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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WIAA boys basketball regional tournament action begins around the state on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Prescott was the lone area team that reached the WIAA boys state championships last winter, with the Cardinals losing in the Division 3 state championship game. There are a number of western Wisconsin teams with the capabilities of making a strong charge to the state tournament. Here are previews of the area regional tournament bracket in each division. Division 1
WIAA girls basketball regional tournament action begins around the state on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Bloomer, Durand and Clayton were western Wisconsin teams that reached the WIAA State Tournament in 2017. What teams represent this part of the state at the 2018 WIAA state championships at the Resch Center in Green Bay on March 8-10 is anyone's guess. There are talented teams in all five divisions, but it will take talent and a little luck to be the teams advancing to the state tournament this season.
Jack Cichy is healing on schedule and is hoping to make a strong impression on National Football League scouts, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26-28. Cichy is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee that cost him his senior season. The Somerset native and former University of Wisconsin Badgers standout linebacker suffered the injury during a preseason practice in August. He underwent surgery three days later.
It has been a long road with many twists and turns for Gaelin Elmore. He's hoping the journey takes him to the National Football League. Elmore, a 2014 graduate of Somerset High School, declared himself eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. He has signed with an agent, Premier Athlete Advisors, to help him in pursuit of his goal.
Fat tire bikers now have a course in New Richmond, and there's a new event planned to christen the course. The Frozen Gnome Fat Tire Challenge will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13 at a new three-quarter mile groomed trail at Barley John's Brewing Company in New Richmond. The brewery is located at 1280 Madison Ave. The event is presented by the Big Ring Flyers Bicycle Club and Race Team and is open to the public. They will have demo fat bikes available at the event for anyone that wants to come out and give it a try, courtesy of Crank Worx Bike Shop of River Falls.
Ellsworth junior Erica Feuerhelm has qualified to play in the 2017 WIAA Division 2 Girls Golf State Championships. Feuerhelm qualified for state by shooting an 87 at the Division 2 sectional tournament played at the Frederic Golf Club.
The Middle Border Conference tournament didn't go quite the way the Ellsworth girls tennis team had hoped. The Panthers were only able to advance one of their seven flights through the opening round of the tournament, which was played Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Osceola High School. The only Panthers who were able to advance were the one doubles team of Ginger Leonard and Mady Paquet. They were seeded fifth, but in the opening round, they beat Baldwin-Woodville 6-4, 6-3. B-W had beaten the Panthers in a dual match the day before the tournament.
Getting to run on the biggest cross country stage in the Midwest is an opportunity some area runners receive when they compete at the Roy Griak Invitational. Ellsworth was one of the teams competing at this year's meet at the University of Minnesota, where hundreds of college and high school teams competed throughout the day at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. The meet attracts teams from all over the Midwest.
The accomplishments for the Ellsworth girls golf team continue to pile up and the Panthers hope the best are yet to come.
The postseason has already arrived for the Ellsworth girls tennis team. The Panthers were scheduled to complete their regular season on Tuesday by playing in the Middle Border Conference tournament at Osceola. The Panthers are scheduled to play next Monday at the Division 2 subsectional meet at Baldwin-Woodville. They will be facing players from Amery, Baldwin-Woodville, Barron, Bloomer, Osceola, Rice Lake and Unity in hopes of qualifying for the sectional tournament. The sectional tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 4, also at Baldwin-Woodville.