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 respect shown for the New Richmond boys hockey team was reflected in the 2011 All-Middle Border Conference team balloting. Eight Tigers received all-conference honors, including six of 12 first All-MBC first team honors. The Tigers went undefeated through the MBC this season, advancing to the WIAA State Hockey Tournament. Tigers named to the All-MBC first team were defensemen Zach Kier and Tyler Montgomery, forwards Josh Leavens, Nate Jones and Parker Olson and goaltender Kyle Frey. The Tigers had exceptional balance this season.
There is seemingly a endless stream of new computer software arriving for everyone's use, if they can find time to learn all the applications. Somerset High School is one of the few schools in the state that has a course offered that specifically helps students learn cutting edge computer technology. The course, Information and Technology Literacy Exploration, is taught by high school media specialist Nancy Dressel. When Dressel shifted to the high school, her predecessor had taught a media aids course to help students use the library.
Residents of the Somerset School District will be surveyed this summer to get their opinions on what directions the school district should head in the future. The company "School Perceptions" has been hired by the school district to perform the survey. School district Administrator Randy Rosburg said the Board of Education should have a first draft of the survey within two weeks. School Perceptions has done surveys in many districts around the state, including Prescott and Glenwood City. They were chosen because they have averaged a 30 percent response in their surveys.
For 66 years, Akio Inoue has believed he is living on borrowed time. That is why, after all this time, he has decided to begin speaking publicly about surviving the atomic bomb attack that devastated Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. Inoue was 16 when the bombing of Hiroshima took place on August 6, 1945. Nagasaki, another city in Japan, was bombed three days later. Estimates have fatalities from the Hiroshima bomb ranging anywhere from 100,000 to beyond 150,000 people. Inoue told his story to Somerset Middle School students last Thursday.
A 40-foot square section of the Somerset High School gym is being replaced after suffering water damage recently. The work on replacing the section of the floor should be completed this week. The floor is expected to be completely ready for use again by May 1. Somerset school administrator Randy Rosburg said the district's insurance will cover all of the costs involved in the project. During a large thaw on Feb. 13, a runoff line that was supposed to carry water away from the high school became blocked.
New Richmond seniors Zach Kier and Tyler Montgomery are in the running to make Team Wisconsin, which will compete in the CCM Minnesota High School Hockey National Invitational Tournament on the weekend of April 14-17. Kier and Montgomery were selected to take part in the Team Wisconsin tryouts, which will be held this weekend in Tomah. The made the first cut after playing in the Wisconsin Senior Class Tournament in Waupun on March 25-27.
What higher honor can there be for a high school senior than being asked to attend West Point? Somerset High School senior Isaac Neumann received that honor on Monday, when he signed a letter of intent to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Neumann becomes the second SHS senior this year to agree to attend one of the country's major military academies.
Track fans who attended the All-America Invite at UW-River Falls on Saturday might not see that many good track performances in one locale again until the WIAA State Track Championships in June. There were a number of meet records smashed and there were plenty of athletes who made everyone take notice. New Richmond and Somerset both competed in the large meet on Saturday.
The New Richmond track teams started the 2011 season by facing some of the toughest opposition in western Wisconsin. And the Tigers stood up quite well against this high level of competition. New Richmond's girls placed fourth and the Tiger boys placed fifth in the 2011 Northern Badger Invitational, held at the Johnson Fieldhouse at UW-Stout on Saturday. The Tigers are starting the 2011 season in an excellent position.
The Somerset track teams have very little resemblance to last year's Spartan squads. The Spartan boys roster has exploded, nearly tripling since last season. Somerset's girls have almost the exact same number of athletes as last season.