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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Somerset’s Jared Grahovac reached the championship round and St. Croix Central had two freshmen reach the semifinals of the 2018 Northern Badger Wrestling Invitational, which concluded Saturday at River Falls High School.
When you are playing at the home of your heroes, doing a little dreaming isn’t a bad thing. The Western Wisconsin Stars girls hockey team completed a dream tournament on Friday by winning the championship of the 2018 Schwan's Cup Open National Division. The Stars earned the title by defeating Luverne, Minn., 5-2 in the title game. The game was played at Ridder Arena, home of the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team.
The year 2018 was a huge success for the New Richmond, St. Croix Central and Somerset athletic programs. There were a number of sterling individual and team performances at all three schools. Here is a list of the top 10 stories from the 2018 sports season. St. Croix Central football to state title game For the third straight year, the Panthers reached the WIAA Division 4 state championship game. After winning the state title in 2016, the Panthers lost the state title game in achingly close finishes the past two seasons.
The Western Wisconsin Stars have advanced to the championship game of the Schwan’s Cup tournament. The Stars defeated the Eveleth-Gilbert team from northern Minnesota 4-0 on Thursday in the second round of the Schwan’s Cup Open National. The Stars will play at 10 a.m. on Friday in the championship game of the tournament. The game will be played at Ridder Arena, the home rink for the University of Minnesota Gophers women’s team.
The New Richmond and Somerset boys hockey teams faced games Saturday where they were both younger and physically smaller than their opponents. While both local teams did some things well, they both ended the day with defeats.
The Frozen Gnome Fat Tire Challenge is returning to New Richmond at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12. Barley John's Brewery in New Richmond will be the host site for the race, which is sponsored by the Big Ring Flyers Race Team. The site for this year's race will be slightly different than last year. A local company is constructing a building on the site of last year's race, so the race will move across Madison Avenue, across from last year's site.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2018 fall State tournaments. Stratford was the winner of the honor for the WIAA state football tournament. St. Croix Central was one of the football teams that was given honorable mention status.
Anyone who saw the New Richmond boys basketball team play Thursday saw a textbook example of unselfish team ball. The result was a whopping 85-39 win for the Tigers, raising their record in the Middle Border Conference to 4-0.
The New Richmond and Somerset hockey alumni games will be held this weekend. New Richmond’s alumni game will be played Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at the New Richmond Sports Center, following the New Richmond varsity game against Rochester Century.
The St. Croix Central girls basketball team put together its best offensive showing of the young season on Tuesday. And the short-handed Somerset girls were able to do very little about it.