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Players key turnaround: Munising earns All-Upper Peninsula 8-player awards after season of renewed success

Munising’s Chad Trepczyk, left, and Ethan Lakosky listen to a coach during a break in a game at Stephenson played Oct. 9. (Photo courtesy Radio Results Network)

2020 All-U.P. football

8-Player teams

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Dream Team Offense

Position/Player/School Yr. Ht. Wt.

Superior Central quarterback Kyle Frusti, left, spins out of a tackle by Carney-Nadeau’s Brett LaFord on his way to the end zone for the game-tying touchdown from 20 yards out as time expired in their high school football game played at Powers on Sept. 7, 2019. (Escanaba Daily Press file photo)

Line — Eric Huyck, Pickford Sr. 6-2 250

Fabian Charter, North Central Sr. 6-0 225

Quarterback — Luke Gorzinski, N. Central Soph. 5-8 170

Back — Micah Bailey, Pickford Sr. 6-2 215

Chad Trepczyk, Munising Sr. 5-11 205

Receiver/End — Ian Gorzinski, N. Central Sr. 5-10 165

Max Lenaker, Rapid River Sr. 6-1 185

Athlete — Bryce Lundquist, Rapid River Sr. 6-0 210

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Dream Team Defense

Line — Carter Eichmeier, North Central Sr. 6-0 200

Ivan Oswald, Newberry Sr. 5-10 185

End — Michael Fairchild, Cedarville Sr. 6-3 235

Tommy Showers, Forest Park Sr. 6-1 220

Linebacker — Grant Fountain, Cedarville Sr. 5-10 205

Isaac Codere, Lk. Linden-Hubbell Sr. 5-9 175

Back — Mason Harris, Brimley Sr. 5-11 185

Dominic Bonnee, Pickford Sr. 5-10 160

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Dream Team Special Teams

Kicker — Daniel Dani, North Central Sr. 5-6 160

Punter — Coleton Labadie, Newberry Jr. 5-8 160

Returner — Alex Naser, North Central Jr. 5-7 170

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First Team Offense

Line — Nick Nance, Engadine Sr. 6-5 325

Josh Newell, Cedarville Sr. 5-11 220

Quarterback — E.J. Suggitt, Rudyard Jr. 6-0 225

Back — Alex Naser, North Central Jr. 5-7 170

Caleb Klein, Lk. Linden-Hubbell Sr. 6-0 180

Receiver/End — Ethan Lakosky, Munising Sr. 6-2 222

Louie Mayer, Rudyard Sr. 5-8 180

Athlete — Kyle Frusti, Superior Ctl. Sr. 6-0 177

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First Team Defense

Line — Gabe Scarlassara, Forest Park Sr. 6-1 185

Wyatt Raab, North Central Jr. 5-8 180

End — William Lyons, Lk. Linden-Hubbell Sr. 6-1 190

Parker Dausey, Rapid River Sr. 6-4 260

Linebacker — Griffin Flath, Rapid River Sr. 6-1 190

Jacob Mattson, Munising Soph. 5-7 173

Back — Logan Depew, Newberry Sr. 6-1 145

Bailey Hilts, Cedarville Sr. 5-11 170

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First Team Special Teams

Kicker — Tommy Showers, Forest Park Sr. 6-1 220

Punter — Kyle Frusti, Superior Central Sr. 6-0 177

Returner — Louie Mayer, Rudyard

Sr. 5-8 180

Source: Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association

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MARQUETTE — It was quite a turnaround for the Munising High School football team this fall.

The Mustangs went from winless in 2019 to finishing above. 500 in their inaugural season at the eight-player level.

One of the key players for making that reversal was running back Chad Trepczyk, who had a huge year, rushing for 1,117 yards on 127 carries and picking up six touchdowns in six games to earn a spot on the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association All-U.P. Dream Team.

“Absolutely well-deserving,” Mustangs head coach Matt Mattson said. “Chad was close to averaging 200 yards a game and he put the time in the weight room in the offseason.

“He’s a fantastic, hard-working kid and one of the leaders on our team, one of the emotional leaders and a team captain. He’s faster than what he looks and I would tease him that we were gonna put him at guard or tackle for us, put him on offensive line because he’s a big kid.

“But he’s got some shifty feet to him. He moves real well, finds the hole and then he’s got enough power to finish the runs.”

Newberry has two players on the Dream Team with Ivan Oswald on the defensive line and Coleton Labadie as a punter.

On the Eight-Player First Team, Mustangs’ tight end Ethan Lakosky and linebacker Jacob Mattson earned honors. Lakosky caught 24 passes for 332 yards and six TDs, while Mattson had 72 tackles — 18 solo, 54 assisted — along with three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

“Ethan has fantastic hands,” Coach Mattson said. “If he was on a different team that threw the ball more, his numbers would’ve been outstanding receiving-wise. He did a great job blocking for us at the tight end position, but also (had) a touchdown a game.

“Just a weapon. If you were gonna play Munising, you knew you had to worry about where he was at, and where Trepczyk was at.

“Jacob’s a younger player, but he sticks out on film and sticks out when you come to one of our games. He’s a hard hitter and still has a lot to learn because he is younger, but he brings an attitude to the field and brings an ability to deliver large hits from his frame.

“He’s 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds or something, but when he hits you, you know it. Again, he’s one of our leaders just because of the style of play that he brings to us. And for our football team, we run I-formation on offense and he was our fullback there. He (also) played middle linebacker for us and had a ton of tackles and made plays there.

“So he’s got a couple years to grow and some things to learn, but he’s a pretty good football player.”

Other area athletes to make the First Team were Superior Central’s Kyle Frusti, who made it as both an athlete and punter, and Newberry defensive back Logan Depew.

At honorable mention were senior Parker Maki and junior James Maki of Superior Central and junior Eric Edwards of Newberry.

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

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