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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Jack Peterson has scored 17 goals this season. The rest of the Somerset Spartans total 22 goals. So it shouldn't be surprising that it was Peterson who took matters into his own hands to break Somerset's seven-game losing streak last week. Peterson scored once in the second period and three times in the third period to carry the Spartans to a 4-1 win over the Northwest Icemen in a game played at Barron last Tuesday.
Things finally fell right for the St. Croix Central wrestling team. And it resulted in the Panthers' first Middle Border Conference dual victory of the season. The Panthers put on a strong showing in front of their home fans last Thursday to defeat Amery, 45-36. In previous matches where the Panthers hoped for a team victory, it seemed that the lineups didn't line up in the Panthers' favor. This time, with the Panthers getting a win in the opening match of the night, it caused the lineups to work in the Panthers' favor.
Some games are won with flash, some games are won with grit. It took a great deal of grit from the St. Croix Central boys basketball team to grind out a 54-48 win over Osceola on the Panthers' home court Friday, Jan. 5. The win elevates the Panthers to 3-1 in the Middle Border Conference, tying them for second place with Ellsworth. Prescott ended last week leading the MBC with a 4-0 record.
The challenges keep coming up and the Somerset wrestlers keep handling them. The Spartan wrestling team hosted New Richmond Thursday, Jan. 4 in an always tense Middle Border Conference wrestling match. The Spartans were the more seasoned team and they won all the pivotal matches in winning on their home mat, 43-25.
Who would have guessed, that of Prescott's seven Wisconsin-based boys basketball opponents so far this season, Somerset would hold the Cardinals to the lowest point total? Somerset may be one of the upstarts of the Middle Border Conference, but the Spartans put up an impressive battle in facing the defending MBC champions last Friday. The Spartans trailed by five points early in the second half at 37-32, before Prescott gradually pulled away for a 72-53 win.
Fat tire bikers now have a course in New Richmond, and there's a new event planned to christen the course. The Frozen Gnome Fat Tire Challenge will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13 at a new three-quarter mile groomed trail at Barley John's Brewing Company in New Richmond. The brewery is located at 1280 Madison Ave. The event is presented by the Big Ring Flyers Bicycle Club and Race Team and is open to the public. They will have demo fat bikes available at the event for anyone that wants to come out and give it a try, courtesy of Crank Worx Bike Shop of River Falls.
At 14, Owen Carlson is retiring as the .25 Midget racing world champion. This doesn't mean Carlson is retiring from racing. The Somerset High School freshman is outgrowing the .25 Midget cars and is moving up to Micro Sprint racing.
Team building is the main objective of the annual St. Croix Central boys basketball trip to La Crosse over the holiday break. Bringing back a win against the top-quality competition the Panthers meet in the tournament makes the trip even more memorable.
Slow starts sealed the fate of the Somerset boys basketball team in both of its games in the annual Glenwood City Classic holiday tournament last Wednesday and Thursday. Dec. 27-28. The Spartans were expecting to be competitive in the opening round of the tournament against the host team. But an 18-0 start was more than Somerset could recover from, losing 63-39 to the Hilltoppers. The Spartans played better on Thursday, but they weren't able to compete with the undefeated team from Clear Lake, losing 72-38.
There have been years where the New Richmond wrestling team has fared quite well at the Bi-State Classic. This wasn't one of them. The Tigers were unable to have a single wrestler placing among the top 12 wrestlers at Bi-State, which was held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 29-30 at La Crosse. There were 61 teams competing at the tournament, so the competition was steep. That knowledge didn't help the Tigers, who came away discouraged from the major holiday tournament.