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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It is never too early to start learning about citizenship and the sacrifices that American troops are making this holiday season. Four American fighters serving in Iraq and Afghanistan will receive packages of holiday spirit from the 112 junior kindergarten students at the Somerset Elementary School. There are four sections of junior kindergarten. Each student decorated a Christmas tree made out of green construction paper. On the back of each tree was placed a photo of the classroom of students who created the trees, along with an explanation of where the trees were coming from.
In capturing another Middle Border Conference football championship, the Somerset football team had a number of outstanding individual efforts. Those efforts were rewarded when the 2009 All-MBC team was announced last week. Ten Somerset players were named to the all-conference team for the 2009 season. New Richmond's improvement in the MBC was also reflected in the all-conference voting. Seven of New Richmond's players were recipients of All-MBC honors. Somerset The Spartans were the leading team in the conference on offense and defense and that was reflected in the All-MBC voting.
When Ralph Powers retired in 2004 after 30 years as a meat cutter, he thought a small deer processing operation might help keep him busy during the winter months. Little did he realize the demand for deer processing in the New Richmond area. In the first winter that Powers Wild Game Processing was open, Powers estimated that he handled 50 deer carcasses. Last winter the family business handled 410 deer and early indications are the number will be even higher this winter. The offerings Powers Processing gives its customers has grown each year to meet its demand.
When Megan Revoir signed her letter of intent to attend Concordia University in St. Paul on a softball scholarship last Thursday, the St. Croix Central senior had plenty of support. Her teammates and coaches all huddled into the Central high school conference room to witness Revoir's big moment. One of the first things Revoir did after the signing was to give her teammates credit for all of their help. She finished with a sincere "thanks guys" which brought a loud wave of applause and cheering from her teammates. Revoir is the catcher on the Panther team that won the Dunn-St.
It was a banner season for the New Richmond volleyball team, capturing the program's first conference championship in more than a decade. The outstanding performance by the Tigers was recognized in the all-conference voting, with five Tigers named to the 2009 All-Middle Border Conference team. The Tigers had one of the best senior classes in the team's history and five of the team's seniors were chosen for the All-MBC team.
Somerset football coach Bruce Larson is fond of saying that a handful of plays decide each football game. Three long runs by Northwestern and two turnovers by Somerset were the deciding plays in Saturday's WIAA Division 4 Level 3 playoff game. Northwestern was able to use those pivotal plays to defeat Somerset 21-14. The loss ends Somerset's season, while Northwestern moves on to this Saturday's state semifinal game against Kewaunee. The winner of Saturday's game will face the winner of the semifinal game between Big Foot and Lodi.
Luke Fritsche has a passion for basketball. Last year he coached the St. Croix Central girls C team. This year Fritsche is moving up to serve as the Panthers' varsity girls coach. Fritsche takes over the varsity position from Shannon Donnelly. Donnelly resigned following last season to devote her time to her two young children. Fritsche takes over a team that has a number of assets, particularly quickness and experience. Among the returning players from last season are Sarah Hawkins, Nikki Brooks, Lindsay Chinander, Ashley Adkins and Miranda Holzer.
Her name appears so often as "Brie Crichton, accompanist" in Somerset High School events, it wouldn't be surprising if some people thought Brie Crichton's last name was accompanist. Crichton is a gifted pianist who has graced many Somerset school activities with her musical skills during her high school years. When the Somerset High School performance of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" takes the stage this week, Crichton will be playing piano in the orchestra pit.
The Somerset football team advanced to level 3 of the WIAA Division 4 state playoffs with a rousing 47-8 win over Bloomer last Saturday. The Spartans (10-1) will play at Northwestern (11-0) in the third round of tournament play. Saturday's game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Northwestern High School is located in the community of Maple, which is located just east of Superior near the Lake Superior shore. Somerset missed a couple early chances in the first half of Saturday's 47-8 win over Bloomer (9-2).
Ayla Mitchell won the individual title for the second time in three years as the UW-Oshkosh women's cross country team finished third at the WIAC Championship held Saturday in Whitewater. Mitchell, a senior from New Richmond, ran away from this year's group of participants. She coasted to the finish line with a 6,000-meter time of 22:00. She also finished first at the meet in 2007 and second in 2008. With her latest victory, Mitchell becomes the fifth UW-Oshkosh runner to claim multiple WIAC titles.