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 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.
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.
New Richmond was able to sweep the doubles championships, but the Tiger boys couldn't catch La Crosse Aquinas for the 2004 WIAA Division 2 New Richmond Sectional Tennis Tournament team championship last Thursday. New Richmond's top two doubles teams advanced to the WIAA state championship by winning their sectional championships. The number one singles team of Jeff Engel and Charlie Bohl remained undefeated this season to win the sectional championship.
After her seventh inning strikeout, Somerset's Erin Dodor went into the dugout and cried. It was symbolic of the frustration the Spartans felt in their 10-1 loss to St. Croix Central last Thursday. This game was the opener for both teams in the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament bracket. With the win Central advanced into Tuesday's second round of regionals against St. Croix Falls. The two teams took vastly different approaches to the game.
The Division 2 WIAA sectional track meet will be held at Colby on Thursday. There will be a ton of New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central athletes competing in the sectional meet. New Richmond's girls advance nine individuals and three relays. The Tiger boys advance seven individuals and all four relays. Somerset's girls advance six individuals and three relays. Somerset's boys send two individuals and all four relays. St. Croix Central has one boy and two girls advancing in individual events. The New Richmond teams both finished in third place in the team rankings.
Somerset's softball team found out Monday why St. Croix Falls received the top seed in the WIAA Division 3 regional tournament that starts this week. Somerset hosted St. Croix Falls in a non-conference game on Monday. The Saints had a slight edge in all phases of the game, resulting in a 7-1 win for St. Croix Falls. The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when the Saints bunched five hits, turning them into five runs.
The "Last Chance" track meet at River Falls last Tuesday gave the New Richmond track teams one final chance to establish their times and distances for seeding before they competed in the Middle Border Conference Track Meet. The MBC meet was held on Tuesday. The Tigers are now gearing up for the WIAA Division 2 Regional Meet, which will be held Monday at Somerset. Neither of the Tiger coaches said they were concerned about team scores in last Tuesday's River Falls meet. Girls coach Brent Aukema went as far as only having his girls compete in individual events.