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Somerset's Jon Bucklew, Gaelin Elmore earn all-state honors

Somerset senior Jon Bucklew tied for the leading point scorer in the state this fall after leading the state in scoring a year ago. 1 / 2
This photo is from one of the landmark moments of Gaelin Elmore’s high school football career, when he caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the five-overtime win against Bloomer in his sophomore year. 2 / 2

Two Somerset High School standouts have received all-state honors for their performances during the 2013 fall sports season.

Somerset seniors Jon Bucklew and Gaelin Elmore were recognized for their accomplishments in the fall season. Elmore was a two-way selection on the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State Team, named as a first team player at defensive end and an honorable mention player at tight end.

Bucklew was selected as an honorable mention choice on the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team. Bucklew is the only Spartan soccer player ever to be recognized with all-state honors, earning them in two straight years.

Bucklew is one of the most gifted offensive players in the state. He scored 105 points this season on 40 goals and 25 assists. Bucklew’s career stats may never be reached again. He scored 130 goals in his career, a feat rarely accomplished by any high school player, as is his 327 career points. Last year he became the first Somerset soccer player to ever receive all-state recognition and he was honored again this season. He owns nearly every possible Spartan career offensive record and he’s a three-time team captain.

“He sought out opportunities to improve himself,” said Somerset coach Bill Roll. “He’s a great leader, on and off the field.”

Bucklew is one of four players from the northern half of the state to receive all-state honors this season. Peter Rentzepls of Eau Claire Memorial, Thomas Whiting and Logan Tamke of Ashland and Matt McCann of Marshfield were the other northern players to receive all-state honors this season.

Elmore’s superiority in football has long been established. He was recruited by many of the top collegiate programs in the country before deciding to attend the University of Minnesota. He was recruited as a tight end, but the biggest decision for the Gophers coaches may be whether to keep him on offense or play him on defense.

Elmore was a monster at defensive end this season, leading the Spartans’ terrorizing pass rush. He ranked among the leaders in the state in quarterback sacks and tackles for loss.

The fact that Somerset rarely threw the ball may have hurt Elmore’s chances of getting first team honors at tight end. The Spartans only threw the ball 34 times all season. But those who saw Elmore block recognized his value in the team’s success this season.

Elmore was the only Spartan to receive all-region honors this season.

Somerset coach Bruce Larson said Elmore follows in the footsteps of players like Tom Hennessey, Mike Van Someren and Bryan Witzmann who went on to play at the NCAA Division 1 level.

“He’ll leave here as one of the best players to ever come through the program,” Larson said.

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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