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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Postponements have begun in preparation for the continuing cold weather scheduled to last through Tuesday. It was announced at 1:45 p.m. that Tuesday's boys basketball game between New Richmond and Durand has been postponed. The game, which will be played in New Richmond, has been moved back two days, to Thursday, Jan. 30.
The high school athletic events scheduled for Monday for our three local schools have all been postponed. The New Richmond wrestlers were scheduled to host Baldwin-Woodville on Monday, while the Tiger girls basketball team was slated to play at Hudson. Somerset's girls basketball team was scheduled to host Spooner in a non-conference game on Monday. The St. Croix Central boys basketball team was scheduled to host Elmwood on Monday. No makeup dates have been set for any of these events. Two of the events, New Richmond wrestling and St.
You don’t find competition much tougher than that faced by the New Richmond wrestling team when it competed in the Eden Prairie (Minn.) Invitational on Saturday. The tournament was packed with six ranked Minnesota teams and the field included numerous highly-ranked individuals. The Tigers were able to place fourth among the 10 teams in the tournament. Among the individuals, the Tigers had four second place finishers and one third place finisher. One of the showcase matches of the tournament was the 126-pound finals.
A horrendous defensive showing in the second quarter caused the New Richmond boys basketball team to crash and burn in its game against Osceola last Friday. But from the ashes, the Tigers rose again. After being outscored 37-22 in the first half, the Tigers made an incredible charge in the second half, overtaking the Chieftains for a 65-53 Tiger victory. There was no warning of the Tigers’ second quarter implosion. New Richmond opened the game with an 8-2 lead. Osceola began to torch New Richmond’s perimeter defense for easy drives down the lane.
New Richmond’s girls brought home the championship trophy from the Osceola regional powerlifting meet held on Saturday. With the success in Saturday’s meet, the Tigers now have 12 lifters qualified for state, including nine girls and three boys. The Tiger boys finished third in the team competition at Osceola on Saturday. New Richmond’s Taylor Klemmensen earned the “Best Lifter” Award for the girls meet on Saturday, based on her total lifts and body-weight conversion. Klemmensen was the champion in the 123-pound class, finishing with a total of 705 pounds in her lifts.
There is a four-game stretch beginning next Monday that will likely decide whether the New Richmond girls basketball team wins the Middle Border Conference title and where the Tigers will be seeded in the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament bracket. The Tigers improved to 10-2 for the season last Friday with a 36-24 win at Prescott. That win put the Tigers at 6-1 in the MBC standings, one game behind unbeaten Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers play at home this Friday against winless Ellsworth, but the team’s coaches have also been looking forward.
The power play is something the New Richmond boys hockey team has been intent on improving in this January stretch where the Tigers play three games in three weeks. WSFLG, the Burnett County co-op team, visited the Tigers on Tuesday and seemed intent on stirring things up. WSFLG drew several penalties and the Tigers were a perfect 4-4 on the power play as they snowed under the Blizzard 9-3 at the New Richmond Sports Center. New Richmond’s line of Tanner Wisemiller, Jeremy Leavens and Brady Maus had a big game, generating five of the team’s goals.
The goal when the Somerset hockey coaches beefed up the team’s schedule was to give the Spartans a consistently challenging lineup of opponents throughout the season. The Spartans faced two new opponents in recent days and both were at the level the Spartans were hoping. On Monday the Spartans skated at Chisago Lakes, Minn. The game went right down to the wire, with Chisago winning 5-4. Cedarburg is another new opponent for the Spartans. Cedarburg made the trip west for a two-game series against Somerset and Hudson. The Spartans and Cedarburg skated to a 5-5 tie on Friday.
Theresa Knutson is likely the most prolific scorer in Wisconsin girls hockey history. This is her senior season and the Western Wisconsin Stars can’t wait to see Knutson in a college uniform. Because that means the Stars won’t have to see Knutson in an Onalaska uniform again. Knutson has riddled the Stars throughout her four high school seasons.
As a team in the hunt for a Middle Border Conference championship, the Somerset boys basketball team is looking for any edge it can find. The Spartans may have found one in the second half of their 57-41 win over Durand on Friday. The win raises their season record to 9-1. Spartan center Gaelin Elmore scored off four lob passes from guard Jack Emmert in the second half of the game as the Spartans pulled away from the Panthers. The lobs took advantage of two of the Spartans’ best offensive skills.