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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There's very little that can match the drama of a five-set volleyball match, filled with momentum swings and powerful plays. So, even when the New Richmond volleyball team came away on the losing side of last Friday's five-set match against Osceola, Tiger coach Al Getschel gushed over the play of both teams. "It was a classic battle," Getschel said. "It was a fun match. It was classic how the momentum changes so many times in a match."
Defending corner kicks is becoming problematic for the New Richmond boys soccer team. Thankfully, the Tigers still have the majority of the season in front of them to get this corrected. The Tigers lost at River Falls, 5-3, last Friday. In the game, the Tigers gave up two goals off corner kicks, while scoring all three of their goals off free kicks.
Eight former New Richmond High School athletes and coaches will be inducted into the NRHS Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 22. The new Hall of Fame class will be introduced between the first and second quarter of the 2018 Tiger Homecoming football game on Friday night. A Hall of Fame social that is open to the public will be held at Champs following the completion of the football game.
The first look at the Osceola Chieftains gave the St. Croix Central cross country runners plenty to think about. The Panthers took second place in both halves of the Osceola Invitational on Saturday. The Central boys finished behind Minnehaha Academy in their half of the race, with Osceola in third place. Osceola won the girls half of the meet, with Central close behind them.
There are four Wehausen sisters who play for the St. Croix Central girls golf team. There is no record in the area of four siblings having played on the same team before. Hanna Wehausen is a senior at Central. Her triplet sisters, Emily, Heidi and Jenna, are sophomores. And from the words of the Central golf coaches, they are overjoyed to have all four sisters on the team.
Get ready to "Stuff the Bus" at this Friday's clash between the New Richmond and Somerset football teams. The New Richmond and Somerset food shelves are combining their efforts, hoping to take advantage of the interest in the Tiger-Spartan football game. Friday's game will be the 2018 New Richmond Homecoming football game. The game will be the first time that New Richmond varsity football coach Reggie Larson will coach against his father, long-time Somerset coach Bruce Larson.
Five games in eight days is, unfortunately, just the start for the weary Somerset boys soccer team. You can add three more games to that list this week. Last week started well for the Spartans, with a 6-3 win over the Unity-St. Croix Falls team. But the results faded after that. The Spartans lost to the high-powered Baldwin-Woodville team on Tuesday, 9-0. A tougher setback came on Thursday. The Spartans were knocked off in a Middle Border Conference home game by Cumberland, 3-1.
Chad Eggert has coached successful junior varsity girls basketball teams. Now he will get his chance to coach at the varsity level. Eggert has been hired to take over as the New Richmond girls basketball varsity coach, replacing Ryan Schradle. Eggert has been the junior varsity coach at Amery the past five winters. Eggert said he knows the talent coming up in the Tiger program. His Amery team last winter finished 18-2, but one of the losses came against New Richmond.
The jostling for seeding positions in the Division 1 subsectional tournament bracket is on the mind of the New Richmond girls tennis players whenever they face teams like Menomonie, River Falls and Hudson.
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.