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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Both New Richmond track teams took third place when they competed in the Husky Invitational at Eau Claire North last Tuesday. The Tigers performed solidly in facing a mix of schools that included several schools from the Big Rivers Conference, plus some smaller schools from the Eau Claire area. Many of the athletes who've been successful all season continued on that track. Kat Keller again swept the 100, 200 and 400 sprint races for the Tiger girls. Gaelan Hanlon and Troy Cran followed up their big days at UW-La Crosse the previous week with wins at Eau Claire.
The Somerset boys and girls track teams ran in different meets last week, but they were both pleased with their results. The Spartan boys competed in a meet in Osceola last Tuesday. Somerset's girls were part of a meet at Park of Cottage Grove last Thursday. Spartan boys Somerset's boys took fifth place among the six teams in the Osceola Invitational last Tuesday. The Spartans were led by senior Rob Wendt, who was the champion in the shot put. His throw of 48 feet, 1 inch was a personal best.
Injuries finally took down the Tigers. The New Richmond girls soccer team suffered its first loss in Middle Border Conference play this season in a 3-0 loss at Spooner last Tuesday. The Tigers did bounce back to win at Baldwin-Woodville on Thursday, 2-0. The Tigers started this week with a 6-1-1 conference record. Last week started with the Tigers badly beaten up by injuries. They did get senior defender Jesse Olson back for Tuesday's game. She gamely tried to cover ground on a still-tender ankle.
The Somerset girls soccer team was sorely in need of an offensive spark. Hello, Grantsburg club team. The first-year club program helped the Spartans get in gear as Somerset rolled to a 10-1 win in Thursday's game. Gina O'Connor led the onslaught with three goals. Paige Wagner, Megan Newman and Hanna Barritt each scored two goals and Emilee Wolf scored once for the Spartans. The Spartans scored five goals in the first half, then matched that total in the second half. "Our girls needed a boost, to get their confidence back up," said Somerset coach Erin Wilson.
Somerset High School's STAND organization hosted Operation Prom on Monday night, April 19. The event is an accident reenactment to give students a sobering reminder. Somerset High School will be holding its annual Junior Prom this Saturday. Operation Prom is a success due to the assistance of a number of local and county law enforcement groups.
After 31 years of teaching earth science, Ray Standke is planning on spending more of his own time getting reacquainted with Mother Earth and her creations. Standke is retiring from his middle school science teaching position at the end of the school year. Standke doesn't have drastic plans for his retirement. His wife, elementary teacher Meg Farrington, won't be retiring for another three years. So Standke plans to spend his time in a number of ways. He plans on tending to the garden and yard at their home on Lower Pine Lake.
Hitting was the concern surrounding the New Richmond baseball team after the first week of the season. By scoring 47 runs in their next four games, the Tigers have erased that worry. The Tigers won Middle Border Conference games against Baldwin-Woodville and Durand, then split games in Saturday's tournament at Baldwin-Woodville. Even Saturday's loss to state-ranked Hayward was something of an accomplishment. Hayward jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first four innings. Tiger coach Chad Fehrman implored his players to win the final three innings of the game.
Injuries are decimating the New Richmond girls soccer team. Things got so bad for the Tigers that they did not play with a full lineup during their games in a tournament in River Falls on Saturday. Tiger coach Charles Conley was not sure if the Tigers would have enough healthy players to field a full team when they played at Spooner on Tuesday. The Tigers also have to play at Baldwin-Woodville this Thursday. Through the injuries the Tigers have managed to remain unbeaten in Middle Border Conference games.
The New Richmond track teams are hoping that Saturday's Knights of Columbus Relays at Veterans Memorial Stadium at UW-La Crosse will get several of the Tigers ready for a return to that venue for the 2010 WIAA State Track and Field Championships. The Tigers showed quite well in Saturday's meet, with the boys placing fourth and the girls placing fifth among eight teams. There were several highlights in the meet, including another record-setting day for Tiger sophomore Kat Keller.
Old bowlers just keep on rolling. That's clearly true when you see the Greaton Jewelers team in action in the Wednesday Night League at Gibby's Lanes in New Richmond. The Oldenburg brothers, John and Harry, are the two senior bowlers in the league at 87 and 85 years old. Add in Joe Gillen, 82, and you've got more than 150 years of combined bowling experience between them. In comparison, the rest of the team is young. Ron Duffe, Stan Soderquist and Jim Willett are in their 60s and Dick Deiss isn't far away.