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Many area youth hockey teams qualify for state tournaments

The New Richmond Squirt C hockey team that qualified for state includes Cristiano Ballina, Allen Bentley, Leyton Bostow, Ayden Britton, Gannon Fiedler, Jack Fitzgerald, Brock Germain, Colton Gunter, Danielle Hannula, Riley Johnson, Luken Manor, Luke Nosbish and Caleb Olson.1 / 8
This is the New Richmond PeeWee B team that qualified for state.2 / 8
The New Richmond bantam A team that won its region includes (front, l-r) Sam Olson, Tucker Erickson, Charlie Boe, Blake Milton, Brock Unger and Jax Erickson; (back) Head Coach Aaron Chwialkowski, Caden McDonald, Brady Cunningham, Gavin Stewart, Ryder Flatten, Jack Davis and Michael Benedict.3 / 8
The U14 Western Wisconsin Stars girls hockey team that qualified for state includes (front, l-r)Taryn Dornseif, Julianna Gazdik, Tiffany Hantsbarger, Lauren Sobczak, Erin Huerta and Jenessa Gazdik; (back) Amanda Magler, Bryn Connors, Alise Wiehl, Lauren Gruber, Makenzie Weeks and Madison Trautmiller.4 / 8
The New Richmond Squirt A team won the Region 6 championship over the weekend to qualify for state.5 / 8
The Somerset Bantam A hockey team will play at state on March 3-4 at Black River Falls.6 / 8
The Somerset Squirt A hockey team will play in its state tournament on March 3-4 at Lakeland.7 / 8
The Somerset Squirt B hockey team will play in its state tournament on March 3-4 at Stoughton.8 / 8

Many of the local youth hockey teams are competing to go to state tournaments.

Here is a listing of the local teams that have been reported as state tournament qualifiers thus far. .

U14 girls

The Western Wisconsin Stars are Region 6 champions. They advanced to WAHA state tournament with wins over Hudson 9-0 and Baldwin/River Falls 11-1. The state tournament will be held in Hayward March 3-4. The Stars are currently 22-4-1. They are currently ranked fifth in Youth Hockey Hub Now Rankings: Minnesota at the U15 A level, 2017-2018 season. They will be competing in the Maryann Robinson Girls Tournament this weekend.

New Richmond PeeWee B

The New Richmond PeeWee B hockey team is advancing to the state tournament hosted in Sheboygan. PeeWees lost their first game in River Falls 5-3 and went on to win their second chance vs Onalaska in double OT. They will play in the state tournament on March 10-11.

New Richmond Squirt C

The New Richmond Squirt C team will play in its state tournament in Janesville March 3-4. The Squirts advanced to state by winning playdown games against River Falls and Onalaska over the weekend. The Squirts were tested by River Falls, but managed to come away with a 4-3 victory. They locked up their berth in the state tournament with a 5-0 win over Onalaska.

New Richmond Bantam A

The New Richmond Bantam A team will play in the state tournament in Wisconsin Rapids on March 3-4. The Bantams opened playdowns on Saturday at Baldwin with an 8-0 win over River Falls. The Tigers won the Region 6 2A championship with a 5-3 win over Baldwin.

Somerset Squirt A

The Squirt A team beat Black River Falls 4-2 to advance to state. The Squirt A state tournament will be played at Lakeland March 3-4. Somerset's opening game is against Lakeland at 11:30 a.m. March 3.

Somerset Bantam A

The Bantam A team beat West Salem 6-3 to advance to state. The Bantam A state tournament will be played March 3-4 at Black River Falls. Somerset will play its first game, facing the host Black River Falls team, at 11:30 a.m. March 3.

Somerset Squirt B

The Squirt B team beat West Salem 10-0 to advance to state. The Squirt B state championships will be played at Stoughton March 3-4. Somerset will face Sauk Prairie in the opening game of the tournament at 9 a.m. March 3.

The New Richmond hockey boys Squirt A team locked in the Region 6 championship title this past weekend, advancing them to the state tournament in Elmbrook, on March 3-4. The team finished strong with a 6-2 win against Menomonie and a 5-1 victory over Baldwin. They will take on the Elmbrook Eagles Saturday March 3 at 11:30.a.m. The Squirts have a 17-1-2 record this winter.

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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