CRYSTAL FALLS—Led by Lexi Gussert, Forest Park dominated the Skyline Conference in volleyball again this season, and the Lady Trojans captured nearly every major award when the all-conference team was announced last week.
The Lady Trojans went 12-0 against Skyline opponents, won their district tournament last week and will play in the Class D regional tournament in Kingsford this week.
Gussert, their junior middle hitter, was a unanimous pick as most valuable player, and senior Gina Graff was voted defensive specialist.
The coaches also named FP senior Mindy DeNell to the first team and freshman Maria Stankewicz and junior Samantha Nylund to the second team.
MVP: Alexis Gussert (jr.), Forest Park.
Defensive specialist: Gina Graff, Forest Park.
Coach of the year: Steve Kensch, Carney-Nadeau.
First team: Miranda Jacobson (soph.), North Dickinson; Nina Brockway, Rapid River; Mindy DeNell, Forest Park; Sarah Madalinski, Bark River-Harris; Janel Dani (jr.), Carney-Nadeau; Krista VanDamme, Mid Peninsula.
Second team: Maria Stankewicz (fr.), Forest Park; Samantha Nylund (jr.), Forest Park; Mariah St. John, Bark River-Harris; Paige Whitens (jr.), North Central; Chelsey Stroud (soph.), North Dickinson; Savannah Stenlund (jr.), Rapid River.
Honorable mention: Aleesa Madalinski (jr.), Megan Derusha, Bark River-Harris; Andrea Dani (jr.), Autam Wery, Alli Theoret (hr.), Carney-Nadeau; Kelsie Nummillen, Mid Peninsula; Rikki Stropich, Rapid River.