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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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.
Qualifying seven lifters for state, winning the girls title and having the top girl in the meet were some of the highlights for the New Richmond Powerlifting Team in its season-opening meet in River Falls on Saturday. The Tigers competed in the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association meet in River Falls, one of four regional meets they will compete in during the season. The seven state qualifiers are all from the Tiger girls team.
Somerset’s wrestlers went into last Thursday’s rivalry match with New Richmond as underdogs. By winning several of the matches that were projected to be tight, the Spartans were able to lead 24-18 after eight matches.
The Somerset boys basketball team was saying “Thank Heaven” after Friday’s game against St. Croix Central. Junior Heaven Hunt scored a career-high 26 points, including 20 in the second quarter, to carry the Spartans past a tenacious St. Croix Central team, 54-43. Somerset may have hoped to play a fast-paced game, but Central had other plans. The Panthers slowed the game down drastically. By doing so, it forced the Spartans to either adjust to that pace or push Central to speed up its play. It took the Spartans some time to adjust.
For the better part of a decade, a fierce defense has been at the core of the identity of the New Richmond boys basketball program. It now looks like the 2013-14 Tigers may be finding a combination that can add to that tradition. The pieces began to fall into place for the Tigers defensively during the second half of last Tuesday’s 42-37 loss at Durand. It continued on Thursday, when the Tigers ventured north to Hayward and scored a 46-38 non-conference victory. Tiger coach Rick Montreal said he was particularly pleased with the defensive effort from the guard rotation.
Facing two opponents from the Middle Border Conference on back-to-back nights forced the St. Croix Central boys basketball team to up its game. The progression started on Thursday, when the Panthers lost to Osceola 47-30. Where the Panthers really made a leap forward was on Friday, when they put up a smart, patient effort at Somerset. The Panthers kept the game close until the end, losing 54-43. In these two games the Panthers showed they are learning how badly turnovers have been hurting them. They cut down their turnovers to a season-low six against Osceola.
The first loss cuts the deepest. The Somerset hockey team took a 5-0-1 record into Saturday’s renewal of the rivalry with New Richmond. The Spartans played well in stretches, but undisciplined penalties took their toll as Somerset suffered its first loss of the season, 3-2, on the Spartans’ home ice. The first period of the game was scoreless. Somerset notched the first goal with 5:14 left in the second period.
There’s a learning curve for the young Somerset girls basketball team. They went one of the sharper bends in that curve last Friday when they faced defending Middle Border Conference champion Baldwin-Woodville on the Blackhawks’ home court. The Spartans lost 56-34 in that game. There can be a measure of progress drawn from the game for the Spartans. The Blackhawks thumped them pretty thoroughly in the first half, leading 28-11 at the break. The Spartans didn’t wilt.