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 two oldest of the Demulling sisters are back running together.
Prescott's football team was rapidly streaking toward the WIAA playoffs when the New Richmond Tigers tried to derail Prescott last Thursday. Prescott's talent at the ball-handling positions carried the Cardinals to a 28-0 win over the Tigers. The Tigers end the 2005 season with a 1-8 record after having beaten Baldwin-Woodville the previous week. Prescott may have the most balanced offense in the Middle Border Conference this season as one of the three teams that tied for second in the MBC. The Cards presented quite a defensive challenge for the Tigers.
The St. Croix Central football team moved up into a tie for second place in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference final football standings last Thursday. In their final regular season game, the Panthers tore through Unity 41-0 last Thursday.
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 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 battle for the Middle Border Conference football title proved to be one-sided, to say the least. Somerset scored early and Somerset scored often, burying Osceola with 36 first half points. With running time in the second half, the Spartans were quickly able to put away a 36-0 win. With the win the Spartans lock up their third straight undisputed MBC championship. The win also avenges the Spartans' last loss in the MBC, in 2003 at Osceola.
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.
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.