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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Rebuilding a program doesn't get done in one year. The New Richmond wrestling team is in its second year of the rebuilding process. The Tigers went through an opening week that was quite challenging, facing Baldwin-Woodville in their opening dual on Thursday, Nov. 30 before wrestling in a tournament at Lakeville (Minn.) on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Don't make the mistake of judging the entire 2017-18 New Richmond girls basketball season by the Tigers' first game. The Tigers got a late start to the season and it showed in the first half of last Friday's game against St. Croix Central. The Tigers trailed 28-6 at halftime and lost to the Panthers, 54-23.
The pace of play will tell you there's a new attitude in the New Richmond boys basketball program this winter. After graduating eight seniors off last season's team, the Tigers will be extremely young this season. Though they will be young, they won't be timid. These Tigers plan to bare their teeth and play hungry.
Dual wins have been scarce for the Somerset wrestling program the past few years, so the four wins earned by the Spartans in the opening week of the 2017-18 season were something to celebrate. The Spartans opened the season by winning 45-24 in their Middle Border Conference dual meet opener at Osceola Thursday, Nov. 30. The Spartans then competed in the annual John Timm Duals tournament at Glenwood City, going 3-2 for the day on Saturday, Dec. 2. The win over Osceola showed how the Spartans are forming into a team, both as a lineup and as a close-knit group.
There are just five returning players who saw extensive varsity ice time last season, meaning the Somerset boys hockey team will be learning as it goes in the 2017-18 season.
When you return 15 players, a dozen of them seniors, there will be expectations. Fans got to see what the New Richmond boys hockey team is capable of doing in the Tigers' first games of the season. On Friday, Dec. 1 the Tigers roasted the Northwest Icemen, 10-0. The score was already 9-0 by the end of the second period, when the Tigers held a 30-3 edge in shots on goal. The Tigers didn't allow a single shot on goal in the second period.
The 2017 fall season was packed with exceptional efforts from area athletes in every high school sport. Those efforts resulted in numerous honors at the conference, region and state level. The News has been presenting The Inhuman Awards for more than 20 years to recognize outstanding athletic achievements from the athletes at the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central high schools, to further honor noteworthy efforts from our high school athletes. Here are the Inhuman Awards for the fall 2017 season. Football
After two weeks of practice to start the season, the Western Wisconsin Stars girls hockey team hit the ice at full speed last week. The Stars opened their season with four games during the Thanksgiving week. And now they have two weeks to learn from those games before they take the ice again. The season opened for the Stars on Tuesday, Nov. 21, when they skated to a 3-2 win at Superior. After two days off for Thanksgiving, the Stars played in three games in a tournament at Baldwin last Friday and Saturday. The Stars ended the week with a 2-2 record.
In the first half of the season opener, the Somerset boys basketball team looked very much like the team that won four games in the 2016-17 season. But in the second half, the Spartans showed the growth of a team that has worked hard throughout the offseason. Somerset trailed Mondovi 41-18 at halftime Nov. 21 in Somerset. The Spartans came back to outscore the Buffaloes 36-34 in the second half, resulting in a far more respectable 75-54 final score.
Here is the schedule for the next week for area high school sports events. New Richmond Thursday, Nov. 30 Wrestling: Baldwin-Woodville at New Richmond, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 Girls Basketball: St. Croix Central at New Richmond, 7:15 p.m. Boys Hockey: Barron at New Richmond, 8 p.m.