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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To say this will be a season of change for the New Richmond boys hockey team would be an understatement. The Tigers graduated 16 seniors and long-time coach Adam Swanda recently stepped down from his position after more than 20 years with the team. The new Tigers will stay true to their roots. Stepping in as head coach will be former Tiger Zach Kier. Two of his assistant coaches, Josh Leavens and Aaron Chwialkowski, are also former Tiger skaters. The Tigers will start their official practices under Kier and his staff on Monday, Nov. 5.
Sparta's big plays and physical play up front proved too much for the New Richmond Tigers last Friday. Sparta knocked the Tigers out of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs, 33-14. The loss ended New Richmond's six-game winning streak. It also finishes New Richmond's season with a 6-5 record.
New Richmond sophomore Willa Rogers has been stringing together outstanding performances through the second half of the 2018 season and she added another at the WIAA State Championships on Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. Rogers ran one of the best times of her career to place 65th among 190 runners competing in the Division 1 race at the state cross country meet.
St. Croix Central senior Marie Hamlin capped one of the finest cross country seasons in St. Croix Central history on Saturday, placing fourth in the girls Division 2 WIAA state championship race on Saturday. Hamlin was joined at state by sophomore teammate Mya Kizer and Kizer also performed well, placing 26th in the Division 2 girls race. The state championships were held at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. New Richmond sophomore Willa Rogers competed in the girls Division 1 state meet, placing 65th.
Hockey has taken the Williams sisters all over the United States and to Australia. Now it will be taking them to Europe. Jade and Bailey Williams are scheduled to be part of a United States U19 team that plays in Sweden, Estonia and Finland next April.
The season is over for the Somerset and New Richmond football teams, but the St. Croix Central football team has advanced to the third round of the WIAA Division 4 playoffs.
The second straight Mississippi Valley Conference opponent awaits the New Richmond football team in the second round of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs this Friday. The Tigers will host Sparta on Friday, Oct. 26. The Tigers are coming off a wild 20-14 win over La Crosse Logan, while Sparta achieved one of the biggest upsets in the first round of the state playoffs when it went to Ashland and sunk the Oredockers, 36-8, on Friday.
The rematch between the Somerset and St. Croix Central football teams this Friday will be an uphill challenge for the Spartans. And it's a challenge the Spartans believe they are ready for. Somerset opened WIAA Division 4 tournament play at home last Friday, defeating Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 46-6. The Spartans are the fourth seed in the regional bracket while GET was the fifth seed. Central is the top seed in the region.
The second straight Mississippi Valley Conference opponent awaits the New Richmond football team in the second round of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs this Friday. The Tigers will host Sparta Friday, Oct. 26 after coming off a wild 20-14 win over La Crosse Logan, while Sparta achieved one of the biggest upsets in the first round of the state playoffs when it went to Ashland and sunk the Oredockers, 36-8, on Friday.
The final score was 42-0, but through much of the first half on Friday, the Adams-Friendship football team gave the undefeated St. Croix Central Panthers a full-scale battle. And over the long range of things, that may be just what the Panthers needed. Central won the Division 4 opener, moving them into a second round rematch with Somerset that will be played on the Panthers' home field at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.