IRON RIVER—Forest Park’s Lexi Gussert earned her third consecutive Class D Player of the Year award last week from the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
The Lady Trojan superstar’s selection was a given, since she had earlier been named Miss Basketball for the entire state of Michigan. Gussert becomes the first to win the all-U.P. girls player of the year award three times.
Lexi’s selection was just the start of a long list of all-U.P. honors for Forest Park, which came within minutes of a perfect season and wound up 26-1, the best year in school history.
Kendra Campbell was voted to the Class D first team, and Maria Stankewicz was picked to the second team. Sam Nylund and Abby Nylund both received honorable mention. All are seniors except Stankewicz (a sophomore) and Abby Nylund (a freshman).
Coach Jeff Syrjanen was named Class D’s Coach of the Year, and Forest Park was chosen D’s Team of the Year.
West Iron’s Megan Miatech received honorable mention in Class ABC.
On the boys side, Forest Park junior Lee Graff was voted to the Class D second team. FP freshman Daniel Nocerini received special mention, and senior Austin Snell got honorable mention.
From West Iron, senior Adam Newby received special mention in Class ABC.
Dream team: Lexi Gussert, Forest Park; Elisa Jurmu, Houghton; Madi Swanson, L’Anse; Hunter Viitala (jr.), Marquette; Kelley Wright, St. Ignace.
Class ABC first team: Lizzi Dauphinais-Van Buren, Westwood; Michelle LaFave (jr.), Escanaba; Abbey Ostman (soph.), St. Ignace; Lexie Rowe (jr.), Calumet; Jessica Spencer (jr.), Ishpeming.
Class ABC second team: Maddy Anderla, Menominee; Jess Beaudry, Gladstone; Taylor Bryant (fr.), Newberry; Ann Diepenhorst (jr.), Sault Ste. Marie; Emily Hinsman, St. Ignace; Aleda Johnson (fr.), Negaunee; Amber Larson (jr.), Kingsford; Valeria Rajala, L’Anse; Kelsie Richards, Houghton; Kelsey Ross, L’Anse.
Class D first team: Kendra Campbell, Forest Park; Vanessa Freberg, Superior Central; Brooke Turin, Ontonagon; Hana Vesala, Brimley; Tiffany Wangerin, Stephenson.
Class D second team: Hunter Branstrom (jr.), Mid Peninsula; Julia Daavettila, Dollar Bay; Alyssa Graham (jr.), Brimley; Kelsey Johnson (soph.), Stephenson; Frankie Mattson (fr.), Munising; Kassie Metcalf, Engadine; Brooke Pasanen, Superior Central; Shelby Seppanen, Jeffers; Maria Stankewicz (soph.), Forest Park; Teslyn Tyner, Superior Central.
Players of the year: AB, Kelsey Wright, St. Ignace; D, Lexi Gussert, Forest Park.
Coaches of the year: ABC, Scott Lloyd, L’Anse; D, Jeff Syrjanen, Forest Park.
Teams of the year: AB, Houghon; C, St. Ignace; D, Forest Park.
Dream team: Joey Duncan (jr.), Cedarville; Tyler Jandron, Negaunee; Adam Mackey, Ironwood; Brandon Robinette, Escanaba; Travis Vincent, North Central.
Class ABC first team: Alex Almquist, Hancock; Alex Briones, Ispheming; Gage Kreski (soph.), St. Ignace; Eric Lori, Negaunee; Andrew Nyquist, Marquette.
Class ABC second team: Larry Brunette, Marquette; Owen DeVooght, Gwinn; Jacob DiGiorgio (jr.), Ironwood; Terrance Fuller (jr.), Sault Ste. Marie; Daniel Harrington (jr.), Kingsford; Jared Hunter, Gladstone; Trent Keteri, Houghton; Justin Nyquist, Gwinn; Paul Torola, Calumet; Jimmy Veker, L’Anse.
Class D first team: Shane Beaune, Brimley; Rob Granquist (jr.), North Central; Keenan Lampinen, Carney-Nadeau; Ben Stasewich (jr.), Munising; Dan Stenback, Cedarville.
Class D second team: Dionte Blahnik, Carney-Nadeau; Brad Causley (jr.), Cedarville; Trevor Ekberg, North Central; Lee Graff (jr.), Forest Park; Jake Pearson, Rapid River; Cole Potvin, Big Bay de Noc; Tyler Roose (jr.), Lake Linden-Hubbell; Zack Stelkar (jr.), Rudyard; Jason Whitens (fr.), North Central; Ben Zielinski, Bessemer.
Players of the year: ABC, Tyler Jandron, Negaunee; D, Joe Duncan, Cedarville.
Coaches of the year: ABC, Mike O’Donnell, Negaunee; D, Adam Mercier, North Central.
Teams of the year: AB, Marquette; C, Negaunee; D, Cedarville.