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Local athletes are winners in WBCA All-Star games

New Richmond graduates Mattie Kidder (35) and Sydney Kannel (33) are shown with the WBCA Division 2 All-Star coaches, Sara Rohde (left) and Erin Templin (right), from Notre Dame Academy High School. 1 / 2
The Division 3 North boys team had a strong local cast including (l-r) New Richmond varsity coach Rick Montreal, Somerset varsity coach Brent Larson, Somerset player Jack Emmert and Somerset assistant coach Zach Stephens. 2 / 2

The local players and coaches who competed in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games all got to experience wins.

New Richmond’s Sydney Kannel and Mattie Kidder were part of the North girls team that earned a 78-71 win in the Division 2 All-Star Game.

Somerset’s Jack Emmert was part of the winning team in the final game of the tournament, in which the North boys needed overtime to defeat the South 84-82 in the Division 3 All-Star Game. Somerset varsity coach Brent Larson was the head coach of the North Division 3 team. New Richmond varsity coach Rick Montreal and Somerset assistant coach Zach Stephens were assistant coaches on Larson’s staff.

The All-Star Games were played at the JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells on June 20-21.

The North teams completed a sweep of all five girls all-star games played. Kidder and Kannel both played key roles in the North’s victory in the Division 2 game. Kidder scored 11 points in the game. She finished with four rebounds and two blocked shots, plus she went 5-5 from the free throw line. Kannel was one of the primary ballhandlers for the North squad. She finished with seven points, five rebounds and two assists in the win.

The D2 North girls trailed by one point heading into the fourth quarter, but they outscored the South 24-16 in the final quarter to pull out the win.

While the North dominated the girls games, the Division 3 boys needed the overtime victory to prevent a sweep by the South in the boys games. Both D3 teams had eight players, instead of the usual 10, so all the players got extensive game time. Emmert played 21 minutes in the game. He scored two points while tracking down four rebounds, two assists and two steals. He was one of two Middle Border Conference players on the team. Ellsworth’s Will Huppert finished with eight points.

Larson said the standout for the D3 North team was DJ DeValk from Little Chute. DeValk hit a three-pointer with 28 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. DeValk also scored the winning points in the overtime.

“We really had good kids,” Larson said. “No egos. They really shared the ball. It was fun to be around them.”

All athletes and coaches in the All-Star Games raised funds for the MACC Fund, a non-profit organization for childhood cancer research. A banquet was held the night before the games to introduce the teams.

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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