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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WIAA state wrestling and girls basketball regionals were the events of the night on Friday. In wrestling, St. Croix Central senior Ryan Larson was defeated in his attempt to win a second individual state championship. Larson was defeated by Medford’s Jake Rau in the Division 2 220-pound semifinals, 6-3. Larson will compete in the wrestlebacks on Saturday morning.
Thursday’s sports featured some major accomplishments, including a Middle Border Conference championship title for the New Richmond boys basketball team along with wins at the WIAA State Wrestling Championships by St. Croix Central’s Ryan Larson and Somerset’s Tyler Hantsbarger. New Richmond boys hoops
Each of the three local wrestling programs had something to celebrate with the results from Saturday’s WIAA sectional tournaments. New Richmond senior Jake LaVenture, St. Croix Central senior Ryan Larson and Somerset junior Tyler Hantsbarger all wrestled their way to the WIAA State Wrestling Championships, which will be held in Madison Thursday through Saturday.
The New Richmond boys hockey team and the Somerset girls basketball team both saw their seasons come to an end Tuesday, while the St. Croix Central girls team advanced in the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament. The St. Croix Central boys were also in action, losing a wild game at Prescott, 77-76. New Richmond boys hockey
New Richmond Tuesday, Feb. 19 Boys Hockey: WIAA sectional semifinal at Superior, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 Boys Basketball: Osceola at New Richmond, 7:15 p.m. Wrestling: WIAA state championships at Madison Friday, Feb. 22
The Middle Border Conference boys basketball championship is still up for grabs after the New Richmond boys were upended on their home court by St. Croix Central on Monday, 64-57. The loss drops New Richmond to 10-3 in the MBC standings. Ellsworth and Prescott went into Monday’s action with 9-3 records. New Richmond can still earn at least a share of the title with a win in its final regular season game, which will be played at home Thursday against Osceola. That will also be the Tigers’ Senior Night.
If the lungs and legs were willing, many people who play hockey would make it a lifelong sport. There are those who challenge their physical abilities and continue to play hockey as long as they can. You can find a group of them many late Wednesday nights at the New Richmond Sports Center, for their weekly chance to play "Old Man Hockey." New Richmond Old Man Hockey is open to anyone 35 and over. Rare exceptions are made, like if a parent wants to get a chance to skate competitively with one of their kids.
Each of the three local wrestling programs had something to celebrate with the results from Saturday’s WIAA sectional tournaments.
The New Richmond boys basketball team now have two games remaining to lock up the MBC championship. The first of those is Monday, when they host St. Croix Central. The Tigers are trying to win their first conference title since the 2011-12 season, when they shared the title with Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers are 10-2 in the MBC, with Ellsworth and Prescott both sitting at 9-3. “To me, Monday is the biggest game of the year,” said New Richmond coach Rick Montreal.
Friday was a wild night for basketball. The New Richmond boys basketball team had to overcome a 12-point second half deficit to defeat Somerset in a highly entertaining and sometimes chaotic game in New Richmond. Meanwhile, at St. Croix Central, the Panthers played a rare Middle Border Conference doubleheader. The night couldn’t have gone better for the Panthers, with the girls and boys teams both earning victories in their Senior Night games. NR-Somerset boys