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Somerset's Hunter Hartwick scored on a breakaway near the end of the first period to boost the Spartans' lead to 4-2 in their opening round game against Waunakee.

New Richmond takes second, Somerset third at Bantam A state hockey

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The Bantam A state youth hockey tournament in Somerset over the weekend was a dramatic, action-packed event.

The New Richmond Bantam A team completed its season with a second place finish in the state tournament, while Somerset took third place. New Richmond and Somerset both suffered their defeats against the defending state champions.

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New Richmond's first round game resulted in a 6-0 win over Wisconsin Rapids. In the semifinals New Richmond faced a determined Rice Lake team, but the Tigers were able to produce a 5-3 win.

The championship game was a rematch of last year's state finals between New Richmond and Fox Valley. Fox Valley returned all but two players from last season's state championship team.  New Richmond eventually lost a hard fought 5-2 game. The game was a one-goal battle most of the way.

New Richmond's Bantam A Team completed its season with a 23-18-5 record.

Somerset looked unstoppable in the opening round of the tournament, crushing Waunakee 11-2. The Spartans then ran up against Fox Valley in the semifinals. Somerset's hopes of a state title went down in an 8-4 defeat. The Spartans bounced back with a well-played third place game, defeating Rice Lake 6-1.

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