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 first Josh Goodrich Memorial JV Hockey Tournament will be held in New Richmond this Friday and Saturday. The weekend will be a celebration of the life of the former New Richmond hockey player who died in a car accident on July 30, 2012. “Josh was an outstanding student, teammate and overall person,” said tournament director John Larson. Goodrich was a member of the New Richmond Hockey Association for 10 years, playing goaltender at every youth level.
After winning the Middle Border Conference title and finishing a game short of the championship last year, the New Richmond girls basketball team is looking to return to the pinnacle of the MBC this season. The five Tiger starters have largely remained the same over the past two seasons. With that much experience assembled, the Tigers have a familiarity with their teammates that few teams ever possess. “We have the same makeup, the same DNA,” Tiger coach Jeff Kanewischer said of the 2013-14 team. “It’s pretty comfortable.
A season where the New Richmond boys hockey team finishes below the .500 level is a rarity in the program’s history. That’s what happened to the Tigers a year ago, when they finished 10-11-2. The team was also hit hard by graduation, meaning there is plenty of rebuilding to be done to get the Tigers back above .500 this season. The Tigers have to replace three of their top four scorers, their starting goaltender and several defensemen. “We have a lot of holes to fill,” said Tiger coach Adam Swanda. The Tigers are on the young side.
After winning the most games in team history a year ago, and losing just two seniors, hopes are high for the Somerset boys hockey team this winter. Somerset advanced to the WIAA sectional semifinals last winter, after winning 18 games, the most wins ever by a Spartan varsity team. The Spartans have two significant players to replace. Jordan Langness and Michael Chernyaev were the only graduates from last year’s team. Langness may have been the best goaltender in Spartan history, recording the team’s lowest goals against average ever last season.
Here are the bowling scores for this week from leagues at Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond. Monday Afternoon Women’s League at Gibby’s Lanes Rooster’s Roadhouse 50-27 Cedar Creek Inn 43-34 Blue Ribbon Feeds 37-40 Star Prairie Sports Bar 24-53 High Individual Scratch Game: Elizabeth Ziegler 221, 202, 198, Pat Strege 178, Delta Johnston 155 High Individual Scratch Series: Elizabeth Ziegler 621, Pat Strege 472, Delta Johnston 418 Team High Handicap Game: Blue Ribbon 662, Rooster’s Roadhouse 651, Star Prairie Sports Bar 643 Team High Handicap Series: Rooster’s Roadhouse 1,917, St
Here are the upcoming varsity sports events at our area high schools: NEW RICHMOND Tuesday, Nov. 26: Boys Basketball:New Richmond at Osceola at 7:30 p.m. Girls Hockey: New Richmond vs. Chippewa Falls at Menomonie at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 Girls Hockey: New Richmond vs. Beloit at Black River Falls at 2 p.m. Girls Hockey: New Richmond vs. Rhinelander at Black River Falls at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
The pursuit of a third straight trip to the WIAA state football championships by the Somerset football team fell two points short. The Spartans were defeated by the Winneconne Wolves 16-14 in the WIAA Division 4 state semifinal game played in Marshfield last Friday. The Spartans played a shaky first half on offense and special teams. It was only through exceptional play from the Spartan defense that Somerset had any hopes of a comeback in the second half. The Spartans made an impressive comeback after trailing 9-0 at halftime.
The chance to play golf in a much longer season was one of the factors that helped Alex Wheeler decide to accept an NCAA Division II scholarship offer from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. Wheeler signed her National Letter of Intent last Thursday at New Richmond High School. Wheeler is the most successful girls golfer in New Richmond High School history. She produced the lowest score per round in team history this fall, averaging 40.78 strokes per round. She averaged 42.16 strokes as a junior, the third best average in team history.
Before you sit down for that big Thanksgiving dinner, burn some calories with the New Richmond Running Club at its annual Thanksgiving Day Run. The low-key fun starts at the First National Community Bank parking lot at 8 a.m.
If the sound of basketballs hitting the hardwood gets your pulse racing, this is your time of year. The local boys basketball season gets underway this week, when St. Croix Central hosts Mondovi on Thursday.