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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With nearly 200 runners in each race, the Rice Lake Invitational proved itself to be a meet that tests the concentration levels of the runners. St. Croix Central’s runners found ways to maintain their focus, which resulted in improved times for nearly every Panther during last Tuesday’s meet. Central’s boys ranked 10th among 26 full teams in their half of the meet while the Panther girls placed 15th among 28 teams. Central coach Bill Emery set out specifics for both squads to follow during this race.
For the Somerset volleyball team, there will be days like this. The inexperienced Spartans found progress doesn’t come in a straight line when they played their Middle Border Conference opener at Ellsworth last Thursday. The Spartans lost the match 25-23, 25-10, 25-19. In their two previous outings the Spartans had been on a progressive arc. There was little progress in the loss. “We struggled with the basic skills and that affected our offense,” said Somerset coach Sarah Praschak. “That’s the learning curve of a young team.
The St. Croix Central volleyball team was able to earn its first Dunn-St. Croix Conference victory of the season last Tuesday. In front of a large crowd for Parents Night and Senior Night, the Panthers rolled past Glenwood City 25-19, 25-16, 19-25, 25-15. This was the Panthers’ second win over Glenwood City this season. The Panthers beat Glenwood City in a tournament in the first week of the season for their first victory. Things didn’t go as well for the Panthers when they trekked to Mondovi last Thursday.
It’s Homecoming Week at Somerset High School. The week has been packed with activities. It will culminate in Friday’s Homecoming football game against New Richmond and Saturday’s Homecoming dance. There was a theme to each day of the school week. Monday was Dress Up or Dress Down Day. Tuesday was Neon! Day. That was followed by Favorite Holiday Day. Thursday’s them is Fake An Injury Day. Friday’s theme is Class T-shirt Day. There were activities during each lunch period during the week. On Friday, the powder puff football games will be played during homeroom time.
A Somerset High School student who accidentally brought a knife to school in their backpack was expelled from the school during a special meeting of the Somerset Board of Education last Wednesday. School District Administrator Randy Rosburg said that while the folding knife was accidentally brought into the school, an expulsion was warranted. “Because of the consequence, the board had to take some action. It’s important that they send a reasonable action,” Rosburg said. A process was set in place where the student can eventually return to the high school.
The transition from the middle school to high school can be daunting for freshmen. Somerset High School commits a day early in the school year to help the freshmen find an easier transition to the high school. The third annual SHS Freshman Retreat was held last Wednesday at St. Croix National Golf Course. Sarah Colling, District Chemical Health Prevention Specialist, was one of the organizers of the event.
A sixth kindergarten teacher will be added as quickly as possible in the Somerset School District following a lengthy discussion and vote by the Somerset Board of Education at its Sept. 16 meeting. The large number of children enrolled in kindergarten caught the school district by surprise. Elementary Principal Darren Kern said a number of students weren’t registered until the days before classes began.
Tickets are on sale through this Friday for the 2013 New Richmond High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet and ceremony that will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5. This year’s inductees are Jack Bartlett, Gerald “Butch” Boettcher, Fred Brekke, John Elkin, Jim Jarchow, Dave Marson, Dan Olien, Sten Pierce, Wayne Siebold, Ted Stephens and Wayne Thomas.
It was a frustrating Friday evening for the New Richmond and Somerset football teams. New Richmond had hoped to climb to 2-1 in the Middle Border Conference, but the Tigers were overpowered by Prescott, 21-14. Somerset played at Ellsworth in a clash of the two remaining unbeaten MBC teams. Somerset is no longer undefeated, falling to Ellsworth 27-8. Also in the Middle Border Conference, Osceola opened its new artificial turf field with a win, defeating Amery 23-6. Durand climbed to 2-1 in the MBC with a 47-22 pounding of Baldwin-Woodville. In the Dunn-St.
It didn't take long for Jared Dettmann to prove himself in professional baseball. Dettmann ranked among the top pitchers in the Appalachian League in several categories while pitching in his first season of pro ball this summer. The Somerset native returned home recently after spending the summer pitching for the Danville Braves, an A-level farm team of the Atlanta Braves. Dettmann's 2.09 earned run average ranked in the top five in the league. His WHIP (walks/hits per inning) ranked in the league's top 10.