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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First, the St. Croix Central football team knocked off the undefeated number two seed. Then the Panthers took out the third seed in a 37-29 thriller on Saturday. Now the Panthers are gunning to upset the top seed and advance to the WIAA state football semifinals. The Panthers will play at 1 p.m. in Somerset on Saturday, looking to knock off the top-seeded Spartans. Central has already shown that it can pull off upsets, having defeated Northland Pines and Barron. Winning against Somerset is something that has been difficult for the Panthers in recent years.
A $1,000 donation from the Walmart Teacher Rewards Program turned into a fun-packed event for staff and students at the Somerset Middle School. Twenty staff members received $50 gift cards for use in their classrooms through the Walmart program. This wasn't done in a formal presentation.
Somerset and St. Croix Central will meet at Seibel Field in Somerset at 1 p.m. this Saturday in Level 3 of the WIAA Division 4 state football playoffs. Somerset and Central advanced to Level 3 with wins over the weekend. Somerset moved to 9-1 for the season with a 33-10 win over Bloomer on Friday night in Somerset. St. Croix Central, now 7-3, needed a touchdown pass with 1:01 left in the game on Saturday to defeat Barron, 37-29. Somerset is the number one seed in this section of the state, while Central was the seventh seed.
It seems the WIAA playoffs bring out the best in the Somerset football team. The Spartans played their sharpest, most mistake-free game of the season in their WIAA Division 4 playoff opener on Friday, muzzling Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 27-0. The top-seeded Spartans will play at home again this Friday. The Spartans will host Bloomer, the fourth seed, at 7 p.m. The last game Bloomer played at Somerset produced one of the more memorable clashes on the Spartans' turf in many years.
One of the top passing attacks in the state was pitted against one of Wisconsin's top high school running backs on Friday when St. Croix Central made the long trek to Northland Pines. But instead of being a one-dimensional team that could only pass the ball, St. Croix Central played a well-rounded game to knock undefeated Northland Pines out of the playoffs. Central pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the state with its 34-20 victory. Central is the seventh seed in the Division 4 playoff bracket, while Northland Pines was a number two seed.
Every team hopes for the one night when they show how good they can be. That night came last Tuesday for the New Richmond volleyball team. The Tigers, seeded sixth in the Division 2 regional tournament bracket, went to Baldwin-Woodville and upset the third-seeded Blackhawks. The Tigers won the match in a five-game thrill ride. The Tigers used a powerful net attack to build a sizeable lead immediately in the first game, winning 25-14.
Not every team or runner can advance to state, but the St. Croix Central and Somerset runners can look back fondly at the end of their 2012 cross country seasons. Nearly every Panther and Spartan runner achieved the best times of their season during the Barron Division 2 Sectional Cross Country Meet last Friday. The St. Croix Central boys were the top finisher among the local teams in the sectional meet, taking fourth place.
Over the past three school years, a number of senior members of the Somerset High School teaching staff retired. Several of those teachers taught advanced placement (AP) classes. The school administrative team has been busy rebuilding the AP offerings, adding AP classes last year and this year. The latest addition to the advanced offerings is AP history, taught by Dennis Potter. Last year, AP composition and literature was added. It is taught by Cory Lindenberg.
The Somerset and St. Croix Central football teams will both be playing at home this weekend in the second round of the WIAA state playoffs. Somerset defeated Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau on Friday 27-0 to advance. The Spartans will be playing at home at 7 p.m. this Friday, with Bloomer as their opponent. This will be the seventh time in four years that Somerset and Bloomer have faced each other. The St. Croix Central football team pulled off one of the bigger upsets in the state in the opening round of the playoffs.
The New Richmond and Somerset volleyball teams will be playing in the second round of WIAA Division 2 regional tournament action Thursday night. Both teams will be playing on the road Thursday. Somerset, the fourth seed in the region, will be playing at top-seeded Altoona at 7 p.m. New Richmond, the sixth seed, will be playing at second seed Osceola at 7 p.m.