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Thursday's Results: NR boys hockey advances to sectionals; Western Wisconsin Stars, Somerset boys eliminated

Thursday was a busy night for area sports, with the WIAA hockey regional finals being played, along with the final round of Middle Border Conference girls basketball games being played.

In boys hockey, the New Richmond Tigers advanced to the sectional semifinals with an 8-1 home ice win over Menomonie. New Richmond, the third seed in the sectional semifinals, which will be played at number two seed Superior next Tuesday. Superior advanced to the sectional level with a 6-1 win over River Falls on Thursday. 

Eric Langer and Cole Thomas led New Richmond with four points each in the win. Langer's came on two goals and two assists while Thomas had one goal and three assists. Nick Johnson also notched a goal and an assists.

The Somerset boys hockey team saw its season come to an end Thursday, losing to Hudson. The Raiders are the top seed in the section and they showed why, defeating Somerset 9-0. This sends Hudson to the sectional semifinals, where they will host Baldwin-Woodville next Tuesday. B-W advanced with a 4-3 win over Amery.

In girls hockey, the Western Wisconsin Stars were eliminated in an incredible effort. The Stars and Hayward went to double overtime before Hayward was able to score the first goal of the night, winning 1-0. Hayward advances to the sectional semifinals that will be played next Tuesday at Hudson.

In girls basketball:

-- St. Croix Central completed a perfect Middle Border Conference season by defeating New Richmond, 66-47. Mia Krogseng shook off the effects of a first half sprained ankle to lead the Panthers with 22 points. Claire Frankiewicz finished with 16 points. New Richmond finishes its MBC season with a 2-12 record.

-- The Somerset girls basketball team finished its regular season with a home-court win over Ellsworth. The win puts Somerset at 7-7 in the MBC standings and 11-11 overall.

Dave Newman

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 more than 30 years.

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