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 Dec. 14 loss to New Richmond could be the turning point for the Somerset hockey team’s season. That loss was at least partially the result of undisciplined penalties taken by the Spartans. The loss caused Somerset coach Dan Gilkerson to add an extra consequence when the Spartans took undisciplined or retaliatory penalties. That consequence was missing an extra 10 minutes of game time. That action caused several Spartans to miss extra time in last Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to Eau Claire Regis. But the message may have gotten across.
Every game is a learning experience when you’re starting four freshmen and a sophomore. The Somerset girls basketball team put itself in a position for a win on Friday against Prescott, building a nine-point lead by halftime. A tough lesson came for the Spartans in the second half. Prescott upped the pressure and the Spartans didn’t react well. Their lead vanished quickly. Prescott was able to maintain a slim lead through the fourth quarter, winning 42-35. Spartan coach Kendrick Livers said the team didn’t look young in the first half.
Though the day started with two losses, the St. Croix Central wrestling team finished Saturday’s Osceola Invitational with a successful flurry of wins. The Panthers opened the tournament by losing to talented teams from River Falls and Cumberland. The Panthers then got on a roll, scoring wins over Clear Lake, Barron and Osceola. A number of the Panthers had excellent days in the tournament. Freshman Cole Refsnider went through the tournament without a defeat, winning four matches and receiving one forfeit. “He was a nice surprise,” said Central coach Brad Holzer.
With nearly half the team sick or injured, the Western Wisconsin Stars girls hockey team badly needed a break. The girls varsity hockey team headed into their holiday break with a 4-6 record after a 6-0 loss at Woodbury, Minn., last Thursday. By the third period of Thursday’s game the Stars were down to five healthy forwards and three healthy defensemen.
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The New Richmond girls and Somerset boys basketball teams both faced showdowns on Friday night to maintain their place among the Middle Border Conference leaders. Neither had a successful night. New Richmond and Baldwin-Woodville played another close battle, but the Blackhawk girls were able to pull away in the second half, defeating New Richmond 42-32. Somerset's boys went to Prescott hoping to slow down the red-hot Cardinals. The Spartans couldn't achieve that goal, losing to Prescott 57-45. In other MBC boys basketball action on Friday, Osceola edged Amery 45-39.
With huge sectional and Middle Border Conference ramifications, not to mention the pride of the New Richmond-Somerset rivalry at stake, the Tiger boys hockey team produced a gem in Somerset on Saturday night. New Richmond got a goal from Nick Lubow at 2:10 into the overtime to score a 3-2 win over the Spartans. The win moves the Tigers to 2-0 in the MBC and it’s the second time the Tigers have knocked off a top sectional rival.
It had become an annual ritual that the New Richmond girls basketball team would face Chippewa Falls and come out licking their wounds after a thumping from the perennial-power Cardinals. So when the New Richmond girls knocked off the Division 1 state-ranked Chippewa Falls squad last Tuesday, 52-47, it was a highly satisfying win for the Tigers. “That was a huge confidence booster,” said New Richmond coach Jeff Kanewischer.
After getting outshot 17-2 in the opening period, it would have been easy to write off the Western Wisconsin Stars when they were facing defending WIAA state champion Hayward. The Stars didn’t give up on themselves. The girls hockey co-op team based in New Richmond came back with stellar efforts in the second and third periods to upset Hayward, 4-3, at the New Richmond Sports Center last Tuesday. Stars coach Emily Dabrowski and her team have been victimized by the Hurricanes in recent seasons so they thoroughly enjoyed knocking off the state champions. “The girls were definitely on Cloud N
It was no vacation for the New Richmond wrestlers when they competed at the Duals In The Dells tournament in Wisconsin Dells this weekend. Several Tigers suffered injuries that knocked them out of the tournament and that could keep them out of the lineup for the foreseeable future. The Tigers host defending Middle Border Conference champion Ellsworth at 7 p.m. this Thursday, with junior varsity matches starting at 6 p.m. Tiger coach Mark Neumann said the injuries from the weekend could leave several wrestlers on the sidelines.