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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It was a game of opportunity for the New Richmond boys hockey team Saturday and the Tigers used their opportunity to their advantage. The Tigers won on their home ice, defeating River Falls 4-2. This game was critical in the Tigers’ hopes of drawing one of the top four seeds in the sectional tournament bracket, which would get them at least one home game in the tournament series.
Junior Joey Kidder is most comfortable distributing the ball to his teammates. But when the New Richmond Tigers struggled offensively in the first half at Somerset on Friday, Kidder stepped forward. Kidder scored 18 of his 27 points in leading the Tigers to a 72-65 over the Spartans. The Tigers finish the first half of the Middle Border Conference season unbeaten while Somerset is 2-5 in the standings.
A Youth Night crowd at St. Croix Central got to see a highly entertaining match between the Panthers and Osceola. And the outcome wasn’t decided at the end of the wrestling. The match finished at 39-39. The coaches huddled with official David Black and it was determined that on the fifth tie-breaker criteria, St. Croix Central was awarded the team victory in the Middle Border Conference match.
Less than halfway through its season, the New Richmond powerlifting team already has 16 lifters who have qualified for the state meet. The Tigers took 68 lifters to Saturday's meet in Osceola and five qualified for the state meet. That's in addition to the 11 who qualified for the state meet at the opening meet of the season. The lifters who qualified on Saturday are Trevor Turner, Kaitlyn Wilson, Anders Lemire, Cameron Berhow and Mazie Williams. The Tiger boys were able to win the meet championship on Saturday while the Tiger girls took third place.
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.