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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Practices for fall high school sports can begin for several of the sports next week. Here is a rundown of the opening practice details for the New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central varsity teams. New Richmond Football: New coach Joe Hutter will have the team report at 7:30 a.m. next Monday for the issuance of equipment. The Tigers will then hold two-a-day practices from 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. On Friday, Aug.
The New Richmond boys 13 and under soccer team ended up taking fifth place in the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association 2004 Chevy Cup State Tournament. The team is composed of 18 boys from New Richmond, Somerset and Star Prairie and is the only team from Wisconsin that plays league games against teams from the eastern Twin Cities metro area. This weekend the Tigers faced Coon Rapids in their opening game.
When the New Richmond baseball team played well this season, it played very well. When it didn't, all sorts of disaster could break out. That happened when the Tigers were upset in the WIAA Summer Baseball regional finals last Tuesday by Baldwin-Woodville. For the first two innings the Tigers looked superb, playing aggressively and building a 6-0 lead. The Tigers then self-destructed.
For 15 years, the Somerset School District had seven school bus routes. Because of the population boom within the school district, the district is now adding a school bus route for the second straight year. This raises the bus route total to nine for the district. The 1986-87 school year was the first year that the Somerset schools needed seven bus routes, when the enrollment was 739 students. By splitting bus routes and purchasing larger buses, the district was able to maintain the seven routes until last year.
The New Richmond boys 13 and under soccer team won a thrilling 3-2 overtime game against Woodbury on July 14 to qualify for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association 2004 Chevy Cup State Tournament. The team is composed of 18 boys from New Richmond, Somerset and Star Prairie and is th e only team from Wisconsin that plays league games against teams from the eastern Twin Cities metro area. The boys finished second in their five-team league so they needed a win in Wednesday's game to advance to the state tournament. After two 35-minute halves the teams were tied at 2-2.
Tuesday's game at Siren was to decide outright conference championship Somerset's baseball team has wrapped up a share of the 2004 Middle Border Conference championship. Somerset's Spartans earned that honor by winning at Baldwin-Woodville 9-4 last Thursday. The Spartans are now 10-2 in conference games this season. The Spartans were in a position to lock up the title for themselves Tuesday, when they played at Siren. The Spartans are currently one game ahead of New Richmond.
The New Richmond baseball team had its ups and downs last week. Playing in the Arcadia tournament on Saturday, the Tigers pounded Eleva-Strum 19-0. The Tigers then blew a two-run lead in the seventh and a five-run lead in the ninth in an 11-10 loss to Arcadia. Brady Powers was brought up from the JV to pitch against Eleva-Strum in the tournament. Powers may get more varsity time after throwing a three-hit shutout in the Tigers' 19-0 win. The Tigers feasted on E-S pitching for 18 hits.
While the first three weeks of the 2004 baseball season haven't been a smashing success, the New Richmond Tigers are in a good position. By beating Glenwood City 14-4 on Monday, the Tigers are tied with Somerset, Ellsworth and Baldwin-Woodville for the lead in the Middle Border Conference. The Tigers are hoping that Monday's win is the game that revives the team's confidence and carries them to a strong second-half of the season. Tiger coach John Ball said he is swearing off giving the team pep talks.
Two experienced principals are the finalists for the principal opening at Somerset High School. Todd Solberg, the principal at Weyerhaeuser High School and Lynn Rieck-Hudnall, the assistant principal at Minocqua are the two finalists for Somerset's High School principal position. Randy Rosburg, the current high school principal, was hired to become the new Somerset School District administrator. Rosburg officially took over as the district administrator last Thursday.
The Middle Border Conference champion New Richmond softball team was honored for its success by having six players named to the 2004 all-MBC softball team. Somerset had three players named to this year's all-conference team. Receiving honors for New Richmond were seniors Ashlyne Anderson, Jessie Johnston, Lynnae Kistner and Cassie Peterson, junior Linsey Thomas and sophomore Jena O'Flanagan. Somerset players who were named to the all-conference team are senior Mariah Belisle, junior Erin Dodor and sophomore Roxy Martin. This was a record-setting season for the New R