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 final letters written home by American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have been the subject of the Writing Crafts class at Somerset High School this fall. Cory Lindenberg, a new addition to the SHS teaching staff this year, thought the subject would inspire some insightful writing from his 15 students in the class, most of them juniors and seniors. The works done by the students were far beyond what he expected. The students read letters that were the final correspondence between soldiers and their families.
Somerset High School seniors Jared Dettmann and Ashley Martell signed college athletic scholarship letters of intent on Wednesday. Dettmann signed a Division 1 letter of intent to attend the University of Connecticut and play on the UConn baseball team. Martell signed a Division 2 letter of intent to play for the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Dettmann has been a standout pitcher for the Somerset baseball team each of the past two spring seasons.
The New Richmond football team looked nervous at the start of Saturday's WIAA Division 3 playoff game against Appleton Xavier and the Tigers never were able to find the edge that carried them to eight straight wins. Xavier scored once in each of the first three quarters to defeat New Richmond 21-0 in the Level 3 playoff game. Xavier moves on to face West DePere, which defeated Kewaskum 28-21. Preliminary reports have the Level 4 game being played next Saturday in Kimberly. The first three plays of Saturday's game reflected New Richmond's nervousness.
The New Richmond football team advanced to Level 3 in the WIAA playoffs for the first time in more than a decade with a pressure-packed 14-13 win at Rice Lake on Saturday. The Tigers will now play Appleton Xavier, which was a 7-0 winner over Waupaca on Saturday. The Level 3 game will be played at 2 p.m. at Gus Dorais Field in Chippewa Falls. New Richmond's players were looking to avenge a 28-21 loss to Rice Lake from the second week of the season. New Richmond put together an outstanding start to Saturday's game in Rice Lake.
St. Croix Central senior Brett Johnson was aiming for the top when he ran in the WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country Championship in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. Johnson didn't achieve his goal of being a state champion, but he did accomplish the best finish ever for a Panther at the state cross country meet. Johnson was the eighth place finisher in the Division 2 championship race. Johnson had the previous top finish for a Panther in a state meet when he finished 11th in the Division 2 race last year.
The Somerset football team couldn't get its vaunted running game any room to work in Saturday's WIAA Division 4 playoff game. With little ground game, the Spartans were out of the running by early in the second half in a 28-14 loss to Baldwin-Woodville. Somerset finishes the season with an 8-3 record. The Spartans had beaten B-W two weeks earlier. This time around the Blackhawks used a dominating defensive effort to shut down the Spartans. Somerset coach Bruce Larson said the Spartans couldn't control the B-W noseguard and they couldn't block all-state linebacker Jake Keefer.
Appleton Xavier had only 101 yards of offense in its 7-0 win over Waupaca in the Division 3 playoffs last Saturday. Yet the Hawks were comfortable with their performance in the playoff victory. Xavier will be New Richmond's opponent in this Saturday's Level 3 playoff game in Chippewa Falls on Saturday. The undefeated Xavier team makes no bones about it. The Hawks have allowed 61 points in their 11 wins this season and they have no fears about relying heavily on their defense to win each game.
The passing offense of the St. Croix Central football team and the tornado-like winds that whipped through the area were not a good combination in the opening round of the WIAA State Football Playoffs last Tuesday. The Panthers lost at Somerset in the opening round of the Division 4 playoffs last Tuesday, 38-14. The Panthers end the 2010 season with a 6-4 record. The only Dunn-St.
It was not exactly how Somerset junior Tia Belter wanted her experience at the 2010 WIAA State Cross Country Meet to go. Belter, who placed seventh in the Amery Division 2 sectional meet, struggled at the state meet on Saturday, finishing 93rd in 16 minutes, 44 seconds. Last year Belter placed 64th at state in 16 minutes, 27 seconds. Somerset coach Diane Belter said she wasn't sure why her daughter dropped back in the pack during the state race.
The New Richmond football team needed several big defensive stands in the second half to pull out a 14-13 win over Rice Lake in the second round of the WIAA Division 3 football state playoffs on Saturday. The Tigers will now play Appleton Xavier, which was a 7-0 winner over Waupaca on Saturday. The third round game will be played at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6 at Chippewa Falls. For updated playoff information, check the WIAA website at www.wiaawi.org . New Richmond put together an outstanding start to Saturday's game in Rice Lake.