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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Defense and rebounding were the key ingredients as the New Richmond and Somerset boys basketball teams earned Middle Border Conference victories on Friday night. New Richmond went to St. Croix Central and locked down the Panthers, 59-51. Somerset won on its home court against Baldwin-Woodville, 47-42.
Young and old, big and small, the New Richmond wrestlers took advantage of their opportunities in the Middle Border Conference wrestling dual meet against St. Croix Central. The Tigers had several wrestlers come up with big efforts in a 57-18 victory over Central on the Tigers’ home mat.
The game didn’t start well Tuesday for the New Richmond girls basketball team, but it certainly did finish well. The Tigers overcame a slow start on their home court against Ellsworth. The Tigers didn’t take the lead until late in the first half, but from their they remained comfortably in charge for a 66-47 win over the Panthers. New Richmond has been using a 1-3-1 defense with success in recent games, so they tried it against the Panthers.
The New Richmond boys hockey team knows the early part of the season is all about progress.
By qualifying 11 lifters for state, the New Richmond powerlifting team had a strong opening meet at River Falls High School on Saturday. The Tigers again have outstanding numbers out for the team. There are 76 lifters on this year’s team and 66 of them competed at River Falls. There are 32 new lifters in the program, the highest number of new additions to the team in its nine year existence.
Continued progress was the focus of the game for the New Richmond boys basketball team when it played at Eau Claire North on Monday. Although the Tigers didn’t win, the put together an impressive effort in a 73-62 loss to the Huskies.
The results were not favorable for any of the local girls basketball teams on Friday. New Richmond’s girls suffered a 44-36 in a game at Baldwin-Woodville. This was the Tigers’ first loss in Middle Border Conference action after winning their first two MBC games.
The New Richmond boys hockey team tasted victory for the first time in the 2018-19 season on Friday while the Western Wisconsin Stars dealt with losing for the first time. The Tigers entered the winner’s circle on Friday with a 3-2 win at Antigo. “The boys found some grit and came out on top,” said New Richmond coach Zach Kier, who experienced his first victory as a varsity coach.
The transition from football to basketball might have a bump or two, but the boys on the St. Croix Central team are confident it will be a successful winter for the Panthers. Central opened its season on Friday, with the Panthers losing on their home court against Baldwin-Woodville, 61-54. Senior guard Austin Kopacz, the quarterback on the Panther football team, said the team was viewing this game as their scrimmage.
All three local wrestling teams took their lumps in Middle Border Conference dual matches held on Thursday night. New Richmond went to Baldwin-Woodville and lost to the Blackhawks, 48-21. Somerset hosted Osceola and lost 70-9. St. Croix Central hosted defending MBC champion Ellsworth and lost 70-6. New Richmond scored four wins in its match at Baldwin. Adam Stener won the heavyweight match with a pin. Brandon Dennis was a winner on a 6-1 decision. Matt Harle and Ryan Muller received forfeits for the Tigers' other wins.