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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The New Richmond boys 13 and under soccer team won a thrilling 3-2 overtime game against Woodbury on July 14 to qualify for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association 2004 Chevy Cup State Tournament. The team is composed of 18 boys from New Richmond, Somerset and Star Prairie and is th e only team from Wisconsin that plays league games against teams from the eastern Twin Cities metro area. The boys finished second in their five-team league so they needed a win in Wednesday's game to advance to the state tournament. After two 35-minute halves the teams were tied at 2-2.
Tuesday's game at Siren was to decide outright conference championship Somerset's baseball team has wrapped up a share of the 2004 Middle Border Conference championship. Somerset's Spartans earned that honor by winning at Baldwin-Woodville 9-4 last Thursday. The Spartans are now 10-2 in conference games this season. The Spartans were in a position to lock up the title for themselves Tuesday, when they played at Siren. The Spartans are currently one game ahead of New Richmond.
The New Richmond baseball team had its ups and downs last week. Playing in the Arcadia tournament on Saturday, the Tigers pounded Eleva-Strum 19-0. The Tigers then blew a two-run lead in the seventh and a five-run lead in the ninth in an 11-10 loss to Arcadia. Brady Powers was brought up from the JV to pitch against Eleva-Strum in the tournament. Powers may get more varsity time after throwing a three-hit shutout in the Tigers' 19-0 win. The Tigers feasted on E-S pitching for 18 hits.
While the first three weeks of the 2004 baseball season haven't been a smashing success, the New Richmond Tigers are in a good position. By beating Glenwood City 14-4 on Monday, the Tigers are tied with Somerset, Ellsworth and Baldwin-Woodville for the lead in the Middle Border Conference. The Tigers are hoping that Monday's win is the game that revives the team's confidence and carries them to a strong second-half of the season. Tiger coach John Ball said he is swearing off giving the team pep talks.
The fifth grade group of teachers that has seemingly been together in Somerset is finally breaking up. Jeff Crisp and Pam Seekel have been teaching together for 27 years and Sandy Wells joined that team one year later. This year, Crisp and Wells are both retiring. Crisp has taught for a total of 33 years. He started his teaching career in Texas, then taught in Arkansaw, Wisc. before getting his job in Somerset. Wells was profiled in the May 27 issue of The News. Crisp and his wife, Bonnie, have raised three children, Mindy, Tom and Casey.
Two experienced principals are the finalists for the principal opening at Somerset High School. Todd Solberg, the principal at Weyerhaeuser High School and Lynn Rieck-Hudnall, the assistant principal at Minocqua are the two finalists for Somerset's High School principal position. Randy Rosburg, the current high school principal, was hired to become the new Somerset School District administrator. Rosburg officially took over as the district administrator last Thursday.
The Middle Border Conference champion New Richmond softball team was honored for its success by having six players named to the 2004 all-MBC softball team. Somerset had three players named to this year's all-conference team. Receiving honors for New Richmond were seniors Ashlyne Anderson, Jessie Johnston, Lynnae Kistner and Cassie Peterson, junior Linsey Thomas and sophomore Jena O'Flanagan. Somerset players who were named to the all-conference team are senior Mariah Belisle, junior Erin Dodor and sophomore Roxy Martin. This was a record-setting season for the New R
New Richmond's senior golfers halfheartedly joked that they picked the worst possible time to play their worst round of the season. Expected to be one of the three teams in contention to be one of the two teams to represent this sectional in the state tournament, the New Richmond boys golf team flamed-out at the Somerset Division 2 Sectional Tournament last Tuesday, finishing in sixth place among nine teams. Somerset's golfers had also hoped to make a run for a state tournament bid, but the Spartans finished seventh in the sectional meet, six strokes behind New Richmond. H
Jeff Engel and Charlie Bohl accomplished something no New Richmond tennis players have ever accomplished before. Engel and Bohl reached the state championship doubles match in the WIAA Division 2 State Tennis Championships in Madison on Saturday. In the state championship match Bohl and Engel faced last year's state champions Erich Palacek and Kelvin Caiati of Greendale.
Unless you are a state champion, your season ends with a loss. Sometimes, the best a team can hope for is that their season ends with a respectable loss. The St. Croix Central girls softball team can certainly claim that. Facing the top seed in the Division 3 bracket, the Panthers gave St. Croix Falls a real battle last Thursday, playing on the Saints' field. The game was scoreless until St. Croix Falls scored three runs in the fourth inning.