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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All three local wrestling teams see their first mat action of the season this Thursday. New Richmond hosts Prescott while Somerset starts its Middle Border Conference schedule on Thursday at Ellsworth. St. Croix Central will host Luck-Frederic-Grantsburg in a non-conference match on Thursday. Here are previews of the three local wrestling squads as they begin the 2013-14 season. New Richmond Ellsworth and Amery are ranked second and third in the Crossface Magazine pre-season Division 2 state rankings.
There are few things in life that Dakota Belter likes more than playing baseball. Now, he’ll have two more years to enjoy playing baseball at the collegiate level. Belter was one of three Century College players to sign NCAA National Letters of Intent last week.
Facing two defending conference champions to start the season is a grueling assignment for the St. Croix Central girls basketball team. The first of those games was played last Tuesday when the Panthers drew Middle Border Conference champ Baldwin-Woodville. The Panthers struggled in the first quarter, falling behind 18-2. The Panthers then developed stability in their game, playing evenly with the Blackhawks in the final three quarters. The final score ended at 51-33. The second of those daunting assignments comes this Thursday, when the Panthers play at Colfax, the defending Dunn-St.
Here are this week's scores from the bowling leagues at Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond. Monday Afternoon Women’s League at Gibby’s Lanes Rooster’s Roadhouse 53-31 Cedar Creek Inn 47-37 Blue Ribbon Feeds 44-40 Star Prairie Sports Bar 24-60 High Individual Scratch Game: Elizabeth Ziegler 171, 162, Mary Bentley 149, Judy Duffe 149, Chrissy Fitzgerald 148 High Individual Scratch Series: Elizabeth Ziegler 477, Mary Bentley 414, Chrissy Fitzgerald 398 Team High Handicap Game: Rooster’s Roadhouse 635, Blue Ribbon 628, 620, Star Prairie Sports Bar 616 Team High Handicap Series: Blu
The Western Wisconsin Stars girls high school hockey game set for Thursday against Superior has been postponed. The Stars, the co-op team based in New Richmond, were scheduled to play at 7 p.m. at the New Richmond Sports Center. Because of heavy snow in the Superior area and ice-covered roads locally, the game was postponed. A makeup date has not been set.
The New Richmond boys hockey and girls basketball teams posted their first wins of the 2013-14 season on Tuesday night. New Richmond's boys hockey team notched a 6-2 home ice win over Hayward. Nick Lubow scored with 2:36 left in the second period to break a 2-2 tie. The Tiger girls basketball team went to Osceola and posted a convincing 61-39 win over the Chieftains. Sydney Kannel scored 33 and Mattie Kidder contributed 14 points. The Tiger boys basketball team wasn't so fortunate.
Two Somerset High School standouts have received all-state honors for their performances during the 2013 fall sports season. Somerset seniors Jon Bucklew and Gaelin Elmore were recognized for their accomplishments in the fall season. Elmore was a two-way selection on the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State Team, named as a first team player at defensive end and an honorable mention player at tight end. Bucklew was selected as an honorable mention choice on the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team.
The St. Croix Central boys basketball players did a lot of growing in the off-season. The Panthers showed off their growth on Thursday, nearly pulling off an upset in their 2013-14 season opener. The Panthers led 24-21 at halftime against Mondovi and the game was tight right to the final seconds, with Mondovi winning in Hammond 43-41. Central went 1-15 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference last season on a team that was nearly all sophomores and freshmen.
The first Josh Goodrich Memorial JV Hockey Tournament will be held in New Richmond this Friday and Saturday. The weekend will be a celebration of the life of the former New Richmond hockey player who died in a car accident on July 30, 2012. “Josh was an outstanding student, teammate and overall person,” said tournament director John Larson. Goodrich was a member of the New Richmond Hockey Association for 10 years, playing goaltender at every youth level.
After winning the Middle Border Conference title and finishing a game short of the championship last year, the New Richmond girls basketball team is looking to return to the pinnacle of the MBC this season. The five Tiger starters have largely remained the same over the past two seasons. With that much experience assembled, the Tigers have a familiarity with their teammates that few teams ever possess. “We have the same makeup, the same DNA,” Tiger coach Jeff Kanewischer said of the 2013-14 team. “It’s pretty comfortable.