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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Tiger girls repeat 12th place team finish at state The most successful class of New Richmond girls cross country runners completed their high school careers at the 2004 WIAA State Cross Country Meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. Seniors Ayla Mitchell, Hannah Demulling and Rachael Olson ran in their fourth straight state cross country championships.
To complete an unbeaten regular season, the Somerset football team had to face the best defense it has seen this season. The Spartans played at Baldwin-Woodville last Thursday in the regular season finale for both teams. This was supposed to be the battle between the highest scoring offense in the conference from Somerset and the defense that has allowed the fewest points from Baldwin-Woodville. That matchup developed, but the Somerset defense also deserved billing on the marquee.
It was another step forward for the New Richmond football team, but not a big step to suit the Tigers. New Richmond led 9-0 in the second quarter of last Thursday's game at Prescott. The Tigers gave up a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half. Prescott used that momentum to outscore the Tigers 16-0 in the second half, leaving the Tigers with a 23-9 defeat.
The New Richmond volleyball team was hoping it could pull off an upset in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 tournament last Tuesday. The Tigers made a major improvement in their play over the final weeks of the regular season.
The St. Croix Central runners put together one of their best efforts of the season at the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Meet and it netted the Panthers three runners with all-conference honors. Senior Mark Sanders earned first team all-conference honors with his sixth place finish in the boys race.
The Somerset volleyball team lost its final two matches of the regular season last week. While the outcome was the same, the two matches couldn't have been more different in Somerset's view. Last Tuesday the Spartans needed a win against Durand to tie the Panthers for second place in the Middle Border Conference standings. This was a showcase of two fine volleyball teams, with Durand pulling out a win in five games. The Spartans then played at River Falls last Thursday in a non-conference match.
What a Homecoming bash. You can use your own adjectives (crushed, destroyed and demolished quickly come to mind) to describe how the St. Croix Central football team beat Mondovi in the Panthers' 45-0 Homecoming Game win on Friday. The score only begins to show how dominant the Panthers were in this game. St. Croix Central rolled up 380 yards in this game, compared to 39 total yards for the Buffaloes. That's nearly a 10-1 advantage in yards in the game. The Central defense was outstanding.
Mitchell, Slocum repeat as MBC individual champs The New Richmond boys won the 2004 Middle Border Conference championship by one point. And that wasn't the closest team finish at the 2004 MBC meet. While the team finishes were extremely close, the race for the individual championships was not. New Richmond's Ayla Mitchell and Alec Slocum repeated as the MBC individual champions, pulling away from their competition in the second half of their races. For the New Richmond boys, it was a clean sweep at the high school level.
The New Richmond volleyball team gave the Middle Border Conference champions a good battle last week. No team has been able to take a game from the Osceola volleyball team in a Middle Border Conference match this season.
A game with a playoff atmosphere got the St. Croix Central football team into the 2004 WIAA State Football Playoffs. Last Wednesday the Panthers played at Colfax, with both teams sitting at 3-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference.