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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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.
Here are the local high school varsity schedules for our three local schools for the upcoming days. NEW RICHMOND Thursday, Dec. 19 Boys Hockey: Eau Claire Regis at New Richmond at 7 p.m. Wrestling: Ellsworth at New Richmond at 7 p.m. Girls Hockey: New Richmond at Woodbury, Minn. at 7:30 p.m. Boys Basketball: New Richmond at Baldwin-Woodville at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 Girls Basketball: Baldwin-Woodville at New Richmond at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 Boys Basketball: New Richmond at Chippewa Falls at 7:15 p.m. SOMERSET Thursday, Dec.
Three South Dakota State football student-athletes, including repeat first-team selections Bryan Witzmann and Zach Zenner, were named Wednesday to The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team. Witzmann, a senior offensive tackle who graduated from Somerset High School, helped pave the way for Zenner and a Jackrabbit offense that averaged 28.9 points and 384.6 yards of total offense per game.
Here are this week's bowling scores from Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond Monday Afternoon Women’s League at Gibby’s Lanes Rooster’s Roadhouse 60-38 Cedar Creek Inn 59-39 Blue Ribbon Feeds 49-49 Star Prairie Sports Bar 28-70 High Individual Scratch Game: Pat Strege 190, 184, 167, Elizabeth Ziegler 175, Carol Bell 162 High Individual Scratch Series: Pat Strege 541, Elizabeth Ziegler 455, Delta Johnston 401 Team High Handicap Game: Blue Ribbon 649, 602, Rooster’s Roadhouse 626, 609, Cedar Creek Inn 559 Team High Handicap Series: Blue Ribbon Feeds 1,840, Rooster’s Roadhouse 1,81
The New Richmond boys basketball team put in an excellent defensive effort, but the Tigers didn't have enough offensive firepower to counteract Hudson's Alex Herink. Herink finished with 16 points in leading the Raiders to a 36-25 win over New Richmond. New Richmond used a gritty defensensive effort to keep the game close. Hudson took an early lead and led 15-9 after the first quarter. The Tigers kept the game close by limiting Hudson to six points in the second and third quarters.
The New Richmond and Somerset boys hockey teams waged another classic in their storied rivalry on Saturday night. New Richmond's Nick Lubow scored 2:10 into overtime to give the Tigers a 3-2 win over the Spartans, Somerset's first loss of the season. The game was extremely closely and evenly played. Regulation ended at 2-2 with both teams having 30 shots on goal. Somerset got the opening goal wiht 5:14 left in the first period. Aaron Moore redirected a pass from Drew Kelly past New Richmond goalie Adam Dilley. The Tigers tied the score with 3:53 left in the period.
The New Richmond wrestlers got more of a battle than they expected in Somerset on Thursday, but the Tigers were able to survive for a 45-27 victory. Somerset led 24-18 after the first eight weight classes, but New Richmond won five of the final six classes to pull out the win. Earning wins on the mat for New Richmond were Shane Blackman, Caleb Neumann, Dominic Ficociello, Alex Schmidt and Jake Rose.