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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Matt Steffeck is in charge of three alternative education components at Somerset High School that present students with new alternatives to complete their high school education. Steffeck was hired last spring to take over the alternative education program (AEP) midway through its second year. He is also in charge of Somerset's virtual school option and the High School school-to-work program. The AEP is at the forefront of Steffeck's responsibility. This fall there are 20 students in the alternative program.
A new walking program at Somerset High School is trying to teach students the importance of getting a good start toward a lifetime of fitness. This is an age where students are spending more time sitting at a computer and less time being active. The walking program is an effort to get kids active and recognize that they need to remain active to improve their odds of having healthy lives. Last week was the first week of the new program. There are two sessions of walking, held in conjunction with the two lunch periods.
The New Richmond girls found out they will be right in contention for the Middle Border Conference leadership again this year. The Tiger boys found out that even without their lead runner, they can be a formidable team. All this was discovered during the 2008 New Richmond Cross Country Invitational, run at Paperjack Elementary School last Thursday. Both New Richmond teams placed second among the 14 teams competing in the meet. The Tiger girls finished behind MBC rival Ellsworth, while the Tiger boys were only beaten by St.
The talent level on the St. Croix Central cross country teams might have come as a surprise to anyone attending the New Richmond Invitational last Thursday, but it's not a surprise any longer. The Panthers grabbed the attention of the local running community by winning the boys championship in the 2008 New Richmond Invitational.
The Somerset cross country teams started out the season thinking they were going to be one of the youngest teams in the Middle Border Conference. The Spartans found out during last Thursday's New Richmond Invitational that being young doesn't preclude them from being competitive in the conference this season. In Thursday's race the Spartans found that they have the ability to be a factor in the MBC this season. Both Somerset teams were eighth among the 14 teams competing in Thursday's meet. The Spartans found their top individuals can compete with the better MBC runners.
The player the New Richmond football team could least afford to lose was senior quarterback John Peper. The string of bad breaks that has followed the Tigers the past several seasons, or so it seems, struck again on Friday. Peper went down with a knee injury during the first quarter of the Tigers' home game with Osceola.
The New Richmond boys soccer team is winning the battle at both ends of the field in their first games of the season. Through three games, the Tigers have outscored their opponents 14-0. That includes a 2-0 win last Thursday over long-time nemesis Amery. Thursday's game was scoreless well into the second half. The Tigers scored 20 minutes into the second half on a goal by Jordan Anderson. Amery then put on heavy pressure, but the Tigers kept Amery off the scoreboard.
Two turnovers inside the Rice Lake 10-yard line tainted the hopes of the New Richmond football team in last Friday's game. By not capitalizing on those two scoring chances, the Tigers left the door open for Rice Lake to take over the game. That's just what the Warriors did, riding the strong running of fullback Tanner Cernick to a 28-6 win over the Tigers. New Richmond now moves on to its Middle Border Conference schedule. The Tigers will be at home for their first MBC game this Friday, against Osceola.
The New Richmond girls tennis team continued its pattern of overpowering Middle Border Conference opponents on weekdays and battling Division 1 competition on weekends. Last Thursday the Tigers raised their Middle Border Conference record to 3-0 by defeating Durand, 7-0. The Tigers then played in a tournament at Menomonie on Saturday. Because three teams dropped out of the tournament, the Tigers only got two dual matches in during Saturday's action.
The St. Croix Central football team knew it was in for a tough assignment in facing Baldwin-Woodville Friday night. But the Panthers didn't know how overmatched they'd be in facing the Blackhawks. Baldwin-Woodville took advantage of sloppy play by the Panthers to crush Central 34-0. Central finishes the non-conference portion of its season with a 1-1 mark. The Panthers begin their Dunn-St. Croix Conference schedule this Friday with a game at Colfax.