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 Somerset football team will play at home this Saturday in Level 3 of the WIAA State Football Playoffs. The Spartans are two wins away from reaching the WIAA Division 4 State Championship Game. This Saturday the Spartans will face Tomahawk in the state quarterfinals. The game will be played at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Seibel Field. Tomahawk comes into Saturday's game with a 7-4 record. Don't let Tomahawk's 7-4 record fool you. The Hatchets are tough. They don't play in a conference. As an independent team, they schedule a tough list of opponents.
The sunglasses couldn't hide the tears in Diane Belter's eyes. Just before the start of the WIAA Division 2 girls state cross country race on Saturday, Belter realized this would be the final race where she would be coaching her oldest daughter, Cambrya. It was already an emotionally charged week for Cambrya, the Somerset High School senior who was finally getting her first chance to run in the state championship race. So the mother and daughter shared a few tears before the start of Saturday's race in Wisconsin Rapids. At the start of the race, Belter got boxed in as the pack of 152 runne
An emotion-packed season for the New Richmond cross country teams poured out of the Tiger runners during, and after, their races in the WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. The Tigers have been bounced around this season by injuries and happenings away from the races. Through it all, the Tigers have found strength in each other.
As the first male runner from St. Croix Central ever to advance to the WIAA State Cross Country championships, Steve Zerwas was out to make the most of his unique possibility. Zerwas placed 45th among the 152 runners who competed in the WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country Meet at The Ridges Golf Club in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. Zerwas ran the state race in a time of 17 minutes, 29 seconds. This was an improvement over his time at the Osceola sectional race.
One of the longest existing businesses in New Richmond has moved. Blue Ribbon Feed and Garden Center has been a fixture at 513 North Knowles Avenue for more than 50 years. It will still be easy to locate Blue Ribbon Feeds. They moved next door, into the new complex built by Skoglunds at 575B North Knowles. The old Blue Ribbon store and mill is scheduled to be razed in the upcoming days. Blue Ribbon is owned by Steve and Mary Ann Campbell. They purchased the business from Irv Sather in 1996.
For the first time in team history, both New Richmond cross country teams have qualified for the WIAA State Cross Country Championships. Both Tiger teams qualified for the state meet by placing second in their respective races at the WIAA Division 2 Osceola Sectional Meet last Friday. The Tigers will be competing in the 2007 state meet this Saturday at The Ridges Golf Club in Wisconsin Rapids. The girls Division 2 state race is scheduled to begin at 11:40 a.m. The boys Division 2 state race will begin at 1:40 p.m. There are three Tigers who have experience running at state.
There have been teams that have been able to compete with the Somerset football team through the first half this season. But no team has been able to last with the Spartans for an entire game. The Spartans completed an undefeated regular season on Thursday by winning at Baldwin-Woodville 48-28. The Spartans are now 9-0 and they finish the season with a spotless 7-0 record in the Middle Border Conference for 2007. Baldwin-Woodville was able to outscore the Spartans in the first half of Thursday's game, 20-16. The Spartans have made a living this season off their halftime adjustments.
The New Richmond volleyball team put the large crowd of Tiger fans through an emotional wringer in the opening round of WIAA Division 2 regionals last Tuesday. But in the end, the crowd was filled with jubilation. The Tigers rallied to defeat Amery in five games in the regional opener. This was the first win in four years for the Tigers in WIAA playoff action. The Tigers' playoff run was ended in the second round last Friday.
The New Richmond boys soccer team was knocked out of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs last Thursday. In the process the Tigers again proved they can play evenly with the top programs in western Wisconsin. The Tigers and Chippewa Falls were locked into a taut, fast-paced battle in the opening round of WIAA tournaments. The game was played on the artificial turf at Chippewa Falls, so the steady rain didn't slow down the quickness that is one of the strongest traits of both teams. The first half of the game ended scoreless. The first 25 minutes of the second half went by without a score.
Mistakes were as prevalent as mud for the New Richmond football team in the Tigers' season-ending 10-0 loss to Amery at the New Richmond High School football field last Thursday. With the loss the Tigers finish the season with a 1-8 record. Amery ends its season with a 3-6 mark for the 2007 season. After a week of nearly steady rain, the New Richmond field, like most in western Wisconsin, was soaked past the saturation point. While the water-logged field slowed the speed of the action down, the players held onto the ball.