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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Wins this Thursday and Friday would give the New Richmond boys hockey team a perfect record for the 2016-17 Middle Border Conference season. The Tigers sewed up a share of the MBC championship last Thursday with a 9-0 win over the WSFLG cooperative team from Burnett and northern Polk counties. The Tigers also earned an MBC win last Tuesday with a 4-0 win at Somerset.
The field goal count ended up in New Richmond’s favor last Tuesday, but the final score ended up going to Osceola as the Chieftains defeated the New Richmond boys basketball team 61-52 at the New Richmond High School gym. The loss dropped the Tigers to 3-5 in the Middle Border Conference standings and 4-10 overall.
There has never been a Somerset varsity basketball team, boys or girls, that has won consecutive conference championships. That could change Thursday. With a homecourt win on Thursday against Prescott, the Somerset girls basketball team would lock up a share of the 2016-17 Middle Border Conference title, becoming the first Somerset basketball team to win consecutive titles. The Spartans won last season’s title with a 14-0 record. They are currently 10-1 in the MBC with a two-game lead over Amery and St. Croix Central.
Each time the New Richmond powerlifting team competes, good things are being accomplished on a team and individual basis. The Tigers had six more lifters qualify for the state championships when they competed in a meet at Holmen on Saturday. The new state qualifiers for the Tigers are Lexi Leverty, Aiden Miers, Declan Gubrud, Travis Messer, Tom KcKinney and Ben Stoner. The Tigers now have 13 boys and 12 girls who have earned their place in the state tournament field.
With nine available skaters at the varsity level, and only seven for the junior varsity game, the Somerset hockey players knew that odds were stacked against the Spartans when they skated against New Richmond last Tuesday. The Spartans put up a brave fight, trailing 1-0 until early in the third period, in a 4-0 loss to the Tigers. The loss drops the Spartans to 6-2 in the Middle Border Conference, where they’re tied with Baldwin-Woodville for second place.
One of the bigger improvements among area wrestling teams was achieved by the Somerset Spartans. A year ago, the Spartans were winless in their seven Middle Border Conference dual matches. The Spartans earned a 44-28 win over St. Croix Central last Thursday, allowing the Spartans to finish 4-3 in this year’s MBC standings. That ties the Spartans with New Richmond for third place in the MBC regular season final standings. The Spartans will compete this Saturday at the Middle Border Conference tournament, which will be held at Amery High School, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Last week, the St. Croix Central boys basketball team presented itself as a team that is putting everything together. And with second place in the Middle Border Conference standings still within the Panthers’ grasp, the timing couldn’t be better. Last week started with one of the Panthers’ best offensive nights of the season. The Panthers jumped out fast against state-ranked Spring Valley and they never let loose of the lead, winning 73-68.
After a three-game losing streak, the St. Croix Central girls basketball team found its way back to the win column in New Richmond last Friday. With Friday’s 49-35 win, the Panthers remain in a tie for second place in the Middle Border Conference standings. Central and Amery ended last week with 8-3 conference records. The offense was a two-pronged attack for the Panthers. Junior Mia Krogseng and sophomore Claire Frankiewicz combined for 41 of the Panthers’ 49 points. Krogseng finished the night with 25 points and Frankiewicz scored 16 points.
The goal for the St. Croix Central wrestling team at this Saturday’s Middle Border Conference tournament? How about going to the meet healthy and coming out of the meet just as healthy? For the Panthers, it’s been a season where they’ve been hounded by injuries. That showed again last Thursday in their final Middle Border Conference dual meet of the season. The Panthers lost on their home mat to Somerset, 44-28. The Panthers finish the MBC dual meet schedule with a 1-6 record.
Success for the Somerset boys basketball team is predicated on getting, and hitting, perimeter shots. The St. Croix Central boys didn’t allow that to happen last Friday, resulting in a 61-39 homecourt defeat for the Spartans. The loss dropped the Spartans to 1-7 in the Middle Border Conference and 3-11 overall.