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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Nearly 30 years after his death, Jack Raleigh's numerous contributions to the sport of boxing will be remembered with a supreme honor. Raleigh has been selected as part of the 2013 class of inductees into the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame.The induction banquet will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minn. Raleigh was one of the most successful boxing promoters in Minnesota in the 1950s and 1960s, helping make St. Paul a national hub of boxing activity.
The Somerset football team improved to 4-0 for the 2013 season by winning on their homefield against Prescott, 30-0, on Friday night. This sets up an early showdown for the Middle Border Conference lead. Somerset will play at Ellsworth next Friday, with both teams undefeated this season. Prescott was effective in taking away Somerset's inside running game, but the Spartans were able to use several big plays to break the game open. A 69-yard dash by halfback Dallas Johnson was the Spartans' first score.
The fresh start the New Richmond football team was looking for was produced with a fierce finish on Friday. The Tigers rallied from a 12-0 halftime deficit to shock Baldwin-Woodville 22-18. This was the Middle Border Conference opener for both teams and it was the first win for the Tigers under new varsity coach Keith Badger. In the second half, the Tigers had to fight back to take the lead twice. Senior Connor O'Loughlin led the comebacks, producing several big plays that carried the Tigers.
Somerset football coach Bruce Larson scoffed at the notion that Friday's game between the Spartans and the Osceola Chieftains was for the Middle Border Conference title. The Spartans won the MBC opener 30-14 on Friday. The game was played at St. Croix Falls' historic field because construction of Osceola's new artificial turf field has not been completed.
The Somerset boys soccer program has no longer lost every game it has played against New Richmond. But the Spartans still haven't beaten the Tigers either. Somerset built a 2-0 lead in the first half, then saw that lead slip from its grasp in a 2-2 overtime finish with the Tigers last Thursday. The Spartans built the 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from senior Gavin Meader. But with New Richmond's history of success against the Spartans, Somerset coach Bill Roll told his players to expect a charge from the Tigers.
Winning at Amery has been nearly impossible for the New Richmond boys soccer team throughout its history. The Tigers didn't win at Amery on Monday, but they didn't lose either. The Tigers and Warriors battled through two halves and two overtime periods without scoring a goal, as the showdown for the Middle Border Conference lead ended in a scoreless tie. This was the Tigers' second MBC tie in recent days. The Tigers fell behind 2-0 on their homefield against Somerset last Tuesday, before battling back to earn a 2-2 tie.
Getting into the Dunn-St. Croix Conference schedule was just what the St. Croix Central football team needed. After opening the season with two error-filled non-conference losses, the Panthers played much more crisply in their Dunn-St. Croix opener on Friday. The Panthers went to Colfax and took early control against the previously unbeaten Vikings, winning 28-14.
One of the scariest scenes many cross country runners and coaches every experienced at a race was when numerous runners needed to be hospitalized because of the intense heat experienced at the Boyceville Invitational on Aug. 29. Four Panther girls needed to be treated at a hospital emergency room following that meet because of heat exhaustion. The entire team went to the hospital to support their teammates and to make sure if any of the other Panthers needed treatment, they had immediate access. A total of 23 girls needed medical treatment following that meet.
The annual New Richmond Cross Country Invitational will be run this Thursday. The four races will all start at the New Richmond High School junior varsity baseball field. All four races will be five kilometers in distance. The course opens at 3:15 p.m. The schedule for races is: girls junior varsity at 4:15 p.m.; boys junior varsity at 4:45 p.m.; girls varsity at 5:15 p.m. and boys varsity at 5:45 p.m. Schools scheduled to compete in the meet are Amery, Baldwin-Woodville, Durand, Eau Claire North, Ellsworth, Elmwood, New Richmond, North St.
The tournament title that eluded Jason Zahradka is finally his. Zahradka, the 12-time winner of the New Richmond Golf Club men's championship, has never been able to win the 2013 NRGC Labor Day Invitational. Until this year, that is. Zahradka won four of the first 10 holes to beat Justin Burleson in the Labor Day tournament championship match. In the senior division of the tournament, Gary Huber defeated Dan Wubbels in the championship match.