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 challenge of playing top competition seems to sit well with the New Richmond American Legion baseball team. New Richmond's Post 80 team played in the annual Cumberland tournament over the weekend, earning third place. The New Richmond boys faced Onalaska Luther in the opening round of the tournament. This was the rematch of last year's championship game. Luther, which is a senior-level Legion team, was able to score a 9-2 win. In the second round of the tournament Post 80 faced another tough team from the La Crosse area, Holmen. New Richmond led 8-2 heading into the seventh inning.
Each of the three pitchers for the Somerset American Legion baseball team was able to record a shutout last week. All three came against Osceola. Last Tuesday Somerset swept a double-header with Osceola, 9-0 and 6-0. Somerset was scheduled to face Unity on Friday. At Thursday's Legion All-Star Game, Somerset coach Ron Willett was informed by the Unity coach that the Unity team wouldn't have enough players for a game on Friday. Osceola's coach said they would have players available on Friday and volunteered to face Somerset again.
Gracie Hartman was Somerset's representative in the 2009 Wisconsin American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State. The week-long event was held from June 21-26 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. This was the 66th annual session of Badger Girls State. Badger State is designed to train future stateswomen in the science of government. Wisconsin launched Badger Girls State in 1941 with 138 citizens participating. The girls who attend Badger State become a 51st state, setting up a governmental structure for the State of Badger.
A student's sophomore year has become a pivotal time in their high school career. They've survived the freshman indoctrination to high school.
The New Richmond American Legion baseball team played some of the best ball of its two-year existence to capture the title in New Richmond's home tournament last weekend. New Richmond beat top quality teams from Stillwater and Altoona to capture the title in the weekend tournament. Because of rain Saturday morning, New Richmond didn't play its first game until Saturday evening.
The Somerset School District tax levy will climb above the $8 million mark for the first time, following the preliminary approval of the district's budget for the 2009-10 school year. The preliminary budget was approved during the school board's monthly meeting on June 15. The actual 2008-09 levy would have been above the $8 million mark, but the board chose to use $240,000 from the district's fund balance to help knock down the tax burden last year. The mill rate on which property taxes are figure would increase by 1.16 percent from the current year.
During the final three months of the 2008-09 school year, the Somerset School District had 100 students or more in each grade level between junior kindergarten and 12th grade. These were the first months on record that the school district has had 100 or more students in each grade level. While the numbers per class have reached this level, overall enrollment in the school district remained static through much of the school year.
Somerset fifth and sixth grade students look forward all year to the C-Bucks picnic and auction at the end of the school year. The middle school students got to enjoy a beautiful day last Thursday for their annual C-Bucks event, which has been a tradition at the school for more than 30 years. The picnic and auction are the culmination of a year's worth of rewards for good behavior and academic success. The students fundraise during each fall. Funds go back into the community and school. This year they helped buy stand-up desks for the fifth grade.
To get ready for this week's venture into the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament bracket, the New Richmond baseball team played three games against Division 1 opponents last week. The Tigers were scheduled to open WIAA Division 1 regional play this Tuesday with a game at River Falls. New Richmond was the fifth seed and River Falls was the fourth seed. The winner of Tuesday's game will play in the regional final game against Hudson. That game will be played at 4:30 p.m.
For the New Richmond boys tennis duo of Trevor Anderson and Jordan Berget, qualifying for the 2009 Division 1 State Tennis Championships is validation of their tennis and athletic skills. Anderson and Berget qualified for state by winning their opening match in the Stevens Point Division 1 Sectional Tournament last Thursday. They'd qualified for the sectional tournament by winning their only match in the WIAA Wausau West subsectional tournament two days earlier. Anderson and Berget, both seniors, have worked painstakingly to prove themselves as athletes.