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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Somerset High School football coach Bruce Larson has led the Spartans to three state championships and six appearances in WIAA state football championships. For his coaching excellence, Larson has been selected as the National Football League's Don Shula National High School Coach of the Year. Larson was contacted by the NFL Friday night of the honor. By being named as the national coach of the year, Larson and his wife, Kelly, will attend the 2015 Super Bowl on Feb.
The first things you notice are the ponytail and the eye makeup. But it doesn’t take long watching Taylor Willert officiate a hockey game to see that she’s fully capable of handling the pressures of officiating a high school hockey game. Willert is new to the area, after being hired as a social studies teacher at New Richmond High School. She quickly picked up a full schedule of hockey games at all levels to officiate. She’s already worked several local boys and girls varsity games this season. Willert, 23, has already built a substantial officiating resume.
Every year, college students receive endless suggestions for landing a job post-graduation — and skipping finals isn’t one of them. But that’s exactly what Nolan Swinghamer did during his last semester at UW-Stevens Point to nab his first outdoor videography gig, and he’s been working his dream job since. “My professors were hunters, so they told me to go for it,” Swinghamer said.
Who knows what runs through the bodies of athletes who achieve incredible accomplishments. Ice in their veins? A will of iron? A mind impermeable to pain? You can include Stephanie Hoff of Somerset among those who have completed one of the most torturous, physically demanding athletic events that can be found in the United States. Hoff ran the Western States Endurance Run on June 28-29, completing the demanding 100-mile course through mountains and desert in California in 26 hours, 42 minutes and 3 seconds. Western States is considered the world’s oldest 100-mile trail race.
Somerset native Brock Montpetit has completed his college hockey career and quickly made the jump to professional hockey.Montpetit played his first pro hockey game on Sunday for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. The Tigers are the top farm team of the New York Islanders. Montpetit signed a 10-game contract which he hopes will lead to the Islanders signing him to a two-way contract for next season. Montpetit wore jersey number 72 for his pro debut.
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.