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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Cold weather on Monday and Tuesday added to the numerous sports postponements that have takan place this winter. Here is an update on cancellations and makeup dates from the local schools. New Richmond Wrestling: from Monday to Monday, Feb. 3 vs. B-W; Girls Basketball: from Monday - no make up date set at this time. Boys Basketball: from Tuesday - moved to Thursday, Jan. 30. Boys Hockey - from Tuesday - no make up date set at this time. Girls Hockey - from Tuesday - no make up date set at this time. Somerset Girls Basketball: from Monday, moved to Feb. 25. St.
Tuesday's Somerset boys basketball game at Baldwin-Woodville will go on as scheduled, despite both schools declaring a snow day. All New Richmond and St. Croix Central games scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed. Because temperatures and wind chills are expected to lessen later on Tuesday, Somerset school administration gave the OK for the Spartans to play their boys basketball game at Baldwin on Tuesday
Postponements have begun in preparation for the continuing cold weather scheduled to last through Tuesday. It was announced at 1:45 p.m. that Tuesday's boys basketball game between New Richmond and Durand has been postponed. The game, which will be played in New Richmond, has been moved back two days, to Thursday, Jan. 30.
The high school athletic events scheduled for Monday for our three local schools have all been postponed. The New Richmond wrestlers were scheduled to host Baldwin-Woodville on Monday, while the Tiger girls basketball team was slated to play at Hudson. Somerset's girls basketball team was scheduled to host Spooner in a non-conference game on Monday. The St. Croix Central boys basketball team was scheduled to host Elmwood on Monday. No makeup dates have been set for any of these events. Two of the events, New Richmond wrestling and St.
You don’t find competition much tougher than that faced by the New Richmond wrestling team when it competed in the Eden Prairie (Minn.) Invitational on Saturday. The tournament was packed with six ranked Minnesota teams and the field included numerous highly-ranked individuals. The Tigers were able to place fourth among the 10 teams in the tournament. Among the individuals, the Tigers had four second place finishers and one third place finisher. One of the showcase matches of the tournament was the 126-pound finals.
A horrendous defensive showing in the second quarter caused the New Richmond boys basketball team to crash and burn in its game against Osceola last Friday. But from the ashes, the Tigers rose again. After being outscored 37-22 in the first half, the Tigers made an incredible charge in the second half, overtaking the Chieftains for a 65-53 Tiger victory. There was no warning of the Tigers’ second quarter implosion. New Richmond opened the game with an 8-2 lead. Osceola began to torch New Richmond’s perimeter defense for easy drives down the lane.
New Richmond’s girls brought home the championship trophy from the Osceola regional powerlifting meet held on Saturday. With the success in Saturday’s meet, the Tigers now have 12 lifters qualified for state, including nine girls and three boys. The Tiger boys finished third in the team competition at Osceola on Saturday. New Richmond’s Taylor Klemmensen earned the “Best Lifter” Award for the girls meet on Saturday, based on her total lifts and body-weight conversion. Klemmensen was the champion in the 123-pound class, finishing with a total of 705 pounds in her lifts.
There is a four-game stretch beginning next Monday that will likely decide whether the New Richmond girls basketball team wins the Middle Border Conference title and where the Tigers will be seeded in the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament bracket. The Tigers improved to 10-2 for the season last Friday with a 36-24 win at Prescott. That win put the Tigers at 6-1 in the MBC standings, one game behind unbeaten Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers play at home this Friday against winless Ellsworth, but the team’s coaches have also been looking forward.
The power play is something the New Richmond boys hockey team has been intent on improving in this January stretch where the Tigers play three games in three weeks. WSFLG, the Burnett County co-op team, visited the Tigers on Tuesday and seemed intent on stirring things up. WSFLG drew several penalties and the Tigers were a perfect 4-4 on the power play as they snowed under the Blizzard 9-3 at the New Richmond Sports Center. New Richmond’s line of Tanner Wisemiller, Jeremy Leavens and Brady Maus had a big game, generating five of the team’s goals.
The goal when the Somerset hockey coaches beefed up the team’s schedule was to give the Spartans a consistently challenging lineup of opponents throughout the season. The Spartans faced two new opponents in recent days and both were at the level the Spartans were hoping. On Monday the Spartans skated at Chisago Lakes, Minn. The game went right down to the wire, with Chisago winning 5-4. Cedarburg is another new opponent for the Spartans. Cedarburg made the trip west for a two-game series against Somerset and Hudson. The Spartans and Cedarburg skated to a 5-5 tie on Friday.