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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Basketball fans all over the western part of the state were anxious to see what happened in Spooner last Friday night. Somerset, expected to be one of the top teams in the Middle Border Conference, was playing at Spooner. The Rails are expected to be one of the best teams the Heart O'North Conference has to offer. The game lived up to its billing.
The early-season schedule for the St. Croix Central girls basketball team pits them against their main opponents for the top spots in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. Last Tuesday the Panthers ran up against the sharp-shooting girls from Colfax. Colfax took advantage of some Central defensive lapses to build a 31-15 halftime lead. The Panthers couldn't cut into that margin at all in the second half, losing 53-35. This left both teams with a 1-1 record in the D-SC heading into this week. This week the Panthers played at Boyceville Tuesday.
It wasn't a successful starting week for the Somerset wrestling team, with the Spartans facing defeat in all four of the matches they wrestled within a three-day span. Somerset coach Dennis Potter took the chance with this experience to try teaching the Spartans the difference between "losing and failing." The Spartans are giving away several forfeits to start the season and have a couple of their most experienced wrestlers unable to compete at the start of the season. "We will at times this season lose, but not fail," Potter said.
If New Richmond's school colors included blue, this year's Tiger girls basketball team could be called "The Smurfs." Other nicknames like "Mighty Mites" etc., might also work. The point is, the Tiger girls will likely be the smallest team on the court in every game they play this season. The Tigers opened the season last Tuesday with a game at River Falls. The Tigers trailed 23-21 at halftime.
If opponents thought the New Richmond boys hockey team would be an easy mark in the 2004-05 season because of the talent that graduated after last season, they are in for a surprise. A big surprise. The Tigers opened their 04-05 season last Friday by travelling to Milwaukee to face Marquette High School, a team they beat 4-3.
Two drivers from New Richmond earned season drag racing championships this year at Rock Falls Raceway in Eau Claire. Keith Johnson won his third consecutive title and his fifth overall Street Eliminator title. Steve Olson earned his first championship in the King of the Hill class. The 10-event bracket racing season at Rock Falls Raceway is held on the quarter-mile National Hot Rod Association sanctioned drag strip. The 2004 season was challenging for Johnson and Olson.
The New Richmond boys soccer club team completed the 2004 season with a 5-7-2 record. The team banquet was held on Nov. 9. Phillip Gartner was named as the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 team. Lee Stovall received the award as the team's Best Defensive Player. The Best Offensive Player award went to David Edwards. Gartner, Stovall and Chad Anderson served as the captains for the 2004 team.
An anticipated growth spurt in the Somerset and New Richmond area has school officials scrambling to develop possible building plans. The first major steps in preparing for the vast growth were taken Monday night by the Somerset Board of Education. A Community Task Force gave its recommendations to the Somerset Board Monday. The recommendation: build an elementary school to be occupied in 2006 and build a high school that can be occupied in 2007. The task force has been meeting since early in summer to develop a plan for the future growth of the school district.
Somerset senior standouts Tom Hennessey and Ambrose Martell have added to the successes of the 2004 Spartan season by being named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) All-State Team. Both Spartan players were honored for their play on offense and defense. Hennessey, who has now rushed for more than 2,400 yards this season, was named as a first-team all-state player at running back and at linebacker.
The Somerset Board of Education overturned a decision it made a year ago that reduced its capability of levying for all of the funds allowed under state rules. Under Department of Public Instruction finance program rules, the school board can only recapture 75 percent of the levy money that it reduced from the levy last year. With this addition, the school board decided last Thursday to increase the district mill rate for the 2004-05 school year by 4.03 percent. The tax levy is finalized at $6,628,348, an increase of 15.15 percent over last year.