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 has denied a grievance filed against them over benefits for a retired teacher and her husband. The grievance was filed by the West Central Education Association, which is the union that includes the Somerset teaching staff. The grievance was filed on behalf of Kathy Murphy, who retired as a teacher from the school district last summer. The crux of the argument is whether Murphy's husband, Bill, should be covered under her insurance policy carried through the school district. The board's denial came down to four points.
When the economy was going strong, Mark Barron's construction class at Somerset High School built homes that were purchased by residents around the area. The economy has slowed and the houses built in the class are no longer in demand. Barron is someone who changes with the times.
Somerset senior Jeremy Kelly is one of a handful of players state-wide who received first team all-state honors when the Wisconsin Football Coaches Assocation All-State Team was announced on Monday. New Richmond senior Justice Harvieux and Somerset senior Isaac Neumann were named as honorable mention all-state players. Kelly and Baldwin-Woodville senior Jake Keefer were both named as first team all-state players on offense and defense, making the Middle Border Conference one of the few conferences to have two players earn that distinction. Kelly earned his all-state honors at defensive end
Most people who have seen Somerset's Jared Dettmann fire a baseball during the past several years have predicted big things for the Somerset flame-throwing lefthander. Those predictions are starting to come true. Dettmann signed a Division 1 letter of intent last Wednesday to attend the University of Connecticut and play on the UConn baseball team. Dettmann has been a standout pitcher for the Somerset baseball team each of the past two spring seasons. He has also played extensively nationally in off-season programs. Dettmann will be the second Somerset athlete to become a UConn Husky.
The climb to the top of the Middle Border Conference standings by the New Richmond football team was recognized in this year's all-conference voting. Twelve Tigers received honors on this year's all-conference team. Somerset, one of the conference tri-champions along with the Tigers and Baldwin-Woodville, had seven players receive All-MBC honors. New Richmond's collection of All-MBC players was led by senior Justice Harvieux, who was a first team selection on offense and defense.
The relentless defense of Appleton Xavier put incredible pressure on New Richmond from start to finish in Saturday's WIAA Division 3 Level 3 football playoff game in Chippewa Falls. Despite a stalwart effort from the Tiger defense, New Richmond's offense could generate little success in a 21-0 loss to the Hawks. With the loss the Tigers end the season with a 9-3 record. Neither team had great offensive success in Saturday's game. The Tigers were limited to a season low 132 yards of offense in the game. The Tiger defense did a respectable job, giving up 276 yards.
The New Richmond boys soccer team used its second place finish to earn six spots on the 2010 All-Middle Border Conference Soccer team. The Tiger seniors were honored with first team All-MBC honors. They are Scott Anderson, Charlie Gartner and Patrick Hailey. Senior Tyler Montgomery was a second team selection. Senior Paul Kuenzie and sophomore Eric Miller were placed on the honorable mention list. Somerset had two players earn All-MBC honors.
The final letters written home by American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have been the subject of the Writing Crafts class at Somerset High School this fall. Cory Lindenberg, a new addition to the SHS teaching staff this year, thought the subject would inspire some insightful writing from his 15 students in the class, most of them juniors and seniors. The works done by the students were far beyond what he expected. The students read letters that were the final correspondence between soldiers and their families.
Somerset High School seniors Jared Dettmann and Ashley Martell signed college athletic scholarship letters of intent on Wednesday. Dettmann signed a Division 1 letter of intent to attend the University of Connecticut and play on the UConn baseball team. Martell signed a Division 2 letter of intent to play for the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Dettmann has been a standout pitcher for the Somerset baseball team each of the past two spring seasons.
The New Richmond football team looked nervous at the start of Saturday's WIAA Division 3 playoff game against Appleton Xavier and the Tigers never were able to find the edge that carried them to eight straight wins. Xavier scored once in each of the first three quarters to defeat New Richmond 21-0 in the Level 3 playoff game. Xavier moves on to face West DePere, which defeated Kewaskum 28-21. Preliminary reports have the Level 4 game being played next Saturday in Kimberly. The first three plays of Saturday's game reflected New Richmond's nervousness.