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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A fiercely spirited performance by the New Richmond girls basketball team led to one of the most impressive wins in years for the Tiger girls last Tuesday. The Tigers trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half to Osceola, which returned most of its players from the team that finished in second place in the Middle Border Conference last season. In the fourth quarter the Tigers simply willed themselves to the win.
A strong start and a strong finish lifted the New Richmond varsity wrestling team to a 39-22 win over Baldwin-Woodville last Thursday on the Tigers' home mat. This was the opening match of the Middle Border Conference season for the Tigers. They are one of three unbeaten MBC teams, with Ellsworth and Somerset carrying 2-0 records thus far. By winning the first four matches the Tigers looked to be in complete control against Baldwin-Woodville, leading 21-0. That lead didn't last long. By the end of the 171-pound match, B-W had climbed back to make it a battle, trailing 24-22.
Durand's boys basketball team poses a substantial problem for opponents. The Panthers don't like to run-and-gun, they LOVE to run-and-gun. New Richmond's boys had some trouble dealing with Durand at first during last Thursday's game. The Tigers gradually gained more and more control in the game and finished with a 71-49 win at Durand. The Tigers were prepared for Durand's pace of attack. In Durand's first game, the Panthers sank 14 three-point shots in an 80-71 loss to Arcadia.
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.