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 Somerset football team never let Ellsworth have a chance in the showdown for the Middle Border Conference lead last Friday. Somerset's physical defense completely disrupted Ellsworth's passing game. Somerset's offense moved like a tank through Ellsworth's defense, as the Spartans marched to a 44-6 victory at Ellsworth. With the win the Spartans have assured themselves a spot in the 2007 WIAA State Football Playoffs.
The New Richmond football team was the better offensive team and the better defensive team in Friday's game with Prescott. That resulted in the Tigers earning their first win of the 2007 season, a 20-7 decision over Prescott. That win keeps the Tigers' slim hopes of reaching the WIAA playoffs alive. To reach the playoffs the Tigers would have to win the rest of their games. That's a big assignment. This Friday the Tigers will be playing at Somerset in the Spartans' Homecoming game.
Golf is a sport where the ability to handle pressure can make or break you. That ability made the New Richmond girls golf team regional champions last Wednesday. Playing in the WIAA Division 1 Hayward Regional meet, New Richmond and Hayward tied for first place. WIAA rules call for tournament titles to be settled in a playoff, with all five players involved in the playoff.
After the car accident this weekend where Courtney Kvam, half of New Richmond's one doubles team, was injured, the Tiger girls tennis team had to compete in the WIAA Division 1 Subsectional Tournament in Eau Claire on Monday. The Tigers performed well in the tennis subsectional, but they were not able to get anyone to advance into Thursday's WIAA Division 1 Sectional Tournament in Wausau. The girls wanted to put on a good performance for Kvam, daughter of Tiger coach Teresa Kvam. Coach Kvam said Monday that Courtney has a small break in the T4 vertebrae in her neck.
St. Croix Central senior Wendy Johnson advanced to the sectional tournament level with her play in the WIAA Division 2 Amery Regional Girls Golf Tournament last Wednesday. Johnson was one of the three individual qualifiers who advanced into Tuesday's Somerset Division 2 Girls Sectional Tournament. Results from the sectional were not available by press time on Tuesday. Amery was the champion of the Division 2 regional tournament last Wednesday, shooting a 370 team score. The three other teams that advanced to the sectional tournament were St.
The New Richmond boys soccer team has a new look, but they continue to get the same results. The Tigers remain unbeaten after winning their three games last week without surrendering a goal. The undefeated Tiger boys will play the next two weeks, and possibly the rest of the season, without leading scorer Brian Figueroa. Figueroa was in a walking boot late last week after it was discovered that he has a broken bone in the top of his right foot. If the broken bone is the only injury, Figueroa is hoping to return before the end of the season.
By placing first or second in all seven flights, the New Richmond girls tennis team easily won the championship in the 2007 Middle Border Conference Girls Tennis Tournament, played last Tuesday in Osceola. The Tigers achieved a rarity in the MBC, getting all seven entries into the finals of their flights. With that outstanding effort, the Tigers easily were the champions of the 2007 tournament. This came on the heels of the Tigers going undefeated through the MBC dual match season. In the finals, the Tigers were able to bring home championships at two flights.
Imagine battling through five volleyball matches in one day and reaching the championship match. Then you find out you lose the tournament title on a tie-breaker. That happened to the New Richmond volleyball team on Saturday when they played in the Amery Invitational. The Tigers played their way into the championship match, where they faced Spring Valley. Instead of playing a best two-of-three title match, the two teams only played two games. When they each took one game, and by an identical two-point margin, a tie-breaker was needed to decide the meet championship.
It was like the Somerset volleyball team had lost its way during losses to Osceola and Prescott. Last week the Spartans found their way back to the win column. The Spartans scored wins over New Richmond and Ellsworth. The wins raise Somerset's record in the Middle Border Conference to 3-2. Thursday's match against New Richmond was a rock-solid showing from both sides. Both coaches have been after their teams to cut loose and hit the ball as hard as possible whenever possible.
The New Richmond cross country girls earned the championship in the 2007 Ellsworth Invitational last Tuesday. The Tiger boys, running without three of their varsity runners, took fourth place in the meet. New Richmond's girls were led by juniors Hannah Utzman and McKenzie Kelly, who ranked third and seventh in the race field. The third and fourth runners for the Tigers in this race were the Zietlow sisters, Tess and Anna. They ran together, stride-for-stride, for much of the race.