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 best and the brightest of the Middle Border Conference was on display at the 2017 Middle Border Conference Scholar-Athlete Banquet. This year’s banquet was held last Wednesday at the new St. Croix Central High School auditorium. The top male and female senior scholar-athlete from each of the eight MBC schools was honored at the banquet.
The All-Middle Border Conference girls basketball team for the 2016-17 season is packed with honorees from the three local teams. Somerset, which won its second straight MBC title, had the most people honored. Four Spartans were selected for the team and Somerset coach Cory Lindenberg was named as Coach of the Year. St. Croix Central gained three all-conference slots after its second-place finish and New Richmond had two girls named to this season’s team. Somerset
Prescott, which advanced to the WIAA Division 3 state championship game, dominated the voting in the 2016-17 All-Middle Border Conference boys basketball team. Prescott had four players named to the All-MBC list, with Prescott’s Owen Hamilton as the Player of the Year and Prescott’s Nick Johnson being named Coach of the Year.
The New Richmond and Somerset boys hockey teams were clearly the top two teams in the Middle Border Conference for the 2016-17 season. That was reflected in the all-conference selections for the season. The Tigers and Spartans combined for 11 of the 18 spots on this year’s all-conference team. New Richmond earned the MBC championship and that earned the Tigers six places on the All-MBC team. Five Tigers were named to the first team, along with one honorable mention choice. Somerset placed four players on the first team with another getting honorable mention notice.
The annual First Steps Running Program is being offered again this spring. The program is run as a cooperative effort through the New Richmond Running Club and New Richmond Community Education.
The two leading scorers from the Western Wisconsin Stars have been selected to play in the Wisconsin Hockey Junior/Senior Festival, a showcase for the top high school players in the state. Cassie Gravelle of New Richmond and Brie Larkowski of Somerset, both seniors, have been selected to play on the Section 1 team. The tournament will be played at Chippewa Falls on Saturday and Sunday. Larkowski scored 37 points and Gravelle scored 35 points as the leading scorers on the Stars this season.
Our area will be well represented, with eight wrestlers competing at this weekend’s 2017 WWF Kids Folkstyle State Tournament at the Alliant Center in Madison. St. Croix Central will have four wrestlers competing at the state championships, with New Richmond having three wrestlers qualify and Somerset getting one wrestler to state. New Richmond Representing New Richmond at the state tournament will be Tyler Dennis, Hunter Schutte and Walker Cordie.
The New Richmond School District held an orchestra concert on March 13, which featured multiple groups performing for family and friends.
Three players from Somerset will compete in this weekend's Wisconsin senior showcase hockey tournament in Waupun. The Somerset trio is part of the Section 1 team from northwestern Wisconsin. The team also includes players from Hudson, Superior, Baldwin-Woodville, Hayward, Black River Falls and Spooner. Only seniors are eligible to play in the tournament. Section 1 is scheduled to play its first game at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the Waupun Community Center, against the team from Section 3.
The passion that Roger Stippel has for kids and coaching is unmistakeable. Stippel has stepped in to coach the New Richmond varsity softball team this spring while Tiger coach Emily Dabrowski takes a leave of absence for family reasons. Stippel brings an extensive coaching resume to the Tigers, dating back to 1982. He has served as an assistant coach in the New Richmond football program the past two seasons. Stippel teaches in Stillwater, as does his wife. They moved to a home outside of Star Prairie, where they plan to retire.