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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The Western Wisconsin Stars finished one of the team’s most successful regular seasons of the decade last Tuesday with a 5-3 win over Black River Falls at the Somerset Civic Center. With the victory, the Stars’ record stands at 11-10-1. This assures the team of its first record at or above the .500 level this decade.
The 2017 WIAA wrestling regional tournaments are in the books. The New Richmond wrestlers advanced five wrestlers through Saturday's Division 1 regional at Chippewa Falls. St. Croix Central moved four wrestlers through the regional the Panthers were hosting, while Somerset advanced three wrestlers through the SCC Division 2 regional.
The Somerset girls basketball team locked up its second straight Middle Border Conference on Friday. The Spartans broke open a close game late in the first half, rapidly pulling away from a short-handed New Richmond squad in the second half to win 68-26. This is the first time in Somerset basketball history, boys or girls, that a Spartan team has won consecutive conference championships.
It’s been an outstanding winter for local youth hockey teams. New Richmond has six youth teams which have qualified for state tournaments and Somerset has three teams advancing to state. The defending state champion U12 Western Wisconsin Stars girls team, which represents New Richmond and Somerset, has also qualified for state. Here is a rundown on the information received on the local state qualifiers.
With the calendar turning to February, the Somerset girls basketball team instinctively knew it is their time. The Spartans locked up a share of the Middle Border Conference last Thursday with an incredible performance against Prescott. The Spartans defeated Prescott 64-23, but it was Somerset’s first half display that showed the Spartans are truly rounding into playoff form.
Wins last week over Baldwin-Woodville and RAM gave the New Richmond boys hockey team a perfect Middle Border Conference season, but the win the Tigers coveted most last week slipped away from them in the final minutes.
Two strong halves of basketball equalled a win for the New Richmond girls last Thursday. The Tigers put together strong play at both ends of the court through both halves to overpower Baldwin-Woodville, 59-47 in the Tigers’ home finale. The win snapped a 15-game losing streak for the Tigers which started after the Tigers won their opening three games of the season.
The New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central dance teams all had to successes to celebrate after competing at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches (WACPC) State Championships at La Crosse on Friday. New Richmond added to its lengthy history of success, bringing home the fifth place trophy in the Division 2 kick competition. Somerset and St. Croix Central competed as teams and also had individuals receive all-state honors. Tiger coach Ali Sirek said the competition level increases every year at the state meet.
Seven teams had the goal of finishing in second place in the Middle Border Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, but it was New Richmond that was able to climb the coveted spot behind perennial MBC champion Ellsworth in the final team rankings. With 11 wrestlers placing, including senior Bryce Younger who won the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler Award, the Tigers were able to climb out of a tightly-packed group of teams to take second place.
Somerset senior Hunter Hartwick scored the game winner 3:33 into the overtime period on Saturday, giving the Spartans a 4-3 win over Rice Lake for Somerset’s 15th win of the 2016-17 season.