R-M, Baraga players earn Copper Mountain honors

By Journal Sports Staff

REPUBLIC — Three players from Republic-Michigamme and two from Baraga have received Copper Mountain Conference basketball honors in voting by the league’s coaches.

Two Hawks’ boys and one girl received honors, while one of each were lauded from the Vikings.

For the R-M boys, River Shumate was named to the CC Division’s Second Team, while fellow senior Dylan Hanninen made honorable mention.

For the Hawks’ girls, sophomore Tailyn Raisanen was named honorable mention.

From Baraga, junior Martina Jahfetson earned Second Team girls distinction in the CC Division, while on the boys side, senior Colton Lindemann was named honorable mention.

The undefeated Dollar Bay boys, who won the CC Division, had the Coach of the Year in Jesse Kentala, while PM Division winner Ewen-Trout Creek senior Jacob Witt swept the Edward E. Helakoski Most Valuable Player award and Defensive Player of the Year honor.

For the girls, undefeated Chassell claimed all three major awards — Brandi Hainault as Coach of the Year, senior Milly Allen as the Helakoski MVP and senior Meg Hokenson as Defensive Player.

Here are the other honorees, with year and school:


Conference Elite Team — Allen, Chassell; Sydney Danison, sr., Chassell; Bethany Baldwin, sr., Watersmeet; Elise Besonen, fr., E-TC; Ivy Klemett, sr., Jeffers; Saundra Libertoski, sr., Wakefield-Marenisco

CC Division First Team — Allen, Chassell; Danison, Chassell; Klemett, Jeffers; Laura Lyons, sr., Lake Linden-Hubbell; Jenna Pietila, jr., Chassell; Leah Pennala, sr., Jeffers

PM Division First Team — Baldwin, Watersmeet; Besonen, E-TC; Libertoski, W-M; Jenny Labyak, jr., Ontonagon; Taylor Manchester, sr., Bessemer

CC Division Second Team — Bailey Poyhonen, sr., DB; Hokenson, Chassell; Dana Kinnunen, sr., Jeffers; Cierra Stevens, sr., Jeffers

PM Division Second Team — Abby LeGault, fr., E-TC; Caitlin Lynch, sr., Bessemer; Isabelle Lutz, jr., Ontonagon; Paige Berglund, soph., E-TC; Alexa Jilek, sr., W-M

Honorable mention — Kierstyn Codere, sr., LL-H; Holly Wardynski, jr., Ontonagon; Fahren Kolpack, jr., Ontonagon


Conference Elite Team — Witt, E-TC; Devin Schmitz, sr., DB; Jaden Janke, sr., DB; Jacob Suzik, sr., W-M; Carson Turner, sr., Jeffers; Abe Gockenbach, jr., Chassell

CC Division First Team — Schmitz, DB; Janke, DB; Turner, Jeffers; Gockenbach, Chassell; Aaron Barnes, sr., Chassell

PM Division First Team — Witt, E-TC; Suzik, W-M; Brayden Tomes, sr., Bessemer; Eli Nordine, jr., E-TC; Eddy Polakowski, jr., Ontonagon

CC Division Second Team — Carter Crouch, soph., LL-H; Elijah Soumis, jr., Chassell; Brandon Thompson, sr., DB; David Jukkala, sr., Jeffers

PM Division Second Team — Mason Saubert, jr., W-M; Cade Mazzon, jr., Bessemer; Tanner Balcomb, sr., Ontonagon; Tyler Busch, jr., Bessemer; Henry Menegoz, jr., Ontonagon

Honorable mention — Jaden Borseth, 8th grade, E-TC; Ben Winkka, jr., Watersmeet

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.