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 best team and individual performances in New Richmond girls golf history were the product of two focused days of play by the Tigers at the 2018 WIAA Division 1 Girls Golf State Championships in Madison last week. The Tigers finished in fifth place in the Division 1 team results, the highest a New Richmond girls team has ever placed at state. And Tiger senior Maggie Veenendall tied for sixth place in the Division 1 individual rankings, also the best showing for a Tiger in the girls state meet.
The Somerset boys soccer team is hoping to continue its recent strong play in the WIAA playoffs. The Spartans received the third seed in the Division 3 seeding meeting that was conducted on Sunday. By drawing the third seed, the Spartans will play at home this Thursday in the opening round of regional play. Osceola, the sixth seed, will be Thursday's opponent, with the game starting at 4 p.m.
The WIAA tournament series begins this week and the New Richmond boys soccer team appears fully ready for it. The Tigers won their two games last week against Cumberland and Chippewa Falls to raise their season record to 11-7-1. On Sunday, it was announced that the Tigers have received the third seed in the WIAA Division 2 regional bracket.
The girls on the Somerset volleyball team tried to make Senior Night memorable for the team's two seniors last Tuesday. The Spartans opened the night playing some of their finest volleyball of the season in a Middle Border Conference match against Baldwin-Woodville. The Spartans won the opening set 25-19. From there, the Spartans weren't able to maintain that level of success. The Blackhawks came back to take the next three sets, 25-14, 25-17 and 25-12. This was the home-court send off for the team's two seniors, Brit Buchanan and Georgia Hammer.
The New Richmond, St. Croix Central and Somerset football teams will all have opening round home games this Friday when the WIAA state football playoffs begin. New Richmond will host La Crosse Logan in Division 3 action. St. Croix Central will host Adams-Friendship and Somerset will host Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau in Division 4. All these games begin at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The St. Croix Central football team completed an unbeaten regular season by winning an undisputed Middle Border Conference championship with a 42-24 win over Somerset in the regular season finale on Friday at Hammond. Somerset will share second place in the MBC standings with New Richmond. New Richmond won its fifth straight game on Friday at home, defeating Osceola 46-13.
For the first time since moving to the Middle Border Conference in 2015, the St. Croix Central football team has earned an MBC football championship. The Panthers locked up a share of the 2018 MBC title on Friday with a 42-8 win at Prescott. This Friday, the Panthers will play at home, with the outright MBC championship on the line. The opponent will be Somerset, which also has plenty to play for. A Somerset victory would leave Central and Somerset tied for the conference championship at 6-1.
The Somerset Spartans are playing for a share of the Middle Border Conference football championship this Friday. That’s quite a turnabout after the team started the season losing its first two games. Since then, the Spartans have gone 5-1, with their only loss coming in a 42-40 shootout at New Richmond.
Two highly competitive races led to extremely close battles for the team championships at the 2018 Middle Border Conference Cross Country Championships, held Thursday at St. Croix Central High School. When the boys results were announced, St. Croix Central had edged Osceola for the team championship, winning by a scant three points. The girls finish was nearly as close. New Richmond won the team championship with 37 points, followed by Osceola with 47 points and Osceola with 52 points.
After an 0-4 start to the season, the New Richmond football team has won four straight games and has turned into a formidable unit. The Tigers won their fourth straight game when they went to Amery last Friday and overpowered the Warriors, 39-20. This win assured the Tigers a place in the WIAA state football playoffs. The Tigers can further help their playoff seeding with a win this Friday in their regular season finale against Osceola. Friday's game will be Senior Night and New Richmond's annual "Tackle Cancer" game.