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2 Hematites, Miner make Class A-B-C 2nd Team

Ishpeming’s Madigan Johns performs a lay-up against Westwood Friday night, Jan. 27, 2017, at Ishpeming High School. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

MARQUETTE — By the midway point of Wednesday’s Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association meeting, area teams had already nabbed five spots on the All-U.P. awards list with three more girls earning awards by the end.

Ishpeming junior Madigan Johns and senior Marissa Maino both picked up awards for the Class ABC Second Team as did Negaunee’s Clara Johnson. All three earned their spots fairly easily.

The Ishpeming tandem was a big part of the Hematites’ success this year. Ishpeming upset undefeated Munising in the first round of the Class C district tournament in Negaunee and came just short of completing a huge comeback against the host Miners in the final.

Johns, a 5-foot-8 sharpshooter, led the Mid-Peninsula Conference in 3-point shooting at 42.3 percent despite only playing in 11 games before a season-ending injury. Maino, a 5-8 post player, was more effective in the paint and at the charity stripe as she shot 84 percent from the line.

While the Ishpeming girls have their specialties, Johnson can play whatever role is needed as she was a great complement to her older sister Aleda, who made the First Team.

Clara Johnson averaged 11 points per game and shot 38.6 percent from 3-point land, while also leading the team in assists and being asked to guard the other team’s biggest offensive threat.

“Clara has distinguished herself as a premier player in the U.P. and is a solid Class A-B-C All-U.P. player,” Negaunee head coach Brandon Sager said.

Also earning spots on the Second Team were L’Anse’s Bailey Froberg (16.6 ppg), St. Ignace’s Jordan Belleville, West Iron County’s Emmy Kinner, Kingsford’s Jordyn Kriegl, Escanaba’s Jen Brandt and Sault Ste. Marie’s Mackenzie Kalchik. Norway’s Britta Grayvold and Hancock’s Maija Sebbas tied for the final spot and also earned spots on the team.

Ryan Stieg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.