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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The 91 points the Somerset girls basketball team scored in its previous Middle Border Conference game alerted the St. Croix Central girls of the Spartans' growing shooting prowess. The Panthers came ready to shut down the Spartans' shooters and they did exactly that. Central turned into the team with red-hot shooting, defeating the Spartans 59-36 in Somerset. The game locked up a share of the MBC championship for Central.
It was a textbook win. The first win of 2018 for the Somerset boys basketball team was accomplished just the way any coach would want. The Spartans took the lead from the start last Tuesday against Baldwin-Woodville and they kept the lead under control the rest of the night, defeating the Blackhawks 55-46. It was Somerset's fifth win of the season, but the first since a win over Boyceville on Dec. 21.
Brett Mousel's steal and fastbreak layup at the buzzer gave the St. Croix Central boys basketball team a 49-47 win at Osceola last Friday. This was the second highly-intense finish of the week for the Panthers. Three nights earlier, they lost at home against New Richmond 53-50, with a Panther three-point shot at the buzzer bounding off the rim.
Three weeks. Starting last week, the New Richmond boys basketball team had three weeks remaining in its regular season. And in those three weeks, the Tigers set a goal of getting things right. There had been more moral victories than actual victories up to this point, and the Tigers wanted to put an ending to the season that was a more true indication of their ability.
The St. Croix Central girls basketball team locked up its first outright Middle Border Conference title on Tuesday night. In front of a large home crowd, the Panthers defeated rival Baldwin-Woodville, 55-38.
The future is where it's at for the New Richmond girls basketball team. So, while the final score wasn't in the Tigers' favor last Thursday at Amery, the Tigers considered this game a step in the right direction. The Tigers kept the game close throughout the night before losing to the Warriors, 49-36.
The best hope for a Middle Border Conference individual champion at Saturday's 2018 MBC wrestling meet was junior Ryan Larson. Prescott's Ty Sanford, the top-ranked 195-pound Division 2 wrestler in the state, stood in Larson's way. They waged an intense, physical match. Larson needed a takedown in the final 30 seconds, but Sanford blocked every attempt, giving Prescott the 4-3 victory. Larson was the only Panther to reach the finals on Saturday. Central only had eight wrestlers competing and they finished eighth in the team competition.
Girls rule at St. Croix Central. The St. Croix Central girls basketball team continued the incredible run of success produced by female sports at Central in the 2017-18 school year by locking up a share of the Middle Border Conference championship. The Panthers sewed up the title share with a 59-36 win at Somerset last Thursday. The Panthers are 11-0 in the MBC and have three remaining chances to get the final victory that will give them undisputed ownership of the conference title.
All three area high school dance teams performed some of their best routines of the year on Saturday, Feb. 3 when they competed at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches varsity dance state championships in La Crosse. The New Richmond and Somerset dance teams both competed in two events at this year's state meet and the St. Croix Central team competed in one event at state.
The players couldn't decide on the ice. The coaches couldn't decide it in a seeding meeting. So the decision on whether New Richmond or Superior should get the second seed in the WIAA boys hockey sectional tournament bracket was decided on the flip of a coin.