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 Middle Border Conference Cross Country Meet is this Thursday in Durand. The last chance for most of the MBC teams to get an idea of where they stand was in the Amery Invitational, held last Tuesday. The results were encouraging for both New Richmond teams. The Tiger girls were second in the meet and the Tiger boys were fourth, but second among the MBC schools running in the meet. Somerset's girls finished fifth in the meet, while the Spartan boys placed eighth. For New Richmond girls, the meet showed them that they can compete for the MBC title.
The St. Croix Central and Somerset girls golf teams both have advanced to the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament level. St. Croix Central's girls placed second at the WIAA Division 2 Amery Regional Tournament last Wednesday. Somerset's girls placed fourth. The top four teams at each regional advanced to the sectional level. Those two teams will be playing in the WIAA Division 2 Luck Sectional Tournament this Wednesday. Central qualified for sectionals by shooting a 436 score at the Amery regional.
When a team has more turnovers than points, you can immediately mark the game in the "bad night" category. The bad night put a big hole in St. Croix Central's football playoff hopes. Playing in their Homecoming game last Friday, the Panthers turned the ball over eight times against winless Boyceville. And now Boyceville is no longer winless, beating the Panthers 14-7. Central plays at Elk Mound this Wednesday, then plays Colfax and Mondovi in the final two rounds of the conference season.
The New Richmond girls tennis team moved one step closer to its ultimate goal Monday. The Tigers are the total points leader heading into Thursday's WIAA Division 2 New Richmond Tennis Sectional Tournament. New Richmond was the site for the tennis subsectional tournament on Monday. The Tigers amassed 22 points in the subsectional, giving them the leading point total heading into the sectional. The team with the highest point total at the end of the sectional qualifies for the WIAA Team State Tennis Tournament.
Illness. Injuries. Accidents. Suspensions. The New Richmond football team had a majority of new starters after the team was decimated by misfortune in the week leading up to last Friday's game at Ellsworth. And while the Tigers came out on the losing end of a 10-7 score to a formidable Panther team, Tiger coach Jeff Albarado was calling this "our best team effort." The misfortune really is a two-week pattern, when two seniors were suspended. Last week the Tigers saw starters out with illness and injuries.
New Richmond's girls golfers overtook Amery in the final week of the season to win their second straight Middle Border Conference championship. The Tigers clinched the 2003 championship by winning the MBC tournament, played last Wednesday at the Hammond Golf Club. Despite wildly windy conditions, the Tigers were able to shoot a 387. Amery was well behind the Tigers, finishing second with a 412. St.
One of the biggest passing days in the past quarter century fueled a huge comeback that carried the St. Croix Central football team to a 31-24 win at Glenwood City last Friday. With the win the Panthers are now 2-1 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, needing two more wins to qualify for the state football playoffs. The Panthers will try for their third straight win this Friday, when they play at home.
The Roy Griak Invitational is one of the most prestigious cross country meets in the midwest. It's also one of the largest meets. New Richmond's cross country teams competed in the Griak Invitational on Saturday, a meet hosted by the University of Minnesota. The Tiger runners found themselves sometimes swallowed up in the large crowd of runners. There were 439 runners in the boys high school meet and 399 runners in the girls high school race. "I think our boys got a little lost in the numbers.
Plenty of pack running, especially by the boys teams, was done by New Richmond and Somerset runners during the 2003 Hudson Cross Country Invitational last Tuesday. The position of those packs is what the coaches are looking at. The Tiger boys' pack was in good position, leaving the Tigers in fourth among 10 teams in the meet. The Spartan pack never really moved up in the crowd of runners, leaving Somerset in eighth among the boys teams. New Richmond had their second through fifth runners cross the finish line in a 12-second cluster.
Somerset and Prescott are old rivals, as the two teams that moved into the Middle Border Conference together a year ago. In girls sports this has been a rather spirited rivalry, with Prescott having the upper hand in volleyball the past few years. When the two teams met last Thursday, the Spartan girls decided they were tired of seeing the rivalry go in Prescott's favor. Somerset pulled out two extremely close games at the start and ended up winning the match three games to one. With the win the Spartans climb to 2-1 in the MBC.