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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Now this is what the St. Croix Central football team was expecting from itself this season. The Panthers went to Cameron and put together an incredible first half on Friday. They led 43-0 by halftime and finished the night with a 43-14 win in the non-conference game. This was the ideal game for the Panthers after a crushing 6-0 loss at Boyceville that caused the team to do a great deal of soul searching. After looking inward, the Panthers put out a big effort at Cameron. The offense chewed up the turf in big chunks, gaining more than 350 yards.
A team with any hopes of winning the Middle Border Conference volleyball title knows that Osceola is the king of the hill in the MBC. Osceola had a run of seven straight MBC championships before the Chieftains were upended by Prescott for the 2008 title. Somerset has never beaten Osceola in an MBC match since Somerset joined the conference in 2003.
"Traumatize The Tigers" is the theme for the 2009 Homecoming Week at Somerset High School. The Spartans will be tangling with New Richmond in the 2009 Homecoming football game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. The Homecoming King candidates are Clayton Cloutier, DJ Devan, James Duggan, Ryan Irwin, Rocky Larson, Michael Rivard, Matt Sahnow, Mike Wedig and Rob Wendt.
A proposal by Somerset teacher Lorri Baillargeon to raise taxes on the typical property in the Somerset School District by more than $200 was quickly voted down by the small crowd attending the 2009 school district annual meeting on Sept. 14. When the 2009 state budget was announced this summer, the school district found it had to deal with $550,000 less in state funding than district administration had anticipated. The school board has directed the administration to come back with a levy that will not increase taxes when the school district budget will be finalized at its Oct.
Just how well the New Richmond cross country program is flourishing was shown in last Thursday's New Richmond Invitational. New Richmond's girls were varsity champions of the meet. New Richmond won both halves of the junior varsity meet. And the Tiger varsity boys, expected to be in a rebuilding mode this season, took second place and were nine points behind the meet champions. With this being the only varsity meet in New Richmond this season, it was the one chance for the Tiger seniors to shine.
The New Richmond football team took a huge step in the right direction on Friday night. The just needed to take a small step further. After being beaten soundly in non-conference games against River Falls and Rice Lake, the Tigers played about as even as humanly possible with Baldwin-Woodville on Friday. The difference ended up being Baldwin-Woodville's ability to kick one extra point, while the Tigers couldn't convert any of its three two-point conversion attempts. That resulted in B-W scoring a 19-18 win over the Tigers. The Tigers did many things well in this game.
Sophomore Tia Belter earned the individual championship, with junior teammate Monica Emerson steps behind her in third place, in leading the Somerset girls cross country team to a fourth place finish in the 2009 New Richmond Invitational last Thursday. The Spartan girls were five points behind second place Amery and 22 points behind victorious New Richmond. Coach Diane Belter has been trying to convince the girls that they can compete with the best teams in the area. This race may have convinced them. "They see it," Coach Belter said.
The St. Croix Central boys cross country team added another title to its burgeoning lists of 2009 successes when the Panthers won the New Richmond Invitational last Thursday. The Panthers got an excellent challenge from Osceola and New Richmond, but were able to hold off both teams for the race title. Central finished with 54 points, followed by Osceola at 59 and New Richmond at 68. The importance of the fifth runner was shown in full force in Central's victory. Senior David Butler was well back in the pack for the first half of the race.
"Wonderfully terrible." That's how St. Croix Central volleyball coach Kerrie Been described the wild rollercoaster ride of a match the Panthers put up in their five-game loss to Somerset last Thursday. At times the Panthers were outstanding, playing crisp, attacking volleyball. But when the Panthers seized up, they went ice cold and it left the door open for Somerset to finish off the win. Somerset won the opening game 25-22. This was the most even of the games, with both teams making a strong opening impression. The second and third games were absolutely dominated by Central.
For the first half, the Somerset football team got all it could handle from the Osceola Chieftains. That all changed in the second half. Led by an energized defensive effort, the Spartans outscored Osceola 20-0 in the second half to win 34-14. This was the opening Middle Border Conference game for both teams. The second half was what the Spartans fans have come to expect from this team. The Spartans scored on three drives in the second half, with the drives ranging from 70 to 94 yards.