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 New Richmond boys hockey team is one of the younger versions of the Tigers that fans have seen in quite a few years. So starting the season with two strong opponents proved to be a challenge for the Tigers. They lost 4-2 to Eau Claire North in their opener and 2-0 to Superior, but there was definite improvement between the two games. Tiger coach Adam Swanda was not especially pleased with the performance of the team in the loss to North last Tuesday. The Tigers put in a solid opening period. The Tigers built a 2-0 lead during the first period.
It took a half for the Somerset girls basketball team to find the ideal defensive arrangement against Prescott. Once the Spartans got their defense set, they were able to pull away from Prescott for a 69-42 win last Friday. This was the Middle Border Conference opener for the Spartans. They were scheduled to play at Durand last Tuesday, but that game was postponed due to slippery roads.
It has been more than a decade since the Somerset wrestling team has been able to defeat Osceola in a dual match. So when the Spartans convincingly beat Osceola by a 41-28 score last Thursday, it brought a sense of relief for a generation of Spartan wrestlers. According to those close to the wrestling program, the last time the Spartans topped Osceola in a dual meet was in the early 1990s. The match was still in doubt until the final bouts.
After finishing 3-11 in the Middle Border Conference last season, the Somerset boys basketball team is hoping to make a bigger impact in the MBC race this season. If they continue to play like they did in their MBC opener, the Spartans will accomplish that goal. The Spartans were victorious in their 2007-08 MBC opener last Tuesday, when they beat Prescott 52-46. In the win over Prescott the Spartans didn't start well, but remained persistent.
Optimism is running high concerning the New Richmond boys basketball team. In their first two games of the 2007-08 season, the Tigers showed that optimism is justified. The Tigers opened the season last Tuesday in front of a large home crowd. They faced Hudson, a top team out of the Big Rivers Conference. The Tigers trailed by as many as 10 points, but a strong fourth quarter brought the Tigers back to a 53-52 win. On Friday the Tigers opened the Middle Border Conference season against one of the other top contenders in the MBC.
The New Richmond wrestling team opened its season by winning four of its five matches in the Glenwood City dual meet tournament on Saturday. The Tigers will wrestle their first Middle Border Conference dual match of the season this Thursday. They will be wrestling at home, against Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers will be in another tournament this Saturday, competing at Barron. In the opening round of the Glenwood City tournament, the Tigers lost to Clear Lake 37-33.
The New Richmond girls hockey team showed over the weekend that the Tigers have the ability to play with any team in the state. That includes the defending state champions. The Tigers knocked off Appleton, 3-2 in overtime, in the first round of the Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids tournament on Saturday. In the championship game of the tournament, the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead on the Point-Rapids team. The Tigers couldn't maintain that lead, losing 6-3. The Tigers and Appleton locked into a tough defensive game on Saturday.
The will of the New Richmond girls basketball team got a severe test in the Tigers' season opener at Stillwater last Tuesday. If there's one thing that can be learned from the Tigers' performance in Stillwater, it's this: no matter the situation, the Tigers aren't giving up. It would have been easy for the Tigers to coast through the second half of last Tuesday's game. The Tigers had everything go wrong in the first half and by halftime they fell behind 44-16. Facing a 28-point deficit, the Tigers didn't give up. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
It's probably the shortest lineup you'll find in the area, but so far, the St. Croix Central boys basketball starting five has also been one of the most effective. The Panthers are 2-0 after posting a pair of Dunn-St. Croix Conference wins last week, over Colfax and Boyceville. It would be easy to give the Panthers nicknames like "The Smurfs," "Blue Darters" or "Blue Flames" because of their size, energy and the prominent blue in their jerseys. Central coach Mike Fern said that none of his starting five stands six feet tall. He should know. Two are his sons, Jared and Jeff.
The Somerset wrestling team didn't win a Middle Border Conference match last season. In one night, this year's Spartans showed that those memories are long gone. In the 2007-08 season opener, the Somerset wrestlers thoroughly dominated Durand on Thursday, winning 50-20. The Spartans are an extremely young team, with five freshmen on the roster. They also have a handful of upperclassmen who are out for wrestling for the first time this season. Durand won the first two matches on Thursday.