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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A benefit has been announced to help former St. Croix Central baseball and basketball Coach Mike Fern, who is battling brain cancer. The benefit will be held on Sunday, July 14, at St. Croix Central High School. The benefit will be held from 1-7 p.m., with activities planned for family members of all ages.
Somerset and Wrightstown waged a battle in the WIAA Division 4 state football championship that will last forever in the memories involved in the game. The game stretched to overtime, then to a second overtime, before Wrightstown defeated the Spartans to earn the gold ball as state champions, 28-26. Somerset and Wrightstown both fought back from deficits in the second half. It appeared Somerset was in trouble when Wrightstown took a 12-6 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The New Richmond football team needed several big defensive stands in the second half to pull out a 14-13 win over Rice Lake in the second round of the WIAA Division 3 football state playoffs on Saturday. The Tigers will now play Appleton Xavier, which was a 7-0 winner over Waupaca on Saturday. The third round game will be played at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6 at Chippewa Falls. For updated playoff information, check the WIAA website at www.wiaawi.org . New Richmond put together an outstanding start to Saturday's game in Rice Lake.
Roger Zolldan laughs a deep hearty laugh. He said he's heard the question hundreds of times. "How did you have the patience to listen to the noises made by beginning musicians for 36 years?" "Everyone wants to know that," Zolldan said. "At this level you can see so much improvement. It's a lot easier to see than at higher levels, where it's not so dramatic." Zolldan joined the Somerset teaching staff in 1974. He was one of 10 new teachers that year, the largest group of new instructors the school district had added in any year to that point.