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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Because of changes made in the recently passed state budget, school districts around the state have been forced to get more of their funding from local tax payers this year. The Somerset School District is no exception. The Somerset Board of Education could have levied for more than $8.1 million under the financial framework set up by the state. Most of that money is already allocated in wages, benefits, transportation, fuel, etc. The Somerset Board instead voted unanimously to knock more than $300,000 off the allowed levy, to $7.85 million. This decision was made during the Board's Oct.
The Somerset Board of Education voted Monday night to place a school referendum on the April 3, 2008 general election ballot. The details of the referendum are yet to be determined. The Board has several months to figure out the details of the referendum. All of the details of the referendum must be in place 45 days before the April 3 vote. The decision to go to referendum came after reports from all three District building principals on the space crunch the District is facing. The most alarming space shortage is in the Elementary School.
The Somerset football team will play at home this Saturday in Level 3 of the WIAA State Football Playoffs. The Spartans are two wins away from reaching the WIAA Division 4 State Championship Game. This Saturday the Spartans will face Tomahawk in the state quarterfinals. The game will be played at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Seibel Field. Tomahawk comes into Saturday's game with a 7-4 record. Don't let Tomahawk's 7-4 record fool you. The Hatchets are tough. They don't play in a conference. As an independent team, they schedule a tough list of opponents.
The sunglasses couldn't hide the tears in Diane Belter's eyes. Just before the start of the WIAA Division 2 girls state cross country race on Saturday, Belter realized this would be the final race where she would be coaching her oldest daughter, Cambrya. It was already an emotionally charged week for Cambrya, the Somerset High School senior who was finally getting her first chance to run in the state championship race. So the mother and daughter shared a few tears before the start of Saturday's race in Wisconsin Rapids. At the start of the race, Belter got boxed in as the pack of 152 runne
An emotion-packed season for the New Richmond cross country teams poured out of the Tiger runners during, and after, their races in the WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. The Tigers have been bounced around this season by injuries and happenings away from the races. Through it all, the Tigers have found strength in each other.
As the first male runner from St. Croix Central ever to advance to the WIAA State Cross Country championships, Steve Zerwas was out to make the most of his unique possibility. Zerwas placed 45th among the 152 runners who competed in the WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country Meet at The Ridges Golf Club in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. Zerwas ran the state race in a time of 17 minutes, 29 seconds. This was an improvement over his time at the Osceola sectional race.
The 2007 season didn't turn out the way the St. Croix Central football team had hoped. By winning two of their final three games, the Panthers were able to put a positive finish on their season. The Panthers ended the season last Thursday, winning on their wet and muddy home field, 14-0 over Boyceville. The Panthers end the season with a 2-7 record. Two weeks earlier they defeated Grantsburg for their first win of the season.
Mistakes were as prevalent as mud for the New Richmond football team in the Tigers' season-ending 10-0 loss to Amery at the New Richmond High School football field last Thursday. With the loss the Tigers finish the season with a 1-8 record. Amery ends its season with a 3-6 mark for the 2007 season. After a week of nearly steady rain, the New Richmond field, like most in western Wisconsin, was soaked past the saturation point. While the water-logged field slowed the speed of the action down, the players held onto the ball.
The New Richmond boys soccer team was knocked out of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs last Thursday. In the process the Tigers again proved they can play evenly with the top programs in western Wisconsin. The Tigers and Chippewa Falls were locked into a taut, fast-paced battle in the opening round of WIAA tournaments. The game was played on the artificial turf at Chippewa Falls, so the steady rain didn't slow down the quickness that is one of the strongest traits of both teams. The first half of the game ended scoreless. The first 25 minutes of the second half went by without a score.
The New Richmond volleyball team put the large crowd of Tiger fans through an emotional wringer in the opening round of WIAA Division 2 regionals last Tuesday. But in the end, the crowd was filled with jubilation. The Tigers rallied to defeat Amery in five games in the regional opener. This was the first win in four years for the Tigers in WIAA playoff action. The Tigers' playoff run was ended in the second round last Friday.