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Somerset's Jon Bucklew is first all-state soccer player from Middle Border Conference

Somerset junior Jon Bucklew earned all-state recognition in soccer after leading Wisconsin high school players in goals scored and total points this season.

Somerset's Jon Bucklew became the first Middle Border Conference boys soccer player to ever receive all-state recognition during the all-state voting held recently in Milwaukee.

Bucklew was listed among the "best of the rest," which is the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association's equivalent of all-state.

Bucklew received the honor after putting together a huge offensive season for the Spartans. Bucklew scored 48 goals and 114 points, which both were the top scoring totals among Wisconsin varsity soccer players this fall. Andrija Novakovich of Muskego ranked second in the state in both categories. His 40 goals and 91 points were well behind the totals that Bucklew produced this season.

Somerset coach Bill Roll represented the western portion of the state in the all-state voting. The WSCA has not published the all-state results, but Roll said he believed Bucklew was the only player from a school west of Madison to receive any all-state recognition.

Bucklew is playing soccer year-round. He is playing in an indoor league for the winter and the St. Croix U17 team out of Stillwater this spring. The St. Croix U17 team plays at the highest level in Minnesota with games all over the Midwest.

"It's good for the whole conference to get somebody recognized," Roll said. "It's a step in the right direction."

Bucklew was named the Middle Border Conference Player of the Year following the season. Roll said Bucklew is a well-rounded player who has good field vision and he works to involve his teammates in the offensive attack.

"He's like having a coach on the field," Roll said. "In practices and during the off-season he helps guys learn.