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Bryan Witzmann, Robbie Flom earn college all-conference honors

The South Dakota State University football team was beaten by Eastern Washington University on Saturday, 41-17, in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

With the SDSU loss, the college football career of Somerset native Bryan Witzmann comes to an end. Witzmann was the starting left tackle in every game he played in his four seasons as a Jackrabbit, covering 50 games. His total number of starts is a SDSU record.

At 6-feet, 8-inches and 310 pounds, Witzmann is considered a strong prospect to pursue a career in professional football. Witzmann is also scheduled to graduate at the end of the semester, with a degree in engineering.

It was announced last week that Witzmann was named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference for the second straight season. He was one of five Jackrabbits named to the All-MVFC first team.

Robbie Flom

Somerset native Robbie Flom has been named to the All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football team.

Flom was named as an honorable mention All-WIAC player as an all-purpose back for the UW-River Falls Falcons.

Flom led the Falcons in punt and kickoff returns. He had six punt returns and averaged 8.5 per return with a long of 29. He had 21 kickoff returns and averaged 19.7 per return with a long of 47. He also had 142 rushing and 221 receiving yards giving him 827 all-purpose yards in 2013. He played in eight games.

“Robbie would be the first to tell you that he did not have the year he wanted to or put up the numbers he wanted to, but he constantly affected the game and opponents always knew where he was. He was another guy that battled through injuries all year and gave everything he had through pain on Saturdays. It is my prediction that before Robbie Flom graduates, he will be named our league's Player of the Year,” said Falcon coach Matt Walker.

Tanner Milliron

Milliron earned his first collegiate victory in goal and his first shutout when the UW-River Falls men’s hockey team defeated the Milwaukee School of Engineering 1-0 on Nov. 23 in Milwaukee.

Milliron faced 23 shots in recording the shutout. It was his second start for the Falcons. In his first start, on Nov. 9 against Hamline, the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Joe Deppe

Deppe made quite a splash in his collegiate basketball debut for the UW-River Falls men’s team. Deppe, a freshman from New Richmond, saw his first action for the Falcons on Nov. 16 in a 99-47 harpooning of Blackburn College. Deppe scored 10 points in his debut, hitting 4-8 shots from the field and 2-4 free throws. Deppe led the Falcons with 24 minutes played and he also contributed three rebounds.

Brett Johnson

Johnson and the UW-Milwaukee cross country team finished its season on Nov. 15 in the NCAA Division 1 Great Lakes Regional Meet in Madison. The Panthers finished 24th among the 31 teams in the men’s race. Johnson placed 155th overall, finishing with a personal best time of 34:09.

Claire Van Dyk

Van Dyk was one of two players to compete in all 33 matches for the Bryant University women’s volleyball team this season. Van Dyk led the Bulldogs with 346 kills this season from her outside hitter position. The second highest total on the team was 235 kills. Van Dyk ranked second on the team with 278 digs. The Bulldogs finished their season on Nov. 17 with a loss to Long Island University. The Bulldogs finished with an 8-25 record.

Cody Taubman

Taubman ranked third on the UW-Eau Claire football team in tackles this fall, finishing the season with 69 total tackles. Taubman led the Blugold defense with two interceptions, seven passes broken up and nine passes defended. He also tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles. Taubman is a sophomore from New Richmond.

Parker LeMire

LeMire handled kickoff duties for the UW-Eau Claire football team in its final two games of the season. LeMire kicked off eight times in those games, recording one tackle. LeMire is a sophomore from Somerset.

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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