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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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.
The rivalry between the New Richmond and Somerset football teams may have reached a new height when the two teams met last Friday in the Tigers' Homecoming game. It was an incredible battle with momentum, with the lead changing hands several times during the game. The crowd, estimated at more than 2,500 people, saw the Tigers charge to the lead in the second half, then hold on for a 42-40 victory over the Spartans.
It wasn't a hit from an opponent, but a blast from their head coach, that got the attention of the St. Croix Central Panthers in their home football game against Amery on Friday. After the biting remarks they received at halftime, the Panthers played much more sharply in the second half, rolling to a 56-0 win over the Warriors.
The 2018 Heritage Days Road Race will be run Saturday, Sept. 29. This is part of the Heritage Days celebration that will be held at the New Richmond Heritage Center. Race day registration will be held from 7-7:40 a.m. on Saturday. The race will begin at the Heritage Center, where the registration also will be done. There will be a 5-mile and a 5K version of the race, along with a 5K health walk. These events will begin at 8 a.m. A three-quarter mile kids race is also planned for Saturday morning.
Last Tuesday was an historically offensive day for the Somerset boys soccer team. The Spartans scored 13 goals, the most goals a Somerset team has generated this decade, in a win against Altoona. In fact, it is the most goals ever scored by a Somerset boys team in a varsity soccer game.
In the first two sets, the Somerset volleyball team showed the team as it was. In the final two sets against Osceola last Thursday, the Spartans showed the team they can be. The Spartans lost Thursday's match to the Chieftains in four sets, dropping Somerset's Middle Border Conference record to 0-2. In each of the first two sets, the Spartans looked like a young team. They were competitive early, but inconsistent passing and missed serves led to things slipping away quickly. That resulted in Osceola notching 25-8 and 25-16 wins.
When a team loses a match it expected to win, it stings. The New Richmond volleyball team went to Baldwin-Woodville last Thursday and the Tigers were expecting to have a successful night. The match didn't follow that script, however. The Tigers struggled early and the Hawks found inspiration. The match became a closely-fought tussle right to the end. In the fifth set, the score was tied 8-8. B-W then scored the final seven points to take out the Tigers, 15-8.
The battle between two of the Middle Border Conference volleyball powers went to the limit, and then some, last Thursday. St. Croix Central and Ellsworth are expected to be two of the top ranking teams in the MBC. They gave every indication of that in a raucous, highly-intense match played at Central. The match wasn't decided until the last set, and even that went beyond the standard 15 points. Central finally was able to put away the 17-15 win in the final set, improving to 2-0 in the MBC for the season.
The high quality of girls golf played in the Middle Border Conference was reflected in the success seen by MBC teams in the WIAA regional tournaments on Wednesday. The New Richmond golfers came away as regional champions at the Division 1 tournament played at Nemadji Golf Course in Superior. The St. Croix Central girls were champions and Somerset finished second at the WIAA Division 2 regional meet played at Pheasant Hills Golf Course outside Hammond on Wednesday.
The first experience at the Milaca Mega Meet was an eye-opener for the St. Croix Central cross country teams. "Crazy, there were people everywhere," said Central coach Bill Emery. The mega meet lives up to its name. In the junior varsity races, there were more than 700 runners competing. With 18 total races, it's safe to say there were thousands of total runners competing that day.