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 preliminary budget for the 2010-11 school year was passed without any discussion by the Somerset Board of Education at its June 21 meeting. In a discussion with District Administrator Randy Rosburg following the meeting, he said the board has good intentions with its next budget. The preliminary budget that was passed included a tax levy that would increase from $8.049 million to $8.097 million, an increase of six-tenths of a percent.
Failure to get approval to build near a small wetland on the Somerset School District property has put the construction of the new school district administrative building behind a month. Approval from the Department of Natural Resources was finally received last Friday, so construction started this week. Somerset District Administrator Randy Rosburg said the project architects from Cedar Corp. failed to contact the DNR about a small lowland at the edge of the project.
The American Legion baseball teams have been busy squeezing in games between rainouts. Among the highlights of the week was a win Monday by the New Richmond senior Legion team over Hudson.
Hayward and New Richmond were the best teams by far in the Middle Border Conference girls soccer season, but you'd never guess it from the all-conference voting. New Richmond and Hayward each earned one spot among the 12 spots on the all-conference first team. New Richmond finished with four all-conference players overall. New Richmond's first team selection was first-year goalkeeper Caitlynn Singerhouse. Singerhouse was a godsend for the Tigers. When the team found itself without a goalie in the pre-season, she was recruited. It was a season-saving move.
Ten days off changed the New Richmond Millers from timid to terrors. The Millers got back into St. Croix Valley League contention last Wednesday by popping Menomonie 4-2. The win raised the Millers' record to 2-3. The Millers have played the fewest league games of any team in the SCVL so they can still remedy the slow start they had. If they continue to play like they did against Menomonie, the Millers will be tough to stop.
Like a sentry, a new Spartan sculpture stands just outside the front doors at Somerset High School. The sculpture has been two years in the making. It was completely designed and constructed by SHS students. The steel structure stands 12 feet tall. The idea came from high school art teacher Becky Olson. She knows an artist who creates steel sculptures and asked him if a sculpture could be done by students. His positive reply gave her the confidence to approach the school about the idea. Once she received approval, the work began.
The Minnesota Twins have begun a new program with the opening of Target Field where they honor a military veteran or someone currently active in the military before each game. On May 23, 87-year-old John Ball Sr. of New Richmond was the veteran given the honor of raising the flag for the national anthem. Ball graduated from New Richmond High School in 1940 at the age of 16. He started elementary school by attending the Oak Hill School. In 1948 he was drafted into the United States Army. He attended basic training at Fort Breckinridge, Ky., with the 101st Airborne.
Somerset's golfers have never played under the type of attention and scrutiny that they faced when they played in the WIAA Division 2 Boys Golf State Championships last Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Club in Madison. The Spartans placed eighth in the Division 2 tournament, finishing three strokes behind Racine St. Catherine. Leading Somerset in the state tournament was sophomore Jacob Green who shot rounds of 85 and 81 to finish at 166.
The New Richmond and Somerset American Legion baseball programs are both running junior and senior level teams this year. All four teams got their seasons underway last week. By branching out to two teams there will be more opportunities for kids to play. The junior level teams are primarily freshmen and sophomores. New Richmond Senior The New Richmond senior team opened its season last Wednesday with a 9-3 loss at North St. Paul.
New Richmond sophomore Kat Keller was part of what was likely the fastest group of sprinters ever to compete in a WIAA State Track and Field championships. Keller took fourth place in the Division 1 girls 200 meters last week, as part of a race where a state record was completely blown away. Keller ran the 200 meters in 24.92 seconds on the Veterans Memorial Stadium track at UW-La Crosse. Her time may have placed fourth in Division 1, but it would have easily won a state championship in Division 2 or Division 3. Keller also took eighth place in the Division 1 100 meter dash at state.