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 young Somerset girls basketball team is becoming battle tested in a hurry. In a five-day stretch, the Spartans faced the teams with the three best records in this WIAA Division 3 regional bracket. The Spartans came away with one upset victory and two games where they left strong impressions against state-ranked opponents. The win came last Thursday when the Spartans went to St. Croix Falls and knocked off the previously unbeaten Saints 60-45. The Spartans faced another unbeaten opponent on Friday when they battled Middle Border Conference leader Baldwin-Woodville.
The New Richmond wrestling team was hoping to make an impact in the team competition at this Saturday’s 2014 Middle Border Conference Wrestling Tournament. The Tigers were building those hopes upon having a full lineup available for Saturday. That doesn’t appear likely. The Tigers will likely be missing several starters when they compete in the MBC meet, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Osceola High School. Even with the short-handed lineup, the Tigers are the favorites to finish third in the MBC tournament, based upon their 5-2 finish in the MBC dual meet season.
A win on Monday would have given the Western Wisconsin Stars a strong argument to get the sixth seed when the WIAA girls hockey sectional tournament bracket is finalized this Sunday. Unfortunately, the Stars lost in overtime, 1-0 to Eau Claire, in a game played at the Somerset Ice Arena. Eau Claire’s Katelyn Hunsley scored 3:31 into the overtime, the first goal after 54 minutes of near misses and close chances for both teams. The Stars were trying to win the game for teammate Kaylin Gamache, who was injured with two minutes left in regulation.
Hitting the reset button worked for the Somerset hockey team. The Spartans were thoroughly outplayed last Thursday in their Middle Border Conference showdown with New Richmond, losing 8-1. The Spartans had one practice to correct things, which they must have done efficiently. Because when they took the ice on Saturday they were much sharper, delivering an 8-3 thumping to Robbinsdale Cooper at the Somerset Civic Center. “We got after it in our practice, that’s for sure,” said Somerset coach Dan Gilkerson.
The Whitetail Adrenaline Shootout was the name for the dual meet tournament that included the Somerset wrestling team on Friday in Menomonie. If the Spartans were looking for a wide mix of opponents, they got it. They faced a top-ranked team in the state, a team with more forfeits than the Spartans give up and a team of junior varsity all-stars. Somerset was placed in a pool with Spring Valley-Elmwood and the JV All-Stars, made up of the reserves from the Menomonie and Spring Valley-Elmwood teams.
Momentum isn’t a factor in wrestling as frequently as it is in other sports, but a wave of momentum carried the St. Croix Central wrestlers to a 32-18 win at Glenwood City last Thursday. St. Croix Central coach Brad Holzer had a decision to make for the opening two matches of the night. It was drawn that the match would start at 160 pounds. Holzer figured that either of his two young wrestlers in that range, Trent Smith and Kyle Larson, could beat Glenwood City’s 160-pounder.
The quickness of the Baldwin-Woodville boys basketball team is widely recognized, with Logan Weyer and Gerad Gerrits combining for 40 or more points in most of the Hawks’ recent games. When the St. Croix Central boys hosted B-W last Thursday, they had difficulty dealing with the Hawks’ quickness at both ends of the court. B-W scored a 58-30 win over the Panthers in the non-conference game. Central was able to deal with the Hawks’ quickness at times when the Panthers were on defense.
You couldn’t blame the St. Croix Central girls basketball team if it held a bonfire after last Friday’s game at Boyceville, as long as they could burn the scorebook, game film and any other evidence of their performance. To say the least, things didn’t go as the Panthers had planned in a 61-34 loss to the Bulldogs. The setback drops the Panthers to 2-7 in Dunn-St.
Somerset football standout Gaelin Elmore made it official on Wednesday morning, signing his national letter of intent to play football for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. This wraps up a whirlwind year for Elmore. He was courted by programs from all over the nation, but decided to stay close to home and play with the Gophers. Elmore made it official as part of NCAA National Signing Day on Wednesday. While many colleges expressed interest in Elmore, he said Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and his staff made a strong early impression that no other program could match.
The Somerset boys basketball team put together a showcase effort at both ends of the court in defeating Prescott 58-40 in Somerset on Tuesday. This throws the two teams into a tie for the Middle Border Conference lead with one loss each. Somerset's offense was a two-pronged attack between seniors Jack Emmert and Gaelin Elmore, with each of them scoring 23 points. Emmert started fast, hitting three three-pointers in the first quarter.