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 Somerset Board of Education recognized the current difficult financial times and took a one-time step to lower the tax mill rate for the 2008-09 school year for Somerset School District residents. By using $240,000 from the District's fund balance, the tax mill rate and tax levy will decrease this year. The tax levy for the District for the 2007-08 school year stood at $7,859,637. This year's levy will be $7,772,015, a decrease of 1.11 percent. The mill rate for the 2007-08 rate stood at 9.94642. This year's mill rate stands at 9.54533, a decrease of 4.01 percent.
Sharon Germain said being appointed to the Somerset Board of Education near the start of the school year was an ideal time to join the Board, so she's decided to give the next School Board member that opportunity. Germain announced her retirement from the Somerset Board of Education at the Board's Oct. 27 meeting. Germain was appointed to the Board in the fall of 1993 after Ken Gelle stepped down. She said the timing of joining the Board in the fall was very beneficial for her.
Anyone in the Somerset School District interested in filling out the remainder of Sharon Germain's term on the Somerset Board of Education should act quickly. Applications are currently being accepted for anyone interested in replacing Germain on the School Board. Anyone interested should contact District administrator Randy Rosburg at 247-3313. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 13. Once applications are received, Board members will meet with the candidate or candidates. It is the Board's goal to have a candidate ready to be approved at the Board's Nov.
In a season where the St. Croix Central boys cross country team took all the right steps, their first steps at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships were also a success. The Panthers tied for seventh place among 16 teams in the 2008 Division 2 state championship race, held at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. That the Panthers ran well at state should be as much of a surprise as a morning sunrise.
Throughout the season, any obstacles or problems faced by the New Richmond girls cross country team were handled so smoothly that there was no hint there was a ever problem. That was the case again at the 2008 WIAA State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. There was a possibility that two of the team's leading runners would not be able to run at state because of health issues that kept them out of practice all week. Even when it was decided those two girls would run, the rest of the Tigers knew they would need to throttle up their performance.
The plan that worked for the Somerset football team in its first matchup with Baldwin-Woodville came back to bite the Spartans in the second round of WIAA Division 4 tournament play on Saturday. When the two teams met in the final game of the regular season, the Spartans used a stunting defensive front to shut down Baldwin-Woodville's running game. On Saturday the tables were turned. It was B-W that was using the stunting defenses and it shut down Somerset's running game. The Spartans were held to 75 yards rushing and were beaten by the Blackhawks 19-0. The loss ends Somerset's season.
There are athletes that emerge every year and become forces within their sport. Somerset sophomore Monica Emerson is a prime example. In her first year of competing in cross country, Emerson qualified for the 2008 WIAA State Cross Country Championships that were held on Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. Emerson continued to advance her skills, placing 70th among 152 runners in the girls Division 2 state race. The Middle Border Conference girls gave an outstanding showing at the state meet and Emerson was part of that success.
Pancake is a football term where one player barrels over an opponent, knocking them flat as a pancake. The Somerset football team collected a team pancake by pounding St. Croix Central 43-0 in the opening round of WIAA Division 4 tournament action last Tuesday. Both teams ended the game with 7-3 records. It was Somerset's seventh consecutive win. The loss stopped Central's five-game winning streak. The difference in the game early on was the two teams' ability to finish drives. Twice in the first quarter, Central drove inside the Somerset 25-yard line.
Students at Somerset High School will soon be able to take online classes. The School District is becoming involved with the Wisconsin Virtual School, which is a clearinghouse for online classes in the state. Two sessions were held at the High School on Oct. 16 to introduce students to online options that will soon be available to them. Making the presentation was Dawn Nordine, director of the Wisconsin Virtual School. Somerset students can begin taking classes through the Wisconsin Virtual School in the second term of the school year, which begins on Nov. 4.
The season of firsts for the St. Croix Central boys cross country team continued when the Panthers won the championship in the 2008 Unity Division 2 Cross Country Sectional Meet on Friday. This means the Panthers will be competing at the WIAA State Meet for the first time this Saturday. Central senior Steve Zerwas was the first Panther boy to run at the state meet when he competed there last year. The state meet will be run at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. The Division 2 boys meet will begin at 10:40 a.m.