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Scholar-Athlete Banquet honors Middle Border Conference's finest

Mattie Kidder and Shane Blackman earned the honor to be New Richmond’s 2014 Middle Border Conference Scholar-Athletes. 1 / 2
Meghan Wolner and Gaelin Elmore earned the honor to be Somerset’s 2014 Middle Border Conference Scholar-Athletes. They are pictured with (center) Somerset Athletic Director Bill Roll. 2 / 2

The annual Middle Border Conference Scholar-Athlete Banquet was held last Wednesday, honoring the top scholar-athletes from each MBC high school in the Class of 2014.

This year’s banquet was held at The Orchard Restaurant in Baldwin. The students honored for their outstanding athletic and academic achievements were:

Amery: Jessica Hendrickson and Michael Elbing

Baldwin-Woodville: Micheala Slind and Stephen Aune

Durand: Megan Brusoe and Garrett Auth

Ellsworth: Jordan Olson and Jens Lantz

New Richmond: Shane Blackman and Mattie Kidder

Osceola: McKenzie Fortier and Benjamin Swanson

Prescott: Katy Syverson and Troy Urman

Somerset: Meghan Wolner and Gaelin Elmore

New Richmond

Blackman and Kidder represent New Richmond with strong leadership skills.

Blackman was a top member of the Tiger boys soccer team, earning all-conference honors in his sophomore and senior seasons. He lettered for the team in all four years of his high school career. He did the same in wrestling, finishing as one of the most successful wrestlers in Tiger history. He was a four-time state qualifier, a three-time sectional champion and three-time team captain.

Blackman was just as strong academically. He carries a 3.349 grade point average and he has been on the honor roll all four years of high school. He plans to attend college to obtain a degree in exercise and sports science to become a strength and conditioning coach.

Kidder has also been making an impact in high school sports since her freshman season. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Tiger girls tennis team. She holds the best overall school career record. She served as team captain and was the team’s Most Valuable Player. She was a two-time state qualifier. Kidder also made a large impact in girls basketball, as a three-time letterwinner. She helped the Tigers win two Middle Border Conference championships.

Kidder is a high achiever academically, with a 3.75 grade point average which ranks 19th in her class of 193. She is active in the National Honor Society, winning the local National Honor Society scholarship.

Kidder plans to attend either Bethel University or St. Thomas University to major in graphic design and marketing.


Elmore had one of the most storied athletic careers in Somerset history. He earned numerous all-state honors in football. He was a key component in the Somerset teams that won a state football championship in 2012 and took second place at state in 2011. He was this year’s Middle Border Conference Player of the Year in football and basketball and he was an all-MBC selection in each sport three times.

Elmore is also a dedicated student. He holds a 3.70 grade point average. He has worked as a mentor, served on the yearbook committee and on the prom committee. Elmore has signed to continue his education at the University of Minnesota, where he will play football.

Wolner was a four-year member of the Western Wisconsin Stars girls varsity hockey team. She also lettered on the Somerset girls golf team the past two seasons, serving as the team captain for her senior season. Wolner serves as a mentor and is in the Friendship Group. She is a youth coach in both hockey and baseball.

Wolner plans to attend UW-Eau Claire to study nursing.

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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