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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Gregg Eldred has been hired to be athletic director for the Somerset School District after Brad Nemec retires in January. Local sports fans may remember Eldred as the wrestling coach who led Boyceville to a state championship in 1996. Eldred has had a well-travelled educational journey that includes being a coach, teacher and administrator. He said he hope the journey stops here. "Hopefully, this will be the end of my resume," Eldred said. Eldred's journey started with his graduation from UW-River Falls in 1983.
Tyler Hecht is an incredibly driven 17-year-old. For three years Hecht has been competing in triathlons and he has the goal of making a career of being a triathlete. Hecht, who will be a senior at Somerset High School this fall, has already completed sprint and Olympic-level triathlons. Once he turns 18, he plans to compete in a half-Ironman Triathlon. He then hopes to build himself up where he can compete in a full Ironman triathlon. When he was younger, Hecht competed on a swim team and raced bicycles.
The slow start to the season is a distant memory for the New Richmond Millers. They have climbed back into contention in the St. Croix Valley League. They reached the 3-3 mark in SCVL play with a 3-0 win over the St. Croix Falls River Bandits last Wednesday. Hayden Zimmerman continued his strong moundwork by throwing the eight-hit shutout against St. Croix Falls. Zimmerman struck out 16 Bandits during the game. Zimmerman pitched out of bases-loaded jams in the second and third innings.
The preliminary budget for the 2010-11 school year was passed without any discussion by the Somerset Board of Education at its June 21 meeting. In a discussion with District Administrator Randy Rosburg following the meeting, he said the board has good intentions with its next budget. The preliminary budget that was passed included a tax levy that would increase from $8.049 million to $8.097 million, an increase of six-tenths of a percent.
Failure to get approval to build near a small wetland on the Somerset School District property has put the construction of the new school district administrative building behind a month. Approval from the Department of Natural Resources was finally received last Friday, so construction started this week. Somerset District Administrator Randy Rosburg said the project architects from Cedar Corp. failed to contact the DNR about a small lowland at the edge of the project.
The American Legion baseball teams have been busy squeezing in games between rainouts. Among the highlights of the week was a win Monday by the New Richmond senior Legion team over Hudson.
Hayward and New Richmond were the best teams by far in the Middle Border Conference girls soccer season, but you'd never guess it from the all-conference voting. New Richmond and Hayward each earned one spot among the 12 spots on the all-conference first team. New Richmond finished with four all-conference players overall. New Richmond's first team selection was first-year goalkeeper Caitlynn Singerhouse. Singerhouse was a godsend for the Tigers. When the team found itself without a goalie in the pre-season, she was recruited. It was a season-saving move.
Ten days off changed the New Richmond Millers from timid to terrors. The Millers got back into St. Croix Valley League contention last Wednesday by popping Menomonie 4-2. The win raised the Millers' record to 2-3. The Millers have played the fewest league games of any team in the SCVL so they can still remedy the slow start they had. If they continue to play like they did against Menomonie, the Millers will be tough to stop.
Like a sentry, a new Spartan sculpture stands just outside the front doors at Somerset High School. The sculpture has been two years in the making. It was completely designed and constructed by SHS students. The steel structure stands 12 feet tall. The idea came from high school art teacher Becky Olson. She knows an artist who creates steel sculptures and asked him if a sculpture could be done by students. His positive reply gave her the confidence to approach the school about the idea. Once she received approval, the work began.
The Minnesota Twins have begun a new program with the opening of Target Field where they honor a military veteran or someone currently active in the military before each game. On May 23, 87-year-old John Ball Sr. of New Richmond was the veteran given the honor of raising the flag for the national anthem. Ball graduated from New Richmond High School in 1940 at the age of 16. He started elementary school by attending the Oak Hill School. In 1948 he was drafted into the United States Army. He attended basic training at Fort Breckinridge, Ky., with the 101st Airborne.