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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Here is the schedule for the next week for area high school sports events. New Richmond Thursday, Nov. 30 Wrestling: Baldwin-Woodville at New Richmond, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 Girls Basketball: St. Croix Central at New Richmond, 7:15 p.m. Boys Hockey: Barron at New Richmond, 8 p.m.
If you think tennis is all there is to Greta Bakke, you don't know her at all. Though she completes her New Richmond High School girls tennis career as one of the most successful players in Tiger history, tennis isn't a large part of Bakke's future plans. And she does have plans, very structured and well thought out plans for her future. Bakke plans a career in dentistry. While a number of colleges have pursued her to compete for their teams, none has swayed her in the least to deviate away from her plans for the future.
Tuesday night brought big success for the Somerset athletic programs, but the New Richmond boys basketball was defeated in its season opener. The Somerset boys hockey, boys basketball and girls basketball teams all recorded wins on Tuesday.
It may be the shortest segment of pathway in New Richmond, but getting the stretch completed on 140th Street and Paperjack Creek has taken years. It was a cooperative effort of many to get the project completed. The recently completed 600 feet of pathway over Paperjack Creek on 140th Street is a wonderful example of how a public and private partnership can get things done for the greater good of the community.
With the Thanksgiving break completed, winter high school sports in the area hit full speed this week. This Tuesday, there are four teams in action. The New Richmond boys basketball team opens its season with a game at Rice Lake. The Somerset boys hockey team will play at home against Chisago Lakes. Both Somerset basketball teams have already played a game, but they will resume on Tuesday. The Spartan girls will play at Unity Tuesday while the boys play at St. Croix Falls.
The St. Croix Central volleyball team was one of the best in western Wisconsin this fall and that success was reflected in the All-Middle Border Conference voting. The Panthers had five girls named to the All-MBC first team. Somerset and New Richmond finished in the middle of the MBC pack this season. Somerset had three girls named to the All-MBC team and New Richmond had two girls selected. St. Croix Central
Gwynn Christensen achieved a great many things in his 92 years. He started as high school standout athlete, then a World War II soldier. That was followed by being a college football starter, high school coach and administrator, college coach, businessman, Shriner and Mason, to name a few. Christensen moved to New Richmond in 1970. He remained here until he died on Nov. 5 at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.
Four St. Croix Central football players have received all-state honors, two for their work on the football field and two for their efforts in the classroom. Two-way standout lineman Chris Matteson was named as an honorable mention all-state choice on the 2017 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State team. Matteson earned his recognition as a defensive lineman. Matteson was one of the best linemen in the area, especially at stopping opponents' running plays. That showed again in the state championship game, where he made six tackles.
A complete rebuild doesn't mean starting at the bottom. The Somerset girls basketball team begins the 2017-18 season with a completely new starting lineup with two girls possessing any varsity experience. They are not alone. Many of the teams in the Middle Border Conference this season are expected to place very young lineups on the court, so the expectations are that the Spartans should be able to compete with most of the MBC teams this season.
It's one of the benefits of having seasoned players filling your roster. The St. Croix Central girls basketball team knew it played a clunker in its season opener last Tuesday. Panther coach Luke Fritsche said the girls knew they didn't play well, but also understand that this was just one game within what the Panthers are hoping is a very long season.