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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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 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.
Holle, Hay and Jerlow earn place in state meet A second place at the 2004 WIAA Division 2 Sectional Championship Meet capped a largely surprising season for the New Richmond girls tennis team. After graduating seven of their 10 varsity players last season, opposing schools were expecting the Tigers to be in a rebuilding mode this season. Instead, the three returning varsity players, Kristen Holle, Laurel Hay and Alyssa Jerlow, played their way into the 2004 WIAA State Individual Championships, which will be played this Thursday through Saturday. Holle, New Ri
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.
The Somerset volleyball team hoped it could be the team that ended Osceola's run as the top team in the Middle Border Conference. The Chieftains made sure that didn't happen. Osceola has dominated play in the MBC for several seasons. They rolled past the Spartans 25-14, 25-17, 25-21. One of the big differences was the fast start that Osceola got in each of the three games, forcing the Spartans to play catch-up each time. Osceola took a 6-1 lead in the first game and extended it to 12-4.
Great pumpkins. Nobody in Wisconsin grows them greater than Joe Ailts. Ailts, of rural Deer Park, had the largest pumpkin at the Great Pumpkin Fest, held in Nekoosa on Saturday. This is the second straight year that Ailts has produced the largest pumpkin at this competition, which brings in pumpkins from all over the Midwest. Last year Ailts had the largest pumpkin with a fruit that weighed 1,056 pounds, his personal best. His largest this year was 1,016 pounds, the only fruit at the competition to clear 1,000 pounds.
Somerset's boys nearly came away with the win in the Ellsworth Invitational Cross Country Meet last Tuesday. The Spartans finished second in the meet, nine points behind Eau Claire Regis in the seven-team meet. Somerset's boys accomplished this with two of their top runners out of the lineup. With Matt Hanzlik and Todd Lippman out due to health issues, the rest of the Spartans stepped up. Josh Hecht led for much of the boys race before finishing sixth.
The New Richmond girls tennis team tied for second place in the Middle Border Conference Girls Tennis Tournament, played last Tuesday in Durand. The Tigers finished with 19 points, tying with Amery for second place. Durand, who went through the MBC dual season undefeated, won the tournament with 33 points. There weren't any flight championships won by the Tigers. New Richmond placed second at three flights.
St. Croix Central's Mark Sanders pulled away from the competition early and won by more than 30 seconds in the boys race in the Glenwood City Invitational last Tuesday. Central was one of six Dunn-St. Croix Conference teams competing in the meet. Central's boys placed fifth in the meet. Four of the boys had their best times of the year. "Mark (Sanders) ran his fastest time of his career and this course was more difficult than the average course," said Central coach Missy Brown.