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 two leading scorers from the Western Wisconsin Stars have been selected to play in the Wisconsin Hockey Junior/Senior Festival, a showcase for the top high school players in the state. Cassie Gravelle of New Richmond and Brie Larkowski of Somerset, both seniors, have been selected to play on the Section 1 team. The tournament will be played at Chippewa Falls on Saturday and Sunday. Larkowski scored 37 points and Gravelle scored 35 points as the leading scorers on the Stars this season.
Our area will be well represented, with eight wrestlers competing at this weekend’s 2017 WWF Kids Folkstyle State Tournament at the Alliant Center in Madison. St. Croix Central will have four wrestlers competing at the state championships, with New Richmond having three wrestlers qualify and Somerset getting one wrestler to state. New Richmond Representing New Richmond at the state tournament will be Tyler Dennis, Hunter Schutte and Walker Cordie.
The New Richmond School District held an orchestra concert on March 13, which featured multiple groups performing for family and friends.
Three players from Somerset will compete in this weekend's Wisconsin senior showcase hockey tournament in Waupun. The Somerset trio is part of the Section 1 team from northwestern Wisconsin. The team also includes players from Hudson, Superior, Baldwin-Woodville, Hayward, Black River Falls and Spooner. Only seniors are eligible to play in the tournament. Section 1 is scheduled to play its first game at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the Waupun Community Center, against the team from Section 3.
The passion that Roger Stippel has for kids and coaching is unmistakeable. Stippel has stepped in to coach the New Richmond varsity softball team this spring while Tiger coach Emily Dabrowski takes a leave of absence for family reasons. Stippel brings an extensive coaching resume to the Tigers, dating back to 1982. He has served as an assistant coach in the New Richmond football program the past two seasons. Stippel teaches in Stillwater, as does his wife. They moved to a home outside of Star Prairie, where they plan to retire.
A number of western Wisconsin officials worked games in the WIAA boys basketball tournament in Madison over the weekend. Adam Swanepoel, Josh Klinger, John McGinley, all of New Richmond, worked Friday’s Division 5 state tournament semifinal game between Columbus Catholic and Barneveld. Barneveld was a 72-52 winner in that game. On Saturday, Barneveld defeated Shullsburg 58-28 in the Division 5 state championship game, with the area crew of Chuck Morning of Menomonie, with Ryan Nelson and Tyler Nelson of Eau Claire working that game.
A new 3-on-3 basketball league is being offered for New Richmond students in grades 4-8. The league will be offered on these Sundays: April 2, April 9, April 23 and April 30. The league games will be played at the New Richmond High School gym from noon-6:15 p.m. on each of those days, with the gym opening at 11:30 a.m. The league is open to boys and girls.Cost of the league is $40 per student.
St. Croix Central athletic director Jeremy Kerg had his resignation approved at the St. Croix Central board of education meeting on Monday. Kerg has served in the athletic director role for four years at Central. Kerg released the following statement Tuesday morning on his resignation:
How did Bryan Witzmann unwind after his first full season of playing in the NFL? He went on a solo backpacking trip through Cuba and Peru. Witzmann spent the 2016 NFL season as a rookie reserve offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs. Making it onto the field for an NFL team shows the fortitude Witzmann has developed. The Chiefs are the fourth NFL team which has owned Witzmann’s contract.
The Western Wisconsin Stars U12 girls hockey team put together another great season, culminating in the team’s second straight state championship. The Stars secured the second straight U12 state championship on Sunday when they defeated Ozaukee 4-1 in the U12 state championship game. Several of the girls on this year’s team were also members of last year’s state championship squad, while others moved up to the U14 team and others are additions from last year’s U10 squad.