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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So far, the 2016-17 season has been something of a horror movie for the New Richmond boys basketball season. But the Tigers are hoping to put together a strong finish to the season, hoping that a happy ending will give them a positive remembrance of their season.
It seems that in every game, the St. Croix Central boys basketball team has several players who step forward with strong offensive nights. That’s what happened when the Tigers won at New Richmond last Tuesday, 57-52. But it didn’t happen last Thursday. The Panthers scored a season low in points in a 47-40 loss at Amery.
Could the St. Croix Central wrestling team go from the bottom to the top in one week? It is definitely within the realm of possibilities. The Panthers finished at the back of the pack in the team results at the Middle Border Conference Wrestling Tournament at Amery on Saturday. But the Panthers still have hopes that they will emerge from the WIAA regional wrestling tournament they’ll be hosting on Saturday as regional champions.
The Middle Border Conference Wrestling Tournament did not go exactly as the Somerset wrestling team had hoped. The Spartans had a goal of competing for second place in the team competition, knowing that Ellsworth was a lock to capture the team title. The Spartans ended up in seventh place in the team results, though they were only 30 points behind second place New Richmond.
The New Richmond boys basketball team led St. Croix Central 27-9 at halftime on Tuesday. Game over, right? The SCC fans who left at halftime thought so, but the Panthers thought differently. The Panthers charged back, beating New Richmond, 44-40. Central took its first lead at 41-40 on a drive by Trevor Nelson with 2:02 left. Both teams had several more chances to score, but the only other field goal was scored at the buzzer by Collin Nelson following a steal. Will Soderberg led Central with 13 points. Matt Brandeen finished with 11 and Peyton Nogal with 10.
The WIAA announced its brackets for the boys and girls hockey sectional tournaments on Sunday. New Richmond and Somerset will both open boys hockey tournament play with home games. New Richmond received the third seed in the boys hockey bracket. The Tigers will open tournament play on Friday, Feb. 17, hosting River Falls at 7 p.m. River Falls is the sixth seed in the bracket.
The New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central dance teams all earned their way to the 2017 Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches State Meet with outstanding performances at the 2017 WACPC Western Regional Meet that was held at New Richmond High School on Saturday. New Richmond and Somerset both advanced two routines to the state championships while Central qualified one of its routines. The state championships will be held this Saturday at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse.
The final home match for the New Richmond wrestling seniors on their home mat was a resounding success, with the Tigers steamrolling Osceola, 57-15. The win was the fourth in the Middle Border Conference dual meet season for the Tigers. That leaves them with a 4-3 record, tied for third place in the final MBC standings with Somerset.
Wins this Thursday and Friday would give the New Richmond boys hockey team a perfect record for the 2016-17 Middle Border Conference season. The Tigers sewed up a share of the MBC championship last Thursday with a 9-0 win over the WSFLG cooperative team from Burnett and northern Polk counties. The Tigers also earned an MBC win last Tuesday with a 4-0 win at Somerset.
The field goal count ended up in New Richmond’s favor last Tuesday, but the final score ended up going to Osceola as the Chieftains defeated the New Richmond boys basketball team 61-52 at the New Richmond High School gym. The loss dropped the Tigers to 3-5 in the Middle Border Conference standings and 4-10 overall.