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 junior Steven Moncada has always been a bundle of energy on the wrestling mat. This year, he’s been able to harness that energy and turn it into major improvement. That progress culminated on Saturday, when Moncada qualified for the 2017 WIAA State Wrestling Championships. Moncada will compete in the Thursday evening session at the state meet, which will be held at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Ryan Larson could have wrestled at three different weight classes in the WIAA tournament series. The decision to move up to 195 pounds paid off. Larson advanced to this week’s WIAA Division 2 state championships by placing third in the 195-pound bracket at the Amery Division 2 sectional meet on Saturday. Larson will wrestle his first match at the state tournament in the Thursday evening round. Larson (24-9) will face Waupaca senior Derrick Rotta (30-8) in the opening round at the state meet at the Kohl Center in Madison.
The Western Wisconsin Stars have turned their program around this season, already amassing the team’s largest win total in more than a decade.
Revenge wasn’t needed as a motivator for the New Richmond boys basketball team on Friday. Though the Tigers were the only team to lose to Somerset so far in this Middle Border Conference season, Tiger coach Rick Montreal said avenging that loss wasn’t on the Tigers’ minds when they earned a 61-37 win at Somerset last Friday. Montreal said the Tigers have been playing better ball in recent weeks and this was a continuation of that progress. This was the Tigers’ second win in three games, improving the team’s season record to 6-14.
Playing nine days after they battled into overtime, there was little doubt that the clash between the Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville boys hockey teams would produce another close game. Fans were treated to another of the spirited games between these two teams. But the results remained the same as the previous week, with the Spartans winning 3-2 in overtime to advance to the WIAA sectional semifinals. The Spartans were scheduled to play at Hudson in Tuesday’s sectional semifinal. The sectional championship game will be played at Hudson’s Gornick Arena at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Somerset boys basketball team will open play in WIAA Division 3 regional tournament action next Tuesday. The Spartans drew the tenth seed in the Division 3 regional bracket. That puts them on the road next Tuesday, playing at Amery. Amery is the seventh seed in the bracket. This isn’t a bad draw for the Spartans. They’ve been competitive in both of their games with Amery, losing to the Warriors by five and 11 points.
The future is now, or at least it was last Tuesday, for the New Richmond girls basketball team. With the only senior on the team, the Tigers were an even younger version of the team that has been the younger squad in nearly every game they played this season. After a slow start at Amery, the Tigers played capably, but fell to the Warriors, 50-32. The loss leaves the Tigers with a 4-18 final regular season record.
Five straight wins at the end of the regular season has the St. Croix Central girls basketball team believing it is in a good position to be a factor in the 2017 WIAA Division 3 playoffs. The Panthers are the third seed in the regional tournament bracket. They begin tournament play this Friday. They will host the winner of Tuesday’s game between Baldwin-Woodville and Ellsworth. That’s likely to be B-W, a team that defeated Central once this season, when the Panthers were at their low point of the season, losing four of five games in a two-week stretch in late January.
The St. Croix Central boys basketball team will open WIAA Division 3 regional tournament action on the road. The Panthers received the fifth seed in the regional seeding meeting that was held on Sunday. By receiving the fifth seed, the Panthers will open tournament action on Friday, March 3, at fourth seed Osceola.
Due to the impending inclement weather, the decision has been made to move up the St. Croix Central's girls basketball tournament game up one night. The Panthers were scheduled to host Baldwin-Woodville in the WIAA Division 3 regional semifinals on Friday. That game has been moved up 24 hours. It will now be played at St. Croix Central High School at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Central girls are the third seed in the regional bracket and Baldwin-Woodville is the sixth seed. The winner of that game will play in the regional final, which is currently scheduled for Saturday.