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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Soccer programs in western Wisconsin are measured against two programs: Eau Claire and Hudson. On Saturday at Eau Claire Memorial's tournament, the New Richmond boys varsity showed it can measure up against those elite programs quite well. The Tigers opened the tournament with a 2-0 loss to Hudson. They then battled Eau Claire Memorial and were defeated 2-1.
The Tigers continued to dominate all their matches in the Middle Border Conference. Last Tuesday they scored a 7-0 sweep of Ellsworth and they followed that with a 6-1 win over Osceola last Thursday. The Tigers can complete a clean sweep of the Middle Border Conference dual matches this Thursday. The Tigers' final MBC dual is at Unity on Thursday and it should be the Tigers' most challenging conference dual match.
Facing the seven-time defending Middle Border Conference champions brought out the best in the New Richmond volleyball team. Or if not the best, it certainly was a continuation of a stretch of excellent play for the Tigers.
The future became the present for the New Richmond cross country teams at the Osceola Invitational on Saturday. With six veteran runners being held out of the race with a variety of minor injuries, this became a race where the younger Tigers got a chance to show what they could do. The future looks bright indeed. For the Tiger girls, none of the three varsity seniors ran in Saturday's race. With the younger lineup, the Tiger girls were still able to finish second in the large school division of the meet.
Matt Steffeck is in charge of three alternative education components at Somerset High School that present students with new alternatives to complete their high school education. Steffeck was hired last spring to take over the alternative education program (AEP) midway through its second year. He is also in charge of Somerset's virtual school option and the High School school-to-work program. The AEP is at the forefront of Steffeck's responsibility. This fall there are 20 students in the alternative program.
A new walking program at Somerset High School is trying to teach students the importance of getting a good start toward a lifetime of fitness. This is an age where students are spending more time sitting at a computer and less time being active. The walking program is an effort to get kids active and recognize that they need to remain active to improve their odds of having healthy lives. Last week was the first week of the new program. There are two sessions of walking, held in conjunction with the two lunch periods.
The New Richmond girls found out they will be right in contention for the Middle Border Conference leadership again this year. The Tiger boys found out that even without their lead runner, they can be a formidable team. All this was discovered during the 2008 New Richmond Cross Country Invitational, run at Paperjack Elementary School last Thursday. Both New Richmond teams placed second among the 14 teams competing in the meet. The Tiger girls finished behind MBC rival Ellsworth, while the Tiger boys were only beaten by St.
The talent level on the St. Croix Central cross country teams might have come as a surprise to anyone attending the New Richmond Invitational last Thursday, but it's not a surprise any longer. The Panthers grabbed the attention of the local running community by winning the boys championship in the 2008 New Richmond Invitational.
The Somerset cross country teams started out the season thinking they were going to be one of the youngest teams in the Middle Border Conference. The Spartans found out during last Thursday's New Richmond Invitational that being young doesn't preclude them from being competitive in the conference this season. In Thursday's race the Spartans found that they have the ability to be a factor in the MBC this season. Both Somerset teams were eighth among the 14 teams competing in Thursday's meet. The Spartans found their top individuals can compete with the better MBC runners.
The player the New Richmond football team could least afford to lose was senior quarterback John Peper. The string of bad breaks that has followed the Tigers the past several seasons, or so it seems, struck again on Friday. Peper went down with a knee injury during the first quarter of the Tigers' home game with Osceola.