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 long-awaited first track meet, especially in the view of the St. Croix Central athletes, was a promising performance for the Panthers. The opener for the Panthers came on their home track last Thursday, in a 10-team invitational meet. While it was a hectic event for the Panthers, it produced the opportunities the Central coaches were looking for. Amanda Webb and Ben Lamb are serving as co-head coaches for the Panther track teams this season. Webb said the coaching staff saw a number of positives from this meet.
Losing cleanup hitter Josh Baillargeon for a week due to strep throat seemed to bring the Somerset baseball team to a grinding stop last week. After starting the season with three wins, the Spartans lost both of their games last week. They lost a non-conference game to St. Croix Falls by a 12-8 score last Tuesday. In the Spartans' Middle Border Conference opener last Thursday, they lost at Durand, 3-1. The Spartans offense looked sluggish in the loss at Durand. The Spartans' only run came in the sixth inning. Ben Kieckhoefer started the inning with a single and Jered Deal walked.
The softball action was surprisingly sharp in last Friday's softball season opener between Somerset and St. Croix Central. Central was held scoreless for six innings by Somerset freshman Bethany Starry. The Panthers were able to come up with some clutch hitting in the seventh inning, scoring two runs to sneak past the Spartans, 2-1. This game was the varsity coaching debut for Somerset coach Carrie Kjellberg and she was able to face her alma mater. Kjellberg (Carrie Blomker) graduated from Central in 1993.
Millions of people in the United States are involved in outdoor activities like camping, hunting and fishing. Somerset High School has a class that helps students develop their interest in these activities. Outdoor Education 1 and 2 are elective classes in the physical education curriculum. The class is taught by Grant Belisle. Before starting the class, he went to outdoor classes taught in River Falls, St.
You couldn't ask for a better start to the season than the one the Somerset baseball team put together last week. The Spartans went 3-0 in their opening games, outscoring their opponents 27-5 in the three wins. The season began for the Spartans with a 5-3 win over St. Croix Central last Thursday. The Spartans were back in action on Friday, sweeping a double-header with Plum City. Both of Friday's games ended in 11-1 scores. Somerset's top pitchers are sophomores, but they didn't look like sophomores in mowing down batters last week.
Playing football in Somerset has developed some major perks. Somerset seniors Darrin Emmeck and Bryan Witzmann got to play for the United States team in the second annual Global Challenge Bowl on March 21. The game featured Team Stars and Stripes facing the Japanese under-19 Junior National Team at Kawasaki Stadium in the Tokyo suburb of Kawasaki. In each of the two years of this global football showcase, Somerset has had two players on the United States team.
Somerset High School students are becoming filmmakers. The public can see their creations during a mini-film festival on April 15 at the high school. The film festival is the first major event put together by the rejuvenated STAND (Students Taking Action in a New Direction) group at the high school.
Jon Lucivansky has been climbing up the ranks of football officiating since 1982. He has now reached the summit. Lucivansky has been hired by the National Football League to become one of the 120 officials who preside over NFL games each Sunday during the pro football season. Lucivansky, 46, serves as associate principal at New Richmond High School on weekdays. On weekends, he has been a highly regarded football and basketball official for many years. For the past seven years, Lucivansky has served as a football official for the Big Ten Conference.
Somerset girls track coach Dave Praschak wasn't sure he should enter his team in the Northern Badger Indoor Track Invitational at UW-Stout on Saturday because he knew the Spartans would be competing in the large school division. Praschak was as surprised as anyone when the Spartans brought home the championship from the 2009 season-opening meet on Saturday. "That was an unexpected surprise," Praschak said. "Our intent wasn't to win. We were there for a workout." Many of the Spartans maintained a steady workout schedule in the off-season.
By finishing in the upper half of the boys and girls divisions of the Northern Badger Invitational Indoor Track Meet on Saturday, you can tag the New Richmond track teams as ready to roll for the 2009 season. The Tigers finished sixth among 17 teams in both halves of the large school portion of the meet. The Tiger boys are coming off a 2008 season where they won the Middle Border Conference championship. The Tiger girls placed third at last year's MBC meet. New Richmond's boys return a strong group of veteran athletes.