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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Success for the Somerset boys basketball team is predicated on getting, and hitting, perimeter shots. The St. Croix Central boys didn’t allow that to happen last Friday, resulting in a 61-39 homecourt defeat for the Spartans. The loss dropped the Spartans to 1-7 in the Middle Border Conference and 3-11 overall.
St. Croix Central football standout Cole Refsnider signed a national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to play collegiately at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Refsnider was one of the leaders and team captains of the Panther team that won the WIAA Division 4 state championship in November.
Five New Richmond High School football players signed national college letters of intent on Wednesday to play college football. Sam Altena, who set the New Richmond season and career rushing records, has signed a Division 2 scholarship offer to attend Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. Four Tigers signed to play football at the Division 3 collegiate level.
Somerset native Reed Kelly has moved up to one of the top junior hockey leagues in the nation.
The seniors stood out on Thursday night as the New Richmond wrestling team and boys hockey team both rolled to impressive victories. It was Senior Night for the New Richmond wrestling team, with the Tigers hosting their final home match of the season. The seniors went out on quite an upbeat note, defeating Osceola 57-15. Scoring wins on the mat for the Tigers were Bryce Younger, Dylan Minke, Dylan Wachter, Nathan Fehlen, Sam Altena and Brandon Dennis.
The showdown for the Middle Border Conference leadership showed how well the Somerset girls basketball team can perform in pressure situations. The Spartans are in search of their second straight MBC title. They took a big step toward getting it last Tuesday, defeating St. Croix Central, 66-44. With that win, the Spartans passed Central to move into sole leadership in the conference.
It’s amazing what can be accomplished in three-tenths of a second. In the final three-tenths of a second last Tuesday, the New Richmond boys basketball team got a steal, a timeout, and a game-deciding free throw in a 46-45 win at Amery. The game-winning free came from senior Ryan Jansen. After Jansen sank the first free throw, the Tiger coaches purposely had Jansen clang the second free throw yard off the backboard, so Amery wouldn’t have time to get a shot away before the final buzzer sounded.
More diversity in the goal scoring column is something the New Richmond boys hockey coaches have been seeking from the Tigers. They got it in a major way on Saturday. Nine different Tigers scored goals as the Tigers rolled to a 13-1 victory over the WSFLG cooperative team in Saturday’s game at Grantsburg.
The New Richmond girls basketball team was hoping last Tuesday’s game would be the game where the Tigers would end their losing skid. If the game had ended at halftime, it would have ended. Instead, the Tigers’ offense went ice cold in the second half and Osceola was able to come back to take a 48-42 victory. New Richmond, Osceola and Prescott ended last week tied for fifth place in the Middle Border Conference standings with 3-6 records.
New Richmond native Kat Keller is a redshirt senior on the University of Minnesota women's track team. Keller competed for the Gophers on Saturday in the annual dual meet between the Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers. She was part of the winning 1,600 meter relay and she ran a career-best time in the 600 meters. Here is a link to those results: http://www.gophersports.com/sports/w-track/recaps/012117aaa.html This week, Keller was featured in a question-and-answer session on the Gopher website. Here is the link to that session: