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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It’s amazing what a little confidence will do. The Somerset boys hockey team found that out Monday night. After taking a 2-0 lead late in the first period, the Spartans dominated play the rest of the game to defeat Legacy Academy, 7-2.
Gina Hanzlik's gift is her voice. After singing professionally the past six years in Detroit and Montreal, she is looking forward to sharing her gift with her family and friends. Hanzlik will be performing a recital she is simply calling "The Homecoming" on Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 7-9 p.m. at the Zephyr Theatre in Stillwater. Hanzlik is a 2009 graduate of Somerset High School. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012. Her graduate recital in 2012 was the last opportunity she had to perform for a local audience.
As a third generation educator, teaching comes naturally for Erin Baillargeon. And that's exactly why she wanted to become a National Board certified teacher. She wanted to make sure that what comes so naturally to her is the best possible way she can be educating her students. Baillargeon is a seventh grade science teacher at New Richmond Middle School. Her mother, Deena Zauft, is a teacher at New Richmond High School. Both of her maternal grandparents were educators and so were several other members of her extended family.
While coaching three sports and with a newborn at home, Somerset High School English teacher Cory Lindenberg decided to take on the challenge of attempting to become a National Board certified teacher. Lindenberg is one of 93 National Board certified English teachers in Wisconsin. With a boundless vocabulary and a quick sense of humor, Lindenberg makes his classes enjoyable for students. He fosters creativity in his classes, while trying to streamline the course work toward each student's individual interests.
Defense and rebounding were the key ingredients as the New Richmond and Somerset boys basketball teams earned Middle Border Conference victories on Friday night. New Richmond went to St. Croix Central and locked down the Panthers, 59-51. Somerset won on its home court against Baldwin-Woodville, 47-42.
Young and old, big and small, the New Richmond wrestlers took advantage of their opportunities in the Middle Border Conference wrestling dual meet against St. Croix Central. The Tigers had several wrestlers come up with big efforts in a 57-18 victory over Central on the Tigers’ home mat.
The game didn’t start well Tuesday for the New Richmond girls basketball team, but it certainly did finish well. The Tigers overcame a slow start on their home court against Ellsworth. The Tigers didn’t take the lead until late in the first half, but from their they remained comfortably in charge for a 66-47 win over the Panthers. New Richmond has been using a 1-3-1 defense with success in recent games, so they tried it against the Panthers.
The New Richmond boys hockey team knows the early part of the season is all about progress.
By qualifying 11 lifters for state, the New Richmond powerlifting team had a strong opening meet at River Falls High School on Saturday. The Tigers again have outstanding numbers out for the team. There are 76 lifters on this year’s team and 66 of them competed at River Falls. There are 32 new lifters in the program, the highest number of new additions to the team in its nine year existence.
Continued progress was the focus of the game for the New Richmond boys basketball team when it played at Eau Claire North on Monday. Although the Tigers didn’t win, the put together an impressive effort in a 73-62 loss to the Huskies.