameson slipped down, causing Zimmerman to improvise.
The progress made all season by the St. Croix Central boys cross country team showed when the Panthers placed fourth in the 2005 Dunn-St. Croix Conference Meet, run last Tuesday in Mondovi. In both the boys and girls meets, it was a three-way battle for the team championship between Colfax, Glenwood City and Boyceville. Colfax took the boys championship with 28 points, followed by Glenwood City at 48 and Boyceville at 54. Central's boys were fourth at 105 points. Glenwood City grabbed the girls title, with 42 points.
The New Richmond football team hopes to break into the win column for the first time since late in the 2003 season when the Tigers host Baldwin-Woodville this Thursday. Both teams are 0-5 in the Middle Border Conference. The Tigers are 0-7 overall while B-W has one non-conference win this season. The Tigers have lost 17 straight games since beating Somerset late in the 2003 season. New Richmond has been playing its opponents close in recent games. Two weeks ago they led until the final three minutes of the game in a 13-9 loss to Osceola.
The Middle Border Conference Cross Country Meet will be run this Thursday. Most of the MBC teams had their final tune-up race last Tuesday, competing in the annual Amery Invitational. There had to be some improvising done at the Amery Golf Club for this race to be held. Torrential rains had hit the area that day and there was standing water all over the course, including several bunkers that were filled with water. The race path was rerouted to avoid major damage to the golf course. Once the races were started, there was plenty of action.
You couldn't ask for a better effort from the New Richmond football team than what they gave in their 2005 Homecoming game against Osceola last Friday. Twice the Tigers took the lead, and they held the line deep into the fourth quarter. Osceola connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass to deal the Tigers a 13-9 defeat. The loss puts the Tigers at 0-6 this season and 0-4 in the Middle Border Conference.
Entering this week, Somerset was one of three teams perched atop the Middle Border Conference standings with spotless 4-0 records. By the end of play next Tuesday, at most, only one team will remain with an unblemished record. Somerset reached the 4-0 record last Thursday by topping Prescott in four games.The Spartans were scheduled to play at Amery on Tuesday. At the same time, Osceola and Durand, the other two teams with 4-0 records, were scheduled to clash. That leads into the final two rounds of MBC play.
The fans watching the St. Croix Central Homecoming football game got their money's worth, and a whole lot more. The price of admission for the Homecoming game included an overtime period. In the overtime the Panthers scored, then kept Colfax out of the end zone to win a crucial Dunn-St. Croix Conference game, 20-14. The win raises the Panthers D-SC record to 2-2, while sticking Colfax with its first loss in conference play this season. Central got the ball first in the overtime and only needed two plays to score.
The New Richmond boys soccer team earned a tie against Hayward last Thursday. This came two days after the Tigers lost at Barron, 2-0. The Barron game was one of the most difficult of the season for the Tigers. They struggled to get their offense rolling and were outshot by the Bears by nearly a 10-1 margin.
Two wins, including their initial Middle Border Conference win of the season, gives the New Richmond volleyball team the look of a team that is starting to roll. The Tigers got their first MBC win of the season last Thursday, beating Baldwin-Woodville in four games. The Tigers followed that up with a decisive three-game win over Unity Monday night. Right now the Tigers look like a team that is getting things in order.
Confidence seems to be the last element missing for the St. Croix Central volleyball team. On Thursday the Panthers faced Mondovi, one of the top teams in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference and they gave the Lady Buffs all they could handle before the Panthers were beaten in four games. Central coach Amanda Webb said this match was similar to the Panthers' match against Somerset, where they gave a real battle to another top quality opponent. The Panthers are one of the few teams that has been able to win a game from Mondovi in conference play.