New Richmond, Somerset each place five on All-MBC boys hockey team
The impressive seasons posted by the New Richmond and Somerset boys hockey teams resulted in both teams getting five players named to the 2013-14 All-Middle Border Conference team.
New Richmond shared the MBC title with Eau Claire Regis this season, both teams finishing with 7-1 records. The Tigers had four players named to the All-MBC first team. They include seniors Jeremy Leavens and Tanner Wisemiller, junior Jake Singerhouse and sophomore Maxx Wisemiller. Junior goaltender Adam Dilley was an honorable mention selection.
Somerset finished in third place in the MBC with a 4-4 record. The Spartans also had four players named to the All-MBC first team. They include seniors Jesse Brown, Drew Kelly and Adam Marty and junior Reed Kelly. Senior Aaron Moore was named to the honorable mention list.
The senior tandem of Leavens and Tanner Wisemiller jump-started the Tiger attack this season, re-energizing a team that finished below .500 last year to a sectional finalist this year. Tiger coach Adam Swanda said it was impossible to speak about the two seniors separately because their success was so interwoven this season.
Leavens scored 31 goals this season. It’s believed to be the first 30-goal season by a Tiger since Josh Calleja scored 43 goals in the 2003-04 season. Leavens finished the season with 48 points. It was an incredible advancement, considering Leavens scored six goals as a junior.
Wisemiller was the Tigers’ leading overall scorer, rolling up 55 points on 23 goals and 32 assists. It’s the second straight season where Wisemiller was the Tigers’ leading scorer.
“Tanner and Jeremy did some pretty good things together,” Swanda said. “With Tanner’s playmaking ability, he worked with Jeremy to create some highlight reel goals.”
Singerhouse has switched between forward and defense until this season when he became the leader of the Tigers’ second line. He tied for second on the team with 22 assists and was third on the team with 18 goals and 40 points scored. He blended with Kole Hallmark and Nick Lubow to create a second line that was tough and explosive.
“Jake is a hard-working, big, strong kid,” Swanda said.
Maxx Wisemiller emerged as the leader of the young Tiger defensive corps. He was sixth on the team with 16 assists, but his biggest impact was made at the defensive end of the rink. He was rarely caught out of position and his ability to accelerate took away a number of possible breakaways from opponents this season. Swanda said it is rare to see a sophomore defenseman log 30 or more minutes a game the way Wisemiller was at the end of the season.
“He’s worked hard on his game and become a really solid defenseman,” Swanda said.
Dilley stepped into the vacant goaltending position and showed he was able to stand up to the pressures of the job. As a junior, he’s set up to see a large majority of the games in net next season.
“He certainly did a good job in conference games and he played great in the sectional final,” Swanda said.
The Spartans’ all-conference group is led by Marty and Drew Kelly, who rewrote the team’s record book at their respective positions. Marty broke Trent Landry’s team offensive records to become the Spartans’ all-time leading scorer. Marty finishes his career with 76 goals and 97 assists for 173 points. Marty led the Spartans this season with 25 goals scored and 62 points. He shared the team lead in assists with Reed Kelly at 37.
“In the locker room he’s a good character guy and a good leader,” said Somerset coach Dan Gilkerson of Marty.
Drew Kelly became the all-time leading scorer among Somerset defensemen. He has 21 goals scored and 77 assists for 98 points in his career. This year Kelly was the top scoring defensemen in the state with nine goals and 31 assists for 40 points.
Brown showed selflessness when he made the switch from forward to defense during the middle of his senior season. He still finished fourth on the team in scoring, with 36 points on 13 goals and 23 assists. Gilkerson said Brown met the challenge when asked to switch positions.
“He embraced it and took off with it and really elevated his game,” Gilkerson said. “He did a nice job when we needed that boost.”
Reed Kelly was the only junior among the Spartans’ five All-MBC players. Kelly and Marty clicked together on the Spartans’ first line, making it one of the most explosive lines in the area. Kelly ranked second on the team with 23 goals and 60 points and he tied Marty for the team’s assist lead with 37.
“Reed’s come a long way in a year,” Gilkerson said. “He’s our most talented player.”
Moore is another player whose improvement was noticeable this year. He used his explosive speed to score 17 goals, which ranked third on the team. He finished the season with 34 points.
“Aaron was much more consistent this season,” Gilkerson said.