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 tennis team has completed an undefeated 2007 Middle Border Conference dual meet season. The Tigers locked up the 2007 MBC dual championship with wins on Thursday and Friday afternoons. On Thursday the Tigers scored a 6-0 win at Amery to lock up the 2007 conference title. On Friday afternoon the Tigers won on their home court, defeating Unity 6-1, to complete the conference schedule unbeaten. Last year the Tigers finished in second place in the conference.
Amery ran away with the 2007 Middle Border Conference girls golf tournament title, finishing 37 strokes ahead of second place New Richmond. The conference tournament was played last Thursday at Bristol Ridge Golf Club outside of Somerset. Amery finished the tournament with a team score of 346. New Richmond shot a 383 and St. Croix Falls finished at 386. The rest of the team scores were St. Croix Central at 451, Ellsworth at 468, Prescott at 484, Somerset at 503 and Luck-Unity at 534.
Combine these two facts: The New Richmond football team played its best defensive game of the season last week, and the Tigers didn't suffer any new injuries during Friday's game at Durand. Those two factors give the Tigers faith that they can produce their first win of the season this Friday when they play at home against Prescott. Prescott has also gone without a win thus far in the 2007 season. Last Friday the Tigers played at Durand and were defeated by a 21-7 score.
After Friday's game between Somerset and Ellsworth, one football team will stand alone as the leader in the Middle Border Conference. Somerset and Ellsworth are both 3-0 in the MBC. The winner of Friday's game will not only be the outright leader in the conference standings, they will also be assured of a place in the 2007 WIAA football playoffs. Ellsworth comes into the game after beating Amery 20-14 last Friday.
For several years the St. Croix Central volleyball program has been trying to get re-established as a force in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. In their two D-SC matches last week, the Panthers may have accomplished that goal. Last Tuesday the Panthers went to Boyceville, which has been a tough place to win for most D-SC teams in this decade. The Panthers won Tuesday's match and they did it decisively, winning in three games. That was followed by a home match on Thursday against Glenwood City. The Panthers had to overcome adversity all through the night.
The unbeaten New Richmond boys soccer team made it nine in a row on Monday, winning at Osceola 3-1. Osceola was carrying a seven-game winning streak into this game. The Chieftains hadn't lost since New Richmond had posted a 7-0 win over Osceola early in the season. This time around, Osceola proved to be a much more worthy opponent for the Tigers. Osceola has a short field, which made it difficult for the Tigers to use long lead passes to utilize their team speed. The Tigers did get their first goal off an opportunity like that.
A preliminary tax levy of $7.8 million was approved by Somerset School District residents at the District's 2007 annual meeting, held on Sept. 10. In a meeting that lasted just over 40 minutes, approximately 20 people were in attendance. Nearly all those attending the meeting were District employees or school Board members. The entire school District budget for the 2007-08 school year is projected at $14.8 million. The tax levy will be finalized at a district Board meeting in late October.
The New Richmond girls tennis team is closing in on winning the 2007 Middle Border Conference dual meet championship. The Tigers defeated Durand 6-1 on Monday to take a commanding lead in the conference race. The Tigers were scheduled to wrap up the MBC dual meet season with matches Tuesday against Unity and Thursday at Amery. The next stop for the Tigers would then be the Middle Border Conference tournament. This year's tournament will be played next Tuesday at Osceola. Durand came into Monday's match with a 4-1 conference record and a reputation for having a strong singles lineup.
There were several Middle Border Conference football teams that put together overpowering efforts in the second half of their games last Friday. No team changed the complexion of their game in the second half more than the Somerset Spartans. Osceola was ahead of Somerset 14-8 at halftime of Friday's game. The Spartans then outscored Osceola 30-0 in the second half to record a 38-14 win. With the win, the Spartans are 2-0 in MBC action and 4-0 overall. The Spartans will be playing at home this Friday in hopes of bringing their record to 5-0.
The New Richmond football team had its crowd buzzing at halftime of Friday's Homecoming game against Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers trailed 26-24 at halftime, exchanging scores throughout the half with a potent B-W offense. The Tigers' hopes of getting a win for the large Homecoming crowd were sunk by turnovers in the second half. The turnovers allowed B-W to score four times in just over six minutes in the third quarter. The game ended with the Tigers suffering a 61-24 loss. New Richmond entered the game with numerous injuries and the list grew substantially during the game.