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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Somerset native Monica Emerson competed for the UW-Eau Claire women’s track team at the NCAA Division III national indoor track championship this weekend at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Emerson competed on Friday in the women’s 1,600 meter run. She placed 14th with a time of 5:02.21. She did not qualify for Saturday’s championship race. Emerson was one of three women from the WIAC to qualify for nationals in the 1,600 meters.
As a two-time WIAA individual state boys golf champion for New Richmond High School and working as the assistant club pro the past 13 years, Scott Cole has been one of the most identifiable people at the New Richmond Golf Club. Cole wasn't looking for a change from his position at NRGC when he was contacted by officials from Stillwater's StoneRidge Golf Club in November.
Two new assistant club professionals have been hired at the New Richmond Golf Club. Filling the two positions are New Richmond native Nate Niles and Stillwater native Ian Hessels. Former assistant club pro Scott Cole was recently hired to be the new head club pro at Stoneridge Golf Club in Stillwater, Minn. NRGC club professional Ross Johnson said two assistants were hired to offer more flexibility in scheduling.
The local girls youth hockey teams performed extremely well in their state tournaments over the past two weekends. Over the weekend, the U12 Western Wisconsin Stars took second place in their state tournament. This came a week after the U10 Western Wisconsin Stars won a state championship. The U12 girls played in their WAHA state tournament in Verona over the weekend. They played strong all weekend, scoring 18 goals, while allowing five goals against them. The Stars opened the tournament against the host Wisconsin Ice Spirit.
Nine of the 11 New Richmond powerlifters who competed in the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association State Championships at Osceola over the weekend were state placewinners. That strong performance helped the New Richmond girls place second in the Division 2 competition for schools with enrollments of 400-1,000. Tiger coach Brian Kaczmarski called it “a special weekend,” with all eight New Richmond girls achieving personal best lifts at the state meet. The top five lifters in each category made the state awards podium and four Tiger girls got their moment of glory on the award
Here are this week's bowling scores from the leagues at Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond.
New Richmond and Somerset both advanced two wrestlers through WIAA sectional tournament action into this week's WIAA state championships. New Richmond senior Shane Blackman (27-2) is a four-time state qualifier after winning the 126-pound bracket at the Wausau West Division 1 sectional championship meet on Saturday. Blackman will be joined at state by Tiger junior Derek Dowd, who took second place in the 138-pound bracket at Wausau West. Dowd opened the sectional with a pair of wins, before losing to Fritz Schierl of Stevens Point.
The Somerset boys hockey team advanced to the WIAA sectional tournament with a 7-1 win over River Falls in the regional final game on Friday. This was the only game from this boys section played on Friday. The New Richmond boys will host the Burnett County co-op team WSFLG at 7 p.m. in another regional final. In girls hockey, all four of the regional finals have been moved to Saturday. New Richmond will play at Hayward at noon.
New Richmond's wrestlers had an excellent day at the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament on Saturday at Chippewa Falls. The Tigers advanced eight wrestlers on to next Saturday's sectional tournament at Wausau West. Two Tigers earned sectional championships. Shane Blackman shifted down to 126 pounds for the tournament series and won the regional title.
The New Richmond girls basketball team created a tie at the top of the Middle Border Conference, going to Baldwin-Woodville and delivering the Blackhawks' first loss of the season 50-46. The Tigers took the lead in the game with a 10-0 run in the second period and they never let go of the lead. Baldwin-Woodville made a big charge in the fourth quarter, cutting the Tigers' lead to one point at 47-46 with 16 seconds left.