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 St. Croix Central girls basketball team has earned the top seed in its Division 3 regional tournament bracket. The Panthers began this week with an 11-8 record. That ranks as the best record among the eight teams in the region. Central begins its tournament season with a home game next Tuesday against Spring Valley, which has a 4-17 record. That game will be played at 7 p.m.
The New Richmond boys made their final varsity game in the New Richmond High School gym a success by beating Osceola 40-31 in the second round of Division 2 regionals on Thursday night. With the win New Richmond advances to the regional final, which will be played at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Rice Lake High School. The Tigers' opponent in the regional final will be Northwestern, which beat Amery 63-54 tonight. Tickets for Saturday's game are available from the New Richmond High School office throughout the day Friday. There will not be tickets available in Rice Lake.
St. Croix Central's Zack Gillis and Matt Smith both have advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 WIAA State Division 3 Wrestling Championships. They will wrestle in the semifinals, which begin at 7 p.m. on Friday. Somerset freshman Gabe Flandrick wasn't as fortunate. Flandrick was beaten in Friday morning's quarterfinals. Flandrick lost to Marshall freshman Cole Hansen in the quarterfinals, 14-7.
Somerset freshman Gabe Flandrick earned a berth in the WIAA Division 2 state wrestling championships in his first try, by placing second in the 130-pound bracket at the WIAA sectional tournament in Somerset on Saturday. Somerset sophomore Haydon Dvorak wasn't as fortunate. The top three wrestlers from each Division 2 weight class qualify for state and Dvorak placed fourth in the 160-pound class on Saturday. Flandrick was the only freshman from the Somerset sectional tournament who qualified for the state meet. He had to win four matches to get his second place spot in the sectional.
The New Richmond and Hudson boys hockey teams have clashed so many times through the years that any win over the Raiders is a reason for the Tigers to celebrate. Ending Hudson's season last Thursday was especially sweet for the Tigers. New Richmond defeated Hudson 5-2 on Thursday. The win advanced New Richmond into this Tuesday's sectional semifinal game against Menomonie. The winner of Tuesday's game will play in the sectional championship game against the winner of Tuesday's game between Superior and River Falls. The sectional championship game will be played at 1 p.m.
The week began with New Richmond, Amery and Osceola locked in a three-way battle for the Middle Border Conference boys basketball title. Where the three teams will be at the end of the week is anyone's guess. New Richmond was scheduled to host Amery on Tuesday and Osceola this Friday, giving the Tigers control of their chances to win a third straight MBC title.
St. Croix Central senior Zack Gillis gets a chance to improve on his sixth place finish at last year's WIAA state wrestling tournament. Central sophomore Matt Smith gets a chance to make an impact in his first WIAA state tournament. Gillis and Smith qualified for the 2010 WIAA Division 3 state championships by placing second in their weight classes at the Division 3 sectional tournament held at Osseo-Fairchild High School last Saturday. Central freshmen Carl Moll and Cody Nyhagen just missed qualifying for state.
Two superb defensive efforts led the New Richmond girls basketball team to a pair of Middle Border Conference wins last week. The wins increase the Tigers' MBC record to 3-8 for the season and they now stand at 5-12 overall. The Tigers put on a defensive gem last Tuesday in facing Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers won the game 43-14. It wasn't until 3:12 was left in the fourth quarter that B-W was able to reach double figures in scoring for the game. "Defensively, this was one of our best games," said Tiger coach Jeff Kanewischer.
In both rounds of Middle Border Conference play this season, the Somerset boys basketball team has given MBC co-leader Amery a solid battle. In both instances, Amery's height advantage proved to be too much for the Spartans. When the teams met last Thursday at Somerset in the Spartans' final home game of the season, Amery prevailed 53-40. The Spartans are now 2-10 in MBC games and 4-16 overall. The Spartans finish the regular season with a conference game at Durand. Next Tuesday the WIAA boys basketball playoffs begin and the Spartans are in an unenviable position.
The losses came like a string of stunning punches. The New Richmond wrestling team had seven wrestlers qualify for the WIAA Division 1 sectional tournament in Merrill on Saturday. All seven of the Tigers were defeated in their opening match at the sectional, ending their day and sending the Tigers home in a state of shock. Tiger coach Mark Neumann said there were matches the Tigers should have won.