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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It was a season of extremes for the New Richmond Millers, but it ultimately ended in disappointment. The Millers finished the St. Croix Valley League last Wednesday, getting drilled in Menomonie 19-1. The Millers barely missed out on making the Wisconsin State Baseball playoffs. The Millers finished at 7-9 in the SCVL and they needed to finish above the .500 level to get into the playoffs. At times the Millers were awe inspiring and at times they were yawn inspiring. The Millers finished 6-2 in home games in the SCVL, but they were a brutal 1-7 on the road.
Dave Gerberding is the new person handling the financial affairs of the Somerset School District. Gerberding took over as the business manager for the school district on July 1. He previously had served in that role for one year in the Phillips School District. Gerberding was hired last March, but was given time to complete the school year in Phillips before starting in Somerset.
"Sprechen sie Deutsch?" That's a question Brooke Donohoe can expect to hear quite often over the next year. The question, which translates to "do you speak the German language," will be asked because Donohoe will be spending the next year living in Germany. Donohoe, who is scheduled to be a senior at Somerset High School, will instead spend her senior year living with host families in Germany.
The whirlwind of activity at the Somerset Middle School every summer is the result of the hundreds of students who spend much of their June and July attending the Somerset summer school program. This summer nearly 900 students will be attending classes through the summer school program. With more than 100 classes to choose from, any kid can find something that will match their interests. Brad and Sandy Nemec have been coordinating summer school in Somerset for more than two decades. The summer school offerings continue to grow, sparked by the interests of the teachers.
Holly Spoo is the past, present and future of women's basketball in Wisconsin. Spoo is the leading scorer in New Richmond girls basketball history. She was a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a national champion at UW-Oshkosh. Her work with young basketball players is making the future brighter for girls basketball players all around the state.
Some new blood invigorated the New Richmond Millers this weekend. The Millers faced the River Falls Fight'n Fish on Friday at Citizens Field. The Fish hammered and demoralized when the two teams played five days early, 20-0. That was the final straw for the Millers. They went out and found several younger players who made an immediate impact when the teams played on Friday. The Millers kept battling and in 10 innings, they knocked off the fish, 5-4. This was the Fish's first loss in St.
New Richmond's Riley Kannel and St. Croix Central's Ashley Adkins have received all-state recognition for their performance in the spring sports season. Kannel was named to the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Academic All-State Team. Kannel was the only player from the Middle Border Conference named to the academic team. Kannel was an All-MBC first team player for the Tigers this spring as their shortstop. The MBC had one player named to the All-State baseball team. That player was Prescott junior shortstop Billy Brookshaw.
The New Richmond Junior American Legion baseball team is starting to roll. After starting the season 0-4, the Post 80 Junior team finally reached the .500 level by sweeping its three games last week. The Junior team now stands at 7-7. Last Tuesday New Richmond swept a double-header at Unity, 7-4 and 15-4. New Richmond struck early in both games, scoring five runs in the first inning of both games. Josh Kizer earned the win in the opening game, with Zach Parfitt working in relief to get the save.
Summer school is a chance for students to take classes where they can learn about activities that can develop into lifelong interests. One of the popular summer school classes that definitely promotes lifelong interest among its students is a fishing class taught to middle school students by John Rivard. This is the 12th year that Rivard has taught the class and interest has continued to grow. The class was originally offered for seven students per summer. The three-week class has now grown to 25 students, with more kids being turned away.
Past strategic plans for the Somerset School District have been concentrated on making the Somerset youth well-rounded, responsible students. A new strategic plan for the school district for the years 2011-16 was passed by the Somerset Board of Education at its June 20 meeting and this plan is much more specific in its goals. Student achievement and improving students' results on standardized testing are main components of the new strategic plan.