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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Somerset native Sam Lofquist has committed to play college hockey for the University of Minnesota Gophers. Lofquist committed to play for the Gophers last week. Lofquist is currently in tenth grade and will join the Gophers in the fall of 2008. He is taking an accelerated program at the National Team Development Program in Michigan so he can graduate a year early. The NTDP is becoming the preeminent showcase of high school hockey talent in the nation. Lofquist joined the NTDP program after playing at Shattuck-St. Mary in Faribault, Minn. last year as a freshman on their U-16 team.
Seniors Lyndsey Ihrke and Dani Brown have been named to the 2006 Dunn-St. Croix Conference Volleyball Team. Ihrke was a first team all-DSC selection. Brown was named to the all-DSC honorable mention team. Ihrke earned her way onto the all-conference team as one of the premier hitters in the DSC. She was not only a powerful hitter, but she put a large percentage of her hits in play. Brown again was the Panthers' setter this season.
A new walk-on landing is being constructed as a third public access to Cedar Lake. The access is located approximately a quarter-mile west of Meister's Bar on County Highway H. It is 100 yards west of the existing winter drive-on access. The new landing is a cooperative effort made possible by many groups. Leading the effort are the Town of Star Prairie, the Cedar Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District, the Star Prairie Land Preservation Trust and the St.
The Somerset Board of Education is looking at the future, and it raises the concern of the board members. In a meeting of the school board's facilities committee on Nov. 6, with six board members present, the subject of future space needs in the district was again raised. District administrator Randy Rosburg told the board members he thought it was prudent to bring up the subject. He said the current enrollment in the district is just over 1,500 students. He said the option of moving the junior kindergarten class would offer a temporary fix by freeing up two classrooms.
Seniors Blake Berger and Brock Peterson and junior Brian Figueroa have been selected to the 2006 Middle Border Conference football team. Berger was a two-way first team all-conference selection, as an offensive and defensive lineman. Figueroa was also named to the all-MBC first team, as the top kicker in the conference. Peterson was chosen on both offense and defense. He was chosen as a second team all-MBC defensive back and an honorable mention wide receiver. Berger was the best Tiger lineman on both sides of the ball.
The Somerset Board of Education is going high-tech. The school district has purchased laptop computers for each of the seven school board members. The intent is to have the school board go "paperless," meaning they will receive all agendas and board documents through e-mail, rather than receiving paper copies. A meeting was held on Oct. 30 to indoctrinate the school board members on how the laptop computers operate.
The Village of Somerset could hold a mortgage burning party. At a special meeting of the Somerset Village Board last Wednesday, the loans on three major village projects were paid off early. The 1997 loan for the purchase of the Somerset Village Hall was one of the loans completed. The Village Hall was formerly the home for the Bank of Somerset. A 1999 loan that covered the construction of Larry Forrest Memorial Park, and major upgrades to Hud Street, was also paid off. The final payment on the village hall was $30,000.
The home winning streak and the 2006 season of the Somerset football team both ended last Tuesday. In the opening round of the WIAA Division 4 state football playoffs, the Spartans played at home against Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau. Even the vaunted home-field success of the Spartans could not prevent a defeat, as the Redmen rolled past Somerset 34-6. The loss ends Somerset's winning streak at Seibel Field at 30 games. The Spartans' final record for the season stands at 6-4. G-E-T beat Somerset at the Spartans' own game.
The St. Croix Central football team was able to achieve the second of its main goals: winning a playoff game. But after beating Grantsburg in the opening round of the WIAA Division 5 playoffs last Tuesday, Central was eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday, in a 35-8 loss to Fall Creek. The 14-10 win over Grantsburg last Tuesday was the first playoff win for the Panthers since Central's 1988 state championship season. The first goal that the Panthers accomplished was winning the Dunn-St.
The flu bug threw off the planning for New Richmond's McKenzie Kelly and Hannah Utzman for the 2006 WIAA State Cross Country Championships, but the Tiger sophomores are viewing this year's experience as a stepping stone for the future. The tandem of Tiger sophomores ran in the Division 2 state championship race on Saturday, at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Utzman placed 42nd in the state race, with Kelly placing 63rd. The planning for the state race was thrown off when Kelly was hit with the flu bug on Friday.