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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apse against Somerset an aberration or a cause for concern for the New Richmond boys basketball team? The Tigers are going on faith that it was a one-half anomaly after a month where the Tigers had been seeing increased success. The first half against Somerset last Thursday left the Tigers trailing 28-11 at halftime. The Tigers did come back to force overtime, but lost in the extra session, 46-45.
Five straight wins have been generated by the Somerset boys hockey team and a reinvigorated defensive effort is the key to that success. The Spartans earned Middle Border Conference wins against Baldwin-Woodville and Regis-Altoona-McDonell last week to run their win streak to five games. In all five of those wins, the Spartans limited their opponent to one goal. The five wins lift the Spartans’ season record to 11-4.
The celebration of Senior Night, Parents Night and Staff Appreciation resulted in one of the largest crowds at a Somerset home wrestling match in several years last Thursday. All those fans went home buzzing over the wild finish to the match, with Somerset taking the final bout to pull out a 40-38 win over Amery.
Amery threw plenty of challenges at the Somerset girls basketball team on Friday night, but when the going got tough, the Spartans answered every one of those challenges. Somerset held on for a 52-44 win at Amery on Friday. At the same time, Baldwin-Woodville was upsetting St. Croix Central, meaning Somerset and Central were now tied for the Middle Border Conference lead entering this week.
With the performance at the Osceola meet on Saturday, the New Richmond powerlifting team now has 16 lifters who are qualified to compete at state. And there will be more chances for other Tigers to earn their place at the state tournament. The next competition for the Tigers is on Saturday, Jan. 28, when they lift at Holmen. The New Richmond girls tied River Falls for the team championship in Saturday’s match, with the Tiger boys placing second behind Elk Mound in the team standings.
If the New Richmond girls basketball team could couple the first half of last Tuesday’s game against Amery with the second half of last Friday’s game against Prescott, the Tigers would be competitive in most games. The Tigers played evenly in the first half of last Tuesday’s game with Amery, trailing 20-19 at halftime. The offense froze up in the second half, however, and Amery was able to pull away for a 48-28 victory.
It was New Richmond’s turn last Thursday to make the trip that every Middle Border Conference wrestling team dreads. The trip to Ellsworth is the death valley journey for MBC wrestling teams. Ellsworth hasn’t lost an MBC dual meet in a decade and it’s been longer since the Panthers lost at home. New Richmond learned that first hand on Thursday, losing to the Panthers 66-7. The Tigers did better than several of their MBC brethren, including two who were shut out by Ellsworth in their MBC duals.
It was an eventful week for the St. Croix Central wrestlers last week, including earning their first Middle Border Conference win on Thursday and hosting their home tournament on Friday.
The lead was 33-18 in St. Croix Central’s favor, but the Panthers couldn’t pull off the win at Baldwin-Woodville last Friday. The Blackhawks clawed their way back, then won the game on an offensive rebound hoop from Brooke Evenson to beat the Panthers, 47-45. It was Central’s first loss of the season in Middle Border Conference action, dropping them into a tie with Somerset for the MBC lead. Central and Somerset were scheduled to play this Tuesday to break that tie.
A road trip to the center of the state was exactly what the Western Wisconsin Stars needed on Saturday. The Stars schedule has been brutal over the past month or more. When the Stars faced the Badger Lightning, based out of Baraboo, they knew they were the favored team. And they played like it. The Stars erupted for four goals in the second period to take charge, defeating the Lightning, 8-0. The Stars finished with a 60-21 edge in shots on goal in the game. Despite that dominance, they only led 1-0 after the first period.