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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Former St. Croix Central school district administrator Dan Woll has added another title to his career accomplishments: novelist. Woll and his long-time friend John W. Lyon, penned the historic novel "Death on Cache Lake." The book has been in the works for some time. Actually, decades. Woll said he first wrote a vignette about a harrowing canoe trip in the 1980s and sent it to Lyon. "It came back a year later wrapped in a novel," Woll said. Neither man thought the book was strong enough to be published at the time.
Hundreds of winter hats are on their way to charities thanks to the efforts of Somerset sixth grade students. The hats were created in the sewing unit of the healthy living class taught by Family and Consumer Science instructor Debbie Stevens. Students bring in a half-yard of fleece for the class, enough to make two or four hats, depending upon the pattern they chose. Each student is required to make one hat. Many make more. The 134 sixth-graders this year made more than 440 hats. Many of those hats were donated to charitable organizations like Grace Place, WestCAP and the St.
New Richmond's Alli Wielinski scored with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Tiger girls hockey team to a badly-needed 5-4 win at Viroqua on Friday. The win raises the Tigers' record to 4-10-1 and is the first win in the 2012 portion of their schedule. The Tigers built a 4-1 lead early in Friday's game and the Tigers had many, many more chances to score. The Tigers amassed a season-high 62 shots on goal as they dominated control of the puck. In the overtime the Tigers continued to force all the action, putting nine shots on goal.
The next two Thursdays will decide whether St. Croix Central wins the Dunn-St. Croix Conference dual wrestling championship. This Thursday the Panthers wrestle at Boyceville. The following Thursday the Panthers will host Spring Valley-Elmwood.
The New Richmond boys basketball team has run hot and cold lately, but the Tigers were definitely hot on Tuesday. New Richmond and Prescott entered Tuesday's game tied at the top of the Middle Border Conference standings. The Tigers used a smothering defense and good ball movement on offense to produce a 56-41 win over the Cardinals. New Richmond stands alone at the top of the MBC standings with a 5-1 record. Prescott falls into a tie with Baldwin-Woodville at 4-2. Dalton Sabby and Joe Deppe paced the Tiger offense Tuesday with 16 and 15 points respectively.
The New Richmond wrestling team and the Somerset boys basketball team both put together late charges in their Middle Border Conference contests Thursday night. The Tiger wrestlers nearly overcame a 21-point deficit, falling short in their comeback try against Amery, 36-33. Somerset's boys basketball team trailed Ellsworth 23-16 at halftime. The Spartans hit seven of eight free throws in the final minute to overtake the Panthers, 45-40. Also earning wins on Thursday where the Somerset and St.
The Somerset Board of Education didn't have to look far for a new elementary principal. Turns out, the decision had been made on the new principal a year ago. The school board announced Cherrie Wood's retirement as elementary principal at its December meeting. Actually, the board had accepted Wood's retirement in January 2011.
The 4-0 start for the New Richmond boys basketball team has been packed with challenges. In those four wins, the Tigers have earned wins at three tough road venues. They added the third on Friday, earning a 48-45 win against a Somerset team that pushed the Tigers to the limit. The Tigers recorded wins at Durand and Baldwin-Woodville in December. "Our kids have certainly passed some early gut checks," said Tiger coach Rick Montreal.
The rivalry is back. The Somerset boys basketball team gave four-time defending Middle Border Conference champion New Richmond all it could handle last Friday. The Spartans battled New Richmond to the final seconds before the Tigers managed to pull out a 48-45 win. The game had everything you'd want from a rivalry. With both student fan sections making a huge amount of noise, the game lived up to that level of excitement.
You might notice New Richmond boys hockey teams heading behind the team bench after each of their shifts on the ice. This is part of a new instant discipline program installed by the Tiger coaches to get players to recognize the consequences of their lack of discipline during their shifts. The new rules appear to be having a positive impact for the Tigers. The rules were put in place on the team's bus ride to Rice Lake last Tuesday.