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Somerset's Hennessey, Martell are all-state

Somerset senior standouts Tom Hennessey and Ambrose Martell have added to the successes of the 2004 Spartan season by being named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) All-State Team.

Both Spartan players were honored for their play on offense and defense.

Hennessey, who has now rushed for more than 2,400 yards this season, was named as a first-team all-state player at running back and at linebacker. Hennessey was an honorable mention all-state running back last season.

Martell, who played center and defensive tackle, was chosen as an honorable mention all-state player at both positions.

Hennessey is one of the leading rushers in the state this season and his rushing total ranks among the top 10 all-time single season efforts. He has also scored 236 points this season. The explosive quickness that makes Hennessey such a threat at fullback is also what drives him at linebacker. He steps into the hole and delivers a frightful hit on running backs and he also has the speed to chase down plays all over the field.

Martell is one of the main reasons Hennessey was so successful rushing the ball this season. The Spartans had all first-year starters on the offensive line this season, but the group quickly matured into an outstanding blocking unit. With Martell and the guards working together, Hennessey was always able to find creases in the middle to run through.

Martell also anchored the defensive line. The Spartans have been practically impossible to run the ball against in the playoffs and Martell is one of the main run stuffers in the middle of the line.

Hennessey and Martell were two of four Somerset players who were named to the all-district football team last week. Also earning all-district honors for the Spartans were senior quarterback Jake Rorabeck and senior defensive back Billy Raleigh.

Rorabeck has rushed for 876 yards thus far and has expertly directed the Somerset offense. Raleigh has made numerous big plays in the defensive secondary, including crucial interceptions early in each of the past two playoff games.

The Middle Border Conference was well represented on the all-state team. Other MBC players who were named to the all-state team include:

Patrick Kusilek, Baldwin-Woodville, first team defensive end;

Brandon Boe, Ellsworth, honorable mention defensive line;

Kevin Raska, Osceola, honorable mention defensive line;

Travis Helland, Baldwin-Woodville, honorable mention defensive back;

Chris Johnson, Amery, honorable mention running back;

Matt Droher, Osceola, honorable mention, kicker.

Making the all-state team from the Dunn-St. Croix Conference were:

Brandon Powell, Elk Mound, honorable mention defensive back;

Andy Schoonover, Boyceville; honorable mention, offensive line.

Dave Newman
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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