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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New Richmond's girls thought they had an effective plan to compete with Amery in the Division 2 basketball regional tournament opening round game last Tuesday. But when the Tigers didn't score in the first nine minutes of the game, spotting Amery a 17-point lead, that plan went out the window. The Tigers kept trying to battle back, but were only once able to get Amery's lead down to single figures. The game was competitive, until Amery scored the final 11 points of the night to inflate the final margin to 59-36. The Tigers finish the season with a 7-14 record.
After winning the Middle Border Conference championship, the Somerset girls basketball team was hoping to make a deep run into the WIAA tournaments. They didn't count on an incredible effort from Amery's Taylor Luke upending their plans. Amery was able to beat Somerset 70-67 in overtime. Luke lit up the Spartans for 41 points last Thursday, but that's only half of the story. Somerset made an incredible comeback in the fourth quarter of this game to send the game into overtime. The Spartans trailed by 16 points early in the fourth quarter. The sluggish Spartans then caught fire.
Through the "Valley Reads" program, a group of nine Somerset Elementary School fourth graders were able to do an in-depth study of the book "Hana's Suitcase." The Valley Reads program is part of the ArtReach Alliance. The Alliance is a non-profit organization that involves numerous partners from St. Croix and Washington counties. Through Valley Reads, students get the opportunity to read and discuss books. The Somerset Elementary literary circle was led by Anastasia Shartin, the Visual Arts Director at the Phipps Center in Hudson.
Everything about the 2007-08 New Richmond boys basketball season went about as well as the Tigers could have hoped. Except for the ending. The Tigers' season came to a crushing end on Saturday night in the regional championship game at Rice Lake. Spooner's quickness and aggressiveness caught the Tigers off guard and the Tigers were never able to overcome the first half deficit Spooner built up, losing 55-37. The regional championship was the only goal that eluded the Tigers this season.
Tom Volkert was good enough to win 38 matches this season and wrestle his way to the WIAA Division 1 State Wrestling Championships. The New Richmond High School junior found out there is a big step between being good in western Wisconsin and being able to compete for a Division 1 state championship. It didn't help that Volkert was wrestling in one of the most talented brackets in the entire 2008 state tournament.
Somerset senior Tony Martin wrapped up his improbable wrestling season by earning one win in the 2008 WIAA State Wrestling Championships. Martin, who entered the season with very little wrestling experience, became a voracious scholar of the sport. That led to a rapid improvement and eventually Martin's berth in the state tournament. Martin took a 25-7 record into the state tournament. In his first round he faced Waupaca senior Dustin Stichman, who brought a 40-3 record into the state meet. This was another case where Martin's hunger for knowledge led to his success.
The first Middle Border Conference championship for the Somerset girls basketball team wasn't followed with a wild celebration. The Spartans locked up their share of the 2007-08 MBC championship last Friday, with a 44-36 victory at Baldwin-Woodville. But because so many of the Spartans had spent the week battling illness, there wasn't any energy left to celebrate afterwards.
For the fourth straight season, the New Richmond boys hockey team saw its season end at the hands of the Superior Spartans. The Tigers gave Superior its best battle of the playoffs thus far, when Superior beat the Tigers 2-0 in the sectional semifinals in Superior last Tuesday. Superior then rolled past River Falls 6-1 in the sectional championship game. Superior will face Milwaukee University School in the opening round of the 2008 WIAA state tournament at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday. New Richmond's boys gave Superior all it could handle in Tuesday's tournament game.
That many fans were saying it was one of the best games they'd ever witnessed was little solace to the St. Croix Central boys basketball team last Thursday. In the second round of WIAA Division 3 regionals, Central and Spring Valley locked into one of the closest, most action-packed thrill rides seen around the Dunn-St. Croix county border towns in many years. It came down to which team had the ball last. Central hit a free throw with 4.2 seconds left to take a 58-57 lead. But 4.2 seconds proved to be too many.
The availability of technology is taking off in the educational field. Kids are entering schools each year with a higher level of computer literacy. The educational field is being challenged to stay ahead of the learning needs of its students. This year, the Somerset School District is running trials with several different computer systems to see which, if any, they want to implement into the District's educational structure in the future. Two of the main pieces of equipment being tested this year are SMART Boards and PC tablets.