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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Six local high school skaters, including five players who led New Richmond's 2003 run to the Wisconsin high school state hockey tournament championship game, will try to lead the AAA Fire hockey team to a USA hockey national championship this fall.
Amery scored on plays of 74, 42 and 64 yards. The longest New Richmond play in last Friday's game was 19 yards. Amery's ability to create big plays and New Richmond's inability to finish off drives was the difference in Amery's 20-0 win over the Tigers. This was the opening game of the Middle Border Conference season for both teams. The only score of the first half was a 74-yard pass from Jordan Wold to Tom Sprester. Take away that play and it's arguable that the Tigers were the better team in the first half. Even with that catch, Amery had 83 yards offense in the half.
New Richmond's volleyball team had Durand right where the Tigers wanted their opening Middle Border Conference opponent. Durand came to New Richmond last Thursday brimming with confidence. The Panthers had just thoroughly beaten New Richmond in a tournament in Hudson. Only Durand didn't know how badly New Richmond had played in that tournament. The Tigers wanted badly to make amends when they met in Thursday's dual match.
Two second place finishes were the result for the Somerset cross country team in its 2003 season-opening meet, the Baldwin-Woodville Invitational last Tuesday. The meet was held at the Hammond Golf Club. Somerset was led by a rock-solid performance from senior Whitney Langer. She took charge of the girls race from the starting gun and never let go of the lead, winning the race in 17:10. Spartan coach Diane Belter was trying to convince Langer to have the confidence to run with the top runners in every meet.
Bringing home the Middle Border Conference championship is one of the numerous goals of the New Richmond girls tennis team this season. The Tigers took a big step toward this goal by winning the first two matches of their MBC season last week. The week started with a 7-0 win at Bloomer. Where the going got tough was on Thursday, when Baldwin-Woodville visited the Tigers. B-W is one of several MBC teams, who like the Tigers, returned nearly its entire lineup. This proved to be a most competitive battle, with all seven of the matches being close for most of the way.
The River Falls Cross Country Invitational was more like a biathlon this season. For the New Richmond and Somerset cross country teams, this meet was a great opening meet for the 2003 season. It not only tested a variety of physical skills, it gave the teams an idea of the possibilities they have for the upcoming season. New Richmond's girls finished second in their half of the meet, while the Tiger boys finished third.
When a state tournament team returns its entire lineup, there are certain expectations that go with it. The New Richmond girls tennis team is in that position and the Tigers showed they are ready to live up to any and all expectations when they began their season on Saturday. The Tigers played host to Whitewater, East Troy and Baldwin-Woodville on Saturday, with the Tigers facing East Troy and Whitewater in dual matches. In the opening round the Tigers scored a 7-0 win over Whitewater. The second match proved to be much more of a challenge.
Ready for your summer to be over? If you are in high school sports this fall, the end of summer is rapidly approaching. Local football, girls golf and girls tennis teams can begin their fall practices next Monday. Volleyball and cross country can open their practices the following week. Here is a rundown of the initial practice plans for each of the local sports.
Somerset's hopes of reaching the WIAA State Baseball Championships ended just the way they ended in 2002. A loss to Baldwin-Woodville in the sectional semifinals ended the Spartans' 2003 season, in the Somerset WIAA Summer Baseball Sectional Tournament last Friday.
They've hit bottom and are now on their way back up. That's what the New Richmond Tigers believe and their play last week shows they may be right. The Tigers completed their Middle Border Conference season last Tuesday by beating Glenwood City 9-4. This ends a four-game losing streak in the conference for the Tigers and gives them a final MBC record of 4-4. That was followed by a game last Wednesday against Lakeland Conference champion Grantsburg. The Tigers were facing Brian Johnson, who pitched in the state all-star game in June.