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 outstanding basketball played in the area was recognized when the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game rosters were announced this week. New Richmond's Sydney Kannel and Mattie Kidder and Somerset's Jack Emmert have been selected to play in the all-star series. Kannel and Kidder will play for the Division 2 North girls team and Emmert will be a part of the Division 3 North boys team. Emmert will be playing under a familiar coaching staff. Somerset varsity coach Brent Larson will be the head coach for the Division 3 North team.
The announcement of the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State Team brought great news for five area boys hockey players. Somerset seniors Drew Kelly and Adam Marty were both selected as first team all-state players. New Richmond seniors Tanner Wisemiller and Jeremy Leavens were named as honorable mention all-state players, as was Somerset junior Reed Kelly. This is the second time in team history that Somerset has two players named to the all-state first team.
The impressive seasons posted by the New Richmond and Somerset boys hockey teams resulted in both teams getting five players named to the 2013-14 All-Middle Border Conference team. New Richmond shared the MBC title with Eau Claire Regis this season, both teams finishing with 7-1 records. The Tigers had four players named to the All-MBC first team. They include seniors Jeremy Leavens and Tanner Wisemiller, junior Jake Singerhouse and sophomore Maxx Wisemiller. Junior goaltender Adam Dilley was an honorable mention selection. Somerset finished in third place in the MBC with a 4-4 record.
Youth wrestlers from New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central will be competing this weekend, with dreams of bringing home a state championship. The Wisconsin Wrestling Federation Folkstyle Kids State Tournament is this Friday and Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Weigh-in is at 2 p.m. Wrestling starts at 5 p.m. Here is a rundown on the state qualifiers from each of the local school districts. New Richmond Four New Richmond youth wrestlers have qualified to compete at state this weekend. They are Bode Gabriel, Tyler Dennis, Tyler Larson and Jake LaVenture.
It may have been listed as a practice, but when the New Richmond track teams stepped onto the UW-River Falls Knowles Center indoor track for a time trials meet against Hudson and River Falls, you could see the competitive juices were flowing. The time trials were a chance for the younger Tigers to learn how a track meet is conducted and for the older Tigers to begin establishing themselves. Tiger girls coach Judy Weiss, who has been through decades of indoctrinating young track athletes, said it was a typical opening meet. “Some were really nervous.
Somerset’s Jon Bucklew has attained more state soccer recognition than any player ever from this part of the state. That recognition continued last week, when it was announced that Bucklew was the first player from the area selected to play in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Masonic All-Star Game. The WSCA All-Star Game is scheduled to be played on Saturday, July 26, at UW-Whitewater. Before the game, the players will gather in Whitewater for two days of practices. Bucklew has been one of the most prolific scorers in Wisconsin high school soccer over the past two years.
There was an incredible amount of competition for spots on the 2013-14 All-Dunn-St. Croix Conference girls basketball team. Which makes it even more impressive that St. Croix Central sophomore Emma Landry was voted onto the All-DSC first team this season. Landry was joined on the All-DSC first team by two players from conference champion Colfax, two from runner-up Mondovi and Boyceville standout guard Abbey Bird. When the coaches looked at the statistics, it was impossible to deny Landry’s spot on the All-DSC first team.
The hockey season is long and it demands a great deal of time and attention from the young skaters. The New Richmond Youth Hockey Association wants to make sure that the hockey players maintain their commitment to academics while enjoying hockey. Last year, the NRYHA joined the SKATE (Skaters Keep Achieving Through Education) program. The program offers extra motivation for hockey players to be high achievers in their education. SKATE was started in Minnesota in 1993-94. In 1997, it was adopted by Minnesota Hockey, the governing body for Minnesota youth hockey.
Somerset native Brock Montpetit has completed his college hockey career and quickly made the jump to professional hockey.Montpetit played his first pro hockey game on Sunday for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. The Tigers are the top farm team of the New York Islanders. Montpetit signed a 10-game contract which he hopes will lead to the Islanders signing him to a two-way contract for next season. Montpetit wore jersey number 72 for his pro debut.
The 2014 Tiger Baseball Spring Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, April 5. The annual clinic will be held in two sessions. Session 1 will be for students in grades 2-4 and will run from 9 a.m.-noon. Session 2 will run from 1-4 p.m. And will be for students in grades 5-8. The clinic will be held in the New Richmond High School gym. Cost of the clinic is $40 if pre-registered and $45 at the door. The clinic is staffed by New Richmond High School baseball coaches and current Tiger players. There is a low clinician-to-player ratio.