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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Despite playing one of the most successful defensive halves imaginable, the St. Croix Central boys basketball team couldn’t finish off a win at Plum City last Friday. The Panthers held Plum City scoreless through the first quarter and without a field goal in the first half. The Panthers led 14-4 at halftime, but their turnovers in the second half left the door open for a Plum City comeback. The Blue Devils tied the score by the end of the third quarter and finished with a 32-29 win over the Panthers. The loss drops the Panthers to 0-3 for the season.
The early season opponents have presented opposite extremes for the Somerset boys hockey team. The Spartans have faced sharp, seasoned opponents such as Hudson and Menomonie. But they’ve also faced young opponents trying to find their way in teams like River Falls, Pine City and Tomah. The games last week were prime examples. The Spartans faced their toughest challenge so far last Tuesday when they played at Hudson. This was a rematch of last season’s WIAA sectional semifinal, where Hudson ended Somerset’s most successful season.
The objective was clear. The St. Croix Central wrestling team needed wins in the final three matches to pull out its season opener against Luck-Frederic-Grantsburg last Thursday. The Panthers did get those wins, including a pair of 4-2 nail-biters, to score a 33-28 win in front of their home fans on Thursday. The score stood at 28-15 heading into the 182-pound bout, though the Panthers knew they’d be receiving a forfeit in the heavyweight class. Senior Brian Gibb wrestled for the Panthers at 182, facing Josh Glover.
Two losses in the same week by more than 25 points is a first in the eight years that New Richmond boys basketball coach Rick Montreal has been in charge of the team. Losses last Friday to Ellsworth and last Tuesday to Rice Lake were both one-sided. The 67-35 loss to Ellsworth on Friday was the worst loss the Tigers have experienced under Montreal in Middle Border Conference action. The Tigers hadn’t loss a conference game by more than 30 points since they dropped a 65-29 decision to Somerset on Feb.
The schedule will get easier for the Somerset wrestling team. It has to. The Spartans faced defending Middle Border Conference champion Ellsworth in their season opener last Thursday. Wrestling at Ellsworth under new coach Trent Larrieu, the Spartans were crushed 69-7. The Spartans’ challenging first week continued on Saturday when they wrestled in the John Timm Invitational in Glenwood City. While the Spartans were competitive in their five matches, they took team losses in all five. The first bout of the season did go in the Spartans’ favor. The match at Ellsworth opened at 182 pounds.
For many years, St. Croix Central girls basketball trips to Colfax meant carnage and demoralization. This year’s Panther trip to Colfax took on an entirely different tone. Instead of receiving a one-sided beating, the Panther girls gave the defending Division 4 state champions a battle. The margin was still 12-14 points late in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter the Vikings were able to pull away slightly, winning 56-34. Central’s girls sent a message right away that they weren’t going to back down.
The South Dakota State University football team was beaten by Eastern Washington University on Saturday, 41-17, in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. With the SDSU loss, the college football career of Somerset native Bryan Witzmann comes to an end. Witzmann was the starting left tackle in every game he played in his four seasons as a Jackrabbit, covering 50 games. His total number of starts is a SDSU record. At 6-feet, 8-inches and 310 pounds, Witzmann is considered a strong prospect to pursue a career in professional football.
Hockey fans, here’s your chance to see some of your old favorites. The New Richmond and Somerset hockey programs are both planning their alumni games. They used to play each other, but the alumni programs have grown so large that they each play their own alumni games now. The New Richmond alumni game will be played at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22, at the New Richmond Sports Center. New Richmond coach Adam Swanda said he expects players from all four New Richmond state tournament teams to be playing in the alumni game. Somerset’s alumni game will be played at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec.
The Josh Goodrich Memorial JV Hockey Tournament raised more than $1,400 that will be used to establish a scholarship in Goodrich’s memory. The tournament was played at the New Richmond Sports Center on Nov. 29-30. The weekend was a celebration of the life of the former New Richmond hockey player who died in a car accident on July 30, 2012. The tournament was the idea of Tiger assistant coaches John Larson and Tyler Hansen.
Here are the bowling scores for the week from leagues held at Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond. Monday Afternoon Women’s League at Gibby’s Lanes Rooster’s Roadhouse 58-33 Cedar Creek Inn 54-37 Blue Ribbon Feeds 44-47 Star Prairie Sports Bar 26-65 High Individual Scratch Game: Delta Johnston 210, Chrissy Fitzgerald 175, Pat Strege 172 High Individual Scratch Series: Delta Johnston 514, Pat Strege 478, Elizabeth Ziegler 439 Team High Handicap Game: Cedar Creek Inn 664, Blue Ribbon 630, Star Prairie Sports Bar 624 Team High Handicap Series: Cedar Creek Inn 1,899, Rooster’s Roadhouse 1,808