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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Fifty-two people made the point for Special Olympics at New Richmond High School on Nov. 3. "Make The Point for Special Olympics" is a new national fund-raising effort done to benefit Special Olympics this year. More than $2,400 was raised in the New Richmond effort, one of the highest totals in the state. New Richmond was one of 11 school districts in the state that took part in the event. Girls basketball coach Eric Russell coordinated the effort in New Richmond. A total of 52 people took part in the New Richmond effort.
Somerset's dreams of winning a second straight WIAA State Football Championship were trampled when the Spartans played at Ladysmith on Saturday. In level 3 of the WIAA Division 5 state playoffs, Ladysmith was able to run through Somerset's defense and pass over the Spartan defense. Ladysmith delivered a crushing 41-6 setback to the Spartans. Somerset had beaten Ladysmith 35-16 last year in level 3 of state playoffs. Ladysmith will now face Brillion in the WIAA Division 5 state semifinals this weekend. Poynette and Kenosha St.
The Somerset football team has another date with Ladysmith. The Spartans beat Cadott 46-21 in the second round of WIAA Division 5 football playoff action on Saturday. With that win, the Spartans will play at Ladysmith at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the third level of WIAA tournament play. Ladysmith is undefeated this season while Somerset carries a 10-1 record. When Somerset and Ladysmith clashed in level three of the playoffs last season, Somerset won on its home field 35-16.
Curt Mitchell of New Richmond has scored his first win on the Amateur Bowlers Tour. Mitchell has been competing on the tour for nearly three years. He earned $3,000 in prize money for his title, which was won the weekend of Sept. 27-28 at AMF Maplewood. He was ranked as the number two player out of 101 entries on the first day of the tournament and came back on Sunday to make the final cut. He placed at the top of the five entries in the step-ladder finals system. He finished the tournament by outbowling his opponent in the championship match 207 to 190.
Finding high school students awake at dawn might be a revelation in itself. So when a class full of Somerset High School students were at the school to watch the sun rise on Oct. 17, there had to be a good reason. The reason was a high school class named "Writing Crafts" that has become increasingly popular with students. The class is taught by Kathy Murphy. She began the course five years ago, with one section per year.
In facing the defending state champion, and strong favorite to repeat as champions, the New Richmond girls tennis team was a huge underdog in playing at the WIAA Division 2 Girls Team State Tennis Tournament last Saturday in Madison. The Tigers were facing Green Bay Notre Dame, which has become the dominant Division 2 tennis program in the state. The Tigers were beaten in the state tournament semifinal, 7-0, but gave the Tritons an excellent battle.
For the Somerset football team it was a monumental victory and a huge dose of revenge wrapped up in one package. For the New Richmond football team it was a crushing dose of humble pie that ended the Tigers' hopes of advancing into the 2003 WIAA football playoffs. Somerset scored twice in a 28-second span in the final minute of the first half to break open last Thursday's game over New Richmond.
Neither team is ready to call New Richmond and Somerset a volleyball "rivalry" yet. But with the most vocal student sections seen at a New Richmond volleyball match in years, you could tell the fans put a heavy importance on the outcome of this match. While the Somerset fans were making more noise than New Richmond's, the main competition was taking place on the court. And that's where New Richmond's play spoke volumes, sweeping the Spartans. The Tigers won the games 15-5, 15-10, 15-9. Each team has its strengths.
New Richmond's Ayla Mitchell and Alec Slocum are the 2003 Middle Border Conference individual cross country champions. For the second straight year New Richmond had the individual champions in each of the MBC races. In the team finishes, New Richmond took second place in both races. The closest finish was in the girls race, where Amery edged the Tigers by three points for the conference title. In each race this season where the Tigers faced Amery, New Richmond's girls have gotten closer to Amery.
The last chance for the St. Croix Central seniors wasn't working. The Panthers were trailing two games to none to Pepin last Thursday in the last home match for the St. Croix Central volleyball seniors. It took two words from first-year Central head coach Amanda Webb: "just play." Instead of thinking too much, the Panthers went out and played, relying on their volleyball instincts. The net result was 15-8, 15-12, 16-14 wins to give the Panthers their first Dunn-St.