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SC, Munising players earn Skyline volleyball honors

MunisingÕs Taylin Behning bumps the ball while MustangsÕ coach Josh Cole looks on during a Skyline Central Conference volleyball match played against North Central at Powers on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Austin Hemmingson)

EBEN — Three players each from Superior Central and Munising high schools were honored by the Skyline Central Conference when volleyball awards were announced on Tuesday.

Cougars’ senior Betty Jo Swajanen earned both the Defensive Specialist and Individual Sportsmanship awards from the league, while sophomore teammate Riley Johnson was named to the Second Team and SC sophomore Emma Rutter made honorable mention.

For Munising, senior Crystal Murdock made the First Team as senior teammate Taylin Behning was placed on the Second Team and Mustangs’ sophomore Jenna Mattson made honorable mention.

Munising finished 4-6 for a tie for second place in league matches as a member of the SCC’s Large School division, while SC was 1-9 for fifth place in the Small School division.

Forest Park senior Mercedes Simmons was named the league’s Player of the Year, while Carney-Nadeau’s Steve Kedsch is Coach of the Year and Stephenson earned the Team Sportsmanship honor.

Here are the remainder of league award winners, listed with year and school:

First Team —

Taylor Kedsch, jr., C-N; Kennedy Englund, sr., Mid Peninsula; Briana Smith, sr., North Dickinson; Emily Johnson, sr., Stephenson; Liana Blahnik, jr., C-N; Makena Lockwood, sr., Bark River-Harris; Sydney Honkala, sr., FP

Second Team —

Makayla Johnson, sr., Stephenson; Skye Ledzian, sr., ND; Kristin Goodacre, sr., Rapid River; Sandra Boulton, sr., C-N; Daisey Englund, jr., MP; Alaska Peterson, soph., BR-H

Honorable mention —

Haley Ernest, jr., C-N; Kelsey Ragio, sr., FP; Madalynn Dani, sr., North Central; Grace Mattson, sr., ND; Olivia Stanchina, jr., Norway; Gabby Moss, soph., RR; Gena Anders, jr., Stephenson; Justine Havelka, jr., Stephenson

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