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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The first loss in Middle Border Conference play on Friday showed that the New Richmond boys tennis team is teetering on which direction it will head for the rest of the season. The Tigers won their first three MBC matches of the season against teams that weren't expected to be title contenders (Ellsworth, Altoona and Durand). On Friday the Tigers faced the first of the upper tier MBC opponents and the Tigers didn't rise to the challenge.
Generating more scoring chances is a step in the right direction, although the New Richmond girls soccer team is struggling to turn the progress into wins. The Tigers suffered recent losses to Rice Lake and Spooner, though Tiger coach Steve Tesar said he saw offensive progress from his team in both games. The loss at Spooner showed how close the Tigers can get to an upper level Middle Border Conference team. The Tigers lost at Spooner last Thursday 3-2. "We outshot them.
The hot-and-cold St. Croix Central softball team is stuck in one of its cooler streaks of the season. The Panthers started the season with two wins, before losing the next three games. They just completed another cycle of winning two games, then losing the next three. The third of those losses came Monday, when the Panthers lost at Mondovi 6-4. When the Panthers go into their cold streaks, it seems that bad things befall them at the worst times. In the top of the sixth inning, the Panthers had runners on second and third with no outs, but they couldn't get any of the runners home.
After six months of work, the Somerset Board of Education has completed its employee handbook. The handbook replaces the negotiated contracts that the school district had with the teaching staff and support staff. Before approving the handbook the school board had three items to review that needed to be included in the handbook. The first of the subjects was the health insurance opt-out for employees where both spouses are employed by the school district.
Somerset High School is following the growing trend of selling signage in different strategic areas around the school district in an attempt to raise additional funds. The idea was brought forward by Somerset Director of Programs Bill Roll. The plan is to sell advertising spots on athletic schedules, game programs, along the fence around the football and soccer fields and around the scoreboards in the middle school and high school gyms.
After nearly two decades of utilizing a four-period day, Somerset High School administration has elected to change its scheduling system. The high school will begin using a hybrid schedule based on an eight-period day, with two days of block classes and some classes always offered in a block structure. The changes were driven by the goal of improving the test scores of SHS students on statewide tests. The schedule change at the high school was approved at a special meeting of the Somerset Board of Education on April 23. Thirteen members of the high school staff and administration formed th
Nate Jones delivered just what the New Richmond baseball team desperately needed. Jones dominated from the pitching mound and the plate last Tuesday in carrying the Tiger baseball team to a 4-0 win at Somerset. The win moved the Tigers to the .500 level in the Middle Border Conference standings at 2-2. The Tigers couldn't stay at that level however, losing at home against Ellsworth in another cold, wet game last Thursday, by a 7-3 score. Jones' pitching was a revelation for the Tigers in his four-hit shutout.
The New Richmond track teams hope that running at the State Meet Preview at UW-La Crosse will benefit the Tigers when the WIAA State Track Meet is held at the same site during the first weekend in June. The Tigers competed in the large school division of Saturday's meet on the UW-La Crosse track, facing several strong teams from the La Crosse area.