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 last game where Pete Melloy coached the New Richmond boys soccer team was at the destination he worked toward reaching 12 years with the program: the WIAA State Championships.
For Todd Nelson, it’s a chance to be close to home. After 17 years of coaching Division 1 college volleyball all over the midwest, Nelson has taken a coaching position that will put him within an hour of New Richmond, his home town. Nelson was hired last week as the head coach of the St. Catherine University volleyball program in St. Paul.
If the New Richmond boys basketball team had been able to defeat River Falls last Thursday, it would have made for a great story of how the Tigers played smart, disciplined basketball to knock off a formidable opponent.
The shots finally fell for the Somerset boys basketball team on Monday, Dec. 19. And with that, the Spartans were able to record their first win of the season, against a team that had already posted wins against Osceola and Amery from the Middle Border Conference. The Spartans rode 23 points from Noah Dendinger, along with four other Spartans scoring varsity career-high totals, as Somerset posted a 66-47 win at Barron.
The Somerset girls basketball team survived a physical battle in the second half of last Tuesday’s non-conference home game against River Falls. Survival became the focus for the Spartans in a second half that was allowed to get extremely rough. The Spartans led by 16 points at halftime. River Falls used a physical defense to make a charge at the Spartans, but Somerset held on for a 55-49 win.
After suffering its first two losses of the season, the Somerset boys hockey team got back to the style of play that carried the Spartans to a 5-0 start for the season. That style of play worked as the Spartans rolled past River Falls last Thursday, 6-0. Two nights earlier, the Spartans suffered their first home ice loss of the season, a 6-4 setback against Eau Claire North.
The Menomonie girls basketball team went through growing pains the past few years and is now a formidable squad. The New Richmond girls hope to use that blueprint for the same success. The Tigers were able to play evenly through much of the first half when the two teams met on the Tigers’ home court last Tuesday. But Menomonie’s stable of shooters took charge of the game late in the first half, pulling away in the second half for a 71-44 win over the Tigers.
It seems like, every week, there’s a state-ranked team on the schedule for the Western Wisconsin Stars. Last week was different. Last week, there were two state-ranked teams on the Stars’ schedule. The Stars’ week started with a trip to Hayward. The Stars hosted Eau Claire-Altoona on Thursday. Eau Claire-Altoona was fourth in the girls hockey Wisconsin state rankings last week with Hayward ranked fifth.
After the Osceola Invitational was cancelled, the St. Croix Central wrestling team had a multi-team opening on its schedule. That opening was filled when several teams banded together to hold a small meet at River Falls last Tuesday. The meet ended up pitting Central against two formidable teams, Stillwater and River Falls. The Panthers lost by more than 50 points in both matchups.
Another signature win was posted by the St. Croix Central girls basketball team last Thursday. The Panthers went to Durand and knocked off the unbeaten host team, 54-45. Central ends the 2016 portion of the schedule with a 7-2 record. The Panthers are 4-0 in the Middle Border Conference, where they stand alone at the top of the standings. The win at Durand came two nights after the Panthers lost a non-conference game at Boyceville, 58-53.