NMU award winners: Wildcats name more sports season honors
MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University Athletic Department issued several other awards in addition to those outlined in a recent Mining Journal story.
Lindsay Griffith and the late Todd “Stix” Honch were named NMU Fans of the Year, while Dr. Randy Appleton of the mathematics and computer science department earned Most Influential/Supportive Faculty Member.
Freshman Nordic skier Abigail Jarzin was named Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. Starting the year as the 141st-ranked female and 61st-ranked female junior skier nationally, she worked to become the top-ranked junior skier in the U.S. and was named an All-American at the NCAA Championships.
The women’s basketball team earned Biggest Upset of the season after defeating four-time GLIAC champion and 2016 national champion Ashland in the first round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional. The Eagles were ranked No. 4 in the country at the time of the Wildcats’ 64-57 victory.
The men’s basketball team earned the Team Community Engagement award for helping with the community baby shower sponsored by the Marquette County Health Department.
Elite 20 awards were given to the student-athlete on each team with the highest grade-point average. In case of a tie, the honor went to the athlete with the most credits.
Honored were Troy Summers, men’s basketball; Darby Youngstrom, women’s basketball; Katrina Salmen, cross country; Trevor Roberts, football; Austin Elsner, men’s golf; Karissa Guthrie, women’s golf; Ben Newhouse, hockey; Jessica Close, lacrosse; Xavier Mansfield, men’s Nordic skiing; Sarah Bezdicek, women’s Nordic skiing; Eric Suess, men’s soccer; Anna Worman, women’s soccer; Nathan Rotundo, men’s swimming and diving; Mary Grossman, women’s swimming and diving; Haley Teske, indoor and outdoor track and field; Alyssa Milski, volleyball; Austin Green, Olympic Training Site men’s weightlifting; and Jarynn Steward, OTS women’s weightlifting.
Wildcats’ teams also handed out their own team awards as follows:
Men’s basketball — MVP, Naba Echols; most improved, Myles Howard; newcomer and scholar-athlete, Troy Summers
Women’s basketball — MVP, Darby Youngstrom; most improved, Amber Huebner; newcomer, Emily Mueller; scholar-athlete, Sydney Dillinger
Cross country — MVP, Sophie McDonald; most improved, Elise Longley; newcomer, Anna Kelley; scholar-athlete, Shayla Huebner
Football — MVP, Jake Mayon; most improved, Brady Hanson; newcomer, Benjamin Loutsis; scholar-athlete, Gaby Baumann and Vince Propson
Men’s golf — MVP, Logan Haight; most improved, Kyle Pouliot; scholar-athlete, Austin Elsner
Women’s golf — MVP, Karissa Guthrie; most improved, Baylee Dunmire; newcomer, Abigail Boozer; scholar-athlete, Haley Hewer
Hockey — MVP, Troy Loggins; most improved, Ryan Black; newcomer, Griffin Loughran; scholar-athlete, Atte Tolvanen
Lacrosse — MVP, Jessie Close and Emily Renfrew; most improved, Katie Zarembski; newcomer, Jessica Daniels; scholar-athlete, Megan Palacio
Men’s Nordic skiing — MVP, Zak Ketterson; most improved, Mathias Aas-Rolid; scholar-athlete, Xavier Mansfield
Women’s Nordic skiing — MVP and newcomer, Abigail Jarzin; most improved, Julie Ensrud; scholar-athlete, Sarah Bezdicek
Men’s soccer — MVP, Kevin Hoof and Sam Popp; most improved, Arni Eiriksson; newcomer, Kaffie Kurz; scholar-athlete, Eric Suess
Women’s soccer — MVP, Sophia Sachs and Caroline Halonen; most improved, Emma Vermette; newcomer, Halonen; scholar-athlete, Anna Worman
Men’s swimming and diving — MVP, Renars Bundzis; most improved, Benjamin Lindberg; newcomer, Jon Busse; scholar-athlete, Nathan Rotundo
Women’s swimming and diving — MVP, Rachel Helm; most improved, Briana Arnold; newcomer, Mary Grossman; scholar-athlete, Jamie Kimble
Track and field — MVP, Michelle Juergen; most improved, Izabelle Peterson; newcomer, Hannah Jones; scholar-athlete, Shayla Huebner
Volleyball — MVP, Sarah Kuehn; most improved, Maggie Liebeck; newcomer, Alli Yacko; scholar-athlete, Kaila Mathews
OTS men’s weightlifting — MVP, Bret Pfeiffer; most improved, Bradley Kozbiel; newcomer, Calvin La; scholar-athlete, Austin Gean
OTS women’s weightlifting — MVP and newcomer, Destiny Young; most improved, Hannah Hopkins; scholar-athlete, Jarynn Steward
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.