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 isn't often that the girls on New Richmond's first line are held without a goal in a hockey game. That happened against Hayward last Thursday. Two of the girls on the second line stepped up to score goals, helping the Tigers to earn a 2-2 tie with Hayward. Dani Edin and Shelby Rolland stepped in to provide the goals for the Tigers in the tie. Hayward came into the game with a 5-3 record while the Tigers were 3-7-2 this season. The Tigers have been playing every one of their opponents closely.
The road to any girls basketball championship in the Middle Border Conference goes directly through Durand. The New Richmond girls basketball team was reminded of that last Tuesday. The Tigers started their MBC schedule at the toughest stop on the conference map. Durand showed it has every intention of repeating as conference champions, beating the Tigers 45-27. Outside shooting was one of the key factors in Tuesday's game. New Richmond gave Durand all it could handle for most of the first half. The Tigers trailed 17-15 with two minutes left in the first half.
The first Middle Border Conference win of the season for the Spartans was certainly memorable. They rallied in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime. In the overtime the Spartans outscored Ellsworth 12-9 to earn a 52-49 win last Tuesday. The Spartans trailed 40-37 in the final minute.
Though the St. Croix Central girls trailed by seven points with 2:24 left on the clock, it didn't stop the Panthers from trying to come back. And they nearly completed the comeback too. The Panthers cut the margin to two points on a three-point play from Nikki Brooks at the 1:02 mark. The Panthers had two shots to tie the game in the final 26 seconds, but couldn't get either shot to fall. That allowed Elk Mound to escape Hammond with a 48-46 win over the Panthers on Saturday. The setback leaves the Panthers with a 4-2 record in Dunn-St. Croix Conference games.
Erin Wilson will be taking over the Somerset girls varsity soccer program this spring. Wilson is in her first year as a teacher of freshman science at Somerset High School. She has an extensive soccer background as a high school and collegiate player. Wilson has been playing competitive soccer since she was 8 years old. Growing up in Wisconsin Rapids, she was able to play in a large youth program there. She would later return to the program as a coach during the summer of her college years. She became a standout player at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.
Former Tiger Chad Fehrman will be the new varsity baseball coach for New Richmond High School. Fehrman, 30, had been the Tiger freshman baseball coach the past three springs. He is in his sixth season as an assistant coach in the Tiger boys hockey program. Fehrman coached the JV team for four years before becoming the varsity assistant coach last season.
It is considered an accomplishment for wrestlers who reach the second day of big holiday tournaments. Last year, with a senior-laden lineup, New Richmond's wrestling team got seven wrestlers into the second day of action at the Bi-State Classic. This year, without a single senior competing, the Tigers were able to get six wrestlers into the second day of action at the 2009 Bi-State Classic last Monday and Tuesday in La Crosse. The top finish for the Tigers came from junior heavyweight Joel Neumann. He was able to place fourth in the 285-pound class.
Frame that first quarter, it's a keeper. And the poise shown in the last minute, that's worth remembering. What happened in between the first quarter and the final minute was largely forgettable for the New Richmond boys basketball team in their home non-conference game against Menomonie on Saturday. The sharp start and poised finish were enough to get the Tigers a 53-49 win over winless Menomonie on Saturday. With the win the Tigers stand at 3-3 for the season. After a 10-day span between games, the Tigers were chomping at the bit to play on Saturday.
The big trophy that the Somerset wrestlers brought home from the 2009 Northern Badger Invitational wasn't expected. The Spartans won the Division 2 championship of the 2009 Northern Badger, wrestled last Tuesday and Wednesday at River Falls High School. Somerset coach Mitch Flandrick said the team's goal was to do well in the tournament. "We overachieved on our goal," Flandrick said. "We didn't know if we were capable (of winning the division)." The Spartans won the title without getting any wrestler into the finals.
St. Croix Central was able to advance two wrestlers into the finals and seven wrestlers into the second day of competition at the annual Northern Badger Wrestling Invitational at River Falls High School last week. With this success, the Panthers were able to place third among the 13 teams in Division 2 of the tournament. Reaching the finals for the Panthers were senior Zack Gillis at 140 pounds and sophomore Matt Smith at 152 pounds. Gillis met Damien Luchterhand of Neillsville in the 140-pound finals.