Former Eau Claire Memorial star Ty Emberson is the Leader-Telegram's 2016 male athlete of the year. Emberson was an assistant captain for Team USA at the Youth Olympics in February, where the Americans won a gold medal. He then came back to help lead Memorial to a seventh straight state tournament in March, and he made the U.S National Team Development Program U-17 team in April. He is currently a defenseman on that team and has 10 assists in 29 games. Emberson committed to the University of Wisconsin in July and is generally considered one of the nation's best recruits. He recently took some time to sit down with Leader-Telegram sports reporter Nick Erickson to discuss his hectic year.