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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About the only thing that didn't go right for the Somerset boys Friday night was Osceola couldn't beat Amery. Somerset beat Ellsworth on Friday by a 64-44 score. If Osceola had knocked off Amery, it would have left Somerset and Amery as co-champions of the Middle Border Conference. But Amery held on to beat Osceola 57-53. So Somerset finishes in second place in the final conference standings with an 11-3 record. The Spartans were scheduled to begin WIAA Division 3 tournaments on Tuesday.
The New Richmond boys stayed right with the hottest team in the Middle Border Conference last Friday. But in the fourth quarter Osceola was able to edge ahead of the Tigers for a 60-47 win. On Saturday Osceola beat Holmen 59-51. This is significant because New Richmond will be facing Holmen in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament next Tuesday. The New Richmond boys end their regular season this Friday. The Tigers will be trying to end a seven-game losing streak when they play at Durand on Friday.
New Richmond's girls withstood a late charge from the Somerset girls to score a 44-41 win over the Spartans in Middle Border Conference basketball last Tuesday. The Tigers took the charge of the game early in the second quarter, when a 7-2 run put them up by a 15-6 score. At several different stages of the game the Tigers were able to build leads of nine points, but each time, Somerset's girls fought back. New Richmond led 36-29 midway through the fourth quarter.
The chances of a Dunn-St. Croix Conference championship are still alive for the St. Croix Central's boys basketball team. That's because Central won a double-overtime thriller at Spring Valley last Friday, 61-60. At the same time, Glenwood City was losing at Pepin. This leaves the Panthers one game behind Glenwood City in the D-SC standings. The final games of the D-SC season will be played this Friday. Central's boys will be playing at Pepin, while Glenwood City plays at Mondovi.
The final week of the regular season was certainly not easy for the Somerset's girls basketball team, but the Spartan girls made progress through their final three games. The Spartans were scheduled to open the WIAA Division 3 tournaments on Tuesday with a home game against St. Croix Falls. The winner of Tuesday's game will be back in action on Thursday, facing the winner of the game between Glenwood City and Unity. Last Thursday and Friday the Spartans ended the regular season with wins over Prescott and Grantsburg.
Somerset School District voters will be asked to make a decision on a $29.5 million referendum on April 5 that would be used to purchase 69 acres of land and pay for the construction of new elementary and high school buildings for the school district. This will be the first in a series of articles about the referendum that will appear before the April 5 vote. The impetus behind the referendum is the recent population growth in the school district and the huge population increase that is expected to follow in the area in the next 10 years. Since 1990, the number of students
The 2005 Somerset wrestling sectional was far too short and none too sweet for the St. Croix Central wrestlers who competed there Saturday. Central had sophomore Curtis Hinkel and junior Craig Myer competing in the sectional tournament. Both of the Panthers were beaten in their opening round of the sectional and neither was able to get a wrestleback. Hinkel had won the regional title at 112 pounds and he faced Independence senior Corey Kampa in the opening round of the sectional. Hinkel didn't wrestle his usual style in this match and Kampa was able to get a 3-2 win.
Three of the five Somerset wrestlers who competed in front of their home crowd at the 2005 Somerset Division 3 Wrestling Sectional have earned their way to the 2005 state championships. Senior Andy Hecht and juniors Drew Baillargeon and Justin Neumann will be competing in the 2005 WIAA State Wrestling Championships this Friday and Saturday in Madison.
Riding the emotion of the win by the St. Croix Central boys, Central's girls played a tremendous first quarter in the second half of the double-header at Glenwood City on Saturday night. The Panther girls pounced out to a 15-4 lead in the opening 3:30 of the game. Glenwood City eventually made up that margin and this became a wild battle the rest of the way, with the Hilltoppers pulling out a 65-63 win. The score was tied 63-63 when Central's Bailey Gillis tried to draw a charging foul with 51 seconds left in the game.
St. Croix Central's boys proved they are ready to be a force in the 2005 tournaments by knocking off Dunn-St. Croix Conference leader Glenwood City 45-42 on Saturday. The Panthers won the game when senior Tyler Cody swished a three-pointer from the top of the arc with 2.4 seconds remaining. The win keeps Central's faint hopes of a conference title alive heading into this week. The Panthers trailed the Hilltoppers by two games at the start of this week, with three games remaining on the schedule. On Tuesday the Panthers were scheduled to play Colfax.