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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New Richmond boys hockey coach Adam Swanda specifically picks the tournaments the Tigers play in, looking for tough competition to sharpen the players' skills. The Tigers got all the competition they could handle by skating in the Eagles Nest Thanksgiving Open in Rochester, Minn. last Friday and Saturday. How's this for a challenging way to start the season? The Tigers' opening draw in the tournament was Rochester Lourdes, the number 3 ranked Class A team in Minnesota. Lourdes scored a 5-1 win, boosted by an inordinate amount of penalties called against the Tigers.
If you think the Somerset hockey team found particular joy in thrashing Eau Claire North on Saturday, you are right. The Spartans scored a 12-1 win over North in the second round of the Amery holiday tournament on Saturday. In the opening round of the tournament on Friday, Somerset lost to River Falls 5-2. The fact that Somerset's enrollment is approximately one-third of the enrollment at Eau Claire North served as inspiration for the Spartans.
A large part of New Richmond's sport history was on hand to officially unveil a key part of its future. More than 1,200 people were in attendance, including many former coaches and athletes, as the New Richmond High School gymnasium was dedicated last Tuesday. The gym is considered the centerpiece of the new athletic facilities at the high school, which include new locker rooms, outdoor athletic fields, a new track and a state-of-the-art weight room. The dedication ceremony was held before the first varsity boys basketball game in the new facility.
An open house was held last week to show off the new Learning Center building in the Somerset School District. The new building houses the district offices and a number of classrooms. By moving the district offices out of the high school, it created space for a rapidly growing special education population in the schools. The former district office is now the home for the oldest special education students in the district.
The Somerset Board of Education has denied a grievance filed against them over benefits for a retired teacher and her husband. The grievance was filed by the West Central Education Association, which is the union that includes the Somerset teaching staff. The grievance was filed on behalf of Kathy Murphy, who retired as a teacher from the school district last summer. The crux of the argument is whether Murphy's husband, Bill, should be covered under her insurance policy carried through the school district. The board's denial came down to four points.
When the economy was going strong, Mark Barron's construction class at Somerset High School built homes that were purchased by residents around the area. The economy has slowed and the houses built in the class are no longer in demand. Barron is someone who changes with the times.
Somerset senior Jeremy Kelly is one of a handful of players state-wide who received first team all-state honors when the Wisconsin Football Coaches Assocation All-State Team was announced on Monday. New Richmond senior Justice Harvieux and Somerset senior Isaac Neumann were named as honorable mention all-state players. Kelly and Baldwin-Woodville senior Jake Keefer were both named as first team all-state players on offense and defense, making the Middle Border Conference one of the few conferences to have two players earn that distinction. Kelly earned his all-state honors at defensive end
Most people who have seen Somerset's Jared Dettmann fire a baseball during the past several years have predicted big things for the Somerset flame-throwing lefthander. Those predictions are starting to come true. Dettmann signed a Division 1 letter of intent last Wednesday to attend the University of Connecticut and play on the UConn baseball team. Dettmann has been a standout pitcher for the Somerset baseball team each of the past two spring seasons. He has also played extensively nationally in off-season programs. Dettmann will be the second Somerset athlete to become a UConn Husky.
The climb to the top of the Middle Border Conference standings by the New Richmond football team was recognized in this year's all-conference voting. Twelve Tigers received honors on this year's all-conference team. Somerset, one of the conference tri-champions along with the Tigers and Baldwin-Woodville, had seven players receive All-MBC honors. New Richmond's collection of All-MBC players was led by senior Justice Harvieux, who was a first team selection on offense and defense.
The relentless defense of Appleton Xavier put incredible pressure on New Richmond from start to finish in Saturday's WIAA Division 3 Level 3 football playoff game in Chippewa Falls. Despite a stalwart effort from the Tiger defense, New Richmond's offense could generate little success in a 21-0 loss to the Hawks. With the loss the Tigers end the season with a 9-3 record. Neither team had great offensive success in Saturday's game. The Tigers were limited to a season low 132 yards of offense in the game. The Tiger defense did a respectable job, giving up 276 yards.