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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It was a truly successful trip to the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches 2014 State Championships for the New Richmond and Somerset high school dance teams. New Richmond’s dance team was able to place fifth among 16 teams in the Division 2 Pom state competition. Both New Richmond and Somerset were able to have dancers earn all-state honors for their individual dance performances.
One win, wire-to-wire. The confidence-starved New Richmond boys basketball team produced one of its most consistent efforts of the 2013-14 season in defeating Durand 57-52 last Thursday. In the win, the Tigers found a goal to build toward for the rest of the season. This was the first of four straight home games for the Tigers. Coach Rick Montreal presented the game as an opportunity to start a four-game win streak. The Tigers, now 4-12 with the win, were scheduled to play the second of those home games against Baldwin-Woodville on Tuesday.
The battle for supremacy in the Middle Border Conference girls basketball race is at hand. New Richmond and Baldwin-Woodville will clash for the MBC lead this Friday on the Blackhawks’ home court. B-W started the week with a 10-0 record, followed closely by the Tigers at 9-1. The Tigers and Blackhawks are both coming off games where they were severely tested last Friday. The Tigers held off Durand, the third place team in the MBC, 50-47.
The New Richmond boys hockey team won’t forget Saturday’s game against the Eau Claire Regis co-op team. Regis needed the win to keep its hopes alive of sharing the Middle Border Conference championship with the Tigers. Regis won the game 5-4, but the Saints made no fans on the Tiger team with the way they played the game. Tiger coach Adam Swanda was seething after the game, after his goalie was knocked out of the game after being hit at the same time by two Saints players.
For three quarters last Tuesday, Baldwin-Woodville was clearly the superior boys basketball team against Somerset. Fortunately for the Spartans, they still had eight minutes to make things right. They put together an incredible fourth quarter, outscoring the Blackhawks 35-19. That allowed the Spartans to pull ahead for a 67-61 victory. The win kept Somerset in second place in the Middle Border Conference with a 7-1 record. The Spartans were scheduled to host Prescott on Tuesday in a showdown for the MBC lead. Somerset’s comeback at Baldwin was fueled by full-court pressure.
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.