Player of the Year: Westwood Patriots’ Tessa Leece named Mid-Peninsula Conference’s top player

Westwood’s Tessa Leece points skyward with the No. 1 sign to the Patriots’ student fan section at the end of their MHSAA Division 3 regional semifinal victory over West Iron County on Monday in Escanaba. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

Today’s game: Westwood girls vs. Charlevoix, MHSAA Division 4 regional championship, 7 p.m., at Sault Ste. Marie; Radio: WZAM 93.3 FM & 970 AM


NEGAUNEE — Junior Tessa Leece may need a grocery cart to haul off all the hardware presented to her by the Mid-Peninsula Conference.

Leece won two awards, including the most prestigious one, Player of the Year, when the league recently announced its girls basketball honors.

Her other award was a spot on the M-PC All-Defensive Team.

She was joined by two junior teammates who also received honors — Madelyn Koski made it on the First Team and joined Leece on the All-Defensive group, while Karlie Patron was named to the Second Team.

A pair of Negaunee seniors also won their way onto the First Team, MacKenzie Karki and Abby Nelson.

Fellow Miner Hannah Voskuhl earned Second Team laurels along with senior Madison Pruett of Ishpeming and senior Trisha McGuire and junior Marissa Delmont of Gwinn.

The honorable mention list includes junior Emma Poirier of Ishpeming, senior Joslyn Muth of Manistique, senior Brooke Mannor of Gwinn and freshman Alyssa Hill of Negaunee.

Joining Leece and Koski on the All-Defensive unit are McGuire, Karki and Pruett.

Here are other league honorees:

First Team — Megan Crow, soph., Gladstone; Riley Poupore, sr., Iron Mountain

Honorable mention — Andie Balenger, jr., Gladstone (also All-Defensive Team); Saylor Swartout, sr., IM

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is