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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For the second straight tournament, the New Richmond volleyball team started slowly, then built up steam through the rest of the tournament. Last Tuesday the Tigers played in a tournament in Hudson, facing Boyceville, Durand and Hudson in the meet. The Tigers came away with one win in their three tournament matches. The Tigers were expecting to face Middle Border Conference rival Durand in the opening round of the tournament. But when they arrived in Hudson, the schedule had been changed, and they instead faced Boyceville in the opening round.
After playing a competitive first half against Hudson last Friday, the New Richmond football team couldn't match that effort in the second half. The Tigers trailed 13-10 at halftime in Hudson last Friday. Hudson then overpowered the Tigers in the second half, driving for three touchdowns to beat New Richmond 34-10. The non-conference schedule is now completed for the Tigers.
28-0. That wasn't the final score. It was the score with 57 seconds remaining in the first quarter as the Somerset football team devoured the Barron Bears, 41-0 last Thursday. After the first quarter the Somerset coaches showed their merciful side, with most of the starters out of the game already early in the second quarter. This Friday the Spartans will begin their attempt to win their third consecutive Middle Border Conference title.
Winning four of their five matches in the Spring Valley Invitational on Saturday gave an indication of the firepower the Somerset volleyball team brings into the 2005 season. The Spartans scored wins over Boyceville, Clear Lake, Hudson and Colfax in the tournament, with their only loss coming against Spring Valley. The first opponent of the day was Boyceville. The Spartans lost the opening game 26-24, but then came back to get the final two games 25-21 and 15-6.
It was good, old-fashioned hard-nosed football. The St. Croix Central team opened its season with a top-quality team effort, beating Ellsworth 24-8 last Thursday. The game was part of the annual Gridiron Classic played on the artificial turf at UW-Stout. This year's Panthers are a team that prides itself on playing tough, basic football. To do that, the Panthers need to execute better than their opponents. That was the case against Ellsworth.
The New Richmond girls tennis team got off to a promising start in the 2005 Middle Border Conference season last Thursday, scoring a 6-1 win at Mondovi in their MBC opener. The Tigers swept the four singles matches, with Kristen Holle, Ellen Railsback, Molly O'Flanagan and Val Poppy winning their matches without giving up a set. In doubles, the Tigers got wins at the one and three levels, with Mondovi's only win coming at two doubles. Tiger coach Teresa Kvam said this match showed a pattern that is causing her concern. "I'm realizing about half our team is slow star
If Jim Baillargeon had been blessed with a great singing voice or the ability to play the piano, he would have given a benefit concert to raise money for the restoration of the Somerset Town Hall, but Baillargeon was given the ability to run and that's what he's done for the past 40 years. That's what he did to raise money for this community project. Starting at 8 a.m. last Saturday, Baillargeon and three other local runners circled a one-kilometer course behind St. Anne School for 24 hours. Baillargeon secured pledges for each mile he completed and by 8 a.m.
Youth Fun Day, sponsored by the New Richmond Area Youth Sports Association, will be held at Hatfield Park Saturday, Aug. 20. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. . The NRAYSA is a collective association for the New Richmond youth programs in football, soccer, baseball and girls softball. Each of these sports groups will be holding events at the Youth Fun Day.
Somerset voters will go to the polls next Tuesday to decide whether the Somerset School District should add 69.05 acres of land to its current campus. This would nearly double the size of the Somerset School District campus, which currently covers 70 acres. The referendum is asking for $1.455 million. This covers the price of the land and the government program subsidies that would need to be paid.
The inaugural New Richmond boys varsity soccer team will have a coach who has played and coached in one of the elite programs in Minnesota. Pete Malloy will be the first varsity boys soccer coach in New Richmond. Malloy spent the past five seasons as the JV coach at St. Paul Academy. Malloy is also an SPA graduate. He was an all-state player at SPA, a team that has been a fixture at the Minnesota state tournament. It seems like Malloy has been involved with soccer his whole life. He started playing youth soccer in Hudson.