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 seem possible, but the Middle Border Conference girls golf season wraps up this week. The final nine-hole match will be played at Ellsworth this Monday (this match has been postponed). The MBC 18-hole tournament that wraps up the season will be played at Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond on Wednesday. New Richmond starts the week with a perfect 70 score and Ellsworth is in second place with 63 points. St. Croix Central starts the week in third place with Somerset in fourth place.
Running in a low-pressure meet turned out to be a good experience for the New Richmond cross country teams last Tuesday. While competing at the Prescott Invitational, the Tigers put together a nearly perfect score. The girls varsity team was perfect, taking the top five spots in the race for a 15 score, the best possible score. The Tiger boys had the top four finishers in their race, winning with a team score of 22.
Here are the varsity sports schedules at the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central high schools this week. New Richmond Monday, Sept. 17 Girls Golf: New Richmond at Ellsworth, 4 p.m. Girls Tennis: River Falls at New Richmond, 4:15 p.m. Boys Soccer: Osceola at New Richmond, 7 p.m.
What a great night for football!
Though they came out at opposite ends of a 39-0 score last Friday, the St. Croix Central and New Richmond football teams are both very much focused on finding a way into the WIAA state playoffs at the end of the season. The Panthers are cruising, at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Middle Border Conference. The Tigers are 0-4 after Friday’s 39-0 loss to Central, but there is still a firm belief among the Tiger coaches that advancing to the playoffs is a real possibility.
After two years of missing out on being part of the WIAA playoffs, the most consequential goal for the Somerset football team is making a return to the state playoffs. And after two rounds of Middle Border Conference games, the Spartans are halfway to that goal. The Spartans improved to 2-0 in the MBC with a 42-21 win at Prescott last Friday.
Injuries threw a major curve at the St. Croix Central volleyball team this week, but the Panthers were able to overcome the injuries in their Middle Border Conference season opener against Somerset on Thursday. The Panthers had a couple nervous moments, especially in the opening set, before sweeping the three sets over Somerset. Central won by scores of 25-21, 25-12 and 25-13.
The Million Calorie Burn challenge was again a success. The goal of burning 1 million calories was achieved. This year, Family Fresh donated five $100 gift cards to be handed out in a drawing for participants of the Million Calorie Burn event. Everyone who entered calories for the event was entered in the drawing, and if you participated in one of the seven events held during the week you got an extra entry.
The unbeaten streak of the New Richmond girls golf team in Middle Border Conference remains alive, but just barely. In the MBC match played at Pheasant Hills Golf Course last Friday, the Tigers received their biggest scare of the season. The Tigers shot a 188, with Ellsworth finishing just three strokes behind them. Tiger coach Neal Ziller tried to not overreact to the score. Two days earlier, in an MBC match at Clifton Highlands Golf Course, the Tigers won by 21 strokes over Ellsworth.
In 20 games last season, the Somerset boys soccer team scored 17 goals. This year, through eight games, the Spartans have already surpassed last season's total for goals.