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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A wall-to-wall week of tennis earned the New Richmond girls tennis program the 2018 Middle Border Conference championship. The Tigers locked up the title by winning the conference tournament, which ended up stretching out over two days due to the weather, last Tuesday and Wednesday.
The cross country coaches of the New Richmond and St. Croix Central squads have been taking similar approaches recently. The Tigers and Panthers ran against each other, and several hundred other runners, when they competed at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota on Saturday. The Tigers and Panthers had run against each other the previous Saturday at the Milaca Mega Meet in Milaca, Minn.
The New Richmond volleyball team gave their seniors a memorable performance on Senior Night on Tuesday. Seniors Lauren Smith, Mykenzie Patten and Amelia Feuerer were able to enjoy their Senior Night sendoff, as the Tigers defeated Somerset 3-0 in the Middle Border Conference contest. The Tigers took a 5-0 in the opening set of the night and it was an indicator of how the match would go. The Tigers won the opening set 25-16. They followed it with a 25-12 win in the second set and they finished the win with a 25-16 edge in the third set.
Through 18 points, or 20 points, or even 22 points, the New Richmond volleyball team has been the equal of nearly every team it has faced this season. But getting the final points to complete wins has been very difficult for the Tigers. That was the case in both of their Middle Border Conference losses last week, against St. Croix Central and Prescott.
The wins haven't been coming readily for the Somerset volleyball team, but the Spartans have remained an enthusiastic team that plays hard. The Spartans lost Middle Border Conference matches last week against Prescott and Ellsworth. Somerset also went without a win in the four rounds of the New Richmond Invitational on Saturday, losing to Grantsburg, Altoona, Baldwin-Woodville and Cadott. In Thursday's home match against a hard-hitting Ellsworth team, the Spartans lost 25-15, 25-15, 25-15.
The St. Croix Central volleyball team is more than halfway to its goal of repeating as Middle Border Conference champions. The Panthers improved to 4-0 in the MBC with wins over New Richmond and Baldwin-Woodville last week. The Panthers will play at Amery this Tuesday, before hosting Osceola on Thursday. The Panthers will complete their MBC schedule next Tuesday with a match at Prescott.
The New Richmond girls golf team has been a success all season and they carried that to a new level on Monday, winning the WIAA Division 1 sectional championship.
Lexy Kupczak spent six days this summer in the Dominican Republic, hoping for a memorable softball experience. It was that, and a whole lot more, as she got to see how families live in the underprivileged areas of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.
Local distance runner extraordinaire Steph Hoff received a surprise recently. She was tagged in a Facebook post from a friend, saying she was pictured on the cover of a magazine. Hoff is pictured on the cover of the September/October edition of Midwest Events Magazine, where she is running through the Split Rock River during the 2017 Superior 100 Trail Race on the Superior Hiking Trail in northern Minnesota. She was informed of the photo just after she'd returned from completing this year's 100-mile Superior Trail race.
It doesn't get much better for a football Friday. The New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central football teams all earned victories Friday. And on the soccer field, New Richmond's boys defeated Somerset in a spirited game.