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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Just when it appeared the New Richmond girls basketball team was ready to break out of its losing streak, illness struck the team. On Thursday the Tigers played at Baldwin-Woodville, an opponent New Richmond had beaten in the first round of Middle Border Conference play. Unfortunately, a wave of illness swept through the Tigers last week. One-third of the varsity and JV players missed the practice last Wednesday because they were sick.
Two excellent chances to add to their win total slipped away from the Somerset boys basketball team last week. The Spartans jumped out to a 16-4 lead at Osceola last Tuesday. They couldn't hang onto the lead as Osceola clawed its way back for a 36-35 win. That was followed by a 50-40 homecourt loss to Amery last Friday. The Spartans led for parts of the first half on Friday, before a weak second quarter got them in trouble.
A large "Coaches vs. Cancer" crowd got to witness a thrilling performance by the St. Croix Central girls basketball team on Friday night. The Panthers were clearly inspired by the large crowd, scoring 22 points in the first quarter against Plum City. The Panthers maintained a comfortable margin throughout the rest of the game to win 59-41. This win assures that the Panthers will finish among the top four teams in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference this season.
Six of St. Croix Central's wrestlers have advanced to compete in this Saturday's Amery Division 2 sectional wrestling tournament. Junior Lauden Wood and sophomore Carl Moll advance as champions from the St. Croix Central Division 2 regional tournament that the Panthers hosted last Saturday. Matt Smith, Cody Nyhagen, Kyle Aaby and Marcus Malecek move on as second place regional finishers.
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.