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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New Richmond and Superior played in the WIAA boys hockey sectional championship last March. If the WIAA seedings hold true, the Tigers and Spartans would meet in the sectional championship game again this year. New Richmond earned the second seed in the WIAA sectional tournament bracket. Superior was the unanimous choice as the top seed in the tournament bracket. The Tigers start their WIAA tournament run on Thursday, Feb. 16. They will play at home at 7 p.m., against the winner of next Tuesday's opening round game between Somerset and Barron. The winner of the Feb.
By getting six wrestlers into the finals, the Somerset wrestling team was able to finish in third place in the 2012 Middle Border Conference tournament, held Saturday in Durand. Winning championships for the Spartans were senior Austin Bushinger and junior Bobby LeRoy. Placing second in their weight classes were senior Haydon Dvorak, juniors Alex Piletich and Gabe Flandrick, and freshman Max Praschak. Bushinger and LeRoy overpowered opponents from Ellsworth to win their championships.
Saying the battle between the New Richmond and Durand girls was a defensive struggle might be one of the most blatant understatements of the basketball season. With a win, the Tiger girls could have moved into a share of the Middle Border Conference lead with Durand. The outcome was in doubt until the final minute, when Durand tacked on eight late points to pull away from the Tigers 30-18. The first half of the game will rank as one of the all-time defensive struggles.
This one is going to sting for a while. The Somerset hockey team had the Middle Border Conference title under its control, but the Spartans couldn't maintain control. The Spartans started the six-game MBC schedule 3-0, but they couldn't win any of their final three conference games.
This was a loss the Somerset girls basketball team didn't see coming. In the process, the Spartans' hopes of getting a share of the Middle Border Conference title took a severe hit. The Spartans lost at home to Baldwin-Woodville last Thursday, 42-37. The loss leaves Somerset tied for second place in the MBC standings, two full games behind Durand. The first quarter showed that the Spartans were caught off guard by the young and improving Blackhawks. B-W outscored the Spartans 11-2 in the opening quarter.
Nobody would blame the Tiger girls hockey team for being happy that last week is over. The Tigers had waited two weeks to get back on the ice last Tuesday against Hudson. The long layoff between games showed as the Tigers started slowly and never got their bearings in a 10-0 loss to the Raiders. The week got worse for the Tigers on Sunday when they found out they were the eighth seed in the WIAA sectional tournament bracket. Because of the strength of the teams in this sectional, there weren't going to be any easy options for the Tigers in the WIAA tournament this year.
Talk about experiencing the complete range of emotions in one day. At 3:18 a.m. last Tuesday, Somerset boys basketball coach Brent Larson welcomed his new daughter into the world. That night, the Spartans suffered a crushing collapse in the final minute, losing to Baldwin-Woodville 52-51. Give the Spartans credit for having some resilience.
The improving St. Croix Central boys basketball team nearly squeezed out a win against Plum City on Friday. The Panthers overcame a slow start to play evenly with the Blue Devils for most of the second half. Plum City's Chase Luebker was the difference maker in the final minutes, carrying the Blue Devils to a 51-42 win. The 2-15 Panthers fell behind in the first quarter, 18-10 and they didn't make up any of that margin in the second quarter. With six different Panthers scoring in the third quarter, they were able to tie the score several times.
Project Lead The Way is now in its third year in the Somerset School District and the program continues to add to its offerings in the schools. PLTW Engineering and Biomedical Sciences programs offer students advantages, from career readiness and hands-on experience to college preparatory-level classes, labs and creative exercises. The courses are an opportunity for students to advance and utilize their knowledge in science, mathematics and technology. PLTW students can advance to higher level courses that can count toward college credits.
Basing its findings off the October community survey, the Somerset Board of Education has set recommendations for the school district's future. Two of those recommendations reflect the school district's possible needs for future space. The first of those two, recommendation seven, was ordered reworded over concerns by several board members. Board member Bob Gunther led those who were concerned. As the recommendation originally read, it could be construed that the school district was planning to go to referendum during the 2013-14 school year.