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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During each Christmas season for the past six years, Somerset Middle School fifth and sixth grade students have created holiday cards for people in nursing homes and hospitals. On Feb. 4, the students got to find out what kind of impact their holiday cards can have. Richard Hodges, a resident at The Deerfield in New Richmond, asked if he could address the students who created cards this year. The story Hodges told tugged at the students' heart strings. Hodges told the students about one of his neighbors at The Deerfield, a woman named Maureen who had worked as a registered nurse.
Questions raised by a member of the food service staff in the Somerset schools has brought scrutiny to the quality of the food served to students. The food service for the district is handled by an independent company, A'viands Food and Service Management. The allegations were brought by Nicole Weidinger, a member of the food service staff at the high school for more than a year. Weidinger's main concerns were over mold in food items like bread and shredded cheese and mold in a walk-in cooler where food was stored. Weidinger's complaints led to a surprise inspection last Tuesday by St.
With Ellsworth considered a prohibitive favorite for the Middle Border Conference Wrestling Tournament title, the battle was on for second place. The New Richmond wrestling team took care of that argument, outscoring Amery by 38 points to take second place in the tournament. New Richmond had six wrestlers advance to the finals and three Tiger seniors earned conference championships. Bradley Gartner earned his second straight MBC title by taking the 135-pound weight class. Jared Kerr and Tommy Volkert were both first-time MBC champions.
If you love ice fishing, or if you love the idea of winning any of $150,000 worth of prizes, you should attend the Cedar Lake Ice Challenge this Saturday. The Cedar Lake Ice Challenge is a large new ice fishing tournament that is being brought to the area by the New Richmond Coaches Association. The tournament will be held on Cedar Lake on Saturday. Hole selection and depth finding starts at 8 a.m., and the contest begins at 11 a.m.
The New Richmond High School dance team tied for fourth place in the kick division of the 2009 WACPC State Dance Championships on Saturday in La Crosse. The fourth place finish is the best placing ever for a New Richmond team at the state dance championships, according to coach Alli Gjovik. The Tigers tied with Grafton for fourth place in the Division 2 kick competition. Both teams finished with 414 points, one point behind third place Little Chute. West DePere won the Division 2 state kick title. New Richmond also competed in the Division 2 jazz competition at state.
For seven years, boys hockey has been a conference sport in the Middle Border Conference. And for seven years, the New Richmond boys have reigned supreme in the MBC. The Tigers locked up their seventh consecutive MBC title last Thursday by defeating Baldwin-Woodville, 6-3. The game was tied 2-2 heading into the third period. The Tigers acted decisively to finish off the win, scoring four straight goals during the third period. The Tigers went ahead 3-2 when Dom Peterson scored three minutes into the third period.
Somerset's girls basketball team is suddenly streaking up the Middle Border Conference standings. The Spartans are riding a five-game wave of wins, with four of those wins coming in conference play. The Spartans are now 6-5 in MBC games, one-half game behind fourth place Prescott. The Spartans are 10-6 overall. The fifth win in that streak came on Monday, when the Spartans won a make-up game at Baldwin-Woodville, 53-33. Baldwin-Woodville is at the bottom of the conference standings and is struggling to put forth any substantial offense.
The New Richmond girls basketball team won two of its three games last week and was three points short of sweeping its three games. Not bad for a team that started the week with one win for the season. The Tigers started last week by beating Spooner 44-40. Last Tuesday the Tigers played one of the most intense contests of the season. They made an excellent comeback in the final minutes, but Somerset's Kellie Ring sank two free throws with eight seconds left to beat the Tigers 46-23. Last Friday the Tigers played at home against Baldwin-Woodville.
Fans never know what they are going to get from the St. Croix Central boys basketball team. But when the Panthers play Dunn-St. Croix Conference leaders, they seem to play their best. On Monday night the Panthers upset a Dunn-St. Croix Conference leader for the second time this season, stunning Mondovi 47-46. On Jan. 20 the Panthers zapped Colfax, 57-50.
An idea to expand the weight room at Somerset High School has grown into a fund-raising effort to build a new $500,000 athletic building for the school district. Somerset football coach Bruce Larson got the idea rolling, recognizing that the current weight room space at the high school is not sufficient for the number of students now involved in weight training. Larson is spear-heading the effort and he plans to raise all of the money through donations.