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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Talk about the road-weary road warriors. With four games in five days, capped by a nearly 300-mile round trip on Saturday, the week for the St. Croix Central boys basketball team had to be something of a blur. It was a week filled with close games too. The total difference in the final scores of the four games was 13 points and the biggest final margin was five points.
The Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville boys basketball teams have been looking forward to their two late-season meetings since the first scheduled meeting was postponed in January. They are the two youngest teams in the Middle Border Conference and they currently occupy the two bottom slots in the MBC standings. When they met last Tuesday, it was a nail-biter filled with twists and turns that came down the the final second. B-W had the ball last, and Blackhawk Zac Jourdeans hit a shot off an inbounds play at the buzzer to give the Blackhawks a 52-51 win over the Spartans.
It was quite a weekend for the St. Croix Central girls basketball team. It started Friday night with a hard-fought 45-41 victory at Osceola. The Panthers then turned right around Saturday morning and travelled to Northwestern. This was a game doubly worth celebrating. Not only did the Panthers earn a 38-30 win, but Central junior Mia Krogseng scored the 1,000th point of her career during the win.
Two of the seniors from St. Croix Central’s WIAA state football championship team have been chosen to play in the 2017 WFCA All-Star Game.
The Western Wisconsin Stars finished one of the team’s most successful regular seasons of the decade last Tuesday with a 5-3 win over Black River Falls at the Somerset Civic Center. With the victory, the Stars’ record stands at 11-10-1. This assures the team of its first record at or above the .500 level this decade.
The 2017 WIAA wrestling regional tournaments are in the books. The New Richmond wrestlers advanced five wrestlers through Saturday's Division 1 regional at Chippewa Falls. St. Croix Central moved four wrestlers through the regional the Panthers were hosting, while Somerset advanced three wrestlers through the SCC Division 2 regional.
The Somerset girls basketball team locked up its second straight Middle Border Conference on Friday. The Spartans broke open a close game late in the first half, rapidly pulling away from a short-handed New Richmond squad in the second half to win 68-26. This is the first time in Somerset basketball history, boys or girls, that a Spartan team has won consecutive conference championships.
It’s been an outstanding winter for local youth hockey teams. New Richmond has six youth teams which have qualified for state tournaments and Somerset has three teams advancing to state. The defending state champion U12 Western Wisconsin Stars girls team, which represents New Richmond and Somerset, has also qualified for state. Here is a rundown on the information received on the local state qualifiers.
With the calendar turning to February, the Somerset girls basketball team instinctively knew it is their time. The Spartans locked up a share of the Middle Border Conference last Thursday with an incredible performance against Prescott. The Spartans defeated Prescott 64-23, but it was Somerset’s first half display that showed the Spartans are truly rounding into playoff form.
Wins last week over Baldwin-Woodville and RAM gave the New Richmond boys hockey team a perfect Middle Border Conference season, but the win the Tigers coveted most last week slipped away from them in the final minutes.