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.
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.
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 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.
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 first Middle Border Conference win of the 2004 season was accomplished by the New Richmond volleyball team last Thursday as the team celebrated Senior Night. The Tigers overwhelmed Prescott for the win Thursday, taking all three games played in the match. The win came by scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-9. The win was accomplished with two predominant features: a nearly mistake-free by the entire team and a huge night at the net from senior Bekah Sievert. The Tigers only missed one serve in the match. Their hitting was just as flawless.
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.
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.
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.