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Head of their class: Munising Baptist’s Jaron LaFlamme joins Player of the Year Isaiah May of Maplewood Baptist on Northern Lights League First Team in boys basketball

Senior Jaron LaFlamme of Munising Baptist was named to the First Team in the Northern LIghts League for boys basketball this week. He averaged 24 points and 18 rebounds per game this season. (Photo courtesy Steve May)

KINROSS — Munising Baptist and Grand Marais each placed two players on the boys basketball all-conference teams as named by coaches in the Northern Lights League and announced earlier this week.

Earning top honors among the two Alger County schools was senior Jaron LaFlamme of Munising Baptist, who earned a berth on the First Team.

LaFlamme averaged 24 points and 18 rebounds per game.

Grand Marais senior Jordan Bugg won a spot on the Second Team, while Munising Baptist sophomore Symon Wilson and Grand Marais junior Thomas Howse earned honorable mention status.

Senior Isaiah May was named the NLL Player of the Year for the second straight year, along with being a First Teamer, after averaging 17 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists a game. He led his team in scoring for the fourth straight season and was also the team’s leading rebounder.

Isaiah May of Maplewood Baptist, center, was named Northern Lights League Player of the Year for the second straight season. He's been part of five straight regular-season and playoff championships, too. (Photo courtesy Steve May)

May, a team captain, finished with 1,423 points in his five-year career, according to Maplewood coach Steve May.

Isaiah May has been a part of the last five regular-season and tournament championships, starting as an eighth-grader on the team. Maplewood won the league this season with an unblemished regular season mark, going 15-4 overall.

May was also named All-Upper Peninsula Dream Team and all-state first team in football, having played for the Pickford cooperative in the eight-player game.

The other members of the Northern Lights’ First Team are junior Micah Bailey of Maplewood Baptist, who averaged 16 ppg and 11.1 rebounds, senior John Robert of Beaver Island, who averaged 21 ppg and 11 rebounds, and junior Joe Larson of Hannahville.

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Here are the other honorees, with their year and school:

Second Team — Spencer Piippo, sr., Maplewood Baptist; Gage Sagataw, soph., Hannahville; Marquis Harmon, soph., Ojibwe Charter; Travis Johnson, jr., Big Bay de Noc

Honorable mention — Elisha Richards, jr., Beaver Island; Pau Rosello Carreras, soph., Ojibwe Charter; Dominic Morse, jr., Mackinac Island; Quintan DeLaat, jr., Beaver Island; Brayden Willour, soph., Big Bay de Noc; Seth Mills, fresh., Paradise; Matt Cowell, 8th grade, Mackinac Island

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

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