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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There's a new Mr. Minnesota Body Building champion and he's from Somerset. Brian Beauvais, a 2000 graduate of Somerset High School, earned the body building championship on June 21 in the NPC Mr./Ms. Minnesota State Bodybuilding and Fitness/Figure Championships. Beauvais worked for two years to get ready for this competition. He competed in the Mr. Minnesota competition in 2001, placing third in the collegiate division and tenth in the open class.
Two nights after being stung by Baldwin-Woodville, the Somerset baseball team did some stinging of its own, scoring 26 runs against Glenwood City. The 26-2 win over the Hilltoppers came last Thursday, two nights after the Spartans had lost to B-W 8-4. In the unsettled Middle Border Conference this season, all five teams can still be a factor in deciding the conference champion. Going into this Tuesday's game between Somerset and New Richmond, the Tigers held the MBC lead by one game over Somerset and B-W.
The Somerset School District couldn't have picked a better time to refinance. The school district refinanced the final 10 years on the bonds remaining from the selling of the bonds for the Somerset High School building in 1994.
Mike Tarman was perfect against Ellsworth. The whole New Richmond baseball team was practically perfect against Baldwin-Woodville. New Richmond moved into the lead in the Middle Border Conference summer baseball season by beating Ellsworth and Baldwin-Woodville last week. In last Tuesday's 10-0 win at Ellsworth, Tarman was unhittable, throwing a perfect game for the Tigers. The Tigers followed that with a huge offensive night against B-W on Thursday. This was a showdown for the conference lead, but Baldwin-Woodville never showed up.
John Elkin, a former New Richmond High School player and assistant coach, was hired as the NRHS boys basketball varsity coach on Monday. Elkin was offered the position Monday. After he agreed to take the position, his name was submitted to the New Richmond Board of Education at the board's meeting Monday night and the board approved his hiring. Because Elkin is not a member of the school teaching staff, he is being hired to a one-year contract. Elkin was assistant head coach for the Tiger boys for eight years when Al Waschke served as the team's head coach.
The New Richmond boys 800 meter relay team took team togetherness to the extreme at the 2003 WIAA State Track and Field Championships. Before Saturday's state championship race, all four of the Tiger runners were physically ill.
The step up to Division 2 was steep, but the St. Croix Central track girls showed they could compete with the state's best in the 2003 WIAA State Track and Field Championships this weekend at UW-La Crosse. Last year Central's Megan Heinbuch was the state champion in the Division 3 400 meter dash. This year Heinbuch was right with the top 400 runners in Division 2. She was the fourth seeded runner following Friday's preliminaries and she held that spot in Saturday's finals, taking fourth place with a time of 59.5 seconds. Central's 1600 meter relay team also advanced to state.
A preliminary budget for the 2003-04 school year has been set for the Somerset schools, but the possibilities are changing daily. Rumors are flowing fast and furious out of the state capitol and school districts around the state are reacting to each, planning for every possibility.
The fates couldn't have been more different for the Somerset track teams at the 2003 WIAA Division 2 Colby Track Sectional Meet last Thursday. Somerset's girls had three individual events and one relay qualify for sectionals and the relay and two of the individuals qualified for the 2003 WIAA State Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse. For the Spartan boys, it was a day of near misses.
Megan Heinbuch will get a chance to defend her state track championship and she will be part of a St. Croix Central girls relay that will also be competing at the 2003 WIAA State Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse. Heinbuch is the defending state champion in the girls Division 3 400 meter dash. Only this year, because of the growth in the Central school district, the track team is competing in Division 2 this year. St. Croix Central's girls 1600 meter relay team will also be competing at state.