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 second battle between the New Richmond and Somerset boys hockey teams was a challenge for both teams because the week off from school. The Spartans were the team that rode the early momentum, but it was the Tigers that had prolonged success in defeating Somerset 5-3. The win moves New Richmond’s record to 8-11 while Somerset now stands at 7-12-2.
It’s official. New Richmond’s Chris Stevens ranks among the best fat tire bike racers in the world. Last winter, Stevens won the Birkebeiner Fat Tire Race, which draws the largest field of racers in the world. That led to Stevens and four other local racers competing in the 2019 Borealis Fat Bike World Championships at Crested Butte, Colo., on Saturday. All five local racers finished among the top 24 riders in the world, led by Stevens, who finished in second place.
The New Richmond boys basketball team knew that defense would be critical in Friday’s game at Prescott, and it resulted in the Tigers suffering their first Middle Border Conference loss of the season, 83-69.
With seeding for the WIAA sectional bracket this Sunday and tournament play scheduled to start in two weeks, the Western Wisconsin Stars are looking for tests that will make them better. They found one Saturday when they faced the Warbirds, a Beaver Dam-based cooperative team. This was the championship game in the Warbirds’ tournament. Both teams are ranked among the top five girls varsity hockey teams in Wisconsin and it showed. The Warbirds were able to outbattle the Stars in a 3-2 finish.
Standing 6 feet, 6 inches tall, Matt Kukacka always faced expectations in sports. It wasn't until he joined a sport where his height was a detriment that he found true enjoyment in a sport. And success. Kukacka joined the New Richmond powerlifting team as a junior a year ago. This year, he has the largest single lift among the Tiger powerlifters, a 550-pound deadlift.
Three St. Croix Central football players received their all-state football honors at the WFCA All-State Banquet at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Saturday. The Panthers, (from left) Austin Kopacz, Ryan Larson and Derek Myer, were all selected as first team all-state players last fall as the Panthers reached the WIAA State Championships for the third straight season. The Panthers were one of a handful of teams that had three players receive first team honors. As part of the experience, the players received a tour of Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
The road to a Middle Border Conference wrestling championship goes through Ellsworth. The Panthers, champions of the MBC dual meet season, will be hosts for the 2019 conference tournament this Saturday. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Ellsworth has won every MBC title since 1998, except in 2003 when Osceola captured the title. The Panthers again are heavy favorites, as the top-ranked Division 2 team in the state. Baldwin-Woodville, which is ranked eighth in the Division 2, looks to be the best competition for Ellsworth.
The New Richmond and Somerset boys hockey teams will clash for the second time this season Thursday, Jan. 31, this time playing on the Spartans' home ice. When the two local rivals met for the first time this season on Jan. 8, New Richmond came away with a 3-0 victory. Both teams are in the home stretches of their regular season. New Richmond plays at Superior this Tuesday and at Hayward on Saturday. Somerset will also be in action Saturday, hosting Dodge County, Minn. Somerset boys hockey
Saturday’s regional dance meet at Wausau East High School proved to be a source of outstanding success for local teams, with New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central all qualifying for this weekend’s state championships.
The Western Wisconsin Stars U12 girls hockey team bounced back from an opening round loss to win the championship of the 2019 Callie Briggs Memorial Tournament in New Richmond over the weekend. Briggs was a New Richmond youth hockey player who was killed in a car accident in 1997. The Stars were beaten by the River Falls Black Cats 4-2 in the opening round. The Stars faced Hayward, the top seed in the tournament in the next round, with the Stars clawing out a 4-3 victory.