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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Two strong halves of basketball equalled a win for the New Richmond girls last Thursday. The Tigers put together strong play at both ends of the court through both halves to overpower Baldwin-Woodville, 59-47 in the Tigers’ home finale. The win snapped a 15-game losing streak for the Tigers which started after the Tigers won their opening three games of the season.
The New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central dance teams all had to successes to celebrate after competing at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches (WACPC) State Championships at La Crosse on Friday. New Richmond added to its lengthy history of success, bringing home the fifth place trophy in the Division 2 kick competition. Somerset and St. Croix Central competed as teams and also had individuals receive all-state honors. Tiger coach Ali Sirek said the competition level increases every year at the state meet.
Seven teams had the goal of finishing in second place in the Middle Border Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, but it was New Richmond that was able to climb the coveted spot behind perennial MBC champion Ellsworth in the final team rankings. With 11 wrestlers placing, including senior Bryce Younger who won the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler Award, the Tigers were able to climb out of a tightly-packed group of teams to take second place.
Somerset senior Hunter Hartwick scored the game winner 3:33 into the overtime period on Saturday, giving the Spartans a 4-3 win over Rice Lake for Somerset’s 15th win of the 2016-17 season.
Ellsworth is no longer the doormat of the Middle Border Conference girls basketball ranks. The St. Croix Central girls found that out last Thursday. Central needed 28 points from junior standout Mia Krogseng to earn a 50-42 win at Ellsworth. Central led 22-14, but Ellsworth would never let Central’s girls pull away to a comfortable lead. Central scored the first six points of the second half to move ahead 28-14, but Ellsworth came back to cut down the lead to four points. Central coach Luke Fritsche was suitably impressed.
When the Somerset and Osceola boys basketball teams met the first time this season, Osceola won in a runaway. This time, Osceola tried to run, but the Spartans stayed right with them. This game went down to the final seconds, with the margin at one point in the final minute. Osceola knocked down four free throws in the final 30 seconds to escape with a 47-42 win over the Spartans. Somerset coach Taylor Germain said the effort of his players in this game proved something to him. “We played with poise. I think we grew up a little in that game,” Germain said.
The trip to Superior hasn’t been easy in recent years for the Western Wisconsin Stars, but this year’s trip was one to enjoy. The Stars went to Superior last Thursday and came home with their tenth win of the season, soundly defeating the Spartans, 7-3. Two nights earlier, the Stars put together another strong showing, winning at the New Richmond Sports Center over WSFLG, 8-0. That game was Parents Night and Senior Night for the Stars.
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.