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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Playing under control while playing aggressively is a fine line to walk. The Somerset girls basketball team found that out in their season opener last Friday. The Spartans played an outstanding first half, building up a 39-29 lead over Holy Family Catholic School from Victoria, Minn. In the second half the Spartans got out of control, committing numerous turnovers. Holy Family took the lead and Somerset had to fight its way back to force overtime at 60-60.
The breaks haven't been going the way of the New Richmond girls hockey team early this season but the Tigers are hoping that will be changing soon. The Tigers are 0-4 this season after losing a pair of games in the Wisconsin River Classic, played at Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. A perfect example of how the Tigers' season has gone was their 4-3 loss to Appleton in the opening round of the tournament. The Tigers played well in most aspects of the game, producing three goals that were the result of hard work in the offensive zone.
Depth is going to be an asset fans of the St. Croix Central boys basketball team will hear a great deal about this winter. The Panthers opened the season last week with a pair of Dunn-St. Croix Conference victories. In both games, the deep bench helped the Panthers pull away from their opponents in the second half. The week started with the Panthers rolling past Elmwood 81-63. That was followed by a 57-36 win at Spring Valley last Friday. In Friday's win, the Panthers led 28-21 at halftime. It didn't take long for the Panthers to open up the lead in the second half. "Fatigue was a factor.
The worries about where this season's Somerset boys basketball season would find its scoring started almost as soon as the 2008-09 season ended. The Spartans graduated their two leading scorers in Bryan Witzmann and David Moulton. There were few proven quantities returning. That didn't seem to bother the Spartans in their season opener. They went to Unity and scored a 61-49 win over the Eagles. And that scoring issue that everyone was so concerned over? The Spartans had three players score 13 or more points in the win. Senior guard Rocky Larson led the Spartans with 15 points.
The first match for co-coaches Mitch Flandrick and Dan Singer, plus several young wrestlers, turned out to be a raging success for the Somerset wrestling team. The Spartans went to Osceola last Thursday and delivered a powerful opening statement, beating the Chieftains 50-21 in the Middle Border Conference bout. These are two young teams, but in this matchup the Spartans had the upper hand. Somerset started the match with an 18-0 lead on pins from Isaac Neumann and Jeremy Kelly and a forfeit at 215 pounds. Osceola did well in the lower weights, cutting the lead to 18-15.
Teams generally don't play well at the start of their seasons. The St.
There was little luck involved in the convincing win by the St. Croix Central wrestlers in their season-opening match last Tuesday. The Panthers crushed the cooperative team from Luck, Frederic and Grantsburg by a 57-10 score in front of a Panther home crowd in Hammond. Though Central had only three upperclassmen in its lineup, the Panthers were thoroughly in charge of this match. "We wrestled well, but we can't get ahead of ourselves," said Panther coach Brad Holzer. "We got away with a lot of rookie mistakes." This match will serve several purposes for the Panthers.
It is never too early to start learning about citizenship and the sacrifices that American troops are making this holiday season. Four American fighters serving in Iraq and Afghanistan will receive packages of holiday spirit from the 112 junior kindergarten students at the Somerset Elementary School. There are four sections of junior kindergarten. Each student decorated a Christmas tree made out of green construction paper. On the back of each tree was placed a photo of the classroom of students who created the trees, along with an explanation of where the trees were coming from.
In capturing another Middle Border Conference football championship, the Somerset football team had a number of outstanding individual efforts. Those efforts were rewarded when the 2009 All-MBC team was announced last week. Ten Somerset players were named to the all-conference team for the 2009 season. New Richmond's improvement in the MBC was also reflected in the all-conference voting. Seven of New Richmond's players were recipients of All-MBC honors. Somerset The Spartans were the leading team in the conference on offense and defense and that was reflected in the All-MBC voting.
When Ralph Powers retired in 2004 after 30 years as a meat cutter, he thought a small deer processing operation might help keep him busy during the winter months. Little did he realize the demand for deer processing in the New Richmond area. In the first winter that Powers Wild Game Processing was open, Powers estimated that he handled 50 deer carcasses. Last winter the family business handled 410 deer and early indications are the number will be even higher this winter. The offerings Powers Processing gives its customers has grown each year to meet its demand.