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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Four seniors from the New Richmond volleyball team that placed second in the Middle Border Conference were chosen as members of the 2003 all-conference team. Somerset also had two players earn their way onto the all-MBC team for 2003. New Richmond's Jessica Mitchell and Shannon Timm were named to the all-MBC first team. Somerset's Mariah Belisle and Ashley Riedesel were also named to the all-conference first team.
Fifty-two people made the point for Special Olympics at New Richmond High School on Nov. 3. "Make The Point for Special Olympics" is a new national fund-raising effort done to benefit Special Olympics this year. More than $2,400 was raised in the New Richmond effort, one of the highest totals in the state. New Richmond was one of 11 school districts in the state that took part in the event. Girls basketball coach Eric Russell coordinated the effort in New Richmond. A total of 52 people took part in the New Richmond effort.
Somerset's dreams of winning a second straight WIAA State Football Championship were trampled when the Spartans played at Ladysmith on Saturday. In level 3 of the WIAA Division 5 state playoffs, Ladysmith was able to run through Somerset's defense and pass over the Spartan defense. Ladysmith delivered a crushing 41-6 setback to the Spartans. Somerset had beaten Ladysmith 35-16 last year in level 3 of state playoffs. Ladysmith will now face Brillion in the WIAA Division 5 state semifinals this weekend. Poynette and Kenosha St.
The Somerset football team has another date with Ladysmith. The Spartans beat Cadott 46-21 in the second round of WIAA Division 5 football playoff action on Saturday. With that win, the Spartans will play at Ladysmith at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the third level of WIAA tournament play. Ladysmith is undefeated this season while Somerset carries a 10-1 record. When Somerset and Ladysmith clashed in level three of the playoffs last season, Somerset won on its home field 35-16.
Curt Mitchell of New Richmond has scored his first win on the Amateur Bowlers Tour. Mitchell has been competing on the tour for nearly three years. He earned $3,000 in prize money for his title, which was won the weekend of Sept. 27-28 at AMF Maplewood. He was ranked as the number two player out of 101 entries on the first day of the tournament and came back on Sunday to make the final cut. He placed at the top of the five entries in the step-ladder finals system. He finished the tournament by outbowling his opponent in the championship match 207 to 190.
In facing the defending state champion, and strong favorite to repeat as champions, the New Richmond girls tennis team was a huge underdog in playing at the WIAA Division 2 Girls Team State Tennis Tournament last Saturday in Madison. The Tigers were facing Green Bay Notre Dame, which has become the dominant Division 2 tennis program in the state. The Tigers were beaten in the state tournament semifinal, 7-0, but gave the Tritons an excellent battle.
Finding high school students awake at dawn might be a revelation in itself. So when a class full of Somerset High School students were at the school to watch the sun rise on Oct. 17, there had to be a good reason. The reason was a high school class named "Writing Crafts" that has become increasingly popular with students. The class is taught by Kathy Murphy. She began the course five years ago, with one section per year.
For the Somerset football team it was a monumental victory and a huge dose of revenge wrapped up in one package. For the New Richmond football team it was a crushing dose of humble pie that ended the Tigers' hopes of advancing into the 2003 WIAA football playoffs. Somerset scored twice in a 28-second span in the final minute of the first half to break open last Thursday's game over New Richmond.
The New Richmond football players played with their hearts on their sleeves on Friday. Many of the Tiger players had their arms taped for the game. Written on the tape was "21." This was done in honor of former teammate Ross Anderson, who wore #21 the past few seasons. Anderson died the day before from injuries suffered in a car accident. Anderson graduated in 2003 and had been the starting halfback for the previous two seasons. The Tigers played with a great deal of emotion.
The football playoffs start early for the St. Croix Central football team. The Panthers are viewing this Thursday's game at Mondovi as their first playoff game. If the Panthers beat Mondovi, they lock up a place in the WIAA football playoffs. If Central loses at Mondovi, they won't be playing in the playoffs this season. Central's boys put themselves in a position to think about the playoffs by bouncing Colfax 27-14 last Friday. Both teams entered the game with 2-3 records in the Dunn-St.