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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Expect anything from the 2010 St. Croix Central football team. Especially the unexpected. The 2010 Panthers will not be the old fashioned, pound the ball up the middle type of team. You are more likely to see an aerial circus, with balls flying through the air at an incredible frequency. Central's coaching staff decided to rid themselves of the final vestiges of the traditional football offense.
With everyone back from 2009, plus three key additions, the New Richmond boys soccer team is ready to erupt in 2010. The Tigers were a high energy, high scoring team a year ago and they showed they're ready to add to that reputation this season. In the Tigers' first two games of the 2010 season, they scored 16 goals. There are very few teams in this part of the state that can match the pure speed the Tigers possess. Seniors Charlie Gartner and Patrick Hailey are two of the fastest offensive attackers most teams will see this season.
Now in its second year as a varsity program, the Somerset boys soccer team wants to show that it has grown as a team. After winning two Middle Border Conference games in its inaugural season, the Spartans would like to improve upon that total this season. Second-year Spartan coach Todd Sauers is constructing his 2010 team around a trio of experienced senior players. Jordan Greene was the only Spartan to receive all-MBC honors last season, getting honorable mention status on defense.
The weather cleared off on Saturday, giving the New Richmond girls tennis team a chance to get in their first match of the season at Menomonie. The match was a success, with the Tigers scoring a 4-3 win over their Division 1 opponent. This match starts an early flurry of Division 1 competition.
The New Richmond girls tennis team has high expectations for the 2010 season and they are justified in that faith. The Tigers have six starters returning from last year's Middle Border Conference championship team. Five of those six girls were champions in last fall's conference tournament. The top two members of the singles lineup return. Meghan Frank was the conference champion at one singles and Chelsea Anderson took that honor at two singles.
The New Richmond girls golf team starts the 2010 season in a truly rare situation. The Tigers start the season with nine girls who are fully capable of playing successful golf at the varsity level. In an era where teams are struggling to find enough girls to fill out varsity and JV lineups, the Tigers have more than 20 girls out for the team. Leading the 2010 Tigers is senior Caitlynn Singerhouse. She finished sixth in the conference individual standings last year. With the graduation of Jessica Williams, Singerhouse became the heir apparent as the team leader.
Fifty is a number that plays heavily into the plans of the Somerset girls golf team this season. Spartan coach Bill Powers is hoping he can have four players consistently reach a score of 50 or lower in the team's matches this season. If that can be done, the Spartans would be able to score below the 200 mark in Middle Border Conference matches. And according to Powers, that could put the Spartans in the upper half of the conference standings this year. The Spartans are carrying 16 girls on their roster to start the season, one of the largest totals in the conference.
The news hit the St. Croix Central girls golfers like a blind-side hit in football. The Panthers were preparing for another season in the Middle Border Conference. In May it was announced that the MBC athletic directors had decided to rid the MBC of any teams that were not conference members. There had been persistent complaints among the MBC boys coaches last spring that they wanted the non-conference members removed from their conference.
Dylan Leslie will be the first New Richmond player to be part of the American Legion Baseball Day at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Leslie will be on the North All-Star Team that will play in the showcase of the top American Legion baseball talent in the state. The game will be played at Miller Park on Sunday, Aug.
The Somerset High School dynamic duo of Johanna Smith and Ibby Ottman completed their final mission as SHS students earlier this month. Smith and Ottman represented Somerset at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. on July 13-19. This is the second straight year that the Somerset duo attended the national conference. They represented Somerset at the 2009 conference in Anaheim, Calif. Smith and Ottman were among the more than 80 teams that competed for the national championship in the Global Business category at the national championship.