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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There were no grandiose notions by the St. Croix Central football team. They knew they were opening the WIAA Division 4 playoffs against one of the top-rated teams in the state. Knowing their chances of winning were remote, the Panthers wanted to end their season with a performance they could be proud of. They did that in their 42-13 loss at Northwestern in the opening round of Division 4 playoffs last Tuesday. Northwestern, which is located in the community of Maple, is ranked third in the state in Division 4. Northwestern plays pure power football, led by twin towers at offensive tackle.
Four members of the New Richmond boys soccer team were recognized as All-Middle Border Conference players for the 2009 season. The good news for the Tigers is all four of the all-conference players are juniors. They give the Tigers an outstanding nucleus for the 2010 season. New Richmond placed three players on the All-MBC first team. Forwards Patrick Hailey and Charlie Gartner and defender Scotty Anderson were chosen for the first team.
There are hundreds of numbers that could be analyzed when a school district announces its yearly budget. The Somerset School District finalized its 2009-10 budget at its Oct. 26 board meeting. Here is a rundown on some of the most important numbers to come out of this year's budget. Levy increase: 3.58 percent The overall tax levy in the Somerset School District will increase by 3.58 percent for this school year. The total tax levy for the school district is budgeted at $8,049,978.
The Somerset football team advanced to level 3 of the WIAA Division 4 state playoffs on Saturday with a rousing 47-8 win over Bloomer. The Spartans (10-1) will play at Northwestern (11-0) in the third round of tournament play. Saturday's game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Northwestern High School is located in the community of Maple, which is located just east of Superior near the Lake Superior shore. Somerset missed a couple early chances in the first half of Saturday's 47-8 win over Bloomer (9-2).
Last Thursday's 47-28 win was a monumental win for the Somerset football program. The Spartans completed an unbeaten Middle Border Conference schedule with this win. The Spartans had already sewn up the conference title with their win the previous week over Baldwin-Woodville. The win completed an eight-year run where the Spartans have won every conference played on their home field. Thursday's win was also the 100th varsity win in the career of Somerset coach Bruce Larson.
The Somerset girls cross country team was hoping to get two girls into this Saturday's WIAA State Cross Country Championships. They were halfway successful. Sophomore Tia Belter earned her way into her first state cross country meet by placing third in last Friday's Division 2 sectional meet in Amery. The Spartans had hoped to get junior Monica Emerson back to state after reaching the meet as a sophomore. Emerson wasn't quite able to make it back.
Two touchdowns were called back. Three times the Tiger offense moved inside Osceola's 20-yard line and didn't produce points. New Richmond's 19-10 loss to Osceola last Thursday in the final round of Middle Border Conference action was a game of missed chances for the Tiger football team. A win would have given the Tigers second place in the final 2009 MBC football standings.
The La Crosse Logan Division 1 sectional meet was something of a fact-finding expedition for the New Richmond cross country team. The Tigers made the step up from Division 2 to Division 1 this year. The Tigers were a perennial threat to reach the State Cross Country Meet in Division 2. They went into Saturday's meet in La Crosse looking to see how far they are from being a state contender in Division 1. They found out that they aren't that far away.
The best regular season in New Richmond volleyball history could not be carried over into a lengthy run in the post-season. The Tigers were beaten in the second round of WIAA Division 2 regionals on their home court last Friday. It was Northwestern that advanced to the regional final, topping the Tigers by scores of 25-21, 17-25, 25-23, 25-23. Northwestern was then defeated in Saturday's regional final by top-seeded Hayward by scores of 23-25, 25-8, 25-8, 25-18. Hayward will face Medford in the WIAA sectional semifinals this Thursday at Baldwin-Woodville High School.