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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With the almost complete void of varsity experience on the New Richmond boys basketball team, some ups and downs early in the season can certainly be expected. The Tigers came through the first week of their 2013-14 season with a win in their Middle Border Conference opener and a loss on Saturday to Eau Claire Memorial that certainly magnified the team’s inexperience. The MBC opener was played last Tuesday at Osceola. The Tigers couldn’t have played better in the first quarter, jumping out to a 19-3 lead. But their lack of experience was exposed when Osceola turned up the pressure.
Two wins and stellar all-around play from the Western Wisconsin Stars girls hockey team showed that the Stars plan to be a highly competitive team in the 2013-14 season. The Stars, the co-op team based in New Richmond, won two of their three games in the Black River Falls tournament over the weekend. They also put in a hearty effort in their season opener, a 3-2 loss to the Chippewa Falls-Menomonie co-op last Tuesday. The opener against CF-M was a close battle. The Stars have been in need of an offensive leader.
Outscoring its first three opponents 25-3 shows the Somerset boys hockey team is ready to take up where it left off last season. The Spartans defeated River Falls, Menomonie and Pine City, Minn., in the tournament that was held in Somerset last Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Last year, the Spartans notched the most wins in team history when they finished 18-6-2. The season started with a 11-1 thrashing of River Falls last Tuesday. The Spartans fought off a challenge from Menomonie’s Mustangs on Friday, winning 5-2.
Take away the first few minutes and the New Richmond boys hockey team was extremely competitive for two periods with a big and experienced St. Paul Academy on Saturday night. In the third period the Tigers’ inexperience showed. It showed in undisciplined penalties and giving up odd-man rushes. SPA led 2-1 after two periods, before tacking on three goals in the final period to beat the Tigers 5-1 in New Richmond’s 2013-14 opener. The Tigers are putting an extremely young team on the ice this season. SPA took advantage right away, scoring 40 seconds into the game.
All three local wrestling teams see their first mat action of the season this Thursday. New Richmond hosts Prescott while Somerset starts its Middle Border Conference schedule on Thursday at Ellsworth. St. Croix Central will host Luck-Frederic-Grantsburg in a non-conference match on Thursday. Here are previews of the three local wrestling squads as they begin the 2013-14 season. New Richmond Ellsworth and Amery are ranked second and third in the Crossface Magazine pre-season Division 2 state rankings.
There are few things in life that Dakota Belter likes more than playing baseball. Now, he’ll have two more years to enjoy playing baseball at the collegiate level. Belter was one of three Century College players to sign NCAA National Letters of Intent last week.
Facing two defending conference champions to start the season is a grueling assignment for the St. Croix Central girls basketball team. The first of those games was played last Tuesday when the Panthers drew Middle Border Conference champ Baldwin-Woodville. The Panthers struggled in the first quarter, falling behind 18-2. The Panthers then developed stability in their game, playing evenly with the Blackhawks in the final three quarters. The final score ended at 51-33. The second of those daunting assignments comes this Thursday, when the Panthers play at Colfax, the defending Dunn-St.
Here are this week's scores from the bowling leagues at Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond. Monday Afternoon Women’s League at Gibby’s Lanes Rooster’s Roadhouse 53-31 Cedar Creek Inn 47-37 Blue Ribbon Feeds 44-40 Star Prairie Sports Bar 24-60 High Individual Scratch Game: Elizabeth Ziegler 171, 162, Mary Bentley 149, Judy Duffe 149, Chrissy Fitzgerald 148 High Individual Scratch Series: Elizabeth Ziegler 477, Mary Bentley 414, Chrissy Fitzgerald 398 Team High Handicap Game: Rooster’s Roadhouse 635, Blue Ribbon 628, 620, Star Prairie Sports Bar 616 Team High Handicap Series: Blu
The Western Wisconsin Stars girls high school hockey game set for Thursday against Superior has been postponed. The Stars, the co-op team based in New Richmond, were scheduled to play at 7 p.m. at the New Richmond Sports Center. Because of heavy snow in the Superior area and ice-covered roads locally, the game was postponed. A makeup date has not been set.
The New Richmond boys hockey and girls basketball teams posted their first wins of the 2013-14 season on Tuesday night. New Richmond's boys hockey team notched a 6-2 home ice win over Hayward. Nick Lubow scored with 2:36 left in the second period to break a 2-2 tie. The Tiger girls basketball team went to Osceola and posted a convincing 61-39 win over the Chieftains. Sydney Kannel scored 33 and Mattie Kidder contributed 14 points. The Tiger boys basketball team wasn't so fortunate.