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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Bill Powers and Sandy Nemec will be able jump right into the retired life. That's because their spouses have already retired a few months ahead of them. Powers is retiring after teaching in Somerset for 22 years. Nemec has been an aide in the school district for 25 years. Listing their teaching positions just begins to detail their contributions to the school district and the community. Powers has been one of the most active coaches in the school district, coaching sports in the fall, winter and spring for most of his years in the district.
Keller finished fourth in the 200 meter dash and fifth in the 100 meter dash at the state meet, in what was likely the most outstanding group of female sprinters ever to compete at the Wisconsin state track meet. The Division 1 sprinters were led by Milwaukee Bradley Tech senior Dezerea Bryant. Bryant shattered the state records in the 100 and 200, bringing the large crowds in the UW-La Crosse grandstand to their feet with her eye-popping performances. Keller ran outstanding times in both races. She ran a 12.24 in the 100 meter finals.
Henry competed in the Division 2 girls high jump, one of the first events to be completed in the state meet. Henry was the first girl to compete among the 16 in the high jump. While others kept missing jumps, Henry kept climbing. She cleared a personal best height of 5 feet, 4 inches and she still hadn't missed at any height. Suddenly, she was one of the final four competitors, assuring her a spot on the state awards podium for the second year in a row.
The Panthers put together the winning rally in the sixth inning, scoring three times before holding on for a 10-8 win over Prescott in the regional title game last Thursday. With the victory, Central got a home game on Tuesday in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 sectional tournament. The Panthers hosted Bloomer in that game. The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to the sectional championship game, which will be played in Grantsburg on Friday. In Thursday's win, Central's Kelly Harrington started the decisive sixth inning with a single to deep centerfield.
The Spartans advanced to sectionals by defeating Prescott 9-2 in last Wednesday's Division 2 regional championship in Prescott. Somerset was scheduled to face Altoona in the opening round of WIAA sectional play on Tuesday. The entire sectional tournament was to be played in Cumberland. Somerset took charge of Wednesday's regional title game by scoring five runs in the first inning at Prescott. The Spartans used a game-opening walk from Sean Conrad and five ringing singles to score the five runs. Conrad took charge of the game from there.
The Tigers were knocked off in the opening round of Division 1 tournament play last Tuesday, losing on their home field to Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln, 7-3.
Dettmann was notified Wednesday afternoon by Minnesota Twins midwest scout Mark Wilson that Dettmann had been selected by the Twins in the 46th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. Dettmann was drafted the day after his high school baseball career ended. On Tuesday Somerset was beaten in the WIAA Division 2 sectional championship game by Spooner, 9-8.
The Somerset baseball team knocked off the number one team in the state in the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinals on Tuesday, crushing Altoona 17-4 in six innings. The Spartans couldn't knock off the second ranked team in the state in the sectional championship game on Tuesday however. The Spartans waged a great battle with Spooner for the championship of the Cumberland sectional tournament, but Spooner held on for a 9-8 victory. Somerset senior Jared Dettmann was easily the star of the sectional tournament.
The St. Croix Central team withstood its own defensive implosion that gave Prescott six runs in the fourth inning of Thursday's WIAA Division 2 regional softball championships on Thursday. The Panthers came back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game 7-7. The Panthers then put together the winning rally in the sixth inning, scoring three times, before holding on for a 10-8 win over Prescott in the regional title game. With the victory, Central will get a home game next Tuesday in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 sectional tournament.
For the second time in three years, the Somerset baseball team has qualified for the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament. The Spartans advanced to sectionals by defeating Prescott 9-2 during Wednesday's Division 2 regional championship in Prescott. Somerset will face Altoona in the opening round of WIAA sectional play next Tuesday. The entire sectional tournament will be played in Cumberland on Tuesday, June 7. Spooner and Cumberland will play in the opening round of the sectional tournament at 11 a.m. Somerset will face Altoona at 2 p.m. in the other sectional semifinal.