Desmond Mullen leads 15 Marquette football players earning Great Northern Conference awards

Marquette’s Desmond Mullen, center, carries the ball against Traverse City Central in Traverse City on Sept. 2. (Traverse City Record-Eagle photo by Andrew Rosenthal)

MARQUETTE — Led by senior Desmond Mullen winning a pair of awards, Marquette won the most individual awards of any school when coaches met to determine Great Northern Conference football awards recently.

Ten Redmen — all seniors — won a total of 11 all-league awards, including Mullen winning as both a running back on offense and back on defense.

Another five MSHS players earned honorable mention from the league.

In addition to Mullen, Marquette earned six other all-league awards on offense — Austin Ridl at quarterback, Alex Schlemm and Chris Ricker as lineman and Owen Beauchamp, Justin Jurmu and David Eberhard as wide receivers.

Joining Mullen on the All-GNC defensive team for the Redmen were Trevor Simon and Wyatt Kuhlman as linemen and Dustin Lohfink as a linebacker.

Four more Marquette seniors earned honorable mention from the league along with the team’s lone junior who was honored.

On the offensive line were three seniors — guards Gideon Bell and Jacob Schlemm along with right tackle Brennan Schwemin — while on defense were a pair outside linebackers — senior Alex Applekamp and junior Nate Benninger.

There were 32 players among the GNC’s five schools named all-league, with 15 on offense, 14 on defense and three on special teams.

Marquette joined Kingsford and Menominee as tri-champions of the GNC after each compiled 3-1 records. The Flivvers and Maroons each earned eight all-league awards.

Three special awards were spread among three teams — Menominee senior running back Aiden Bellisle was named Offensive Player of the Year, Gladstone senior end Hunter Potier won Defensive Player of the Year and Kingsford’s Mark Novara was voted Coach of the Year.

Here are the all-league awards earned by Kingsford, Menominee, Gladstone and Escanaba, listed with year and school:



Running back — Aiden Bellisle, sr., Menominee; Toby Wilcox, sr., Kingsford

Lineman — Kade Lesperance, sr., Menominee; Brett Boudreau, sr., Gladstone; Lucas Tappy, sr., Kingsford

Tight end — Cooper Conway, sr., Menominee; Brady Badker, sr., Kingsford

Wide receiver — Zach Pearson, sr., Kingsford



End — Hunter Potier, sr., Gladstone; Cooper Conway, sr., Menominee

Lineman — Levi Fiorucci, sr., Kingsford; Joe Gimbel, sr., Menominee

Linebacker — Terrell Rowley, sr., Escanaba; J.R. Tyran, sr., Menominee; John Hansen, sr., Gladstone

Back — Brody Kopp, sr., Kingsford; Kaeden Calcari, jr., Menominee; Eli Berthaume, soph., Gladstone



Kicker — Diego Przeslakowski, sr., Kingsford

Punter — Kaeden Calcari, jr., Menominee

Returner — Nick Nora, jr., Kingsford

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee and Journal Sports Writer Travis Nelson. Email them at sports@miningjournal.net.


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