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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When Baldwin-Woodville ag teacher Bill Gillis committed suicide five years ago, it was a painful reminder to the members of the ag teaching fraternity of the stress in their jobs. St. Croix Central ag teacher Bill Emery had worked on many projects through the years with Gillis. Gillis’ death spurred Emery to begin a program so this wouldn’t happen to other teachers. “Because of his death, I became a bit more vocal in the state wellness, more on the wellness of the mind,” Emery said.
Somerset native Gaelin Elmore was one of the handful of University of Minnesota football players who led the team's decison to consider boycotting December's Holiday Bowl appearance over the suspension of 10 players on sexual assault charges. Elmore has spoken to the St. Paul Pioneer Press on the players' handling of the situation and the backlash that was created. Here is the link to that story: http://www.twincities.com/2017/01/05/why-did-the-gophers-boycott-a-team-...
New Richmond senior Bryce Younger topped one defending state champion, but was edged by another in the 138-pound championship at the Bi-State Classic in La Crosse last Friday. Younger was the only New Richmond wrestler who was able to finish among the placewinners in the heavily talented tournament last week.
One of the bigger surprises to come out of the 2017 Northern Badger Wrestling Invitational was the performance of the Somerset Spartans. The Spartans took nine wrestlers into the varsity portion of the tournament on Thursday and Friday at River Falls High School. Of those nine, seven Spartans were placewinners in the tournament.
Cole Thomas scored a power play goal 37 seconds into overtime, giving the New Richmond boys hockey team a 4-3 win over Rochester Mayo in the third place game in the annual Rochester Kiwanis Hockey Festival last Friday. The Tigers opened the tournament last Wednesday with a 3-2 win over Rochester Century. In the semifinals, the Tigers dropped a 5-2 decision to Park of Cottage Grove. Park defeated Rochester John Marshall 4-3 in the tournament’s championship game. The Tigers ended the 2016 portion of their schedule with a 7-4 record.
Four of the eight St. Croix Central wrestlers who competed at the 2016 Northern Badger Wrestling Invitational came away as placewinners. Ryan Larson, Hunter Schmidt, Jake Nyhagen and Frank Holter were placewinners in the tournament held last Thursday and Friday at River Falls High School.
It took a substantial comeback, but the Somerset boys basketball team was able to earn its second win of the season in the opening round of the Glenwood City holiday tournament last Thursday. The Spartans faced a double-digit deficit late in the first half, but played much more sharply in the second half to overtake Glenwood City, 49-45. The Spartans ran up against a sharp young Clear Lake team in the second round of the tournament on Friday, losing 67-22.
Overcoming a 17-point deficit enabled the Somerset girls basketball team to win one of its tough games against challenging opponents over the holiday week. The Spartans rallied from a 24-7 deficit in the first half to win at Rice Lake last Tuesday, 52-50. Two nights later the Spartans played at unbeaten Bloomer. This was renewal of a rivalry that dates back to fourth grade. Bloomer hit several free throws in the final seconds to push this tight game to a 56-46 final margin.
In five of the 11 games this season, the Somerset boys hockey team has surrendered five or more goals. Four of those five games resulted in the team’s losses as the Spartans end the 2016 portion of their schedule with a 7-4 record. The Spartans lost two of their three games last week, giving up 15 goals over the three games. The week started with a 6-0 loss at Onalaska last Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Spartans faced West Salem in a tournament at Menomonie. It didn’t go well for the Spartans, who came away on the losing end of an 8-2 decision.
The New Richmond girls basketball team faced two high-powered offenses last week and the Tigers weren’t successful in slowing down either attack. The Tigers lost to Dunn-St. Croix Conference leader Durand 73-40 last Wednesday. The Tigers were home on Friday against Rice Lake, one of the tallest teams in the western side of the state. Rice Lake was seemingly able to score at will over the Tigers, winning 58-28. It was a disjointed holiday break for the Tigers with different girls gone for parts of the week, cutting into the team’s on-court consistency.