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 New Richmond High School powerlifting teams were honored at a program at the NRHS gym on Tuesday afternoon, honoring the sweep the Tigers accomplished of the state team championships at the 2017 Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association meet at Racine Horlick High School over the weekend.
A number of western Wisconsin officials will be working games in the WIAA boys basketball tournament in Madison. Adam Swanepoel, Josh Klinger, John McGinley, all of New Richmond, will work this Friday’s Division 5 state tournament semifinal game between Columbus Catholic and Barneveld. The Fern brothers, Nate, Jeff and Jared, have been assigned to work the Division 2 state championship game on Saturday. The Ferns are St. Croix Central graduates.
The accolades for Somerset’s Tori Martell were frequent over the past few days. The biggest of those came on Monday afternoon, when Martell was selected to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 3 All-State First Team. It is the second straight season where Martell was named as an all-state first team selection.
Tori Martell's incredible girls basketball career in Somerset continues to garner state-wide attention. Over the weekend, Martell was named as the top senior shooter in Wisconsin Girls Basketball in the Wisconsin Senior Basketball Awards produced by wissports.net. Finalists for the award were Martell, Caroline Busch of Brookfield Central, Abby Guidinger of Kettle Moraine, Chelsea Olson of Westby, and Katie Van Scyoc of Lourdes Academy.
A slow start doomed the New Richmond boys’ basketball team in its opening game in the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament last Tuesday. The Tigers fell behind Holmen in the opening minutes and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the way. The Tigers never fully caught up, losing to Holmen 74-54. The Tigers end their season with a 7-16 record. Holmen lost to La Crosse Central 84-45 in the second round of regional action on Friday. La Crosse Central advanced to the sectional tournament with an 84-62 win over La Crosse Logan on Saturday.
With one of the youngest rosters in the area, the 2016-17 season was a season of growth for the Somerset boys’ basketball team. The season came to an end for the Spartans last Tuesday, losing in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs at Amery, 58-47. The Spartans finish the season with a 4-18 record.
State team championships are the focus as the New Richmond powerlifting team sends 28 athletes to the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association State Championships this Saturday and Sunday at Racine Horlick High School. The 28 lifters are the most the Tigers have ever sent to a state tournament. There will be 15 boys and 13 girls competing for the Tigers at the state meet. This will be the first time the Tigers have had more boys than girls competing at the state meet.
The 2017 Somerset girls’ basketball team rewrote the program’s record book, but the Spartans weren’t able to accomplish their main goal, to become the first Somerset basketball team to reach the WIAA state championships. The Spartans were stopped one step short of the state tournament, losing to Bloomer 72-57 in the WIAA Division 3 sectional championship game, played at Menomonie HIgh School on Saturday.
Discipline and depth carried the St. Croix Central boys’ basketball team to the WIAA Division 3 regional final, but there the Panthers didn’t have the athletes to compete with Middle Border Conference champion Prescott. Central opened the WIAA playoffs last Friday at Osceola. The Panthers were the more disciplined team and that led to them pulling away in the second half for a 54-44 win over the Chieftains.
The Somerset girls basketball team fell one game short of its dream. The Spartans hoped to become the first Somerset girls basketball team in program history to reach the WIAA state tournament. That dream was shot down by Bloomer, which defeated Somerset 72-57 in the WIAA Division 3 sectional championship game at Menomonie High School on Saturday night. Somerset finishes the season with a 21-4 record. Two of those losses came against Bloomer.