Area players earn Special, Honorable mentions in All-Upper Peninsula football voting

MARQUETTE — Several area players earned Special Mention and Honorable Mention when voting was conducted by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association at its 73rd annual fall football meeting held at Northern Michigan University in Marquette on Wednesday.

These were all awards for 11-player football, of which 18 teams in the U.P. played this fall. That number is expected to drop to 17 next fall as St. Ignace is seen as likely to switch to eight-player.

Special Mention is reserved for players who received two or more votes but not enough to make an All-U.P. First Team, while Honorable Mention is for all others.


Here are Special Mention area players, with school, year and position:

• Brayden Dunstan, Negaunee, sr., offensive tackle

• Preston Gauthier, Ishpeming, sr., running back

• Logan Hurkmans, Ishpeming, sr., wide receiver

• Jerzee Karki, Westwood, sr., running back

• Aidan Rajala, Ishpeming, sr., offensive tackle


These are Honorable mention area picks:

• Eddie Anderson, Westwood, jr., wide receiver

• Jayce Arseneau, Westwood, jr., linebacker

• Nate Benninger, Marquette, sr., wide receiver

• Colton Berglund, Gwinn, sr., guard

• Connor Gauthier, Ishpeming, jr., defensive back

• Hayden Hares, Ishpeming, jr., linebacker

• Austin Hutchens, Gwinn, jr., offensive tackle

• Kai Lacar, Negaunee, jr., running back

• Dean Magaraggia, L’Anse, sr., defensive back

• Brayden Martin, Ishpeming, jr., offensive tackle

• Hank Menard, Gwinn, jr., defensive tackle

• Hunter Smith, Ishpeming, jr., running back

• Logan Soyring, Gwinn, jr., defensive back

• Alex Sundberg, Ishpeming, sr., defensive back

• Elmer Zellar, Manistique, sr., wide receiver

Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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