MARQUETTE - As former baseball player/manager Yogi Berra is purported to have said, "it's deja vu all over again."
Hunter Viitala of Marquette Senior High School has once again been named to the Upper Peninsula girls basketball "Dream Team." It's the second straight season she has been so honored.
The 5-foot-8 junior wing is one of 11 Superiorland players selected for All-U.P. honors by members of the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association at a meeting Wednesday on the Northern Michigan University campus in Marquette.
Marquette Senior High School junior Hunter Viitala has once again been named to the Upper Peninsula girls basketball “Dream Team.” It’s the second straight season she has been so honored. (Journal file photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
L’Anse senior Madi Swanson is headed for Lake Superior State after making the All-U.P. Dream Team. The 5-foot- 2 senior tossed in 15.2 points a game while averaging 6.4 assists and 3.5 steals. (Journal file photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
Westwood High School senior Elizabeth Dauphinaiss-VanBuren (30) makes a shot during a game against Marquette Senior High School on Thursday, Dec. 12 at WHS in Ishpeming Township. (Journal file photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
Ishpeming High School junior Jessica Spencer, left, makes a shot as Gladstone High School senior Anna Wulf, right, attempts to block it Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 in Ishpeming. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
Superior Central School senior Vanessa Freberg (22) makes her way to the basket as Ishpeming High School junior Kaylie Engler, right, covers her Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at IHS Gymnasium in Ishpeming. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
Viitala scored 425 points in 20 regular season games this season for a 21.2 average. She also averaged 5.0 rebounds, 5.2 steals and 2.4 assists for the Redettes.
An honorable mention Class A all-state selection, Viitala earned her second straight Great Northern Conference Player of the Year nod while also making the league's All-Defensive Team.
"A lot of what she does is not necessarily on the stat sheet," MSHS head coach Ben Smith said. "She plays hard, setting the tempo for us defensively."
2013-14 All-U.P. Girls
Player, School Ht. Yr.
Lexi Gussert, Forest Park 6-1 Sr.
Elisa Jurmu, Houghton 5-9 Sr.
Madi Swanson, L'Anse 5-2 Sr.
Hunter Viitala, Marquette 5-8 Jr.
Kelley Wright, St. Ignace 5-10 Sr.
Class ABC First Team
Lizzy Dauphinais-VanBuren, Westwood 5-6 Sr.
Michelle LaFave, Escanaba 6-0 Jr.
Abbey Ostman, St. Ignace 5-9 So.
Lexie Rowe, Calumet 5-9 Jr.
Jessica Spencer, Ishpeming 5-9 Jr.
Class ABC Second Team
Maddy Anderla, Menominee 5-6 Sr.
Jess Beaudry, Gladstone 5-11 Sr.
Taylor Bryant, Newberry 5-6 Fr.
Ann Diepenhorst, Sault Ste. Marie 5-9 Jr.
Emily Hinsman, St. Ignace 5-9 Sr.
Aleda Johnson, Negaunee 5-3 Fr.
Amber Larson, Kingsford 5-9 Jr.
Valerie Rajala, L'Anse 5-9 Sr.
Kelsie Richards, Houghton 5-8 Sr.
Kelsey Ross, L'Anse 5-5 Sr.
Class D First Team
Kendra Campbell, Forest Park 5-10 Sr.
Vanessa Freberg, Superior Central 5-9 Sr.
Brooke Turin, Ontonagon 5-5 Sr.
Hana Vesela, Brimley 6-3 Sr.
Tiffany Wangerin, Stephenson 5-8 Sr.
Class D Second Team
Hunter Branstrom, Mid Peninsula 6-1 Jr.
Julia Daavettila, Dollar Bay 5-9 Sr.
Alyssa Graham, Brimley 5-9 Jr.
Kelsey Johnson, Stephenson 5-8 So.
Frankie Mattson, Munising 5-8 Fr.
Kassie Metcalf, Engadine 5-5 Sr.
Brooke Pasanen, Superior Central 5-6 Sr.
Shelby Seppanen, Jeffers 5-4 Sr.
