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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Somerset lineman Reggie Larson is headed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he will become a part of the Army football program. Larson said he couldn't pass up the opportunity of a lifetime, even though attending West Point involves a 10-year commitment to the United States Army. If he graduates, he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant.
What does any college graduate do once they've received their diploma? They start looking for work. For Somerset High School graduate Megan Plourde, her first job took her around the world. She spent the last five months playing professional volleyball in Croatia, a country in southern Europe. Croatia is bordered by Hungary and Slovenia and is located across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. Plourde had originally heard about opportunities to play volleyball professionally in Puerto Rico from her volleyball coach at Colorado State University.
Mike Schachtner's European basketball career reached a new height when his team in Leiden won the league championship in The Netherlands last month. Schachtner produced one of the biggest moments of his career at the end of the opening game in the best-of-five championship series against Leeuwarden in late May. Leiden trailed the entire game, cutting the margin to two points in the final seconds. As Leiden pressed, the ball was knocked free. Schachtner scooped up the ball at the three-point arc and immediately released a shot.
I've done stories about people battling cancer before. They've been all ages, all types of cancers, and all stages of the cancer battle. I never thought I'd be the subject of the story. Life as I knew it changed a few years back by, of all things, a kidney stone. That experience was torture enough, but it opened a window to the biggest challenge I've ever faced. An alert lab technician at Westfields Hospital noticed something wasn't normal in one of my blood tests and brought it to the attention of the doctors. More blood tests followed.
The area will be well represented at the 2013 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games in July. Three Somerset players and three Spartan coaches have been selected to the North Large team. The players chosen for the game are Reggie Larson, Tyler Ledbeter and Luke Praschak. Somerset head football coach Bruce Larson has been selected to direct the North Large team for the second time in his career. He will be joined on the coaching staff by Spartan assistant coaches Bob Seibel and Joe Hutter. St. Croix Central will also be represented at all-star weekend in Oshkosh on July 20.
Sam Lofquist already has a signed hockey contract to continue his career in Sweden next winter. After playing in Oskarshamn, Sweden the past two seasons, Lofquist is moving to Sweden's largest city for the next step in his hockey career. But his ultimate goal remains the same. "I'm so motivated to get back here and play in the NHL.
A $7.95 million referendum has been approved by the Somerset Board of Education, with most of those funds targeted toward three expansions of the current Somerset High School building. The referendum will be part of the April 2 general election ballot. This is the school board's answer to requests from the community to explore all the possibilities of adding onto the current buildings instead of asking to build another new structure. The additions to the high school target three areas.
The rivalry between Somerset and Durand was at center stage last Tuesday when the two boys basketball teams battled in Durand, with the Middle Border Conference lead on the line. The Spartans needed to man up and that's just what they did. They played a hard-nosed, physical style that got them the lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Despite Durand's best pressure, the Spartans didn't let go of the lead, winning 60-55.
Putting five wrestlers into the semifinals and three into the finals resulted in St. Croix Central producing its best team finish ever at the Northern Badger Wrestling Classic at River Falls High School on Saturday. It was an extraordinary tournament for the Panthers. Senior Cody Nyhagen won the 170-pound tournament championship. His classmates, Carl Moll and Kyle Aaby, were second place finishers. Austin Edison and Brian Gibb took fourth in their classes. The Panthers were able to amass 222.5 points in the tournament, which ranked second to Clear Lake in the overall ranking.
An early showdown for the lead in the Middle Border Conference girls basketball race didn't go as hoped for the New Richmond girls basketball team. The Tigers and Baldwin-Woodville went into Friday's game at Baldwin as the only remaining MBC teams without a loss in conference action. The Tigers could never get their offense to finish its chances in the 50-33 loss to the Blackhawks. Coach Jeff Kanewischer said the loss didn't reflect how effective the Tigers were on offense. He said the team moved the ball well and got the shots they were hoping for.