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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Somerset's lead in the Middle Border Conference girls basketball race now stands at two games after Thursday's action. The Spartans won on Thursday with a 55-47 homecourt win over Ellsworth. It was Ellsworth that delivered the Spartans' only conference loss a month ago. Since then the Spartans have won nine straight games, which includes seven conference wins. Senior Ashley Martell led a balanced Spartan attack with 16 points on Thursday.
New Richmond senior Joel Neumann repeated as Middle Border Conference heavyweight wrestling champion and four other Tigers took second place in their weight class at the 2011 Middle Border Conference Wrestling Tournament in Ellsworth on Saturday. The Tigers took third place in the team competition, with Ellsworth continuing its string of conference titles.
Bringing home two championships and two second place finishes made for a successful day for the Somerset wrestlers at the 2011 Middle Border Conference Wrestling Tournament in Ellsworth on Saturday. Junior Haydon Dvorak and sophomore Gabe Flandrick both earned MBC championships on Saturday.
Two days after climbing up to number two in the Division 2 boys basketball state rankings, the New Richmond boys basketball team was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Tigers lost at Baldwin-Woodville last Thursday, 64-49. B-W guard Ryan Benoy lit up the Tiger defense, scoring 34 points. Seven of the Tigers' first 14 opponents were held to 34 points or less before the loss. The Middle Border Conference race is suddenly much closer. The Tigers started this week with an 8-1 record, one game ahead of B-W.
It has always been Jeremy Kelly's dream to play Division 1 college football. He will be one of the rare young athletes who actually gets the chance to fulfill the dream. Kelly signed a football scholarship offer from the Air Force Academy on National Signing Day last Wednesday. The 6-6, 245-pound lineman will receive a full scholarship and is making a 10-year commitment to the Air Force. Kelly also had received a full scholarship offer from Illinois State and large percentage offers from North Dakota State and Southern Illinois. Kelly is one of two Middle Border Conference football player
Brett Johnson is a bundle of non-stop energy with a motor that never quits. Distance running was the perfect fit for the St. Croix Central senior. Last week Johnson found a way to continue his running. He signed a national letter of intent to compete in cross country and track at UW-Parkside. Parkside is an NCAA Division 2 school located in Kenosha. Johnson didn't begin running competitively until the spring track season of his eighth grade year. "I got started running when my cousin, Monica (Walz) Jensen, died of Melanoma cancer," Johnson said.
The Somerset boys hockey team may have outhit New Richmond in the fiery renewal of the long-standing rivalry last Thursday. While Somerset had more hits, New Richmond had more goals. And that's the final measurement in a hockey game, with the Tigers netting a 4-1 win over the Spartans. The win raises the Tigers' record to 15-5 and this was their ninth straight victory. This gives the Tigers a sweep of their six Middle Border Conference games this season. The loss dropped Somerset to 8-11-1 for the season. The Tigers took the lead 47 seconds into the game and never gave it up.
Somerset senior Ashley Martell scored what is believed to be a Spartan single-game record 36 points last Tuesday in a 57-30 win at Prescott. The Spartans continued their winning ways on Friday, earning their seventh straight victory in a landslide 61-25 win at New Richmond. The wins put Somerset at 7-1 in the Middle Border Conference race. Durand began the week in second place with a 5-2 record. Martell's monster game in Prescott kept the Spartans at a comfortable lead throughout the game. Martell scored 16 points in the first quarter.
Sixteen points from guard Tyler Ledbeter and double-digit rebounds from Reggie Larson and Ryan Himes were key ingredients in the Somerset boys basketball team's 48-38 win over Ellsworth last Thursday. The win was the second for the Spartans in Middle Border Conference action this year, while Ellsworth drops to 5-4 in the MBC with the loss. For the young Spartans, this game was a huge step forward. The Spartans were able to control the post area at both ends of the court. Himes finished the game with a double-double, totaling 12 rebounds and 10 points.