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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An 18-point outburst from center Cameron Sarnstrom led the St. Croix Central boys to a 46-28 win at Glenwood City last Thursday. The win raises Central's season record to 11-6 and it gives the Panthers a rare season sweep of Glenwood City. Boys basketball seeding meetings will be held this weekend. Central coach Mike Fern said the win at Glenwood City was a good indication that the Panthers are playing as a unified team as they position for a higher seed in the regional. "It was a nice team win, you want everybody on the same page this time of the season," Fern said.
Somerset's hockey team beat up on two weaker opponents, but they couldn't get the win they wanted most this week. The Spartans notched easy wins against Minneapolis Washburn and Chippewa Falls McDonell-Eau Claire Regis. The Spartans were hoping they could compete evenly with Hayward last Friday, but lost 6-2. On Monday night the Spartans cruised past Washburn 8-4.
It wasn't the conference championship the Somerset hockey team was hoping for, but the Spartans wrapped up second place in the Middle Border Conference last Thursday with a 9-4 win over Amery. The Spartans finish with a 4-2 record in the MBC. New Richmond won the MBC with a 6-0 record. Somerset dominated play early in the game against Amery, building up a 7-1 lead midway through the game.
Winning three straight games has completely changed the on-court attitude of the New Richmond boys basketball team. After opening the season 1-10, the Tigers won their third straight game last Thursday, 58-48 at Ellsworth. With the win the Tigers are now 4-6 in the Middle Border Conference. This leaves them one game out of third place, where Baldwin-Woodville, Osceola and Prescott are tied with 5-5 records. Thursday's game was different for the Tigers because it was likely the first where they were favored to win this season.
A double dose of redemption. That's what the New Richmond girls basketball team accomplished with its 58-49 win over Baldwin-Woodville last Friday. The win helps make up for an off-key performance three nights earlier. The Tigers were fresh off a win over Middle Border Conference leader Osceola, but they fell flat at Ellsworth, losing 48-43 to the seventh place team in the MBC. Beating B-W also gives the Tigers some relief from the loss in their first meeting with the Blackhawks.
One of the most improved aspects of area basketball in the early stages of this season was the defensive progress the St. Croix Central girls has made. The improvement has slipped badly in recent games. The Panthers lost a pair of Dunn-St. Croix Conference games last week, giving up 145 points in the process. Last Friday the Panthers were beaten on their home court by Elk Mound, 66-53. Three nights earlier the Panthers had travelled to Boyceville, where they were pounded by the Bulldogs, 79-49. St.
A 12-0 run in the final three minutes of the game pulled out this one for the Somerset boys basketball team. Baldwin-Woodville held a 39-38 lead, then stalled two minutes off the clock to hold the lead with three minutes left in the game. Somerset then took the lead with a Mike Wishard shot with 3:05 left in the game.
A number of Somerset fans heard Robbinsdale Cooper players claiming they shouldn't have to play at a small school like Somerset before the two teams met last Tuesday. Imagine the comments from those players when they had to ride back to Minnesota after suffering a 7-4 loss to the Spartans. "They didn't want to be here, they didn't think we were in their league," said Somerset coach Grant Belisle. It didn't take long for the Robbinsdale players to find out how wrong they were.
Carbon monoxide detectors are meant to save lives. But what happens when your carbon monoxide detector fails to work? Sharon Fall of New Richmond is lucky to be alive after the detector in her home failed to work during a cold day in January. Fall had just returned from a doctor's appointment and was having a cup of coffee at home. She was feeling quite sleepy and nearly sat down to take a nap in her husband's recliner.
It was a rough week for the New Richmond girls hockey team. The Tigers will have a tough time getting a top seed in the sectional after a 5-1 loss to Hudson last Tuesday. On Friday the Tigers met up with one of the leading contenders for the 2004 state championship, Onalaska, and came out on the losing end of a 5-3 score. Tiger coach Steve Gehr said the effort against Onalaska was a marked improvement from the showing against Hudson.