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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The WIAA girls basketball regional tournament brackets were decided upon in seeding meetings all over the state during the weekend. New Richmond’s girls drew the fifth seed in the WIAA DIvision 2 seeding meeting that was held Sunday. The Tigers will open tournament play on Friday, Feb. 22, when they play at Tomah, which received the fourth seed.
Saturday’s Division 2 regional wrestling meet at Amery was filled with highs and lows for both the Somerset and St. Croix Central wrestling teams. Central advanced four wrestlers and Somerset advanced two, but both teams also saw seniors who had high hopes for the postseason whose high school careers came to an end.
The coaches on the New Richmond wrestling team consider the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament as one of the biggest days of the Tigers’ season. The Tigers wrestled like it was that important too. The Tigers advanced nine wrestlers through Saturday’s Division 1 regional meet at Chippewa Falls. They will compete at the Division 1 sectional meet next Saturday at Menomonie in hopes of qualifying for the WIAA state meet.
Friday was a big night for the St. Croix Central basketball programs, with the boys and girls teams both recording impressive wins. The New Richmond and Somerset girls basketball teams both played extremely close games, but came out on the losing side in Friday’s action. The New Richmond and Somerset boys hockey teams both played teams from the La Crosse area, but with vastly different results. New Richmond beat West Salem, but Somerset lost to a co-op team based at La Crosse Aquinas.
Wednesday was a landmark day in the history of St. Croix Central athletics. Ten Central seniors announced their intentions to attend colleges where they will compete in a wide variety of athletics. While no records have been kept, the Class of 2019 appears to be putting more athletes into collegiate sports than any other previous class at Central.
The foreboding weather Thursday evening was as cold as the first half play of the New Richmond boys basketball team. But unlike the thermometer, the Tigers heated up in the second half. After trailing Baldwin-Woodville 23-21 at halftime, the Tigers outscored the Hawks 34-18 in the second half to earn a 55-41 Middle Border Conference win.
It has been an outstanding winter for local youth hockey teams, between the New Richmond, Somerset and Western Wisconsin Stars programs. Between them, they have qualified more than a dozen teams for state tournaments.
With nearly a week off because of the polar vortex that forced the cancellation of four days of school, there were a lot of rusty teams that took to the basketball court on Friday night. The New Richmond and St. Croix Central boys basketball teams were able to grind through the rustiness to earn Middle Border Conference wins, but the Somerset boys weren’t so fortunate.
Senior Georgia Hammer is the unquestioned leader of the Somerset girls basketball team, and she showed it again in Saturday’s 75-59 home win over Grantsburg. But the play of Taylor Paulson and Liv Hoff Saturday, who combined for 30 points in the win, showed that there are future leaders getting ready for future seasons.
The good news out of the WIAA boys hockey sectional seeding meeting is that New Richmond and Somerset will both open the 2019 tournament with home games. The Tigers received the fourth seed and Somerset drew the seventh seed during the seeding meeting that was held on Sunday.