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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Few people around the state believed that the Somerset football team had a prayer of winning in the WIAA Division 4 state championship game. When the Spartans took the field, they believed. And by the end of the game, they had converted many non-believers around the state. Somerset and Wrightstown waged one of the more memorable games in recent years in the WIAA state championships. Somerset and Wrightstown battled through regulation, and then two overtimes, before Wrightstown could stop the Spartans, 28-26.
The results from the Somerset School District community survey are out. Now it is up to the board of education to plan for the future of the school district based upon those results. The survey results were presented by Bill Foster of School Perceptions, the demographic company hired to perform the survey. The results were announced at a special school board meeting on Nov. 7. Much of the survey was based on planning for the future of the district.
Somerset and Wrightstown waged a battle in the WIAA Division 4 state football championship that will last forever in the memories involved in the game. The game stretched to overtime, then to a second overtime, before Wrightstown defeated the Spartans to earn the gold ball as state champions, 28-26. Somerset and Wrightstown both fought back from deficits in the second half. It appeared Somerset was in trouble when Wrightstown took a 12-6 lead early in the fourth quarter.
All season long, the Somerset football seniors have said they wanted to play to the last day possible in their final season. The only way that would be possible was to reach the WIAA state championship game. The Spartans accomplished that feat, winning a gritty defensive battle with Bloomer in the Division 4 state semifinal game, 18-13, on Friday in Chippewa Falls. The win propels the Spartans into the WIAA state championships this Thursday and Friday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Somerset will battle Wrightstown in the Division 4 championship game, which will be played at 7 p.m.
St. Croix Central graduate Brian Poulin was a three-sport standout with the Panthers, but he recognized he wouldn't be able to compete in those sports when he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. So he did the next best thing. He became a Badger cheerleader. As a freshman at Madison, Poulin met some members of the cheerleading squad. He was looking for a way to get involved in athletics, so he decided to try out for the team.
Four local players were named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State Team, which was announced Monday. Somerset had three of its players earn all-state honors. Senior linebacker Haydon Dvorak and senior tight end Ryan Himes were both named as first team All-State players. Junior Reggie Larson made the honorable mention list as an offensive lineman. St. Croix Central had one player reach the all-state list.
Somerset senior Ellie Vanasse was one of 10 Wisconsin high school seniors to represent the state in the fourth annual Tri-State Volleyball All-Star Games this weekend in Rochester, Minn. Vanasse earned the honor after an outstanding season for the Spartans. She led Somerset to its first Middle Border Conference and she was named co-Most Valuable Player of the conference. The tournament will be played at the Rochester CTC Performance Court. Doors open for spectators at 11 a.m. Here is the schedule of matches: 11:30 a.m.: Team Iowa vs. Team Minnesota 12:40 p.m.: Team Wisconsin vs.
The Somerset and New Richmond football teams are both well represented on the 2011 All-Middle Border Conference football team. Somerset had eight players receive All-MBC honors and New Richmond had five players earn places on the team. Somerset earned six spots on the first team offense and four more on the first team defense. Spartans who made the first team were quarterback Tyler Ledbeter, halfback Robbie Flom, tight end Ryan Himes and linemen Tyler Rosa, Reggie Larson and Derrek Tarter. Flom and Larson also made the first team defense, Flom as a back and Larson as a lineman.
When you dominate a conference the way the St. Croix Central football team did this season, the justified recognition comes in the all-conference voting. Central was widely honored in the 2011 Dunn-St.
The Somerset football team has qualified for its fourth state championship game in the past 10 years. The Spartans will face Wrightstown in the WIAA Division 4 state championship at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. The Spartans qualified for the state championship game by edging Bloomer 18-13 in the Division 4 state semifinal game in Chippewa Falls on Friday. Tickets are now on sale for the state championship game. Tickets can be purchased at the Somerset High School athletic department office on Monday and Tuesday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday 8:30 a.m.