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 dinged-up New Richmond girls hockey team is in need of younger players on the team to take on bigger roles for the team. The Tigers are coming off a week where they lost to Hudson and Burnett County. This week is even more challenging, with games against undefeated Onalaska and the defending state champion St. Croix Valley Fusion. And next week, the Tigers play three games in their annual trip to the Rochester (Minn.) holiday tournament. That the Tigers could be playing without leading scorer Paige Charland for the foreseeable future adds to the challenges the team is facing.
The St. Croix Central wrestling team has been a tournament terror so far this season. They'd like to continue that through next week's 2011 Northern Badger Invitational. A week after winning the La Crosse Logan tournament, the Panthers earned their second straight tournament victory by sweeping their five dual matches at the Osceola Invitational on Saturday. Central rolled past Osceola, Luck-Frederic-Grantsburg and Cumberland in the opening rounds of Saturday's tournament.
A young team like the St. Croix Central's girls basketball squad could hardly afford an injury to one of its key players. But that's what the Panthers are dealing with. The Panthers lost junior point guard Laura DeSmith to a concussion after she fell and struck her head on the floor in last Tuesday's game at Alma-Pepin. The Panthers were playing competitively in that game until DeSmith's injury. Things quickly eroded, with the Panthers suffering a 53-27 loss. Without DeSmith to guide the offense, the Panthers weren't able to stay with Plum City last Thursday, losing 47-29.
The news today is brought to you by...third grade students at the Somerset Elementary School. "The Spartan Scoop" is a news telecast in which third grade students perform all facets of the show, including the writing, on-air presentation, filming and technical work. The Spartan Scoop is the team idea of third grade teacher Sally Caspersen and elementary media specialist Kristin Flater. Before coming to Somerset, Caspersen was a substitute teacher in Hudson, where they have a similar program with fifth graders.
The first two performances by the New Richmond boys basketball team were dazzlers, with the Tigers handily putting away Big Rivers Conference opponents. The Tigers opened the season by beating Eau Claire Memorial. Last Tuesday the Tigers put on a scintillating shooting show in beating Hudson 64-46. Last Friday the Tigers hit the road for the first time this season and they found they still have room to grow.
The New Richmond boys hockey team created a ton of shots, but barely enough goals to earn its first victory of the season last Tuesday at the New Richmond Sports Center. The Tigers trailed Hayward 3-2 in the third period. Seniors Parker Olson and Nate Jones came to the rescue with third period goals that earned the Tigers the 4-3 win. Jones scored the deciding goal with a big effort with 4:28 remaining in the game.
Durand made life easy for the New Richmond wrestling team in the Tigers' season-opening match last Thursday. While Durand had 16 wrestlers available, the Panther coaches chose to have most of them wrestle junior varsity matches. Only six varsity matches were wrestled, which led to the Tigers getting an easy 66-12 win. New Richmond has had an excellent turnout for wrestling, including a ground swell of interest from kids who've never wrestled before.
With several important games on the horizon, the Somerset boys hockey team spent Saturday's clash with Tomah prepping for those upcoming games. The Spartans improved their season record in the process, icing the Timberwolves 6-2. The next game for Somerset is at 3 p.m. this Saturday, when they skate at Robbinsdale Cooper. The Spartans start their Middle Border Conference schedule next Tuesday, hosting New Richmond in the always tumultuous meeting with the Tigers. In Saturday's win over Tomah, the Spartan coaches set out three tasks for the Spartans.
The schedule couldn't get much tougher for the New Richmond girls basketball team to start the 2011-12 season. The Tigers began the season by facing Chippewa Falls, which finished last season ranked sixth in the Division 1 state rankings. The Tigers' second opponent was Barron, one of the top teams in the Heart O'North Conference. In both games the Tigers were able to stay close, but they couldn't get the offensive production to win either game. They lost to Chippewa Falls 45-26 last Friday and 33-23 at Barron this Monday. This year's Tiger team is a mixture of the four classes.
For the second straight year, the New Richmond girls hockey team took second place at the Wisconsin River Classic. The tournament was held on Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. The Tigers won their opening game 3-2, when senior Paige Charland scored 20 seconds into the overtime period to top the Stevens Point-Rapids co-op team. In the championship game, the Tigers were defeated for the second straight year by the Bay Area Bears, a co-op team from the Green Bay area. This year's score was 3-0. The Tigers and Bay Area were both scoreless in the first period.