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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There are hundreds of numbers that could be analyzed when a school district announces its yearly budget. The Somerset School District finalized its 2009-10 budget at its Oct. 26 board meeting. Here is a rundown on some of the most important numbers to come out of this year's budget. Levy increase: 3.58 percent The overall tax levy in the Somerset School District will increase by 3.58 percent for this school year. The total tax levy for the school district is budgeted at $8,049,978.
The Somerset football team advanced to level 3 of the WIAA Division 4 state playoffs on Saturday with a rousing 47-8 win over Bloomer. The Spartans (10-1) will play at Northwestern (11-0) in the third round of tournament play. Saturday's game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Northwestern High School is located in the community of Maple, which is located just east of Superior near the Lake Superior shore. Somerset missed a couple early chances in the first half of Saturday's 47-8 win over Bloomer (9-2).
Last Thursday's 47-28 win was a monumental win for the Somerset football program. The Spartans completed an unbeaten Middle Border Conference schedule with this win. The Spartans had already sewn up the conference title with their win the previous week over Baldwin-Woodville. The win completed an eight-year run where the Spartans have won every conference played on their home field. Thursday's win was also the 100th varsity win in the career of Somerset coach Bruce Larson.
The Somerset girls cross country team was hoping to get two girls into this Saturday's WIAA State Cross Country Championships. They were halfway successful. Sophomore Tia Belter earned her way into her first state cross country meet by placing third in last Friday's Division 2 sectional meet in Amery. The Spartans had hoped to get junior Monica Emerson back to state after reaching the meet as a sophomore. Emerson wasn't quite able to make it back.
Two touchdowns were called back. Three times the Tiger offense moved inside Osceola's 20-yard line and didn't produce points. New Richmond's 19-10 loss to Osceola last Thursday in the final round of Middle Border Conference action was a game of missed chances for the Tiger football team. A win would have given the Tigers second place in the final 2009 MBC football standings.
The La Crosse Logan Division 1 sectional meet was something of a fact-finding expedition for the New Richmond cross country team. The Tigers made the step up from Division 2 to Division 1 this year. The Tigers were a perennial threat to reach the State Cross Country Meet in Division 2. They went into Saturday's meet in La Crosse looking to see how far they are from being a state contender in Division 1. They found out that they aren't that far away.
The best regular season in New Richmond volleyball history could not be carried over into a lengthy run in the post-season. The Tigers were beaten in the second round of WIAA Division 2 regionals on their home court last Friday. It was Northwestern that advanced to the regional final, topping the Tigers by scores of 25-21, 17-25, 25-23, 25-23. Northwestern was then defeated in Saturday's regional final by top-seeded Hayward by scores of 23-25, 25-8, 25-8, 25-18. Hayward will face Medford in the WIAA sectional semifinals this Thursday at Baldwin-Woodville High School.
You get the impression that the St. Croix Central female athletes view facing Grantsburg as their own personal state championship game. Why wouldn't they? In volleyball and softball Grantsburg makes the state tournament nearly every year, representing this section. In many of those seasons, it is the St. Croix Central teams that give Grantsburg some of their most difficult competition on the way to the state tournament. So when Grantsburg is competing in the sectional semifinals this Thursday against Washburn, the Pirates know they will have already been tested.
Two of the Calleja brothers, Jake and Josh, could end up skating against each other this college hockey season. Josh is attending UW-River Falls this fall after taking a year off from college. He was one of the top players for UW-Stevens Point, leading the Pointers in scoring in the 2007-08 season. Jake is a freshman at Bethel University in the Twin Cities. Jake has jumped right into the sports scene in his first year of college.