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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Megan Plourde has made her decision. The highly recruited Somerset High School junior has verbally committed to accept a full scholarship from Colorado State University to play volleyball at CSU. Megan is the daughter of Dan and Kaatje Plourde of Somerset. Colorado State is a perennial power in the national volleyball scene. The Rams are coming off a season where they won their seventh Mountain West Conference Title, and made their 12th straight NCAA Division 1 tournament appearance.
It was a smooth start to the season for the St. Croix Central softball team on Monday. Strong pitching, sharp defense and timely offense resulted in the Panthers notching a 5-0 win over Glenwood City in Hammond. With a strong group of returning players, the Panthers looked like a poised team. Glenwood City threatened to score several times, but the Panthers came up with the key play to get out of the inning each time.
He fixes skinned knees with a pat on the head; He soothes hurt feelings with a smile; It's a bird, it's a plane, no ... It's Band-Aid Guy! To the more than 650 students at the Somerset Elementary School, Chuck Ennis is known as "Band-Aid Guy." Ennis has served as the health care provider at the Elementary School the past eight years. With the scrapes and bumps that children get, the elementary health care office is like a merry-go-round of children coming through the office. Ennis said he averages treating 1,200 children a month.
Want a good measuring stick of the quality of teaching students are receiving in local schools? The 2007 Kohl Fellowships were announced last week. There were nine fellowships awarded to teachers in the 41 districts within CESA 11. Of those nine awards, three were given to local instructors. New Richmond High School teacher Dave Schleh, Somerset Middle School teacher Sara Eichten and Somerset Elementary School teacher Ann Jauquet were selected as Kohl Fellowship recipients this year.
Some people are blessed with artistic talent. They have a style and a creative sense that makes them stand out. Dayna Smith is one of those people. And people at some of the most prominent art schools in the country have noticed the Somerset High School senior. Smith has already been accepted to attend Purdue, Columbus College of Art and Design and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she has a $40,000 scholarship waiting. Smith is keeping her options open.
With the shift of several summer programs to the spring season, the WIAA spring baseball season will have a much different look in the area for the 2007 season. For the past several years the Middle Border Conference schools that played spring ball were part of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. This year, the Middle Border and Dunn-St. Croix will each have their own separate spring baseball conferences. The Middle Border Conference baseball race will consist of six teams.
New Richmond girls hockey goaltender Lea Jondal was announced last week as the first team all-state goalie by the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association. This came just after Jondal transferred school districts. The junior, who had attended Somerset High School, transferred to Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, upon completion of the New Richmond hockey season. Jondal was the only New Richmond player mentioned on the all-state team. This is the second time Jondal has received all-state honors.
The annual Somerset Fine Arts Festival showcased the talented artists and musicians within the Somerset School District. The Festival was held on March 13 at the Somerset Middle School. The visiual arts display was set up in the Middle School commons. Artwork from students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade was shown. The display showed the many materials the students have the opportunity to be creative with. There were pencil drawings and paintings. There was work with clay and yarn.
Athletes with special needs from western Wisconsin and the eastern edge of the Twin Cities have found a home in Stillwater. The St. Croix Valley Lumberjacks are Special Olympics athletes who participate in bowling in the fall, alpine skiing, basketball, and aquatics in the winter, tennis and athletics in the spring, golf and equestrian in the summer. This winter there is a group more than 50 who are competing in one of six different basketball teams offered through the Lumberjacks program. The basketball teams and all the other sports are geared toward differing ability levels.
Megan Haugen was one of the shortest point guards in Minnesota women's college basketball. That didn't stop her from leading the Hamline women to one of the three best seasons in team history. Haugen, a senior from New Richmond, led Hamline to a 13-12 record.