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 girls soccer team may only be in its second year as a varsity program, but the Tigers have already developed a fierce rivalry with their opponents from Amery. The Tigers and Amery played two close games last year. That pattern continued last Thursday, when the first game between New Richmond and Amery stretched into nearly two full overtime periods. Amery scored with just under two minutes remaining in the second overtime to beat the Tigers 2-1.
The Somerset boys track team earned its first win of the spring last Tuesday, in the Spartans final indoor meet of the 2007. Somerset's boys won an indoor meet at UW-River Falls, beating Ellsworth and Mondovi. Somerset's girls placed second in the meet, finishing behind Ellsworth. In recent years, building strong relay teams was a focus of the Spartan boys team.
Through four indoor track meets, only two teams have been able to top the New Richmond boys track team. The Tiger boys were able to post another win last Tuesday, when they took the title at the Eau Claire Memorial Indoor Invitational. The Tiger boys edged out Rochester (Minn.) Century by two points for the title in the 10-team field. New Richmond placed third in the girls' half of the meet. The win for the Tiger boys was the result of excellent balance.
The New Richmond boys tennis team opened its season under challenging weather conditions, but the Tigers were still able to score a 5-2 win over River Falls in last Thursday's match. It's hard to imagine more difficult conditions than the biting cold and ferocious winds last Thursday. The wind was particularly challenging. The wind made it difficult to get serves in and it took lobs completely out of each player's repertoire of shots. The Tigers were able to wrangle three wins on the singles side and two wins from the doubles side of the meet.
He fixes skinned knees with a pat on the head; He soothes hurt feelings with a smile; It's a bird, it's a plane, no ... It's Band-Aid Guy! To the more than 650 students at the Somerset Elementary School, Chuck Ennis is known as "Band-Aid Guy." Ennis has served as the health care provider at the Elementary School the past eight years. With the scrapes and bumps that children get, the elementary health care office is like a merry-go-round of children coming through the office. Ennis said he averages treating 1,200 children a month.
It was a smooth start to the season for the St. Croix Central softball team on Monday. Strong pitching, sharp defense and timely offense resulted in the Panthers notching a 5-0 win over Glenwood City in Hammond. With a strong group of returning players, the Panthers looked like a poised team. Glenwood City threatened to score several times, but the Panthers came up with the key play to get out of the inning each time.
Megan Plourde has made her decision. The highly recruited Somerset High School junior has verbally committed to accept a full scholarship from Colorado State University to play volleyball at CSU. Megan is the daughter of Dan and Kaatje Plourde of Somerset. Colorado State is a perennial power in the national volleyball scene. The Rams are coming off a season where they won their seventh Mountain West Conference Title, and made their 12th straight NCAA Division 1 tournament appearance.
You could hardly ask for a better start than the opening week put together by the New Richmond girls soccer season. Last Friday the Tigers opened their season in Baldwin, pounding the B-W club team by a 6-0 score. On Monday the Tigers faced a more challenging opponent. Barron was a team the Tigers split with last season. This game followed that pattern, with the game tied 2-2 at the end of regulation.
The Somerset girls track team made a substantial impact in the UW-River Falls All-American Indoor Track Meet on Saturday. Somerset took 11 girls to the meet. Those 11 girls were able to produce 44 points, placing the Spartans seventh among the 14 teams in the meet. Leading the Spartans was junior Megan Plourde. Plourde set a career best when she cleared 5-8 in the high jump, winning the event. Her previous high came when she won the state championship as a freshman with a leap of 5-7. "She started at 4-8 and you could see right away she was on," said Somerset coach Dave Praschak.
New Richmond girls hockey goaltender Lea Jondal was announced last week as the first team all-state goalie by the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association. This came just after Jondal transferred school districts. The junior, who had attended Somerset High School, transferred to Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, upon completion of the New Richmond hockey season. Jondal was the only New Richmond player mentioned on the all-state team. This is the second time Jondal has received all-state honors.