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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Even with their top runner competing with an injury, the St. Croix Central boys cross country team was able to qualify for the WIAA State Cross Country Championships. The Panthers placed second behind Osceola at the Division 2 sectional meet, which was held in incredibly windy conditions at St. Croix Central on Saturday.
It was a perfect night for the three local football teams Friday, with all three advancing into the second round of the WIAA state playoffs. New Richmond had by far the toughest time of the three, playing in the Division 3 bracket against La Crosse Logan. The game wasn’t decided until the final play, but the Tigers held on for a 20-14 victory.
The second half of the season has just gotten better and better for the New Richmond varsity football team. Not only did the Tigers win their fifth straight game on Friday, lifting them into a tie for second place in the Middle Border Conference standings, but the Tigers also earned a home game in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs as the third seed in the Division 3 regional bracket. That means they will play at home Friday at 7 p.m. against sixth-seeded La Crosse Logan.
The first Middle Border Conference championship season for the St. Croix Central football team was capped Friday when the Panthers defeated Somerset 42-24 on the Panthers' home turf.
The Somerset soccer and St. Croix Central volleyball teams advanced in WIAA playoff action on Thursday, while the New Richmond volleyball team saw its 2018 season come to an end. Somerset won in a devasting performance as the Spartans crushed Osceola, 8-0, in their opening game in the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament.
The September struggles are a thing of the past for the New Richmond volleyball team. The Tigers are 3-1 in their last four matches, including an impressive 3-2 win at Amery last Tuesday. The win moved the Tigers up to 2-5 in the Middle Border Conference standings while Amery finished at 4-3 in the MBC.
It hasn't taken long for the St. Croix Central volleyball team to build a tradition of success in the Middle Border Conference. Now in their fourth year in the MBC, the Panthers have won their second straight conference championship. The Panthers locked up a share of the 2018 MBC title with a three-set homecourt win against Prescott last Tuesday. Central and Osceola both finished 6-1 to share this season's conference title. The Panthers went 7-0 last year to win their first MBC crown.
Top runners, combined with outstanding depth, resulted in the New Richmond girls and the St. Croix Central boys winning 2018 Middle Border Conference cross country championships.
For the first third of Tuesday's WIAA Division 2 playoff opener, the New Richmond Tigers looked like a team that was filled with players seeing their first post-season action. So the Tiger veterans took over. After trailing 2-0, the Tigers marched back to defeat Onalaska 4-2 at the New Richmond High School soccer field. New Richmond advances to the second round of playoffs. The third-seeded Tigers will play at River Falls, the second seed in the regional bracket. The game will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday at River Falls High School.
The best team and individual performances in New Richmond girls golf history were the product of two focused days of play by the Tigers at the 2018 WIAA Division 1 Girls Golf State Championships in Madison last week. The Tigers finished in fifth place in the Division 1 team results, the highest a New Richmond girls team has ever placed at state. And Tiger senior Maggie Veenendall tied for sixth place in the Division 1 individual rankings, also the best showing for a Tiger in the girls state meet.