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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It's a double landmark for the New Richmond boys hockey program. On Saturday the Tiger boys defeated Superior, the defending WIAA state champions, by a 4-2 score. This is also the first time the Tiger boys have ever beaten Superior in a regular season game. This game has been highlighted on the Tigers' schedule ever since Superior trounced the Tigers in the WIAA sectional championship game last February, 5-0. New Richmond faces another highly charged game this Thursday, when Somerset visits the Tigers.
After their season-opening win over Hudson, members of the New Richmond boys basketball team were being treated like rock stars. The Tigers then got a huge dose of humble pie fed to them by the Durand boys last Tuesday.
Immediately following the dramatic win by the New Richmond boys hockey team, the New Richmond girls skaters took the ice for a game with the Viroqua. The Tiger girls made it a clean sweep, scoring a 6-3 win over Viroqua. Leah Egan scored three goals, Clarissa Anderson two goals and Emily Cook one goal in the victory. Anderson got the Tigers on the board on the first shift of the game, firing a puck from the right circle past the Viroqua goalie 17 seconds into the game. Viroqua tied the game 4:30 into the period, scoring on a 2-on-1 break when the Tigers got caught out of position. Eg
The pressure of opposing full-court defenses is getting to the New Richmond girls basketball team. The Tigers ended last week with a 0-4 record for the season, following losses to Stillwater and Prescott. If there has been one consistent theme in the four losses this season, it has been turnovers. The Tigers are averaging nearly 30 turnovers per game.
In Division 3 wrestling in this sectional, Shell Lake is one of the top teams that each team measures themselves against. So when the St. Croix Central wrestling team opened the season last Thursday by sweeping a double-dual meet with Shell Lake and Luck, it showed the improvement the Panther wrestlers bring into the 2005-06 season. Panther coach Brad Holzer was hoping to get two wins at the match in Luck, but knew both would be close battles. "We should be much improved," Holzer said.
The New Richmond girls basketball team pounced on Durand's team, springing out to a 12-0 lead in the first three minutes of last Friday's game on the Tigers' court. Durand was able to withstand the Tigers' fierce start. The Panthers had two factors that turned the game in their favor: center Rachel Lubeck and a swarming zone press that caused numerous Tiger turnovers.
If wrestling tough opponents early in the season results in success down the road, the Somerset wrestling team should improve rapidly. The Spartans started the 2005-06 season last Thursday wrestling at Ellsworth in a Middle Border Conference dual meet. Ellsworth is the defending MBC champion and the Panthers delivered a 51-14 loss to the Spartans Thursday. Somerset got three wins in the match, from three of its most experienced wrestlers.
The St. Croix Central boys basketball team is 2-0 after beating Elmwood 48-36 on Friday. The game was close for a quarter, with Central leading 10-9 entering the second quarter. The Panthers flamed up in the second quarter, outscoring Elmwood 17-2 in the quarter. Point guard Jeff Fern hit a pair of three-pointers in the quarter to lead the charge. Central coach Mike Fern said the second quarter was when the Panthers got on track offensively for the first time this season. "We had a nice improvement from the first game, especially offensively," he said.
The New Richmond girls hockey team earned its first win of the 2005-06 season last Tuesday. The Tigers locked up in a close game with the Blizzard, a team based out of Webster which includes skaters from Grantsburg, Siren and Frederic. The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and 2-2 after the second period. The Tigers got the only goal of the third period to earn a 3-2 win. This was the Tigers' second game of the season. They had lost their opening game to Onalaska, 4-0. Emily Cook scored the winning goal for the Tigers Tuesday, 3:38 into the third period.
The people have spoken. Again. A petition has been filed halting the attempt of the Somerset Board of Education to purchase the 69-acre tract of land that borders the current Somerset School District property. A petition was filed last Friday by Ron Baillargeon against the purchase of the property. There were only 326 signatures required on the petition, but when Baillargeon brought in the petition, it contained 381 signatures.