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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The transition from the middle school to high school can be daunting for freshmen. Somerset High School commits a day early in the school year to help the freshmen find an easier transition to the high school. The third annual SHS Freshman Retreat was held last Wednesday at St. Croix National Golf Course. Sarah Colling, District Chemical Health Prevention Specialist, was one of the organizers of the event.
A sixth kindergarten teacher will be added as quickly as possible in the Somerset School District following a lengthy discussion and vote by the Somerset Board of Education at its Sept. 16 meeting. The large number of children enrolled in kindergarten caught the school district by surprise. Elementary Principal Darren Kern said a number of students weren’t registered until the days before classes began.
Tickets are on sale through this Friday for the 2013 New Richmond High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction banquet and ceremony that will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5. This year’s inductees are Jack Bartlett, Gerald “Butch” Boettcher, Fred Brekke, John Elkin, Jim Jarchow, Dave Marson, Dan Olien, Sten Pierce, Wayne Siebold, Ted Stephens and Wayne Thomas.
It was a frustrating Friday evening for the New Richmond and Somerset football teams. New Richmond had hoped to climb to 2-1 in the Middle Border Conference, but the Tigers were overpowered by Prescott, 21-14. Somerset played at Ellsworth in a clash of the two remaining unbeaten MBC teams. Somerset is no longer undefeated, falling to Ellsworth 27-8. Also in the Middle Border Conference, Osceola opened its new artificial turf field with a win, defeating Amery 23-6. Durand climbed to 2-1 in the MBC with a 47-22 pounding of Baldwin-Woodville. In the Dunn-St.
It didn't take long for Jared Dettmann to prove himself in professional baseball. Dettmann ranked among the top pitchers in the Appalachian League in several categories while pitching in his first season of pro ball this summer. The Somerset native returned home recently after spending the summer pitching for the Danville Braves, an A-level farm team of the Atlanta Braves. Dettmann's 2.09 earned run average ranked in the top five in the league. His WHIP (walks/hits per inning) ranked in the league's top 10.
This loss will test how well the New Richmond football team bounces back from heartbreak. It appeared the Tigers had scored the winning touchdown pass with nine seconds left in their game at Durand on Friday. Quarterback Sevin Davis hit receiver Austin Juhl on a slant pattern in the end zone, giving the Tigers what appeared to be the winning touchdown. But one official thought differently, calling a holding penalty against the Tigers. That left time for one more play, but the Tigers' pass to the end zone was batted down, allowing Durand to escape with a 12-7 victory.
In 2011, the Prescott football team snapped Somerset's homefield victory streak that had lasted more than a decade. Prescott made its first visit to Seibel Field since the 2011 game on Friday night. The Spartans made sure they didn't put their current homefield victory string in jeopardy. The Somerset defense limited Prescott to 175 total yards of offense in shutting out the Cardinals 30-0.
Mondovi's football team is well stocked with seniors who've been playing varsity ball for three years. The St. Croix Central football team looked like a team playing numerous juniors and sophomores when the two teams met in Mondovi last Friday. The Panthers weren't able to match Mondovi's physicality, losing to the Buffaloes 36-21.
At the start of the season it might have been easy to view the New Richmond girls golf squad as a two-player team. That has changed a great deal. The Tigers have the two top players in the conference in seniors Alex Wheeler and Megan Chelberg. They both had rounds well below their standards last week, but the improvement of the rest of the Tiger lineup carried the team to victories in both MBC matches.
With the WIAA shifting to four divisions for boys soccer this year, a whole new window of opportunity has opened up for the New Richmond boys soccer team.