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 New Richmond boys basketball team has run hot and cold lately, but the Tigers were definitely hot on Tuesday. New Richmond and Prescott entered Tuesday's game tied at the top of the Middle Border Conference standings. The Tigers used a smothering defense and good ball movement on offense to produce a 56-41 win over the Cardinals. New Richmond stands alone at the top of the MBC standings with a 5-1 record. Prescott falls into a tie with Baldwin-Woodville at 4-2. Dalton Sabby and Joe Deppe paced the Tiger offense Tuesday with 16 and 15 points respectively.
The New Richmond wrestling team and the Somerset boys basketball team both put together late charges in their Middle Border Conference contests Thursday night. The Tiger wrestlers nearly overcame a 21-point deficit, falling short in their comeback try against Amery, 36-33. Somerset's boys basketball team trailed Ellsworth 23-16 at halftime. The Spartans hit seven of eight free throws in the final minute to overtake the Panthers, 45-40. Also earning wins on Thursday where the Somerset and St.
The Somerset Board of Education didn't have to look far for a new elementary principal. Turns out, the decision had been made on the new principal a year ago. The school board announced Cherrie Wood's retirement as elementary principal at its December meeting. Actually, the board had accepted Wood's retirement in January 2011.
The 4-0 start for the New Richmond boys basketball team has been packed with challenges. In those four wins, the Tigers have earned wins at three tough road venues. They added the third on Friday, earning a 48-45 win against a Somerset team that pushed the Tigers to the limit. The Tigers recorded wins at Durand and Baldwin-Woodville in December. "Our kids have certainly passed some early gut checks," said Tiger coach Rick Montreal.
The rivalry is back. The Somerset boys basketball team gave four-time defending Middle Border Conference champion New Richmond all it could handle last Friday. The Spartans battled New Richmond to the final seconds before the Tigers managed to pull out a 48-45 win. The game had everything you'd want from a rivalry. With both student fan sections making a huge amount of noise, the game lived up to that level of excitement.
You might notice New Richmond boys hockey teams heading behind the team bench after each of their shifts on the ice. This is part of a new instant discipline program installed by the Tiger coaches to get players to recognize the consequences of their lack of discipline during their shifts. The new rules appear to be having a positive impact for the Tigers. The rules were put in place on the team's bus ride to Rice Lake last Tuesday.
The New Richmond Invitational was the perfect opportunity for the young Tiger wrestling team to get badly needed mat experience. The Tigers placed third in the team competition in the 43rd annual NRI last Saturday. The Tigers did get one individual championship, with junior Aaron Daul earning the title at 145 pounds. Tiger coach Mark Neumann was most excited about the opportunity the new wrestlers on the Tiger squad received through this tournament. There are 13 Tigers on the roster who never wrestled at any level before this season.
The drought between New Richmond Invitational championships is over for the St. Croix Central wrestling team. The Panthers earned their second NRI championship in the 43 years of the tournament, riding four individual championships to the 2012 team title. The last time the Panthers were champions at the New Richmond Invitational was in 1993. Earning NRI individual championships for the Panthers were Adam Lewis, Carl Moll, Matt Smith and Marcus Malecek. Malecek had another reason to celebrate. His win in the second round of the tournament was the 100th varsity win of his career.
Winning three championships just scratches the surface of the success for the Somerset wrestling team in the New Richmond Invitational on Saturday. Senior Haydon Dvorak tore through the competition to win the 182-pound title.
Last week's 8-1 win over Baldwin-Woodville put the Somerset hockey team in a position they've never held before in the Middle Border Conference. They are in control. The Spartans stand alone at 2-0 in the MBC, with wins over B-W and New Richmond to their credit. In the six-game MBC schedule, the Spartans may be in their best position ever to win a conference title. "We're in the driver's seat," said Somerset coach Dan Gilkerson.