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.
- Member for
- 3 years 10 months
The 2009 portion of this basketball season has gone perfectly for the St. Croix Central boys team. The Panthers ended the 2009 section of the schedule with a sweet win, beating rival Baldwin-Woodville 65-57 last Tuesday. The Panthers' record stands at 7-0 as they head into 2010. The win over Baldwin-Woodville was another step in the progression of the Panthers. B-W took a nine-point lead in the second quarter of the game. The poise of the Panthers showed. They cut the margin to three by halftime.
The New Richmond boys hockey team has been one of the brightest surprises of the area teams to start the 2009-10 season. Last Tuesday the Eau Claire Memorial boys reminded the Tigers that there is still a great deal to learn for the young team. Memorial inflicted an 8-1 thrashing on the Tigers. It was a game where the Tigers arrived unprepared and the Old Abes attacked like sharks in a feeding frenzy. "We absolutely were flat," said Tiger coach Adam Swanda.
The New Richmond boys basketball team didn't win at Rice Lake last Tuesday. But the Tigers did enough other things well in the game that coach Rick Montreal was viewing the game as a success. The Tigers lost the game 54-52. This leaves the Tigers with a 2-3 overall record as they finish the 2009 portion of their schedule. The Tigers are 0-3 in road games and 2-0 at home. One of the best signs out of the Rice Lake game was the Tigers' preparedness for the game. In their previous road game, at Durand, the Tigers looked like they weren't mentally prepared.
It would be difficult to find a team with a tougher non-conference schedule than the Somerset girls basketball team this year. The first two non-conference losses for the Spartans were Holy Family and Apple Valley, two highly successful Minnesota programs. The Spartans' wins are over Bloomer and Spooner. Last Tuesday the Spartans took on their third non-conference opponent when they played at River Falls. The Wildcats are a strong Division 1 team from the Big Rivers Conference. It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Wildcats could build any lead on the Spartans.
Senior Luke Buerkley took charge offensively, scoring a career high 27 points as the Somerset boys basketball team won at Grantsburg last Tuesday, 46-43. The win is the second of the season for the Spartans against three losses. Grantsburg came into Tuesday's game with a 4-1 record. There were times during the first half of Tuesday's game that Grantsburg threatened to pull away from the Spartans.
It wasn't the type of start the Somerset hockey team wanted but the Spartans will gladly keep the finish they produced. When the Spartans skated against the Burnett County Blizzard last week, the Spartans showed little fire in the first period. That helped the Blizzard jump out to a 2-0 lead. From there on the Spartans played progressively better, scoring the winning goal with 24 seconds left on the clock to beat the Blizzard 4-3. The game was played at The Lodge Center in Siren. Mikal Urhammer scored the game-winner for the Spartans with 24 seconds left in regulation.
In an effort to deal with space issues at all three of its buildings, the Somerset Board of Education has decided to construct a new building on the school campus. The new building will house the school district's administrative offices and the junior kindergarten and early childhood classrooms. There is also a possibility that space will be included in the new building for the alternative education program and a virtual education program. The school board came to the decision at its Dec. 21 meeting.
The Middle Border Conference schedule didn't start quite as smoothly as the New Richmond boys basketball team had planned. The Tigers went to Durand last Tuesday and were surprised by the Panthers. Durand was able to beat the Tigers 43-39. On Friday the Tigers were able to get into the MBC win column, scoring a 53-36 win over Somerset. Tiger coach Rick Montreal was clearly angered by the loss at Durand.
In terms of pure effort and playing with passion, the New Richmond girls hockey team put together one of the team's finest performances in several years last Tuesday against Hudson. Hudson was had a spotless 6-0 record entering the game and was ranked third in the state. The Tigers were 1-4 and most people might not have considered the Tigers a threat. The Tigers thought otherwise. After a rousing pre-game pep talk from coach Willie Peterson, the Tigers played an incredibly passionate game. They fought endlessly in the defensive zone and kept Hudson's leading scorer off the scoresheet.
The New Richmond wrestling team is rolling up some hefty takedown totals this season. They added to those totals last Thursday, during their 45-30 win over Prescott. The win raises the Tigers' record in Middle Border Conference matches 3-0. There were several matches where the Tigers earned five or more takedowns. Coach Mark Neumann said the youth wrestling program is teaching the wrestlers to be better from their feet. With that confidence, they are more willing to work for takedowns. Tanner Turany was a textbook example of the takedown success.