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 inability to clear the ball from in front of the net ended up costing the Somerset girls soccer team last Thursday. The Spartans gave up three goals, all on plays from directly in front of the Somerset goal. That proved to be the difference in a 3-1 loss at Osceola last Thursday. This drops the Spartans' record to 0-2 for the season. Both games were Middle Border Conference contests. Somerset coach Erin Wilson said she felt the Spartans were the better team in a number of aspects in the game.
Roger Zolldan laughs a deep hearty laugh. He said he's heard the question hundreds of times. "How did you have the patience to listen to the noises made by beginning musicians for 36 years?" "Everyone wants to know that," Zolldan said. "At this level you can see so much improvement. It's a lot easier to see than at higher levels, where it's not so dramatic." Zolldan joined the Somerset teaching staff in 1974. He was one of 10 new teachers that year, the largest group of new instructors the school district had added in any year to that point.
Trish Sheridan thought it was the time to take the next step in her education career. After teaching in the classroom for 22 years, Sheridan has moved into the administration at the Somerset School District. She will become the district's curriculum manager following Ron Berg's retirement at the end of June. Sheridan has taught third grade in Somerset the past five years, after moving from the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District. "It was the perfect next step for me," Sheridan said of her move. Sheridan said instruction has always been a passion of hers.
New Richmond senior Shelby Brown intercepted a pass in front of Somerset's goal and wasted no time driving the ball into the net to give the Tigers a 2-1 win over Somerset in the girls soccer season opener for both teams last Thursday. The game was the first played on Somerset's newly constructed varsity soccer field. It was also the varsity coaching debut for Somerset coach Erin Wilson. This was an evenly played game.
Large track meets are great for seeing outstanding athletes competing in their individual events. The more valuable meets, at least early in the season, are the smaller meets where everyone on the team gets to compete in their maximum number of events. Last Tuesday a five-team meet was held at the Knowles Center indoor facility at UW-River Falls. New Richmond and Somerset teams both took this opportunity to stock races with as many athletes as possible.
The Somerset High School spring break couldn't have lined up better for SHS seniors Luke Buerkley, Rocky Larson and Rob Wendt. They spent the week in France representing the United States in the 2010 Global Challenge football game on March 20. Team Stars and Stripes beat a national team from Belgium, 83-0. The Somerset trio said they had no idea the game would turn out so one-sided. They spoke about how nervous they were, not wanting to disappoint while representing the United States. All three Somerset players ended up playing defense for Team Stars and Stripes.
Kathy Murphy's dedication to her students is known worldwide. For 36 years she has been teaching English at Somerset High School. This summer will be her 10th year of working at an English language camp in Latvia on the other side of the globe. Murphy came to Somerset in 1974. She had taught for two years in Rice Lake before getting married. She and her husband were going to live in River Falls, so she looked for a job within commuting distance. She interviewed with administrator Bob Seibel Sr.
Operation Prom is returning to Somerset High School. The car crash reenactment is meant to serve as a sobering reminder for high school students. It will be presented at the high school at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19. The reenactment is organized by Students Taking Action in a New Direction, a group at SHS that has been been battling underage drinking. The group of approximately 20 students is advised by high school health care provider Patti Schachtner, guidance counselor Jenna Evenson and St.
The All-American Invite at UW-River Falls on Saturday featured 18 top track programs from an area stretching from the Twin Cities to La Crosse. The New Richmond and Somerset track teams proved to be highly capable entries in this talent-filled meet. The Tiger boys placed fifth among the 18 teams in the meet and New Richmond's girls took eighth place. Somerset's girls took sixth place in their half of the meet. New Richmond's Kat Keller continued her assault on the track record book in Saturday's meet. She set meet records in both of her wins on Saturday, in the 55 meters and 200 meters.
Five long-time staff members, who have worked more than 140 combined years in the Somerset School District, had their retirements approved at the March 22 Somerset Board of Education meeting. High school English instructor Kathy Murphy and middle school band director Roger Zolldan lead the way in years at the district. They are both completing their 36th year in Somerset. Middle school science teacher Ray Standke is retiring after 31 years in the district. District athletic director Brad Nemec is retiring after 24 years.