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 group "The Dynamics" certainly lived up to its title in its initial performance. The Dynamics are a new vocal group at Somerset High School. The group made its debut at the Somerset High School Music Department Fall Concert on Oct. 22. The Dynamics are an "advanced ensemble to meet the needs of advanced vocalists," said Somerset High School vocal music teacher Rachel Erickson. The three numbers performed in the concert showed the variety of music Erickson is trying to offer the advanced students. The first song was a subtle performance of the song "Dream" by Johnny Mercer.
The Somerset football team is one win away from returning to the WIAA State Football Championships. The Spartans advanced to the WIAA Division 4 state semifinals with a hard-fought 26-20 overtime win over Tomahawk on Saturday. Somerset will now face Kettle Moraine Lutheran this Saturday in the state semifinal game. Both teams are undefeated and are the number one seed in their bracket. The state semifinal will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Thom Field in Wausau.
New Richmond varsity football coach Joe Hutter has announced his resignation after four seasons at the helm of the Tiger program. Hutter took over an inexperienced Tiger team in 2004 after serving as an assistant coach for three years. In his first season as head coach the Tigers were held without a win. They won once in 2005. Last year the Tigers seemed on an upturn, winning three games.
The Somerset Board of Education voted Monday night to place a school referendum on the April 3, 2008 general election ballot. The details of the referendum are yet to be determined. The Board has several months to figure out the details of the referendum. All of the details of the referendum must be in place 45 days before the April 3 vote. The decision to go to referendum came after reports from all three District building principals on the space crunch the District is facing. The most alarming space shortage is in the Elementary School.
The Somerset football team will play at home this Saturday in Level 3 of the WIAA State Football Playoffs. The Spartans are two wins away from reaching the WIAA Division 4 State Championship Game. This Saturday the Spartans will face Tomahawk in the state quarterfinals. The game will be played at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Seibel Field. Tomahawk comes into Saturday's game with a 7-4 record. Don't let Tomahawk's 7-4 record fool you. The Hatchets are tough. They don't play in a conference. As an independent team, they schedule a tough list of opponents.
The sunglasses couldn't hide the tears in Diane Belter's eyes. Just before the start of the WIAA Division 2 girls state cross country race on Saturday, Belter realized this would be the final race where she would be coaching her oldest daughter, Cambrya. It was already an emotionally charged week for Cambrya, the Somerset High School senior who was finally getting her first chance to run in the state championship race. So the mother and daughter shared a few tears before the start of Saturday's race in Wisconsin Rapids. At the start of the race, Belter got boxed in as the pack of 152 runne
An emotion-packed season for the New Richmond cross country teams poured out of the Tiger runners during, and after, their races in the WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. The Tigers have been bounced around this season by injuries and happenings away from the races. Through it all, the Tigers have found strength in each other.
As the first male runner from St. Croix Central ever to advance to the WIAA State Cross Country championships, Steve Zerwas was out to make the most of his unique possibility. Zerwas placed 45th among the 152 runners who competed in the WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country Meet at The Ridges Golf Club in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. Zerwas ran the state race in a time of 17 minutes, 29 seconds. This was an improvement over his time at the Osceola sectional race.
One of the longest existing businesses in New Richmond has moved. Blue Ribbon Feed and Garden Center has been a fixture at 513 North Knowles Avenue for more than 50 years. It will still be easy to locate Blue Ribbon Feeds. They moved next door, into the new complex built by Skoglunds at 575B North Knowles. The old Blue Ribbon store and mill is scheduled to be razed in the upcoming days. Blue Ribbon is owned by Steve and Mary Ann Campbell. They purchased the business from Irv Sather in 1996.
For the first time in team history, both New Richmond cross country teams have qualified for the WIAA State Cross Country Championships. Both Tiger teams qualified for the state meet by placing second in their respective races at the WIAA Division 2 Osceola Sectional Meet last Friday. The Tigers will be competing in the 2007 state meet this Saturday at The Ridges Golf Club in Wisconsin Rapids. The girls Division 2 state race is scheduled to begin at 11:40 a.m. The boys Division 2 state race will begin at 1:40 p.m. There are three Tigers who have experience running at state.