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 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.
When Megan Revoir signed her letter of intent to attend Concordia University in St. Paul on a softball scholarship last Thursday, the St. Croix Central senior had plenty of support. Her teammates and coaches all huddled into the Central high school conference room to witness Revoir's big moment. One of the first things Revoir did after the signing was to give her teammates credit for all of their help. She finished with a sincere "thanks guys" which brought a loud wave of applause and cheering from her teammates. Revoir is the catcher on the Panther team that won the Dunn-St.
It was a banner season for the New Richmond volleyball team, capturing the program's first conference championship in more than a decade. The outstanding performance by the Tigers was recognized in the all-conference voting, with five Tigers named to the 2009 All-Middle Border Conference team. The Tigers had one of the best senior classes in the team's history and five of the team's seniors were chosen for the All-MBC team.
Somerset football coach Bruce Larson is fond of saying that a handful of plays decide each football game. Three long runs by Northwestern and two turnovers by Somerset were the deciding plays in Saturday's WIAA Division 4 Level 3 playoff game. Northwestern was able to use those pivotal plays to defeat Somerset 21-14. The loss ends Somerset's season, while Northwestern moves on to this Saturday's state semifinal game against Kewaunee. The winner of Saturday's game will face the winner of the semifinal game between Big Foot and Lodi.