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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Somerset senior Tony Martin wrapped up his improbable wrestling season by earning one win in the 2008 WIAA State Wrestling Championships. Martin, who entered the season with very little wrestling experience, became a voracious scholar of the sport. That led to a rapid improvement and eventually Martin's berth in the state tournament. Martin took a 25-7 record into the state tournament. In his first round he faced Waupaca senior Dustin Stichman, who brought a 40-3 record into the state meet. This was another case where Martin's hunger for knowledge led to his success.
The first Middle Border Conference championship for the Somerset girls basketball team wasn't followed with a wild celebration. The Spartans locked up their share of the 2007-08 MBC championship last Friday, with a 44-36 victory at Baldwin-Woodville. But because so many of the Spartans had spent the week battling illness, there wasn't any energy left to celebrate afterwards.
For the fourth straight season, the New Richmond boys hockey team saw its season end at the hands of the Superior Spartans. The Tigers gave Superior its best battle of the playoffs thus far, when Superior beat the Tigers 2-0 in the sectional semifinals in Superior last Tuesday. Superior then rolled past River Falls 6-1 in the sectional championship game. Superior will face Milwaukee University School in the opening round of the 2008 WIAA state tournament at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday. New Richmond's boys gave Superior all it could handle in Tuesday's tournament game.
That many fans were saying it was one of the best games they'd ever witnessed was little solace to the St. Croix Central boys basketball team last Thursday. In the second round of WIAA Division 3 regionals, Central and Spring Valley locked into one of the closest, most action-packed thrill rides seen around the Dunn-St. Croix county border towns in many years. It came down to which team had the ball last. Central hit a free throw with 4.2 seconds left to take a 58-57 lead. But 4.2 seconds proved to be too many.
The availability of technology is taking off in the educational field. Kids are entering schools each year with a higher level of computer literacy. The educational field is being challenged to stay ahead of the learning needs of its students. This year, the Somerset School District is running trials with several different computer systems to see which, if any, they want to implement into the District's educational structure in the future. Two of the main pieces of equipment being tested this year are SMART Boards and PC tablets.
This will be Tom Volkert's first time wrestling in the WIAA State Championships, but he is no stranger to wrestling state tournaments. Volkert qualified for the 2008 WIAA State Championships by taking second place in the 215-pound bracket at the D.C. Everest Division 1 Sectional Tournament on Saturday. Volkert will be trying to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Brian, all the way to the awards podium at the state tournament.
The meteoric improvement of Somerset's Tony Martin has taken him all the way to the WIAA State Wrestling Championships. The Spartan senior advanced to the state tournament by taking third place in the 171-pound bracket at the Somerset Division Wrestling Sectional Tournament on Saturday. Martin, who wrestled only a few high school matches in his career before this season, now stands at 25-7 in the 2007-08 season. And because Martin was beaten in the opening round of sectionals, he had to battle back through the consolation bracket to earn his place at state. The Spartan coaches knew that Ma
Having the experience of playing in three straight sectional championship games showed for the New Richmond boys hockey team in its 2008 tournament opener on Friday. New Richmond jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and was able to maintain the lead in beating the Burnett County Blizzard 6-1. The win raises the Tigers' season record to 9-11-1. It also advanced them into Tuesday's sectional semifinals against Superior, the defending WIAA state champions. The winner of Tuesday's game will qualify for the sectional championship game, which will be played at 2:30 p.m.
The Somerset girls basketball team is one win away from its first Middle Border Conference championship. If the Spartans win at Baldwin-Woodville this Friday, they will at least have a share of the MBC championship. This comes after the Spartans put together two impressive efforts to win a pair of conference games last week. On Friday the Spartans avenged one of their two MBC losses when they used a smothering defensive effort to beat Amery 50-40. Last Tuesday the Spartans beat Osceola 51-33.
The New Richmond boys are undefeated Middle Border Conference champions, and the Tigers hope their fun has just begun. The Tigers wrapped up their perfect MBC season on Friday with a resounding 74-47 win over Amery. The win puts the Tigers at 14-0 for the MBC season and leaves them at 18-2 as they begin what they hope is a lengthy WIAA tournament run. In WIAA Division 2, the Tigers are the top seed in this regional. They began regional play on Tuesday against Hayward, the eighth seed. If the Tigers were victorious on Tuesday, they will be back on their home court at 7 p.m.