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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New Richmond Thursday, Jan. 17 Wrestling: New Richmond at Ellsworth, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball: Sparta at New Richmond, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 Girls Hockey: Lakeland at Western Wisconsin Stars at Somerset, 7 p.m.
The Frozen Gnome wasn't quite so frozen in 2019. With temperatures more than 30 degrees warmer than the 2018 race, the second annual Frozen Gnome Fat Tire Challenge was far more comfortable for riders this year. But with no snow on the ground, this year's race provided different challenges for the more than 40 bike enthusiasts who took part. The races were held along Madison Avenue in New Richmond, across from Barley John's Brewing Company, which hosted the event.
Cheryl Iverson has gone all-in on biking. Whether it's road races, sprint races, trail biking or fat tire biking, Iverson has fully embraced the whole range of competitive biking available in the area. Iverson has been taking part in the group rides for several years offered by the Big Ring Flyers Race Team which holds events all around St. Croix County. Iverson, 51 of Hudson, became a member of the Flyers last spring. From the sheer joy in her voice about the biking, it's clear that she enjoys the experience.
The battle for the Middle Border Conference lead brought out the best in the New Richmond boys basketball on Tuesday. The Tigers took over the lead in the MBC by winning the battle of the two unbeaten leaders. The Tigers were able to prevail against Ellsworth, 70-58.
The objective all season for the New Richmond boys hockey team has been to play with more grit and determination in front of the opposition’s net. That was an area where the Tigers showed distinct improvement last Tuesday and it played into every goal as the Tigers earned a 3-0 win over Somerset in their Middle Border Conference game. The win evened the Tigers’ MBC record at 2-2 while the Spartans fall to 1-3 in conference games.
While neither of the team’s seniors actually got to wrestle on Senior Night, Thursday’s event was a highly satisfying victory for the New Richmond Tigers and their teammates when they hosted Somerset. The Tigers improved to 4-1 in the Middle Border Conference with a 60-6 win over Somerset on Thursday. There were only seven matches wrestled, with New Richmond winning five of the seven.
Add another conference championship to the long history of success for the New Richmond High School Dance team. The Tiger dance team won the championship in the kick division at the Western Wisconsin Dance Team Conference meet held Saturday at Hudson High School. The Tigers also took third place in the pom division behind strong programs from Prescott and Ellsworth. Maddie Kraft and Ivy Halvorson received first team all-conference recognition for their solo routines at the conference meet.
The New Richmond girls basketball team nearly pulled off the biggest upset in the Middle Border Conference winter season on Friday. The Tigers led undefeated Prescott 63-55 with 2 minutes, 40 seconds left in the game. Prescott amped up its full-court pressure, forcing several Tiger turnovers. The Tigers went scoreless the rest of the game, while Prescott came back to win 66-63.
Baldwin-Woodville has been a nightmarish place for the New Richmond boys basketball team to play in recent seasons. Last year, the Tigers suffered their most discouraging loss at Baldwin. It nearly happened again, but this time the Tigers prevailed, winning 50-49.
Strong production in the lower weights led the New Richmond wrestling team to a third place finish at the 2019 Chippewa Falls Invitational on Saturday. The Dennis brothers, Brandon and Tyler, both won tournament titles. Tyler Harris and Cayden Henning also reached the finals as the Tigers got stellar performances from all of their lower weight wrestlers. Ten of the 11 Tigers who competed in the tournament ranked in the top five in their weight classes. There were 11 teams competing in the tournament.