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 basketball team earned its first varsity win under coach Jeff Kanewischer when they charged back in the fourth quarter to upend Baldwin-Woodville 47-45 last Friday. The Tigers trailed 38-31 entering the fourth quarter. It was the defense that got the Tigers turned around. By using high intensity defense, the Tigers were able to cut down the Blackhawks' lead. A three-pointer by Libby Jensen tied the game, then the Tigers hit two free throws to go ahead. This wasn't the Tigers' first comeback of the game.
The 2006-07 schedule for the New Richmond boys basketball team was constructed with a very difficult line of opponents to start the season. The first challenge was one of the best the Tigers will face, Hudson's Raiders, who are expected to be one of the elite teams in the Big Rivers Conference this season. For three quarters of the game, the Tigers were just as good as Hudson. The Tigers led 28-25 at halftime and 37-36 entering the fourth quarter.
New Richmond boys hockey coach Adam Swanda is using the dreaded "R" word. Rebuilding. It's not a word coaches like to use, especially for a team that has been as successful as the Tigers over the past decade. With the team replacing its goaltender, top four defensemen and several top forwards, Swanda is realistic about where the team is starting from this season. The schedule at the start of the 2006-07 season will provide a stiff challenge for the young Tigers too. They opened the season last Tuesday at Hudson, losing 3-1.
After spotting the Burnett County Blizzard a 2-0 lead, the New Richmond girls hockey team charged back to earn a 4-3 overtime win in their season opener last Tuesday. The Tigers skated at Hayward last Thursday, in the first-ever varsity game for the Hayward girls program. The charged-up Hurricanes were able to score a 4-0 win over the Tigers. In last Tuesday's season opener, the Tigers showed their inexperience in the opening period, falling behind 2-0. The Tigers graduated five girls, and had a handful of girls sitting out the first week of the season.
Very few things can change a basketball game as effectively as well-executed full-court pressure. Just ask the St. Croix Central girls team. The Panthers looked to be in command of last Monday's game against Plum City, leading 16-8 in the second quarter. Plum City then turned to a harassing full-court press.
The Somerset girls basketball team has set quite high expectations for the 2006-07 season. In their season opener last Tuesday against a feisty Spooner team, the Spartans needed a fourth-quarter rally to earn a 48-38 win over the Rails. Somerset coach Bill Powers is not hesitant to air the Spartans' goals for the season. "Our expectations are to be conference champions," Powers said.
In the first game under new coach Jeff Kanewischer, the New Richmond varsity girls basketball team gave an encouraging performance at River Falls last Tuesday. The game was close the entire way, before River Falls pulled away in the final two minutes to score a 54-44 win over the Tigers. The Tigers started the game well, leading for most of the first quarter. They took a 13-11 lead into the second quarter. In the second quarter the Tiger offense struggled a bit and the Tigers fell behind 24-18 by halftime.
Carol Zinter has used "The Diary of Anne Frank" in her English classroom for more than 10 years. It's a topic that is always one of the most popular and challenging for her students. So when the opportunity came to apply for a grant that would take her to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Zinter jumped at the chance. The eighth grade teacher at the Somerset Middle School was one of 70 state teachers chosen to make the trip to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16. On Nov.
When the Somerset School District started an alternative school, the vision was more than just getting the students a diploma. The vision was to prepare these students for life after high school. This year is the first time that an alternative school is being offered at Somerset High School. And from everyone involved, the new program is receiving high grades. An alternative school is a program for high school students who are credit deficient and would not be eligible to graduate. This program is a second chance for students to earn a high school diploma.
The onset of the 2006-07 season came on too quickly for the St. Croix Central girls basketball team. With only the minimum number of practices under their belts, the Dunn-St. Croix Conference girls hoops teams started their seasons last week. Central's girls played a pair of close games, but came out on the losing side in close calls with Elk Mound and Elmwood. The Panthers feel that with a little time, they can be one of the most athletic teams in the Dunn-St. Croix.