Maria Stankewicz, Forest Park 5-5 So.
Teslyn Tyner, Superior Central 5-3 Sr.
Teams of the Year
Houghton Class AB
St. Ignace Class C
Forest Park Class D
Players of the Year
Kelley Wright, St. Ignace Class ABC
Lexi Gussert, Forest Park Class D
Coaches of the Year
Scott Lloyd, L'Anse Class ABC
Jeff Syrjanen, Forest Park Class D
Superiorland Special Mentions
Class ABC: Caitlin Hewitt, Westwood; Ellie Olsen, Gwinn; Bridget Stoetzer, Newberry.
Class D: Marissa Immel, Munising.
Superiorland Honorable Mentions
Class ABC: Rosalie Anderson, Negaunee; Elizabeth Kurin, Marquette; Marissa Rushford, Newberry.
Source: Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association
Also making the Dream Team is Madi Swanson of L'Anse. Headed for Lake Superior State, the 5-2 senior tossed in 15.2 points a game while averaging 6.4 assists and 3.5 steals
Swanson ended her prep career with 1,368 points.
Superiorland players making the All-U.P. Class ABC First Team were Jessica Spencer of Ishpeming and Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren of Westwood.
A 5-9 junior guard, Spencer tossed in 363 points in 23 games for a 15.7 norm. The Mid-Peninsula Conference Player of the Year also averaged 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 steals.
Spencer canned 42 percent of her two-point shots and 72.6 percent from the free throw line.
"Her best asset is her work ethic," IHS head coach Tom Graves said. "In practice and in games, she plays with high intensity and tries to get better."
A 5-6 senior forward, Dauphinais-VanBuren averaged 12.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.3 steals for the Patriots en route to being named to the M-PC First Team.
"Lizzy was, without a doubt, the heart of our team," WHS head coach Kurt Corcoran said. "Many times this year, she put our team on her back and led us to victory."
Superiorland players making the Second Team in Class ABC are: Taylor Bryant of Newberry, Aleda Johnson of Negaunee, and Valerie Rajala and Kelsey Ross of L'Anse.
A 5-6 freshman, Bryant tossed in 13.8 ppg for the Indians. She also averaged 8.0 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 3.3 assists.
Johnson, a 5-3 freshman point guard, averaged 7.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals for Negaunee. She sank 36 percent of her two-point shots and 81.5 percent of her free throw attempts.
"She was my go-to person to run our offense from Day 1," Miners' head coach Brandon Sager said. "Other coaches have told me they fear the day when she realizes just how impossible she is to guard."
Rajala scored 9.5 ppg while hauling in 10 rebounds a contest for L'Anse. The 5-9 senior also averaged 5.4 assists and 3.0 steals.
Purple Hornets teammate Ross, a 5-5 senior, netted 14.5 points a game. In addition, she averaged 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals.
In Class D, Vanessa Freberg of Superior Central picked up a First Team nod among four Superiorland players who gained All-U.P. honors.
A 5-9 senior, Freberg picked up Central Upper Peninsula League Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards.
She averaged 16.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 2.9 assists.
She finished with 1,399 career points, the most all time by a Superior Central boy or girl.
SC teammates Teslyn Tyner and Brooke Pasanen made the All-U.P. Class D Second Team, as did Frankie Mattson of Munising.
Tyner, a 5-3 senior for Cougars' head coach Greg Trowbridge, scored at a 14-point clip per game. A CUP First Team pick and a member of the league's All-Defensive squad, she hauled down three boards a contest, made 72 assists and came up with 75 steals.
Pasanen averaged 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists this season. The CUP First Team selection also canned 48 percent of her shots from the field.
Mattson is a 5-8 freshman named to the CUP First Team after scoring 13.1 points and hauling down 11.5 rebounds a game for the Mustangs. She also averaged 2.7 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.7 assists.
"Frankie outplayed every 'big' in our conference except for (Superior Central's) Vanessa Freberg," Mustangs head coach Matt Mattson said of his daughter, adding Frankie came up with 21 double-doubles this season.
"She led our team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and was second in steals."