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 New Richmond/Somerset trapshooting team experienced another successful season, topped by a large group of athletes competing at the state shoot. The varsity team placed second in its conference meet, with the junior varsity team placing third. The intermediate advanced team took fourth at the conference meet and the intermediate entry level took third in its division.
The successes of the past two seasons led the St. Croix Central football team to the WIAA Division 4 state championship game. But it has also meant that the Panthers have played 28 games over the past two seasons. That's more than a full season over teams that didn't make the playoffs in those years. And that extra experience is a major piece in what the Panthers are counting upon in their hopes of earning another trip to Camp Randall Stadium.
The St. Croix Central Panthers own the largest girls golf roster in the Middle Border Conference, with 21 girls competing for the team this season. That large number of girls has brought new hopes for the team, both in the short-term and long-term. Second-year Panther coach Logan Kimberly said the intent was to grow the number of girls in the program, but he didn't think it would happen this quickly. With 12 freshmen, plus several other new girls, the Panthers have been allowed to add a third coach to instruct all the girls.
Everyone knows Jack Peterson. But the rest of the Somerset football roster is something of a mystery to the Spartans’ Middle Border Conference opponents and the 2018 Spartans are just fine with that. The Spartans are coming off of a 2-5 performance in the MBC last season. After the Spartans’ performance in their scrimmage last Friday at Rice Lake, Somerset’s coaches sound confident that Somerset can be a contender for a playoff berth this season.
With two players returning from Somerset's first team to qualify for the WIAA state championships, there's a fair amount of rebuilding to be done with the Somerset girls golf team. The Spartans will be doing that rebuilding under the coach who led the team through most of its existence. After three seasons away, Bill Powers is coming out of retirement to again serve as the Spartans' coach. This is a combination that could lead to a quickly improving team in 2018.
Here is the varsity sports schedule for the week of Aug. 13-18 for the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central teams. New Richmond Monday, Aug. 13 Girls Tennis: New Richmond at Bay Port, 8 a.m. Girls Golf: New Richmond at Osceola, 9 a.m. Boys Soccer: New Richmond at Blaine scrimmage, 9 a.m.
Dan Wells and Aimee Brugler continue to lead area runners at the Gopher to Badger Half Marathon and 5K. This year's race was run Saturday from Stillwater to Hudson. The race, now in its 22nd year, provides a friendly rivalry for runners from both states to see who has the best athletes. There were 857 runners who took part in the half marathon. Gerald Mead of Minneapolis was the overall race champion, finishing in 1:19.21. Ariella Dagner of Newport was the women's champion, finishing in 1:21.17.
A tremendous summer by the New Richmond 10U A softball team was capped by a second-place finish at the USA Northern Nationals national tournament, played in Yankton, S.D. from July 25-29.
With the announcement that New Richmond will likely be moving to the Big Rivers Conference in football in 2020, this may be the start of an eventual movement of New Richmond athletic programs into the BRC. While there is currently no proposal to move New Richmond out of the Middle Border Conference, it may be time to look at where the New Richmond programs are at, to see what it would take to get them ready for a move to the BRC.
High school fall sports hit full speed next week, when teams in all sports will be into their practice schedules. Practices for football, girls tennis and girls golf teams are already underway. Several of those teams will be competing this week. The New Richmond and Somerset golf teams will be in action this Friday, competing at the Barron Scramble that annually opens the season.