Golliher, Nelson, Simmons honored
West Iron County junior forward Eden Golliher was named to the all-U.P. dream team of the UPSSA. Golliher averaged 15 points and almost nine rebounds per game.
MARQUETTE—West Iron County junior forward Eden Golliher was named to the dream team, while Wykon junior center Emily Nelson and Forest Park junior center Mercedes Simmons were selected to their respective first teams when the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association voted for its all-U.P. girls basketball teams for 2018-19 last week.
Golliher was one of five players picked to the dream team after averaging 15.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 blocks per game.
Nelson was named to the Division 1-3 first team after averaging 11.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.8 blocks and 1.7 assists per contest for West Iron, which won its third consecutive district championship this year and finished with a 19-3 record.
Simmons was selected to the Division 4 first team after averaging 17.1 points per game for the Trojans, who finished with a 9-11 record.
St. Ignace senior Emily Coveyou was named Miss U.P. basketball.
Coveyou was also picked as the Division 4 player of the year, while Westwood junior Tessa Leece was named the Division 1-3 player of the year.
Joining Golliher, Coveyou and Leece on the dream team were Westwood junior Madelyn Koski and Marquette senior Avery Ledy.
The remainder of the Division 1-3 first team consisted of sophomore Megan Crow of Gladstone, sophomore Nicole Kamin of Escanaba, senior Sydney Kivi of Marquette and senior Riley Poupore of Iron Mountain.
The remainder of the Division 4 first team included sophomore Elise Besonen of Ewen-Trout Creek, senior Layla Blahnik-Thoune of Carney-Nadeau, senior Autumn Rasner of Stephenson and senior Michaela Werner of Munising.
West Iron senior Colbi Laturi and junior Anna Malmquist were given honorable mention during the voting.
Westwood’s Kurt Corcoran was named the Division 1-3 coach of the year after guiding his team to a state quarterfinal berth.
Dorene Ingalls of St. Ignace and Tom Goodreau of Baraga were selected at Division 4 co-coaches of the year. St. Ignace was the Division 4 state runner-up this season.
Marquette was picked as the Division 1-2 team of the year, while Westwood was named the Division 3 team of the year and St. Ignace was selected as the Division 4 team of the year.