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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While the Somerset boys soccer team will have a few veteran players holding down major strategic positions, there will be a great deal of learning on the fly as the young Spartan team tries to get up to the varsity pace this season. After graduating 11 seniors and having just three seniors on this season’s roster, experience is something the Somerset squad needs.
The experience of competing at the WIAA state championships for the first time was a life-changing experience for the boys in the New Richmond soccer program. And it is something they want to do again. Soon. The Tigers start the season with a new coach and a new cast of players, but the goal remains the same. “We want to win conference, regionals, sectionals and the state championship,” said new Tiger coach Darian Blattner.
A 2013 Somerset High School graduate and Somerset native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the premier naval air installation in the Pacific Northwest region. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Bucklew is an aviation machinist's mate serving with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10. A Navy aviation machinist's mate is responsible for taking care of all engines on the P-3C Orion.
Let’s face it, exercise can be a chore and an extra burden at times.
The New Richmond and St. Croix Central football teams opened the 2017 season with victories Friday night, while Somerset lost in a tremendous offensive dogfight. New Richmond trailed 14-7 entering the fourth quarter, but got a touchdown and field goal in the final quarter to pull out a 17-14 homefield win. Drew Momchilovich scored the tying touchdown on a 3-yard run. Sean Flandrick delivered the game-winning points, via a 21-yard field goal.
Change is the key term as schools try to prepare their students for the future and the fast-changing landscape caused by advancing technology. Shannon Donnelly, the new principal at Somerset High School, has plans to align the building's educational system "to a 21st Century model." Donnelly said education has changed very little over the past 150 years. With the rapid changes of technology, where information is now instantaneously available to students, the focus is changing to help students utilize the information and content that is available to them.
After graduating outstanding classes of seniors each of the past two seasons, the New Richmond Tiger football team will be a younger squad than in the past few seasons. While the Tigers may be younger, it doesn’t mean their expectations are any lower in 2017. “Everything we do will be to get ready for the playoffs, that’s our goal,” said fourth year Tiger coach Keith Badger. “We want to be ready for the playoffs, assuming we make the playoffs. We can be very good again.”
After two straight seasons of failing to reach the WIAA football playoffs, the Somerset Spartans believe they are headed in the right direction in 2017. For a program steeped in a winning tradition, the past two seasons were a harsh dose of reality for the Spartan players and coaches.
The 2016 WIAA Division 4 state championship trophy is nestled safely in the St. Croix Central High School trophy case. What can the Panthers do for an encore, and what has the state championship done to the team’s psyche? Those are questions the Panther coaches are trying to answer before Central opens the season Friday, Aug. 18 with a home non-conference game against Durand.
The hopes of the New Richmond girls golf team repeating as Middle Border Conference champions suffered a severe blow the day before the season began. The Tigers were informed that sophomore Jessica Hagman, who was the second best returning golfer in the MBC, suffered a major knee injury the weekend before the season began while playing in a basketball tournament. While Hagman’s injury is a devastating setback, it does not change the goals for the Tigers this season.