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The 1976 New Richmond girls basketball team that advanced to the first WIAA state tournament included (front, l-r) Janet Sachse, Linda Kunz, Lisa Drill, Betsy Slater and Pat "Bucky" McNamara; (back) Cindy Shay, Kathy Gleason, Shelly Ryan, Gretchen Frank, Diane Krumm, Beth Hurtis, Nancy Breymeier and Coach Polly Simpson.

New Richmond's 1976 girls basketball team qualfied for initial WIAA state tournament

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In the early years of WIAA girls sports programs, fans weren't sure what to make of the fledging teams that were sprouting up in each school.


In New Richmond, that changed in the winter of 1975-76. A hearty group of girls put together one of the finest stretches in Tiger girls basketball history. They won 16 straight games, qualifying for the first WIAA state championships.

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Dave Newman
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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