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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The New Richmond boys soccer club team completed the 2004 season with a 5-7-2 record. The team banquet was held on Nov. 9. Phillip Gartner was named as the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 team. Lee Stovall received the award as the team's Best Defensive Player. The Best Offensive Player award went to David Edwards. Gartner, Stovall and Chad Anderson served as the captains for the 2004 team.
Somerset senior standouts Tom Hennessey and Ambrose Martell have added to the successes of the 2004 Spartan season by being named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) All-State Team. Both Spartan players were honored for their play on offense and defense. Hennessey, who has now rushed for more than 2,400 yards this season, was named as a first-team all-state player at running back and at linebacker.
An anticipated growth spurt in the Somerset and New Richmond area has school officials scrambling to develop possible building plans. The first major steps in preparing for the vast growth were taken Monday night by the Somerset Board of Education. A Community Task Force gave its recommendations to the Somerset Board Monday. The recommendation: build an elementary school to be occupied in 2006 and build a high school that can be occupied in 2007. The task force has been meeting since early in summer to develop a plan for the future growth of the school district.
The Somerset Board of Education overturned a decision it made a year ago that reduced its capability of levying for all of the funds allowed under state rules. Under Department of Public Instruction finance program rules, the school board can only recapture 75 percent of the levy money that it reduced from the levy last year. With this addition, the school board decided last Thursday to increase the district mill rate for the 2004-05 school year by 4.03 percent. The tax levy is finalized at $6,628,348, an increase of 15.15 percent over last year.
Tiger girls repeat 12th place team finish at state The most successful class of New Richmond girls cross country runners completed their high school careers at the 2004 WIAA State Cross Country Meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. Seniors Ayla Mitchell, Hannah Demulling and Rachael Olson ran in their fourth straight state cross country championships.
To complete an unbeaten regular season, the Somerset football team had to face the best defense it has seen this season. The Spartans played at Baldwin-Woodville last Thursday in the regular season finale for both teams. This was supposed to be the battle between the highest scoring offense in the conference from Somerset and the defense that has allowed the fewest points from Baldwin-Woodville. That matchup developed, but the Somerset defense also deserved billing on the marquee.
It was another step forward for the New Richmond football team, but not a big step to suit the Tigers. New Richmond led 9-0 in the second quarter of last Thursday's game at Prescott. The Tigers gave up a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half. Prescott used that momentum to outscore the Tigers 16-0 in the second half, leaving the Tigers with a 23-9 defeat.
The New Richmond volleyball team was hoping it could pull off an upset in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 tournament last Tuesday. The Tigers made a major improvement in their play over the final weeks of the regular season.
Mitchell, Slocum repeat as MBC individual champs The New Richmond boys won the 2004 Middle Border Conference championship by one point. And that wasn't the closest team finish at the 2004 MBC meet. While the team finishes were extremely close, the race for the individual championships was not. New Richmond's Ayla Mitchell and Alec Slocum repeated as the MBC individual champions, pulling away from their competition in the second half of their races. For the New Richmond boys, it was a clean sweep at the high school level.
The St. Croix Central runners put together one of their best efforts of the season at the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Meet and it netted the Panthers three runners with all-conference honors. Senior Mark Sanders earned first team all-conference honors with his sixth place finish in the boys race.