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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Summer school is a chance for students to take classes where they can learn about activities that can develop into lifelong interests. One of the popular summer school classes that definitely promotes lifelong interest among its students is a fishing class taught to middle school students by John Rivard. This is the 12th year that Rivard has taught the class and interest has continued to grow. The class was originally offered for seven students per summer. The three-week class has now grown to 25 students, with more kids being turned away.
Past strategic plans for the Somerset School District have been concentrated on making the Somerset youth well-rounded, responsible students. A new strategic plan for the school district for the years 2011-16 was passed by the Somerset Board of Education at its June 20 meeting and this plan is much more specific in its goals. Student achievement and improving students' results on standardized testing are main components of the new strategic plan.
Project Lead The Way has been an intriguing topic in the Somerset schools during its two years in the classroom. At a special session of the Somerset Board of Education, PLTW students showed what they've learned. And the creativity that was on display was quite impressive. Students from the two PLTW classes and an independent study showed off the projects they created and how they work at the gathering. Ben Martell was the student who took on the PLTW independent study.
The New Richmond American Legion Summer Classic kicks off on Friday night with a game between New Richmond and Hudson. Five games are scheduled to be played on Saturday, with another three games on the docket for Sunday. New Richmond will host Hudson at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the opening game of the tournament. Action in the tournament resumes at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with games scheduled to run throughout the day. The tournament resumes at 9 a.m. on Sunday, when the consolation game will be played.
Bill Powers and Sandy Nemec will be able jump right into the retired life. That's because their spouses have already retired a few months ahead of them. Powers is retiring after teaching in Somerset for 22 years. Nemec has been an aide in the school district for 25 years. Listing their teaching positions just begins to detail their contributions to the school district and the community. Powers has been one of the most active coaches in the school district, coaching sports in the fall, winter and spring for most of his years in the district.
Keller finished fourth in the 200 meter dash and fifth in the 100 meter dash at the state meet, in what was likely the most outstanding group of female sprinters ever to compete at the Wisconsin state track meet. The Division 1 sprinters were led by Milwaukee Bradley Tech senior Dezerea Bryant. Bryant shattered the state records in the 100 and 200, bringing the large crowds in the UW-La Crosse grandstand to their feet with her eye-popping performances. Keller ran outstanding times in both races. She ran a 12.24 in the 100 meter finals.
Henry competed in the Division 2 girls high jump, one of the first events to be completed in the state meet. Henry was the first girl to compete among the 16 in the high jump. While others kept missing jumps, Henry kept climbing. She cleared a personal best height of 5 feet, 4 inches and she still hadn't missed at any height. Suddenly, she was one of the final four competitors, assuring her a spot on the state awards podium for the second year in a row.
The Panthers put together the winning rally in the sixth inning, scoring three times before holding on for a 10-8 win over Prescott in the regional title game last Thursday. With the victory, Central got a home game on Tuesday in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 sectional tournament. The Panthers hosted Bloomer in that game. The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to the sectional championship game, which will be played in Grantsburg on Friday. In Thursday's win, Central's Kelly Harrington started the decisive sixth inning with a single to deep centerfield.
The Spartans advanced to sectionals by defeating Prescott 9-2 in last Wednesday's Division 2 regional championship in Prescott. Somerset was scheduled to face Altoona in the opening round of WIAA sectional play on Tuesday. The entire sectional tournament was to be played in Cumberland. Somerset took charge of Wednesday's regional title game by scoring five runs in the first inning at Prescott. The Spartans used a game-opening walk from Sean Conrad and five ringing singles to score the five runs. Conrad took charge of the game from there.
The Tigers were knocked off in the opening round of Division 1 tournament play last Tuesday, losing on their home field to Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln, 7-3.